100 Marbles #5

New in Sandi Land!

The image above was snapped while I was reading the December issue of Entrepreneur Magazine. If you are into big ideas, making money, and business success, this is the place to find out more. I read every issue from cover to cover and find the stories inspiring and motivating. I encourage you to check it out…well worth the time!

Al’s Perspective

What does it mean to be creative?

Is it someone who writes?
Is it someone who sings?
Is it someone who paints?
Is it someone who sculpts?
Is it someone who pours concrete?
Is it someone who puts old things together in new ways?

Before you look at a barn lantern repurposed into low voltage lighting, or a mural painted on a wall, ask yourself is one or the other art? Does one vs. the other mean you are creative?

Or are they both art, and creative expression of someone who took the time to create because it made his soul sing?

Mastermind Corner

InSights IS
This week’s mastermind corner is going to showcase a glimpse of our co-working clubhouse.As an entrepreneur or small business owner, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to surround yourself with like-minded individuals and visit places that inspire you and your creativity.

I wonder if any place like that exists?


Book Corner: The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin

This week’s book corner is about a book that is not even out yet. Since we know the author, this book is sure to be a must read. Sandi first learned about it through Seth’s blog and Kickstarter project that he did to launch the book and publication. Of course she’ll be getting her copy before it’s available to the public…who knows, she might even have an extra copy or two that will make excellent holiday party prizes…might be worth showing up to win!

In Seth Godin’s most inspiring book, he challenges readers to find the courage to treat their work as a form of art

Everyone knows that Icarus’s father made him wings and told him not to fly too close to the sun; he ignored the warning and plunged to his doom. The lesson: Play it safe. Listen to the experts. It was the perfect propaganda for the industrial economy. What boss wouldn’t want employees to believe that obedience and conformity are the keys to success?

But we tend to forget that Icarus was also warned not to fly too low, because seawater would ruin the lift in his wings. Flying too low is even more dangerous than flying too high, because it feels deceptively safe.

The safety zone has moved. Conformity no longer leads to comfort. But the good news is that creativity is scarce and more valuable than ever. So is choosing to do something unpredictable and brave: Make art. Being an artist isn’t a genetic disposition or a specific talent. It’s an attitude we can all adopt. It’s a hunger to seize new ground, make connections, and work without a map. If you do those things you’re an artist, no matter what it says on your business card.

Video Corner: Gary Vaynerchuk

Highly worth watching.

Storytelling and respecting the native tongue of each social media platform.

Enthusiasts: Cool People doing Cool Stuff

I heard a review of the movie Lincoln this past week. It said essentially “you are a brilliant director if you can make passing legislation exciting.”It was a very well put explanation of the film Lincoln which I highly encourage everyone to go see.

This is a picture of Al Curtis and Sandi Maki with Gene Griesman, a historical actor who becomes the persona of Abraham Lincoln to teach programs in schools and for groups about this man. We met him at one of the entrepreneur summits we travel to around the country several times a year. Always fascinating people, and always worth our while.

If you are presented the opportunity to spend time with amazing people, no matter how often it comes around, take it! You’ll be glad you did.