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Seven-Bullet Monday - February 20, 2023

Here is your Seven-Bullet Monday

1. A quote I am pondering:

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." ― Maya Angelou

This is an excellent quote for leadership and relationships in general. When you consider not just what you are saying or doing but how that makes the person feel, you can be more sensitive in how you impact them.

2. A question I am asking myself:

How do I see opportunities early?

Influential leaders and entrepreneurs see opportunities early and jump in before the rest of the world realizes what's going on. I want to learn to see opportunities early and dare to take them when they arise.

3. A book I am reading:

Educated – Tara Westhouse

Tara Westover tells her life story in this powerful book. She grew up in rural Utah, didn't get a birth certificate until she was nine, and didn't step into a classroom until she was 17. Yet, despite this, she went on to get a university degree and, ultimately, a PhD from Cambridge. It is a story of courage, determination, and her discovery of the real truth and the role women could play in the world, compared with her parents' indoctrination when she was growing up.

4. What I learnt this week

Batteries are now being 3-D printed in many shapes and sizes

Batteries have become increasingly important role as the global journey to electrification intensifies. Lithium-ion batteries pack a lot of power, but they are expensive and can cause fires if not properly managed. AA or AAA batteries use zinc and manganese and can leak toxic fluid if not correctly sealed. Now, companies are developing solid electrolyte batteries that can be 3D-printed into numerous shapes and sizes. These batteries are better for the environment and enable various practical applications, such as smart labels that track packages worldwide.

5. The highlight of my week

A long weekend away in Tofino

I got in a long weekend with Leanne to BC's only surfing paradise, Tofino. It was my first time in Tofino, and it was an absolute treat, made even better by staying at the stunning Wickenish Inn. We took lots of walks on the expansive beaches, hiked past +1,000-year-old grees, ate glorious meals and had an incredibly relaxing couple of days – it almost felt like Spring.

6. Hugh-bits

There is such a thing as nose whistles are such a thing

This week, I got introduced to nose whistles (also called nose flutes). Nose whistles are wind instruments played with the nose and mouth cavity. They can be made from wood, plastic, clay, or sheet metal, and you play higher and lower notes by blowing hard or soft and moving your tongue back and forward in your mouth. Believe it or not, they can be pretty melodious.

7. My challenge for you for this week

High-five yourself in the mirror every morning

After reading Mel Robbin's book, the High-Five Habit, a year ago, I still follow her advice and give myself a high-five in the mirror every morning. So, if you haven't tried it yet, high-five yourself in the mirror first thing in the morning every day, bleary-eyed and all. Instead of saying, "Woes me, I look so bad!" you say, "Well done! You got out of bed ready for the day, and you are totally awesome!".

Have a wonderful week

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