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On the Benefits of a Business Education

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photo credit: jacky_oh_yeah

In 1986, when Russell Ackoff, a pioneer of management education, retired as Professor at the Wharton Business School, he was asked what were the benefits of a business education. With savage irony he replied that there were three.

  1. To equip students with a vocabulary that enabled them to talk with authority about subjects they did not understand.
  2. To give students principles that would demonstrate their ability to withstand any amount of dis-confirming evidence.
  3. To give students a ticket of admission to a job where they could learn something about management.

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There’s Nothing Wrong With You

She laughs light back into our room

We all do it. It’s almost ingrained in us. We focus on the bad things people have said about us. The bad things we have thought about our self. In those words we see areas for improvement. Areas we can work on to be a better and happier person. We have been taught that the key to achieving our goals is improving on our weaknesses.

Why do we believe the bad things about our self more easily than the good?

We go to therapy to focus on improving our weaknesses. We do it so we can be happy.

But here’s the thing…the good stuff – your talents and strengths, what makes you, you, your ‘je ne sais quoi’ – it’s the key to your happiness. Because it’s what’s right with you that matters. It’s in exploring what’s right with you that you’ll find the joy you seek.

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Innerpreneur Spotlight: Tara Russell

April Innerpreneur Spotlight

Tara Russell
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Life Sabbatical and Long-term Travel Coach
Three Month Visa Coaching and Consulting

I am:

A Life Sabbatical / Long-term Travel Coach based out of San Francisco, California. As the Founder and President of Three Month Visa Coaching and Consulting, my mission is to empower my clients to change their lives (and ultimately the world at large), through meaningful international travel and volunteer opportunities.

I work with a wide variety of clients including executives, entrepreneurs, people preparing to travel, work, study, volunteer or relocate abroad, international expatriates, travel writers and photographers and returning Peace Corps volunteers.

My passion is for:

  • Working with clients who dream of “taking time off”, whether that means a career sabbatical, a spiritual sojourn, an extended global vagabonding experience or just a self-designed “gap year”.
  • Travel as a vehicle for personal growth, learning, self-awareness and fulfillment.
  • The global community; encouraging and fostering cross-cultural communication and understanding.
  • Coaching people who long to escape their cubicle and strike out to discover the world on their own terms.

My business helps you with:

  • Setting aside “maybe someday” and “what if” so that you can start living the life you want NOW.
  • Trusting your own truth enough to live a life based in it.
  • Getting out of your own way; realizing the dreams you have been leaving dormant on a shelf.
  • Crafting a life you feel passionate about living EVERY DAY.
  • Dreaming, planning and realizing the trip of a lifetime.
  • Getting you off the couch and on the plane!

I make things different each day by:

  • Helping people expand their horizons and challenge themselves.
  • Empowering my clients to see and own how magnificent they are and how much they have to offer the world.
  • Removing the language “I wish I could” from my clients’ vocabulary.

I have lots of ideas about:

  • Alternatives to “traditional tourism” such as living, working, volunteering or studying abroad.
  • Realizing your travel dreams, no matter your budget (financial planning for long-term world travel).
  • Incorporating adventure and challenge into your everyday life; honoring wanderlust even if you’re not able/ready to leave the country yet.
  • Hitting the road with your kids – making long-term family travel possible.
  • Making travel more meaningful and rewarding.
  • “Everyday Sabbaticals”; claiming work/life balance on your own terms

My advice is:

Get in touch with what is really important to you and then TRUST IT. Listen to the “keep you awake at night” values and priorities that you want to guide you and then figure out how to live by them…always.

If a travel sabbatical calls to you, TAKE IT. Put a stake in the ground, decide when and where you want to go and then start making the adjustments you need to make in your lifestyle to prepare for your journey. As Franz Wisner says, “Travel is the only investment with guaranteed returns.” If you’re ready to take that next step, call me…I’ll get you off the couch and on the plane!

“Travel is like love: It cracks you open, and so pushes you over all the walls and low horizons that habits and defensiveness set up.” – Pico Iyer

If you would you like to be considered for an upcoming “Innerpreneur Spotlight”, please email Tara Joyce.

Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

30 Unanswered Questions

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Creative Commons License photo credit: CarbonNYC

I got the idea from Dave Pollard author of the blog, How to Save the World. He got the idea from Beth Adams. Basically you sit for half an hour and write 30 thoughts/questions that enter your mind. It’s a fun exercise but beyond that I’m not sure what value it creates. I wrote my questions over Pho at my neighbourhood Vietnamese restaurant.

  1. What is the line between empathy and judgment?
  2. At what point did human’s start ignoring that they are animals too?
  3. Why do some people take pleasure in others’ pain?
  4. Why are people fearful of that which is different?
  5. Why do we want to feel superior to others?
  6. Why is the mainstream media so mindless and ill-informed?
  7. What causes someone to become more conscious?
  8. Do I deserve to be happy?
  9. Why do people think that they have to ‘work’ for happiness?
  10. When did ‘fun’ become a bad word?
  11. Why do people push their expectations on others?
  12. Why do some women glare at other women?
  13. Why do we focus on our weaknesses?
  14. How important is human reproduction? Is it necessary that I reproduce?
  15. Why do people wear sunglasses indoors?
  16. What makes someone love their life? Hate their life?
  17. What is the real colour of my hair?
  18. Does history matter?
  19. Why don’t we realize how insignificant this moment in time is?
  20. What/who caused the Big Bang?
  21. Where is line between crazy and genius?
  22. Why do people think love = sacrifice?
  23. Why do we try and change each other?
  24. Will we ever ‘wake up’?
  25. What is the next natural disaster to happen due to climate change?
  26. Why are people so f’ing lazy?
  27. Why is there no public recycling in the United States?
  28. Will there be any animals left when it is all said and done?
  29. What happened after this shot was taken?
  30. Why do most people think more about what they are putting on their body than in it?

Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

Shoot First, Think Later

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Creative Commons License photo credit: monkeypuzzle

How often is a movie filmed without first writing a script? How often is a book jacket designed without first writing the content?

A website is no different. It tells a story. One of the most common mistakes I find business owner’s make in their website development is creating the design before writing the content.

Your website content isn’t there to fill up your design space. Determine what you are saying and to who before you find a design to compliment it. The worst thing you can do is write web content for the singular purpose of filling up space. Decide what content is important first and then create a design that highlights and compliments it.

Your story, your purpose, your message is the best design inspiration there is.

Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.