Mission Possible

What if you could achieve the impossible? What would that be for you? I love the fact that Felix Baumgartner from Austria broke the record for the highest jump – from the edge of the earth, and broke the speed of sound barrier on his way down.

I’m sure there were many thousands of people who said this wasn’t possible, but Felix and his team dared to believe it was, and the pursued it.

You may not have such extreme dreams, (if there is such a thing) but I do believe as Walt Disney once said, ‘the proof of the desire is in the pursuit.”

So let’s explore this for a second. In order for Flexi, and the team to achieve this dream, there was a list of requirements set:

Seven Years worth of time, mental preparation, finance investment, planning, testing and all before executing.

As he mentions halfway through this interview, ‘they had a plan and they stuck to it.’ He went on to explain how they had a list of what if’s that when he reached the edge of space, if anything was to pop up that wasn’t in their plan, the jump would be aborted. They thought of everything, from the second the parachute would be released, and had a purpose for every decision made.

This may sound like a lot of work, but it surprises me just how many people fail to set a plan in place, even though I myself have not yet achieved the goals I have set for my own life – This I do know. The more specific you can be, the more likely you are to hit the target. That is what Felix and his team did; and that is why they managed to achieve their desired outcome.

In the interview below, Felix was asked what went through his mind when he reached the top and was about to jump. He said he became humble adding; “Sometimes you have to go up high, to understand how small you really are.”

You don’t even need to go to the edge of space to get this revelation. I got this revelation as I left on my own for New York, for the first time. Although, there is a certain profoundness that is added to such revelation when it comes from a man who’s just jumped 128k from space.

If I do nothing back make you think today, then I’ve done this post justice. I hope you will do something good with this encouragement, and I hope that you can see that if you are a person, ‘who doesn’t see the point in making plans’ then you already did, ‘you made a plan to fail.’

The power of choice

Watch this powerful music video by Rudimental. It’s a powerful and moving story of how our choices can lead us on two very different paths.

Which leads me to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter how you start in life, it matters how you finish. Every day we make choices that affect our tomorrow, which means we have the power to choose how tomorrow looks.

What you do today will flow into the Friday and so forth, so even if some challenges come your way today, how you respond to them will determine the altitude of your tomorrow.

We can choose many things today. Some of these may be:

– hope or depression

– love or hate

– kindness or selfishness

– curry or soup

– boots or flats

– press on or give up

– give or don’t give

– positive or negative

They are greatly varied;  but big or small they all add up. Here’s a good question to ask ourselves daily – are the decisions we make leading us to where we want to go in life?

Rudimental- Not Giving In from Josh Cole on Vimeo.

Just because we can…

I’m not sure if many of you reading this, know me other than the writer behind The Social Exchange, or the chick who writes a bunch of posts on business, social media and leadership? If anyone doesn’t know me at all and interested in finding out more about how it changed my life; you can read that here, on The Good Web Guide website.

Tonight’s post came out of a desire to find a place where I could talk about the above-mentioned areas, which I am passionate about, and The Social Exchange was a place where I could do that away from previous blogs where I have shared other kinds of posts (also motivational) – it seems I am challenged to write anything outside of motivational;  when it comes to writing for myself. However, today I have been inspired and encouraged to write this post, just because I can.

Sometimes structure is good, and writing formal posts that address business is great, but there are also times where we can get stuck and in a rut and that my friend is why I am waffling on, in this post, to help myself more than anyone, break out.

Life is multifaceted, and I am too. I want to write about fashion, and baking, and books, and fiction and heck I want to write about anything I want. Ideally I want to write about it and engage with some other folks on the subject of choice, hence why I called it the ‘social’ exchange.

So what’s stopping me?

That is the million dollar question.

This battle to be structured and stay on point is a tiresome battle at times. Maybe a girl just wants to have a little fun once a while and post pictures of cool things:

Like this…

..and this…

No not a ring. 😛 Just the box! Like cake in a jar, who doesn’t like good surprises? Or going to exotic places?

Do you want to know the cool thing about all this venting in this way?  This is exactly what many businesses need to do, open up! Shed a little humour, colour; show a splash of personality for crying out loud! Let’s have a little fun, like innocent, or a send a greeting card with moo. The most amazing thing about creating a space to do that – whether it be Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or a blog – is can express who we are as a team, as a company, as a individual for not other alternative reason that just because we can.

This is The SOCIAL Exchange, right?

Well I just exchanged something, how about you do too!

Cake in a Jar

I had a completely different blog planned for The Social Exchange this week. However, I decided to write about something off the cuff, so be prepared. This is a little bit of a brain dump post. Today, I decided to write about this:

CAKE IN A JAR!

There’s nothing special about this except maybe that it’s pretty, multi-coloured and probably full of sugar and E numbers. This is simply cake in a jam jar. Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve not thought too much about eating cake from a jam jar and yet as the cupcake market (in my opinion) becomes saturated and most likely hit it’s peak, the question begs what’s next for the cake industry. Well on researching the current market share for the cake industry, (yes I am a geek like that) here is what I found:

If you managed to read that you would have read that the industry is facing a few challenges of it’s own at the moment, although the cake category did show some growth by 1.1%. So what does all this mean, and what am I getting too?

Well, first, I included the above clip from a well-respected industry report as it confirms my thoughts on how the consumers buying pattern has changed; And secondly, why I believe believe that this, cake in a jar, is the next big thing. Yes, tt’s nothing new, in fact if you look online it’s already circulating pinterest, and various sites and blogs in America – the pioneers who revived the cupcake and the whoopie pie, in recent times.

I believe cake in a jar is the next innovative thing to show up for two reasons:

  1. It’s innovative
  2. It’s innovative

We love things in a box! I love things in a box. It makes us feel special. We have become crazed with shopping online and the packaging of little boxes from companies like Amazon, Graze, Moo, and others. because it makes us feel special. It’s a shot in the dark, but I’m pretty sure I’m right on this. As the economy has tightened our spend, we are way more careful in what and how we spend our pennies, and we are more likely to spend it on something that makes us feel special, or on something that we really really like than to spend it on something that is simply average.

I was a subscriber to Graze for a few months and loved awaiting that small and slim brown package filled with healthy treats, and I am still obsessed with purchasing from Amazon and Moo.com for similar reasons. Cake in a jar excites me, and I’m willing to bet it will excites you too. Even if you still say no right now, like with most things, there is a tipping point and I’m I believe cake in the jar is just about to be called upon, by the cake consumers of this fine country!