Monthly Archives: July 2012

“You Have to Find Out: How Do I Fit In Here?” – Heidi Klum

“You have to make things happen. There are bumps in the road: my agent, my weight, an industry looking for cool girls more than a commercial look. These are hurdles, and you have to find your way. You have to find out: How do I fit in here?”

— Heidi Klum, quoted in Elle Magazine

Heidi Klum, born in 1973 in Germany, is a supermodel, actress, businesswoman, and television producer. She produces and hosts the award-winning reality television show Project Runway and has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Elle, and Marie Claire.  She became widely known after appearing as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Heidi is mother to four children, ranging from ages 2-8.

Alexis Maybank, on Start-up Life

“You have to be constantly looking at every part of your business. Every part at some point will break, and you’ll have to rethink it. And reinvest in it.”

Alexis Maybank, on what start-up life is like
Founder and Chief Strategy Office for Gilt Groupe
Found in Elle Magazine interview, “Gilt Complex”

Alexis Maybank, along with Alexandra Wilkins Wilson and three other cofounders, created Gilt Groupe in 2007, a members-only online-sample-sale juggernaut. Alexis brought her personal passions for online shopping, devotion to New York City designer sample sales, and her background in ecommerce to create a new experience for online shopping: membership to Gilt Groupe provides instant insider access to today’s top designer labels, at up to 60% off retail. Together, the founding team of five created a new way for millions of consumers to shop curated styles, goods and services, all at insider pricing. Today, Gilt Groupe sells over a half billion dollars’ worth of product.

The Pamela Positive: “The Greatest Salesman in the World” by Og Mandino

I will persist until I succeed.

The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal. Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road. Never will I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner.

Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult.

I will persist until I succeed.

I will be liken to the rain drop which washes away the mountain; the ant who devours a tiger; the star which brightens the earth; the slave who builds a pyramid. I will build my castle one brick at a time for I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking.

I will persist until I succeed.

I will toil and I will endure. I will ignore the obstacles at my feet and keep mine eyes on the goals above my head, for I know that where dry desert ends, green grass grows.

I will persist until I succeed.

Each nay I hear will bring me closer to the sound of yea. Each frown I meet only prepares me for the smile to come. Each misfortune I encounter will carry in it the seed of tomorrow’s good luck. I must have the night to appreciate the day.

I will persist until I succeed.

So long as there is breath in me, that long will I persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles of success; if I persist long enough I will win.  I will persist.  I will win.

Og Mandino was an American author who learned from his own challenging experiences to share helpful lessons with others.  He wrote The Greatest Salesman in the World, which contains ten principles intended to alter one’s life for the better.  The third principle is “I will persist until I succeed.”  His primary message is that all people should appreciate their own value, and direct their lives with confidence.  He wrote a total of nineteen books.

The Pamela Positive: Olympic Trainer and Nike Co-Founder Bill Bowerman Tells Us, It’s Already Inside

Everything you need is already inside. Just do it.” – Bill Bowerman

I love Bill Bowerman’s quote, as he speaks to the potential and belief in each one of us…  We should always strive to be our best and to believe in ourselves, even if we don’t always achieve our immediate goal.  The importance is in the process and our motives.

We should treat ourselves and others with the utmost care, meaning, “we believe!”  The alternative is costly to our health, to what we can achieve, and to what the world will miss…

What I love is that Bill Bowerman translated this belief across many areas — personal values, sports training and business.   Believing isn’t relegated to any sector!

Bill Bowerman was a track and field coach for the University of Oregon.  In his 24 year career he trained 31 Olympic athletes, twelve American record holders, 51 All-Americans and 24 NCAA champions.  One year he won 4 NCAA titles.   In 1964 he became the co-founder of Nike.  He and his wife Barbara were married for more than 60 years.

The Pamela Positive: Peyton March on Obtaining the Things We Crave Most – Give

There is a wonderful mythical law that the three things we crave most in life – happiness, freedom, and peace of mind – are always attained by giving them to someone else.” – Peyton March

Peyton Conway March (December 27, 1864 -1955) was an American soldier and Army Chief of Staff.  He had enormous influence in preparing America for World War I, and was highly committed to upholding freedom.

March was the son of Francis Andrew March, who was a founder of modern comparative linguistics in English.  He was among the first professors to advocate English be taught in universities.

Peyton March fought in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War.  During the Russo-Japanese War, he traveled as an American military attaché with the Japanese army, and he also worked with General MacArthur.  March was promoted to brigadier general during World War I, and later to Army Chief of Staff.

The Pamela Positive: “Oh Still, Small Voice of Calm” – John Greenleaf Whittier

“Oh Still, Small Voice of Calm”

Breathe through the pulses of our desire

Thy coolness and Thy balm;

Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;

Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,

O still, small voice of calm!

– John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier (1807 – 1892) was an influential American Quaker poet and abolitionist. Highly regarded in his lifetime and after, he is remembered for his patriotic poems and a number of poems turned into hymns. Whittier grew up on a poor farm with a large extended family and little formal education. However, he was heavily influenced by Quaker ideologies of humanitarianism, compassion, and social responsibility, introduced to him by his father. He remained an outspoken proponent of abolitionism as a founding member of the American Anti-Slavery Society. Many of his early poems dealt with the cause of slavery.  After the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, Whittier turned to other forms of poetry; his most famous include Snow-Bound and Dear Lord and Father of Mankind Starting around 1850, he also wrote folksy New England ballads and narrative poems, sentimental country idylls, and simple religious poems that appealed strongly to his readers.

How is Your Business Using Your Leftovers? – A Lesson from Swanson’s Dinners

Here’s a recent team message I sent out, about smartly using what you have.  New creations are great, if you first build on the wisdom from your past experience.


Team, I’ve been studying companies’ innovations as we well know, and not only currently, but also in the past. We’ve covered trends from Google, Facebook, and social media; today, this is going to come from “Swanson’s TV Dinners.”

I think most of us know what these are. They’re dinners that are pre-made and now so many brands provide them. Swanson originated them in 1953, and there was a significant reason for them.

Swanson’s major market at the time was providing frozen turkeys for Thanksgiving dinners. The question was: What should they do with 260 tons of leftover frozen turkeys, post-Thanksgiving?

What would you do?

That was the birth of Swanson’s TV Dinners.

So how does that relate to us?

Team, I encourage you to think about what we have “leftover.”  What have we already created?  Please build off of that base.  When you work on Business Unit Planning, Website Development, New Marketing Messages, or a CSR Corporate Proposal, go back to our original wisdom.

We spend a lot of time working on our strategy and operations materials. Leverage our experience, our expertise, lessons learned, and what already exists.  Put our leftover “frozen turkeys” to good use.

I’m looking forward to hearing over lunchtime conversations, how you are innovating with our leftover frozen turkeys 🙂

All the best,