Innovation Is A State Of Mind

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You probably know the myth of innovation as a sudden flash of insight that comes from nowhere. We read about that “aha” moment, or that light bulb turning on in the mind of some inventor or innovator, and this is true to an extent. Einstein really did get flashes of insight while shaving in the morning. However, he was of course working on the particular problems he had insight into, and he didn’t suddenly have ideas for new kitchen gadgets or movie plots.  Continue reading

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Follow Stella to Jamaica

Ignite_NewsletterYou know the movie How Stella Got Her Groove Back

A successful but unhappy divorcee goes to Jamaica on vacation looking for she did not know what and ended up finding herself (with the aid of – with all due respect – a VERY healthy looking Taye Diggs)

Why do I want you to come to Jamaica with me? Because just like the movie’s character you have lost your driving force and in order to get it back you need to step away from your comfort zone. You need the healing touch of fresh coconut water, magnificent palm trees, and let’s not forget the reggae music – which let’s just face it has the magical power to awaken parts of you that have been lying dormant since the Clinton administration.

Need a little more convincing? Okay let’s go a little deeper……..

How are your relationships? More stiff than a politician’s vote for me speech?

When was the last time you laughed so hard you almost pee your pants (okay you did pee your pants but we won’t go there).

How about your creative juices? When was the last time you delivered such a compelling  presentation that even your most critical potential client said: “where do I sign?”

Are you on target to achieving your financial goals before 2015 ends?

Are you so burn out that the mere idea of doing the same old same old makes you want to pull your hair out while banging your head against the wall?

Would you rather continue to do the things that are not working or would you rather be shifting your mindset while sipping umbrella drinks and enjoying this view?

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The choice is yours, I know what I am choosing……Click HERE for more details about  joining  me and Dynamic Daphne in Jamaica this coming October 25th through the 30th.

Here is a little taste of what you would receive at the retreat: Willie Crawford interviewed Daphne I about our life’s journey and how we have overcome so many adversities. It is our hope this video will be show you how we work together and how we help our clients. Watch the interview HERE

Hurry to secure your spot on the retreat before the early bird rate goes up on August 25th.

Have questions? Reply back to this message and someone from our team will get back to you.

See you in Jamaica.

Catherine & Daphne

Empowering Women Through Education Of Daphne Clarke Hudson

 

Every woman has a different story. We see it in her face, note it in the way she interacts with her community and family, understand that she is the culmination of her collective experiences.

Yet not all women’s stories have happy endings. In developing countries, girls tend to inherit the poverty status of their mothers. Many girls are exposed to abuse or virtually enslaved in their homes and never get the chance to break the cycle of poverty. Also in developing nations, there are limited employment opportunities for women, so many don’t see the need to go to school. By circumstance, the worldviews of girls are often narrowed to the point of mere sustenance living, with no time or regard for their own foreseeable future.

Fortunately, this has been changing in recent decades. Across the globe, girls and women have made enormous strides in advancing their station in life; becoming leaders in their communities, improving the quality of life for themselves and their children, and increasing their lifetime earning potential. What has been a common thread for these women? Education.

Consider Iba Agushi’s story. Now the Director of Operatons for CleanEdison, a leading U.S. company in green-collar job training, Agushi was born in Kosovo and spent ten years in Iraq.

“Even though I am a Director of Operations, the first time I ever touched a computer keyboard was in 2001,” says Agushi. “During the Kosovo war, we weren’t allowed to take any classes or go to school. Culturally, women are still just expected to give birth, not to work. And in Iraq, it was even worse.” Agushi, who describes herself as having been a ‘tough girl’, was able to earn a university degree and a Master’s in International Diplomacy and is now working to recruit and train people in green technology, especially veterans of war. Says Agushi, “The situation is improving in Kosovo as more and more, people are realizing that education is the key to setting women free.”

Like Agushi, more and more women are seeking to change their stories through the power of education. And it is indeed powerful: on average wages for girls rise 20% for every year beyond 4th grade that a girl remains in school. An education nearly triples a girl’s potential annual income, often bringing her out of a sustenance existence and into the safety of a stable and productive life. For instance, a girl earning a meager amount selling tamales on the side of the road may, with access to an education, go own to become a teacher, bettering both her life and the lives of those in her community. And girls who complete a basic level of education are three times less likely to contract HIV/AIDS, and less likely to pass it on to their own children if they do have it. On many levels, education empowers young girls to be strong and encourages them to envision a future that may be vastly different then what they may have previously known.

What can you do to help women, especially impoverished women, get the access they need to an education? During Women’s History Month there are a multitude of ways to help. Vittana is sponsoring a 100 Women event, where you can help contribute to the education of women from around the globe by funding a microloan. The goal is to fully fund 100 women by the end of March.  You can join the ongoing conversation on Facebook, or share you story on Twitter about what education means to you. You can also check the International Women’s Day website for projects and events happening in your community.

Whatever you do to help women get an education this month (or any other point in the year), know that you are empowering them to rewrite their life stories for the better.

How Are You Defining Your Success?

                    How Are You Defining Your Success?    

            dephne1

Consider these Six Pillars.                        By Dr. Daphne Clarke-Hudson.  

                   You’ve heard the cliché; success is a journey, not a destination. In many cases I agree. There is more fun in the chasing than in the catching. A gentleman attending a presentation at a National conference I attended shared this story with the group. I went fishing with a friend of mine and caught a very large striped bass. He was thrilled and scrambled around to find a camera to take a picture. When I bent over to let the fish go, he said, “What are you doing? We can clean it and fry it up back at the cabin!” My reply was, “Man, I don’t want to clean this fish.” Then I let him go. My take away from this story is One went fishing for dinner, the other went fishing for recreation.  

What do you see this story illustrating for you?   

                   If you said that there is more fun in the pursuit of the chase. You could be right; on the other hand you might have said it would have given so much satisfaction for you when you served dinner!  There are no wrong or right answers to this question. Only your personal experience and views on the topic.  

                   You too could be right it’s a matter of choice and personal decision. Success is some way like that; we must choose to define our own success. We are part of a society that loves the thrill of the chase, the excitement of what’s going to happen, the what ifs, and the hopes that come with them. We definitely LOVE a good challenge. Once you’ve “arrived,” you have to set different goals and have a plan in place to get those thrills again.  

                  Too many people think that success is wrapped up in things, but the truth is, success is wrapped up in how you see yourself and how you’re able to enjoy your life be authentically.  

                  To have a completely successful life along both professional and personal, you find “VALUE” you should consider these six components:

1. Peace of Mind. Can anyone truly consider themselves successful if they lack this ingredient? People around the world are constantly searching for peace of mind. I define peace of mind as freedom from fear, worry, anger, and guilt. I think we seek peace of mind through many channels, some of them are destructive and some are worthwhile. Some seek peace of mind through faith, some through money, others in relationships, others in work, and still others seek to fill this void through participation in vices such as gambling or drugs. Very few ever truly find peace of mind outside of their faith, however. Success, no matter how you define it, must have peace of mind in the mix; otherwise your success will be bland and watered down.  

2. Health Energy and Wellness. “Success” without good health and the energy to enjoy life isn’t success at all; it’s just a shell of what it can be. Many people that are financially successful in the world’s eyes spend their fortunes in desperate attempts to regain their health or to stay youthful and vibrant. Any success without health and energy is like a high performance car with no gasoline in the tank.

3. Loving Relationships and Connections. No matter how much financial success someone enjoys, again, it’s a hollow feeling if you have no one to share it with. It doesn’t have to be a spouse; it can be parents, children, friends or other family members. Remember that Scrooge was financially successful, but he had no peace of mind and he had no one to share it with. His success was empty.  

4. Financial Freedom. That is, freedom from thinking about money all the time. Not necessarily being “rich,” but having enough money to pay your bills, feed your family, and take care of basic necessities. For some, $50,000 in the bank would be plenty, for others, $5 million wouldn’t be enough. To be sure, many people think of finances when they visualize success and it IS a major component in our culture, but for the purposes of defining success, I’m talking about the feeling of freedom, that deep sigh that everything is okay. 5. Worthy Goals.  

                Most people have financial freedom as their top goal, but once you have that big pile of cash, then what? That’s why you constantly see millionaires and billionaires getting involved in some type of other business venture or philanthropy. Many people misinterpret their chasing as greed but for someone who is already financially rich, it’s the chase that they love. Money is just the way to keep score. Humans need to be chasing something. We desperately want to improve ourselves, or someone, or something. It’s just human nature. Either we move or we die.  When we start to embrace the fact that money is Energy just like the air we breathe then we realize that it is always there for us to have all that we want for whatever we want when we want it. There is no reason for worshiping the money or hoarding it.  

6. Personal Fulfillment. Maslow called this step Self Actualization. This is the concept of “being all you can be,” of feeling like you matter and that you’re making a difference. This is the feeling that you aren’t just going through the motions for no reason, what you do and who you are is of vital importance. If you have the first five components, but feel unfulfilled and useless, you don’t enjoy the full measure of success. Not all of your endeavors will incorporate all six of these, and any one of them can be a pursuit in itself, but many of these aspects will show up in your pursuit of success. You can adapt these six components into any goal you set for yourself. Wealth for example.

• You’d want the security that it represents.

• The ability to eat well and live a healthy lifestyle.

•The relationships that improve with enough money. Many arguments involve money.

•The freedom it represents. You can do more with it than without it, after all. The ability to set goals much higher than “where’s my next meal coming from.”

 • Lastly, the ability to use money to bless the lives of others.  

Applying this article to my personal life and journey to finishing my degree I saw:  

•That it represents the relief I experience once you’ve finished.

•The health and energy I feel as a result of accomplishing my goal.

•The relationships it will open up for me. •The potential for financial freedom it represents.

• The higher goals I can now set for myself.

•The feeling that I became a new person with new tools through accomplishing my goals.   

                    Here are a few questions I suggest you ask yourself: What am I chasing in your life? What are the goals that I have and why do you have them?  How do my goals mesh with the six aspects of success? How will my life change once you reach the goals you’ve set? By Daphne Clarke-Hudson PhD.(C) 2014

How Are You Defining Your Success?

                      How Are You Defining Your Success?

            dephne1

Consider these Six Pillars.                        By Dr. Daphne Clarke-Hudson.

                   You’ve heard the cliché; success is a journey, not a destination. In many cases I agree. There is more fun in the chasing than in the catching. A gentleman attending a presentation at a National conference I attended shared this story with the group. I went fishing with a friend of mine and caught a very large striped bass. He was thrilled and scrambled around to find a camera to take a picture. When I bent over to let the fish go, he said, “What are you doing? We can clean it and fry it up back at the cabin!” My reply was, “Man, I don’t want to clean this fish.” Then I let him go. My take away from this story is One went fishing for dinner, the other went fishing for recreation.

What do you see this story illustrating for you?

                   If you said that there is more fun in the pursuit of the chase. You could be right; on the other hand you might have said it would have given so much satisfaction for you when you served dinner!  There are no wrong or right answers to this question. Only your personal experience and views on the topic.

                   You too could be right it’s a matter of choice and personal decision. Success is some way like that; we must choose to define our own success. We are part of a society that loves the thrill of the chase, the excitement of what’s going to happen, the what ifs, and the hopes that come with them. We definitely LOVE a good challenge. Once you’ve “arrived,” you have to set different goals and have a plan in place to get those thrills again.

                  Too many people think that success is wrapped up in things, but the truth is, success is wrapped up in how you see yourself and how you’re able to enjoy your life be authentically.

                  To have a completely successful life along both professional and personal, you find “VALUE” you should consider these six components:

1. Peace of Mind. Can anyone truly consider themselves successful if they lack this ingredient? People around the world are constantly searching for peace of mind. I define peace of mind as freedom from fear, worry, anger, and guilt. I think we seek peace of mind through many channels, some of them are destructive and some are worthwhile. Some seek peace of mind through faith, some through money, others in relationships, others in work, and still others seek to fill this void through participation in vices such as gambling or drugs. Very few ever truly find peace of mind outside of their faith, however. Success, no matter how you define it, must have peace of mind in the mix; otherwise your success will be bland and watered down.

2. Health Energy and Wellness. “Success” without good health and the energy to enjoy life isn’t success at all; it’s just a shell of what it can be. Many people that are financially successful in the world’s eyes spend their fortunes in desperate attempts to regain their health or to stay youthful and vibrant. Any success without health and energy is like a high performance car with no gasoline in the tank.

3. Loving Relationships and Connections. No matter how much financial success someone enjoys, again, it’s a hollow feeling if you have no one to share it with. It doesn’t have to be a spouse; it can be parents, children, friends or other family members. Remember that Scrooge was financially successful, but he had no peace of mind and he had no one to share it with. His success was empty.

4. Financial Freedom. That is, freedom from thinking about money all the time. Not necessarily being “rich,” but having enough money to pay your bills, feed your family, and take care of basic necessities. For some, $50,000 in the bank would be plenty, for others, $5 million wouldn’t be enough. To be sure, many people think of finances when they visualize success and it IS a major component in our culture, but for the purposes of defining success, I’m talking about the feeling of freedom, that deep sigh that everything is okay. 5. Worthy Goals.

                Most people have financial freedom as their top goal, but once you have that big pile of cash, then what? That’s why you constantly see millionaires and billionaires getting involved in some type of other business venture or philanthropy. Many people misinterpret their chasing as greed but for someone who is already financially rich, it’s the chase that they love. Money is just the way to keep score. Humans need to be chasing something. We desperately want to improve ourselves, or someone, or something. It’s just human nature. Either we move or we die.  When we start to embrace the fact that money is Energy just like the air we breathe then we realize that it is always there for us to have all that we want for whatever we want when we want it. There is no reason for worshiping the money or hoarding it.

6. Personal Fulfillment. Maslow called this step Self Actualization. This is the concept of “being all you can be,” of feeling like you matter and that you’re making a difference. This is the feeling that you aren’t just going through the motions for no reason, what you do and who you are is of vital importance. If you have the first five components, but feel unfulfilled and useless, you don’t enjoy the full measure of success. Not all of your endeavors will incorporate all six of these, and any one of them can be a pursuit in itself, but many of these aspects will show up in your pursuit of success. You can adapt these six components into any goal you set for yourself. Wealth for example.

• You’d want the security that it represents.

• The ability to eat well and live a healthy lifestyle.

•The relationships that improve with enough money. Many arguments involve money.

•The freedom it represents. You can do more with it than without it, after all. The ability to set goals much higher than “where’s my next meal coming from.”

 • Lastly, the ability to use money to bless the lives of others.

Applying this article to my personal life and journey to finishing my degree I saw:

•That it represents the relief I experience once you’ve finished.

•The health and energy I feel as a result of accomplishing my goal.

•The relationships it will open up for me. •The potential for financial freedom it represents.

• The higher goals I can now set for myself.

•The feeling that I became a new person with new tools through accomplishing my goals.

Here are a few questions I suggest you ask yourself: What am I chasing in your life? What are the goals that I have and why do you have them?  How do my goals mesh with the six aspects of success? How will my life change once you reach the goals you’ve set? By Daphne Clarke-Hudson PhD.(C) 2014

NINE “P” S to SUCCESS:

           NINE “P” S to SUCCESS:

1. PLAN: Set goals with dates of Completion.

2. PURPOSE: Know what your God created PURPOSE is and FOCUS on that CALLING.

3. PERSISTENCE: Keep building meaningful RELATIONSHIPS that adds VALUE to your purpose,vision and mission. Network with those who can and will provide RESOURCES.

4. PERSEVERANCE: When the hill gets steep and the bumps in the Road are rough, don’t give UP,don’t Quit be patient with yourself and have FAITH that God will come through for you right on TIME. He is FAITHFUL.

5. POWER: Your power is in your AUTHENTICITY and UNIQUENESS so use it positively,do not ABUSE it.

6. PRIDE: In all that you do take pride and remember that you only have one chance to make a first IMPRESSION let it be a positive on.

7. PASSION: Your passion is that which helps to fuel your SUCCESS.Having a passion for what you are about will facilitate great accomplishments and successes.

8. PERSPECTIVE: Never lost sight of who you are and to whom you belong. Know this one fact that there is only one YOU,never compare yourself with others. You are already a MASTER PIECE. Embrace that and give your best.

9. PRAYER: Pray as many time during the day as you need to,ask for clarity on things which are a bit fuzzy to you. Use your prayers as a time for THANKSGIVING and GRATITUDE.   Dr. Daphne Clarke-Hudson (C) 2011.

Taking Advantage of Your Adversities

Adversity is one of the most potent forces in one’s life!!!!

                        Trust me! I have traveled a very long road of adversities from an early age.  Hey I am still around to tell my Story thank God for this opportunity. It all started back when I was thirteen years old and lost my Mother. This could have been a very devastating time in my life; however God sends his angles to look out for his love ones, even when I did not request his help. The great thing about it…he is still looking out for me fifty-one years later OH WHAT A BLESSING! Through it  all, miscarriages, divorce , homelessness, incarceration of a family member, death of a special lifelong friend,  betrayals just to list a few things; I can truly write this blog post from a position of “Total Empowerment”  Just to summarize my experiences around taking  advantage of my adversities I have narrowed  my list of values added  to these six.

Values attendees will gain from this presentation:

  • Show how adversities help to shaped and build your CHARACTER.
  • Help you to clarify your priorities and gives you FOCUS.
  • It helps defined your career PATH and PURPOSE.
  • It also helped in fueling your GREATNESS. 
  • Teaches the importance of gratitude. 
  • Help you understand that the PAINS from adversities can be rewarding when the lessons are learned.
  • Shows you that taking responsibility is more powerful than casting blame.  

                        Each of us faces a rich assortment of adversities every day, ranging from minor hassles to major setbacks and challenges, at time even tragedies. However merely coping with or overcoming adversity is not enough to keep us in the game of life. The key to success both in business and in life, is learning how to become a master at converting any adversity, major and minor, into a genuine advantage. This presentation does that.

Daphne Clarke-Hudson

                      Daphne Clarke-Hudson

                         If you want to empower or reinvent your life or to take your organization and staff to a greater level with inspiration that helps them to be motivated and show them how to tap into their inner greatness to achieve success in their lives and careers, Daphne Clarke-Hudson is just the speaker for your event needs. She has been Empowering and inspiring people for over 20 years, her unique Caribbean speaking style , Sunny Personality , High energy, Warmth and engaging ability ill capture the hearts and minds of your audience. She is authentic, unique and passionate in her presentations.

Attending to Self without Being Selfish

 

  •                                     Daphne Clarke-Hudson

                        Before you can effectively lead others it’s important to understand who and who’s you are as a person. It’s important to accept and to be confident in whom you are and all that you do. A strong feeling of confidence and acceptance in yourself and your abilities will allow you to naturally encourage and inspire the best in you to manifest.

                       Based on her book Conversations On Success and her life journey through homelessness Daphne Clarke –Hudson will take you way beyond her journey from the valley to the mountain top. On a quick trip through life journey mapping  process of self-discovery you’ll learn how to uncover obstacles and open doors you’ve closed in your life to put you on tract to not only be a better human being but better leader, a better more productive, purposeful and  passionate YOU—for life. 

                      Spend a fun, inspirational intimate and thought provoking time with yourself while learning to:

    • Identifying your life purpose and calling
    • Identify your career and life dreams and goals
    • Learn techniques to filter your thoughts and slow your racing mind
    • Identify where you’re out of balance
    • Understanding how time management applies to your success
    • Create a plan for professional development and growth
    • Keys to creating a result orienting vision board unique to YOU
    • Learn the advantages of journaling
    • Learn the impact spirituality on this journey
    • Learn how to benefit from the nagging pains of failures.                                              

     

                                                                       

Welcome to The Dreaming Room™

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                           Welcome to The Dreaming Room™

                  The one and only incubator for emerging entrepreneurs, a space and a place where you can learn the essential skills necessary to truly and deeply awaken the new entrepreneur within you.Think of The Dreaming Room™ as a blank piece of paper, where your beginner’s mind is inspired to see, experience, develop and design your Dream, Vision, Purpose and Mission through which you will create a new venture, conceive of a business opportunity, invented solely by you, with the tools, and facilitation of The Dreaming Room™ Facilitator will provide you with.

                  Each one of the 3-hour weekly conversations in your 12-week The Dreaming Room™ journey will introduce you to a new way of thinking about entrepreneurship, about creating a venture of your own, about how to use your wits and imagination to design the future and to eradicate the past.

                 * Do you have a desire, not yet fulfilled?

                 * Do you have a wish to create financial and intellectual independence?

                 * Have you ever wanted to go out on your own, but didn’t know how?

                 * Have you ever had the feeling that you are stuck in a place – a position, a job, a career, a business relationship – that limits you?

                 The Dreaming Room™ is the place to discover how to liberate yourself from your present and past, not by choosing options we are creating for you, but by inventing your own options, which is what entrepreneurs do.Welcome to The Dreaming Room™, an original product of Michael E. Gerber Companies designed to transform the state of entrepreneurship and small businesses throughout the world.