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My Form of E – Thank You, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

I read the obituary for Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi this morning and recalled how influential his book, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience was for me when I read it in the early 90s. The Times article linked to his 2004 TED talk which I also watched today. It...

This Is Not Goodbye

I'm not going away, entrepreneurially speaking, but I am shifting where my energy is being directed these days. If you've been following me, and I know what an amazingly loyal readership I've been privileged to address since 2008, you've read about my baby...

Self-Promotion Makes Me Want to…

How did you fill in the blank? Sing and dance? Run and hide? My gut response, appropriately, is puke. I didn't want that word choice in the headline, but believed that you'd click to find out more. I'm learning how to write catchy subject lines, so thank you for...

The Magical Art of Networking

Of the over 100 actions I've taken to build my new business this past year, eleven of them revolved around networking. When you see the word networking, does it conjure up name tags, handshakes and fake smiles? I used to think that way, but it has become a favorite...

Old School and Proud of It

Visiting my grandsons in New Jersey last weekend, I was taken aback when Owen, the 7-year old, called something I'd done "so old school." Fortunately, my failing memory can't come up with the exact moment he used the phrase, only that I was temporarily startled,...

Stop Waiting for Permission!

I gave a talk early this morning to a group of business owners. The feedback I got was so uplifting and motivating that I decided I need to bring my message to a larger audience. "I should post videos of me sharing my experience, strength and hope to the masses -...

Do You Ever Want to Say, “C’mon God!”

I feel like a whiny brat enumerating all that I'm doing on my own behalf to get my artwork out to the right buyer. In my case, that would be an interior designer or specialty home decor store with wealthy clientele. I'm following the instructions I give my clients....

Discovering Saskia

What began as a way to fill an 8-hour day ended up being a rewarding, uplifting and satisfying adventure. I was at an intersection between my kitchen renovation completion and a rare day with no appointments on the calendar. My home studio is currently inoperable,...

Have You Even Tried?

I hear that message in my head when I reject something out of hand. Like Instagram. Too many hashtags and paper airplane thingy's. I want to reject it (before it rejects me). That voice--"Have you even tried?"-- comes from a wonderful anecdote I heard Susan Daniels...

A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to a New Webpage

First the exciting news! I've just added "Artist" to my website: janepollak.com/artist. Please check it out and let me know what you think. Your comments are invaluable. I created a powerpoint doc as a first pass (I shared it last week) and offered the assignment...

Juice is the New Chocolate

Mary, a friend and colleague in my Visions Group, works a pipeline in her sales job for a lighting company. She's got a long list of vendors as well as interior designers she's to keep in touch with regularly. During our bi-weekly sessions we brainstorm ways to...

Hey, Authors! This is for You!

The Women's Media Group (WMG) provides content-rich programming that I am fully taking advantage of. If you're a writer of any kind, this info will be useful to you. At last week's noon hour event entitled Beyond the Book: How Authors, Publishers and Agents are...

Three Things People Do in June – Part 1

Scheduling three major activities this month, I noticed that I’m a garden-variety June celebrator and entrepreneur. Like many of you, I’ll be 1) creating marketing materials for promoting my business over the next 6 months and year ahead, 2) attending a reunion (my...

Oh, To Have Nike’s Fan Base!

My wonderful trainer, Kelechi, worked me out this morning. During my quad-strengthening exercise on a machine in my building's gym, he was bent over his iPhone and was tapping. "I'm not using my phone to check messages," he assured me. "I just have to sign in at...

Be Careful What You Promise

I'm changing banks and was at the new branch office this morning for 90 minutes to open my accounts. Standard. I had allotted plenty of time for this activity. My Financial Services Rep dialed HQ's to get further information. The recorded message that came over the...