9 Secrets of Lifebook’s Working Moms
12Feb 2018

A woman is the heart of her home.

Our energy is woven into the very fabric of our families. No matter what we’re doing, if we’re unhappy, everyone is unhappy. And conversely, if we’re content, everyone is content.

The beauty (and sometimes, the burden) of motherhood is that we are at the center of our family’s universe.

For better or worse, we are the heartbeat of our home.

This is why we feel so much pressure to be and do everything in our lives.

As mothers, wives, career women, homemakers, and a dozen other things, we often feel like we’re being pulled in a million different directions… and it can be difficult to maintain a positive, patient, loving, happy attitude when we feel exhausted and divided.

So how can we create more balance and coherence within the different categories of our lives?

Lucky for us, there are tried and true strategies we can use to create real, powerful change right now.

This month, nine stunning Lifebook Career Mamas banded together to share their very best advice for creating balance and harmony within the many roles they play.

Read, smile, laugh and cry along with us as we honor these brilliant ladies, and support one another on our wonderful journeys of becoming the best women we can possibly be.

As always, once you’ve had a chance to read through each of the posts, share the love by commenting at the bottom of the article.

We want to know what daily steps you take to maintain your inner strength!

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11 Powerful TED Talks for Stepping Up and Making a Difference
13Nov 2017
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TED is one of the best organizations on the planet.

Their 2-to 18-minute videos help to inspire and spread ideas and creativity in ways humans never could have dreamed of just a few decades ago.

In addition to spreading ideas and inspiration, TED is one of the best ways to start surrounding yourself with passionate world experts in the 12 categories.

And all for free, at the click of a button.

What a miraculous world we live in!

Below are 11 of the most powerful videos we’ve seen relative to the career category.

These videos can profoundly alter the way you approach your career, and the world.

Whether you’re in the mood for a full-length TED Talk marathon, or just scheduling one of these videos to watch each day this week — we hope you enjoy the show!

11 Powerful TED Talks for Stepping Up and Making a Difference

1. Simon Sinek – How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers — and as a counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling.

2. Steve Jobs – How to Live Before You Die

Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks — including death itself — at the university’s now famous 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005.

3. Brené Brown – The Power of Vulnerability

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, and love. In a poignant and funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research — one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. This is a powerful talk to witness and share.

4. Elizabeth Gilbert – Your Elusive Creative Genius

Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.

5. Rory Sutherland – Perspective Is Everything

The circumstances of our lives may matter less than how we see them, says Rory Sutherland. At TEDxAthens, he makes a compelling case for how reframing is the key to happiness.

6. Sir Ken Robinson – School Kills Creativity

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

7. Cameron Herold – Let’s Raise Kids to Be Entrepreneurs

Bored in school, failing classes, at odds with peers: This child might be an entrepreneur, says Cameron Herold. At TEDxEdmonton, he makes the case for parenting and education that helps would-be entrepreneurs flourish — as kids and as adults. Filmed in Edmonton, Canada.

8. Amy Cuddy – Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success.

9. Jonathan Fields – Turning Fear into Fuel for Brilliance

How to turn fear from a source of anxiety and paralysis into fuel for action and achievement.

10. Larry Smith – Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career

Throughout his three-decade career here at the University of Waterloo, Larry Smith has inspired legions of students to take up the mantle of economics with his passionate and homespun tales of economic wizardry. A renowned story-teller, teacher and youth leadership champion, Larry has also coached and mentored countless numbers of students on start-up business management and career development strategies.

11. Benjamin Zander – The Transformative Power of Classical Music

Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.

Solve The World’s Problems As Your Career
20Dec 2016

Written by Lifebook Member Juraj Bednar

In recent months I have met many inspiring people. They are generous, fun to be around and solving the world’s problems. Diabetes, partnerships, waste, security, retirement – all of these are huge problems, and I met people that are doing all they can to fix these problems. I think this is the best career move any individual can make; and for me, these people are an inspiration.

Many things in this world piss me off, and there are some things I can fix. On the other hand, I met a lot of young start-up entrepreneurs that are working on “apps” that just seem profitable. They don’t fix a pressing issue that people have. I think making the right decision in your career is important and “fixing world’s problems” is the most overlooked guiding principle in our careers. People study law, business or medicine just because these professions “pay well.”

Solving pressing problems usually pays well too. If it is something that people care about, they are willing to pay for the problem to go away.

The solutions don’t have to be perfect. Some products and services solve huge problems, and it took two weeks to implement them! One of the main misconceptions of entrepreneurship is that it is hard, that only certain people know how to create a profitable business and that you need to attend business school, read business books, become part of a startup networking group or a mastermind. It is not true. You need to find the right problem to solve, find the right financial model that works for you and do it.

Sometimes, the solution feels crappy. The website could be nicer; the product could be leaner and without bugs. But if it does solve the problem then solve it! More…

How to Create a 12-Category Smart Strategic Career Plan
17Nov 2015

“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright

What, exactly, do you want for your career over the next year?

Like any area of life, you can’t achieve the next level of your career unless you know precisely what it looks like.  Only after you examine this area deeply, and paint a clear and vivid picture of what you want can you create the blueprint to bring it into reality.

And we’re here to help you accomplish ALL of those things.

With Lifebook’s 12-Category Smart Strategic Career Plan you will:

  • Get deeply in touch with your life’s purpose (and create a purpose statement to keep your career on track)
  • Create a more complete, compelling and attainable career vision than ever before
  • Set powerful new career goals that are rooted in your overall life vision, and will accelerate you toward it
  • Integrate your career vision into the other 11 categories of your life to ensure mutual support and holistic growth
  • Deeply explore the emotional barriers currently holding you back, release them from your life, and experience new levels of courage and freedom
  • Bring consciousness and balance to your greatest strengths and weaknesses
  • Assess current external factors that may support or hinder your career growth
  • Answer thought-provoking career questions to create unprecedented clarity and conviction in this vital area of your life

And now you have access to this powerful tool absolutely free. More…

The World’s Toughest Job (and 24 people who applied for it)
08Sep 2015

Now THIS is an amazing little experiment.

We can’t say much, lest we spoil the surprise, but we will tell you the basics…

Mullen (an advertising agency) posted a job ad last April with this description: World’s Toughest Job: Provides the Most Extraordinary Joy.

The requirements sounded nothing short of brutal:

  • Standing up almost all the time
  • Constantly exerting yourself
  • Working from 135 to unlimited hours per week
  • Degrees in medicine, finance and culinary arts necessary
  • No vacations
  • The work load goes up on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and other holidays
  • No time to sleep
  • Salary = $0

The job ad got 2.7 million impressions from paid ad placements. Only 24 people inquired. They interviewed via webcam, and their real-time reactions were captured on video.

Check out what happened below. Watch until the end for full impact. More…

After 14 years in business, Russ finally broke through
10Aug 2015
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It’s been a long journey with a lot of hard lessons to get me to the point where I trust in myself and my abilities to do the right thing. Before Life Book, I was so focused on being a success in business and my career that I totally dismissed most of the other categories of living a fulfilling life. And, of course, I found myself not creating success in my career because I was ignoring my life! I spent many years searching for the “magic pill” that would change everything for my business. I hired and fired more coaches, mentors and gurus that it actually sickens me to think of all the time, energy and money I wasted looking for that magic bullet. Although, I can’t dismiss this experience because this journey of falling on my face and getting back up is what brought me to my current state of reality. More…

18 World-Changing Leaders Who Will Ignite Your Imagination
12May 2015
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We’ve identified some of the most influential visionaries of all time and chronicled 18 intriguing real-life tales that are sure to fascinate and inspire.

These are some of the world’s most iconic innovators, spirited explorers, noble politicians, and virtuous peacekeepers; and in honor of Life Vision month, we wish to pay homage to the men and women whose life stories serve as an inspiration to our world.

18 World-Changing Visionary Leaders

Thomas Jefferson (and all the Founding Fathers)

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father, the principle author of the Declaration of Independence, and the 3rd president of the United States of America.

A leader in the Age of Enlightenment, Jefferson spoke five languages, and was deeply intrigued by science, invention, architecture, religion and philosophy.

He was a fierce spokesman for democracy who expressed a sophisticated and radical vision of liberty with incredible grace. He affirmed that all people are entitled to liberty, regardless of the law. He stood firmly on the belief that, if laws don’t protect liberty, then the laws are illegitimate, and people may rebel. While Jefferson didn’t originate this idea, he put it in a way that set fire to the imagination of people around the world.  He developed a doctrine for strictly limiting the power of government – which he believed to be the most dangerous threat to liberty everywhere.

Some of Thomas Jefferson’s final words were,

“I have done for my country, and for all mankind, all that I could do,
and I now resign my soul, without fear, to my God.”

Henry Ford

Henry Ford

It was Henry Ford’s innovative ideas that revolutionized the automotive/transportation industry, and brought mobility to the masses.  It’s tough to think of a man who carried the torch of business further than Henry Ford.

Ford had a global vision, with consumerism as the key to peace.  He became famous for pioneering the assembly line and in the process, the technique of mass production. Amazingly, Ford jump-started the Ford Motor Company with virtually none of his own money. Ford raised a nominal sum of money from friends for initial working capital purposes. He then proceeded to cleverly negotiate deals with his suppliers that let him purchase parts on credit.

This in turn motivated him to sell his cars quickly – at a profit – so as to repay his suppliers.

After years of diligently reinvesting those profits back into the business, Ford Motor became an industrial giant, and Henry Ford became one of the richest and best-known people in the world.

Walt Disney

Walt Disney

Walter Elias (Walt) Disney was an American business magnate, animator, cartoonist, producer, director, screenwriter, entrepreneur, and voice actor.

During Disney’s young life, he pursued a career in commercial art. After his Laugh-O-Grams company fell bankrupt, Walt turned to Hollywood with only twenty dollars in his pocket.

Walt quickly became a Hollywood figure after the success of his “Alice Comedies,” and married his employee Lillian Bounds, who bore him two daughters.

Disney’s career skyrocketed during the early 1930’s when he successfully released “Steamboat Willie,” the first Mickey Mouse cartoon with sound (which Disney himself provided the original voice), which became an instant success.

During his lifetime he received four honorary Academy Awards and won an astounding 22 Academy Awards from a total of 59 nominations, including a record four in one year, giving him more awards and nominations than any other individual in history. Disney also won seven Emmy Awards and gave his name to the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort theme parks in the U.S., as well as the international resorts like Tokyo Disney Resort, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland.

Walt Disney was the visionary leader whose pioneering spirit and inimitable creativity made the impossible possible, turned dreams into reality, and built the foundation of The Walt Disney Company.  His very name will forever evoke eternal childhood memories.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

The odds of success would seem slim for a poor woman born in the backwoods of Mississippi to a teenage single mother.  Especially after such monumental hardships early in life… Being raised in inner-city Milwaukee, raped at the age of 9, and giving birth to her own son (who died in infancy) at the age of 14.  For the average person, these challenges would add up to misery and defeat.  But not to Oprah Winfrey.

Oprah landed her first radio job in high school. She soon transferred to daytime talk TV where, after success powering up ratings for a Chicago TV show, she started her own production company. That production company, Harpo, launched an empire. The Oprah Winfrey show is the highest-rated talk show in TV history, and has won her several Emmy Awards. She’s also an incredible philanthropist who donates a cut of her $1.3 billion net worth to a variety of causes benefitting women, children, and families.

Oprah is currently North America’s only black billionaire, and is, according to some assessments, the single most influential woman in the world.

Ayn Rand


Ayn Rand was an American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter, and is known around the world for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism.

Rand advocated reason (the capacity for consciously making sense of things, applying logic, and establishing and verifying facts) as the only means of acquiring knowledge and rejected faith and religion.

Ayn Rand may have the most humble origins of anyone so far mentioned. She grew up in tsarist Russia, just in time to see her father’s successful pharmacy confiscated by the invading Bolsheviks, and her family made to flee the country.

She began to despise the totalitarian environment she had always known, and boldly left for the United States at age 21, on a student visa. Her goal upon arrival was to make a name for herself as a Hollywood writer. After writing several plays, however, she realized that her true talents were found in fiction writing. Having penned such enduring best sellers as “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged”, Rand is now recognized as one of the most influential fiction writers of all time.

One survey, by the Library of Congress, found that book readers ranked “Atlas Shrugged” as the second most influential book in their lives, after the Bible.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergyman, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s success with non-violent activism, King had “for a long time…wanted to take a trip to India.”  Finally, he was able to make the journey in April 1959, at the age of 30. The trip to India affected King, deepening his understanding of non-violent resistance and his commitment to America’s struggle for civil rights.

Afterward, King helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. There, he established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history.

During this 17-minute speech, he departed from his prepared text, possibly at the prompting of Mahalia Jackson (a gospel singer who performed at the March on Washington), who shouted behind him, “Tell them about the dream!” In response, King said:

“I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.”

“I Have a Dream” came to be regarded as one of the finest speeches in the history of American oratory. The March, and especially King’s speech, helped put civil rights at the top of the liberal political agenda in the United States and facilitated passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

King has become a national icon in the history of American progressivism.  On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence.

Mahatma Gandhi


Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of the Indian Independence Movement, employing nonviolent civil disobedience in then British-ruled India to secure the country’s independence.

Born and raised in a Hindu, merchant caste family in coastal western India, and trained in law at the Inner Temple, London, Gandhi first employed nonviolent civil disobedience as an expatriate lawyer in South Africa.

After his return to India in 1915, he set about organizing peasants, farmers, and urban laborers to protest against excessive land-tax and discrimination. While in India, Gandhi’s obvious virtue, simplistic lifestyle, and minimal dress endeared him to the people.

Assuming leadership of the Indian National Congress in 1921, Gandhi led nationwide campaigns for easing poverty, expanding women’s rights, building religious and ethnic amity, ending untouchability, but above all for achieving Swaraj, or self-rule.

Gandhi famously led Indians in challenging the British-imposed salt tax with the 250 mile Dandi Salt March in 1930, and later in calling for the British to Quit India in 1942. He was imprisoned for many years, upon many occasions, in both South Africa and India.

Gandhi attempted to practice nonviolence and truth in all situations, and advocated that others do the same. He lived modestly in a self-sufficient residential community and wore traditional Indian clothing. He ate simple vegetarian food, and also undertook long fasts as means of both self-purification and social protest.

Gandhi’s political feats have inspired movements for civil rights and freedom everywhere, and have left the world a truly better place.

Albert Einstein


Albert Einstein was born to a middle-class German Jewish family. His parents were concerned that he scarcely talked until the age of three, but he was simply a quiet child. He loved building tall houses of cards, and at the age of twelve he became fascinated by geometry books.

At the age of fifteen, Albert quit high school, disgusted by rote learning and martinet teachers and travelled with his family to Italy.

In 1905, Einstein’s famous Theory of Relativity was published and became one of the two pillars of modern physics.  While best known for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2 (which has been dubbed “the world’s most famous equation”), he received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics “for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect.” The latter was pivotal in establishing quantum theory.

He was visiting the United States when Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933 and did not go back to Germany.  He settled in the U.S., becoming an American citizen in 1940. On the eve of World War II, he endorsed a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, alerting him to the potential development of “extremely powerful bombs of a new type,” and recommending that the U.S. begin similar research. This eventually led to what would become the Manhattan Project. Einstein supported defending the Allied forces, but largely denounced using the new discovery of nuclear fission as a weapon. Later, with the British philosopher Bertrand Russell, Einstein signed the Russell–Einstein Manifesto, which highlighted the danger of nuclear weapons.

Einstein published more than 300 scientific papers along with over 150 non-scientific works. His great intellectual achievements and originality have made the word “Einstein” synonymous with genius.

Steve Jobs


“The people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world,
are the ones who do.”

And out of those people, there was one man who managed to revolutionize the world, radically changing the computer, music, and movie industries. His name was Steven Paul Jobs. Take a walk through town; you can’t turn one corner without seeing the famous Apple logo in someone’s hands.

Steve Jobs left college on nothing more than the overwhelming feeling that he was not going to find his true calling there. Jobs teamed up with engineering wiz Steve Wozniak to create the world’s first personal computer, leading to a wave of innovation that culminated in the Apple line of products.

After being kicked out of the company he started, Jobs founded animated movie giant Pixar, and served as CEO and majority shareholder until Disney’s purchase of Pixar in 2006.

Later, he returned to Apple to spearhead a Renaissance led by the creation of the iPod, iMac, iTunes, iPhone and iPad, and on the services side, the company’s Apple Retail Stores, iTunes Store and the App Store. The success of these products and services propelled Apple to become the world’s most valuable publicly traded company in 2011. The reinvigoration of the company is regarded by many commentators as “one of the greatest turnarounds in business history.”

Jobs’ contribution to the world has been legendary, and as a result he has been referred to as a futurist, a visionary, a design perfectionist, a master of innovation, and the father of the Digital Revolution.

Bill Gates

bill gates

Bill Gates was lucky to come from a family of entrepreneurship and high-spirited liveliness.  He had an early interest in software and began programming computers at the age of thirteen.  As young teenagers Bill Gates and his childhood friend, Paul Allen, ran a small company called Traf-O-Data, which sold a computer to the city of Seattle that could count city traffic.

After dropping out of the nation’s top-ranked university, Harvard, because he “just couldn’t bring himself to go to class,” Gates ambitiously founded Microsoft with partner Paul Allen.

The company originally set out to sell computer programming languages, but soon veered very far (and very profitably) off of that path. Instead, Microsoft created the now-ubiquitous Windows operating system that powers 90% of the world’s personal computers.

Gates’ vision, “A computer on every desk and in every home” provided a glimpse of the future – where all offices and homes had computers – even though his company, Microsoft, did not make computers at the time and most people saw little need for them. Today, more than 25 years later, computers are commonplace and considered essential work and home tools by the majority of people around the world. Additionally, Microsoft is one of the world’s most successful, respected and profitable companies.

Gates officially retired from Microsoft in 2008, exiting with a net worth of $58 billion, 3rd place on Forbes’ 100 Wealthiest People list, and a reputation for being the best-known entrepreneurs for the personal computer revolution.

Steven Spielberg


Steven Allan Spielberg is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and business magnate, and the single most commercially successful Hollywood filmmaker in history.  A lifelong cinema buff, Spielberg began directing his first short movies while still a child.

In a career of more than four decades, Spielberg’s films have covered many themes and genres. Spielberg’s early science fiction and adventure films were seen as archetypes of modern Hollywood blockbuster filmmaking. In later years, his films began addressing humanistic issues such as the Holocaust, the transatlantic slave trade, war, and terrorism. He is also one of the co-founders of DreamWorks movie studio.

Spielberg won Academy Awards for Best Director for Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan. Three of Spielberg’s films – Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Jurassic Park – achieved box office records, each becoming the highest-grossing film made at the time. To date, the unadjusted gross of all Spielberg-directed films exceeds $8.5 billion worldwide, and Forbes puts Spielberg’s wealth at $3.3 billion.  He is considered one of the most popular and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. 

Leonardo Da Vinci

Renaissance Man

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. His genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man; a man of “unquenchable curiosity” and “feverishly inventive imagination.”

According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent and “his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, the man himself mysterious and remote”. Marco Rosci states that while there is much speculation about Leonardo, his vision of the world is essentially logical rather than mysterious, and that the empirical methods he employed were unusual for his time.

Leonardo is renowned primarily as a painter. Among his works, the Mona Lisa is the most famous and most parodied portrait, and The Last Supper the most reproduced religious painting of all time.  Leonardo’s drawing of the Vitruvian Man is also regarded as a cultural icon.

Leonardo is revered for his technological ingenuity. He conceptualized flying machines, a tank, concentrated solar power, an adding machine, and the double hull, also outlining a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics. Relatively few of his designs were constructed or were even feasible during his lifetime. He also made important discoveries in anatomy, civil engineering, optics, and hydrodynamics.  As a result, he is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived.

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer. As one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore.

Picasso, Henri Matisse and Marcel Duchamp are regarded as the three artists who most defined the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the 20th century, responsible for significant developments in painting, sculpture, printmaking and ceramics.

Picasso demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent in his early years, painting in a realistic manner through his childhood and adolescence. During the first decade of the 20th century, his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. His revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and immense fortune, making him one of the best-known figures in 20th-century art.

Ferdinand Magellan


Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese explorer who organized the expedition that resulted in the first circumnavigation of the Earth.

He was born in a still disputed location in northern Portugal, and served King Charles I of Spain in search of a westward route to the “Spice Islands” (modern Maluku Islands in Indonesia).  Soon after Columbus’ westward voyage the Spanish realized that the lands of the Americas were not a part of Asia, but a new continent. Spain urgently needed to find a new commercial route to Asia, and so Magellan and his partner Rui Faleiro presented their project to the Spanish King.  Magellan’s project, if successful, would realize Columbus’ plan of a spice route by sailing west without damaging relations with the Portuguese.

They finally set sail on September 20, 1519.  While his expedition completed the first circumnavigation of the Earth. Magellan did not complete the entire voyage himself, as he was killed during the Battle of Mactan in the Philippines. 

The Wright Brothers

Wright Brothers

The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were two American brothers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who were credited with inventing and building the world’s first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903.

From 1905 to 1907, the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build and fly experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.

The brothers’ fundamental breakthrough was their invention of three-axis control, which enabled the pilot to steer the aircraft effectively and to maintain its equilibrium. This method became standard and remains standard on fixed-wing aircraft of all kinds. From the beginning of their aeronautical work, the Wright brothers focused on developing a reliable method of pilot control as the key to solving “the flying problem.” This approach differed significantly from other experimenters of the time who put more emphasis on developing powerful engines.

Using a small homebuilt wind tunnel, the Wrights also collected more accurate data than any before, enabling them to design and build wings and propellers that were more efficient than any before.  Their innovative ideas and designs changed the world of transportation forever.

Thomas Edison


Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman. Some of his many inventions include the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed “The Wizard of Menlo Park”, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and because of that, he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.

Edison is the fourth most prolific inventor in history, holding 1,093 US patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. More significant than the number of Edison’s patents, are the impacts of his inventions, because Edison not only invented things, his inventions established major new industries world-wide, notably, electric light and power utilities, sound recording, and motion pictures. Edison’s inventions contributed to mass communication and, in particular, telecommunications. These included a stock ticker, a mechanical vote recorder, a battery for an electric car, electrical power, recorded music and motion pictures.

His advanced work in these fields was an outgrowth of his early career as a telegraph operator. Edison developed a system of electric-power generation and distribution to homes, businesses, and factories – a crucial development in the modern industrialized world.  His devices profoundly influenced life around the world. 

Frank Lloyd Wright


Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect, interior designer, writer and educator, who designed more than 1000 structures and completed 532 works.

Wright believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture. This philosophy was best exemplified by his design for Fallingwater (1935), which has been called “the best all-time work of American architecture”.

His work includes original and innovative examples of many different building types, including offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, and museums. Wright also designed many of the interior elements of his buildings, such as the furniture and stained glass.

Wright authored 20 books and many articles and was a popular lecturer in the United States and in Europe. Wright was recognized in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as “the greatest American architect of all time,” and certainly influenced architecture around the world.

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became a renowned and sometimes controversial artist. The Andy Warhol Museum in his native city, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, holds an extensive permanent collection of art and archives. It is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist.

Warhol’s art encompassed many forms of media, including hand drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film, and music. He was also a pioneer in computer-generated art using Amiga computers that were introduced in 1984, two years before his death.

He is also notable as a gay man who lived openly as such before the gay liberation movement. His studio, The Factory, was a famous gathering place that brought together distinguished intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Bohemian street people, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons.

Warhol has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions, books, and feature and documentary films. He coined the widely used expression “15 minutes of fame.” Many of his creations are very collectible and highly valuable. The highest price ever paid for a Warhol painting is US$105 million for a 1963 canvas titled “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)”. A 2009 article in The Economist described Warhol as the “bellwether of the art market.” Warhol’s works include some of the most expensive paintings ever sold, and he remains one of the most notable artists in history.


Sources: Wikipedia

How to Transition From Employee to Entrepreneur
27Apr 2015
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Written by Lifebook Member Melissa Emerson

Have you had it with the daily grind?

Now is the perfect time to start planning to become your own boss. But before you start drafting your resignation letter, let’s discuss how you can prepare to transition from employee to entrepreneur. Take some time to make sure the entrepreneurial life style is for you before cutting the paycheck off.

On average it takes 12-18 months for a small business to break even, let alone replace a corporate salary, so the more you think through how you are going to run your new business, the better your chance of success.

Start using evenings and weekends to craft your new business enterprise. Building a business will require you to stretch yourself in ways you never thought. An honest evaluation of your skills, network, discipline, niche, optimism and ability to be coachable will determine whether you’re ready to start.

I created the Emerson Planning System in my book ‘Become Your Own Boss’ to provide a roadmap for business success. Here’s a breakdown of my six-step system to make the transition from employee to entrepreneur.

Develop a Life Plan First:

Figure out what you want out of life, and then build a business that supports the vision.  Too many people start businesses that are not good for them or their families.

A life plan should outline your financial, personal, learning and retirement goals.  For example, know up front how much money you need to earn in order to be happy. Personal goals should play a role in just about every decision made in your business. Decisions like how to structure your life or your business, and whether you will take on a partner, try to pursue investors, have one great store or a build a chain, etc. All of these decisions must be measured against the big picture goals.

Develop a Financial Plan:

The money to start your business will come from your personal cash reserve. The ability to save has everything to do with your ability to become your own boss.

Before quitting your job, I suggest planning your exit for at least 12 months. Work on saving 20%-40% of every paycheck and start living on a budget. Raise your credit score to 750 or higher. Eliminate as much debt as possible. Starting a business while carrying a bunch of credit card debt will put a lot of pressure on you.

Position yourself financially to so that you can go without a paycheck for a year or two, fund your first year of working capital and have an emergency account for your household.

Evaluate Your Skills:

Look at what skills you have and what skills you need to run your particular business.  Be honest when making your list of skills. If you are not sure about them, ask three people close to you what they think. You might be surprised by their responses.

Update your computer skills while you are still working and particularly start learning social media. You can always grab a copy of my ebook How to Become a Social Media Ninja to give you a head start. Don’t forget the business financials and operations. You might want to learn accounting software or something about email marketing to help manage your business.

Who’s Your Paying Customer?

As you are making a go/no go decision about your new business idea, think about these two questions: Who are your customers, and why will they buy from you?  You must identify a niche customer.

As you are starting in business, you will have limited time and limited resources. I suggest you develop a marketing plan before the business plan to make sure there is a viable audience for your product or service. If you can’t answer these questions, then you need to go back to the drawing board and come up with another business idea.

Write A Business Plan:

You must plan for success; it will not just happen to you. As you write your business plan, you will think through how you are going to run your business. It is very helpful to think through what happens when a sale is made and how many sales you will need to generate each month to meet your revenue goals.

Don’t be one of those business owners who spend more time planning your vacation than on developing a plan to run a successful business. Use business plan software such as to get started. Then, enroll in a business plan course to finish it. And don’t forget to use your business plan to run your business; in fact, it should be updated every 2-3 months to make sure your business is on the right track.

Launch While Working:

Ninety percent of all small businesses get business from referrals, which means the person in the cubicle next to you could be your first customer or provide the first referral. Take the next twelve months to build and reconnect with your network, research your target customer, and make sure you define how you will be different in the marketplace.

If you can, work out the kinks in your business model while you still have a paycheck. You’ll be glad that you took time to plan before jumping out of work and into a full-time business.

About the author:

Melinda F. Emerson, known to many as SmallBizLady is America’s #1 small business expert. As CEO of Quintessence Multimedia, Melinda educates entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 companies on subjects including small business start-up, business development and social media marketing. Forbes Magazine named her #1 woman for entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter. She writes a weekly column for the New York Times, and hosts #SmallBizChat Wednesdays on Twitter 8-9pm ET for today’s entrepreneurs. She also publishes a resource blog

What F are you working for?
20Apr 2015

Written by Lifebook Member, Damion Lupo

Getting up at the crack of dawn, you rush, you wash, you run and you work. And then you continue with this thing called “Work” for 8 or 10 or 12 hours a day, the best hours of your day and of your life.

So what F are you working for exactly?

Are you working for your Family? Are you making that 2 hour commute, working late and on weekends to provide for your family and give them what you never had or to be a good provider?

Maybe your Future? Are you working to save and invest enough to retire? Is your F a Fortune?

Are you working for Fame? Working hard to be Famous? Why?

Maybe you’re working hard for your Fetishes? Your unconscious spending at Lululemon, daily Starbucks mocha lattes and hip new restaurants, exotic travel, flashy new cars, big houses, fine clothes, etc.

Could it be you’re working for your Friends? Are you heading into the office to hang out with the boys or girls in your working tribal family? Maybe you’re working hard so your friends don’t call you a slouch or because it’s easier to punch a clock or maintain status quo than to forge your own unique path, a path called crazy?

Maybe you’re working from Faith – a deep trust that your sweat will make a difference in the world, make it a better place?

Is it possible you might just be working to serve FEAR. Fears like…

…running out of money, of being homeless, of being shamed, of starving, of the repoman or maybe even of judgment if you weren’t working, what would “they” think?

Or might you be working for the ultimate human achievement, FREEDOM?

If you’re working for Freedom, ask yourself if the work you’re doing will result in Freedom (not just lots of cash) AND, if you weren’t being paid a dollar for the work you’re doing, would you do it anyway?

Sometimes the answer is yes to one and no to the other; awesome when it’s yes to both. :-)


What F is driving you?



4 Must-See Videos That Will Change How You View Business
20Apr 2015
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Ready for a paradigm shift?

Explore the power of sales, the influence of compassion in the workplace, the importance of assigning a name to your followers, and the transformation that can occur by creating an actionable purpose statement.

This month’s featured videos will inspire you to bring more purpose and power to your career, and your life!

Is “Selling” Evil?

You’ll never look at sales the same way again after watching this 4-minute video by Lifebook Member and world-renowned marketing expert, Joe Polish.


Everyday Compassion at Google

Google’s “Jolly Good Fellow,” Chade-Meng Tan (head of personal growth and groundbreaking research), talks about how the company practices compassion in its everyday business — and its bold side projects.

Attract Loyal Customers – How Famous Celebrities Build Raving Fan Bases

Top marketing / psychology blogger Derek Halpern sheds an illuminating light on how superstars like Justin Bieber inspire fan loyalty – all with a simple language tweak in what they call their followers…


Using a Catalyzing Statement to Transform Your Future

Lifebook Member and business leader Rick Sapio challenges us to look at purpose in a new way by creating a “Catalyzing Statement,” which makes your purpose statement actionable.