If You Aren’t Falling, You Aren’t Learning Anything

If You Aren’t Falling, You Aren’t Learning Anything

I think reading that Sacred Cows Make The Best Burgers book got me thinking about my ski career a little more than usual. Here's one of my more memorable (and useful) stories from it.

One little known fact about me is that I used to be on my high school ski team. On our team, everyone had to race both downhill and cross-country events. (Guess which one I was better at? Yup, the one where I didn't feel I was constantly careening toward certain death.)

I remember my first practice going through gates. To set the scene: freezing coldness, icy turns, plastic poles to hit into, and cool people to be humiliated in front of. I held my breath for every turn, praying not to fall or die the whole time. I didn't fall that day, but I was stiff and cautious so I kind of sucked. My other teammates had taken risks and had bruises to prove it. I knew I probably should have bruises too.

A few practices later, it was time for my first race. I made it through almost all of the gates upright. The adrenaline had kicked in and I was taking some risks, and actually was making good time.

If You Aren't Falling, You Aren't Learning Anything

If You Aren't Falling, You Aren't Learning Anything

I think reading that Sacred Cows Make The Best Burgers book got me thinking about my ski career a little more than usual. Here's one of my more memorable (and useful) stories from it.

One little known fact about me is that I used to be on my high school ski team. On our team, everyone had to race both downhill and cross-country events. (Guess which one I was better at? Yup, the one where I didn't feel I was constantly careening toward certain death.)

I remember my first practice going through gates. To set the scene: freezing coldness, icy turns, plastic poles to hit into, and cool people to be humiliated in front of. I held my breath for every turn, praying not to fall or die the whole time. I didn't fall that day, but I was stiff and cautious so I kind of sucked. My other teammates had taken risks and had bruises to prove it. I knew I probably should have bruises too.

A few practices later, it was time for my first race. I made it through almost all of the gates upright. The adrenaline had kicked in and I was taking some risks, and actually was making good time.

Book Review: Hindsight

Book Review: Hindsight

I like getting sent a book to review once in awhile. It makes me feel important and usually gets me back on a reading kick again.

Alexis (a favorite book publicist of mine) is working with author Mary Anne Comaroto and thought I might enjoy her latest book "Hindsight: What You Need To Know Before You Drop Your Drawers!"

Are you sure this has to do with money? I asked tentatively. Alexis assured me there was at least some connection so I told her to send it along.

Ok you ready to see the cover? (Warning: It's a little shocking and this is coming from someone who has been described as 'a little crazy'.)

How To Conquer Fear

How To Conquer Fear

A smarty-pants sounding title, this book is filled with good ideas...and corny drawings of cows.We all have things that scare the bejeezus out of us: paying down debt, confronting problems in a personal relationship, changing careers. (I know, a lot of them have to do with money, don't they?)

I've been pretty fearful that the uncertainty of my life recently. I know this career change was the right thing to do but like everything in life, there is no guarantee my business will work. And fear has made me a bit of insomniac for about a week.

I was reading a book this week that was supposed to help me with my business but in the end, also helped me with my anxiety.

The book is called "Sacred Cows Make The Best Burgers: Paradigm-Busting Strategies For Developing Change-Ready People and Organizations" by Robert Kriegel and David Brandt. On the surface, it really didn't seem like a business book but working in a relatively new field, I find I spend as much time selling the idea of internet marketing as selling the idea of working with me. Getting people to change not only how they see things and their reactions to changes seems like a pretty applicable skill. (Plus what a smarty sounding book title, right?)

This Week In Business: Horray For PR

This Week In Business: Horray For PR

When beginning a new business, one needs all the publicity possible. This week, I concentrated heavily on this aspect of...

Too Cute Tuesday: Book Binding

Too Cute Tuesday: Book Binding

At Too Cute Tuesday, we like to do random stuff that we kind of stink at. But on a rare occasion, we actually like to draw on the talent of our members.

Sarah has taken a book binding class and for years I've obsessively bought pretty blank notebooks. But why would I continue to do this when we can make our own, personalized notebooks?

Warning: This craft takes a little longer than a couple of hours and may lead to frustration among impatient types. But the result is well worth it.

Sometimes, Nicole is not so patient. If you're impatient, make sure you have a calming friend, or an extra cocktail.