Alternative Education… is this something you have chosen for your child? I want to hear from you…

It is something I have chosen…definitely. Entrepreneurial thinking cannot be fostered in the current mainstream school environment as it is at the moment, so I’ve opted for a different path. Daughter is in year 6 now, and all is going very well…

Which leads me to “Legacy” time…
At her school, the grade 6 children decide what they would like to leave for the school community once they are on their way to bigger and better adventures in secondary school (hard to believe it’s happening already, where did that time go!)

Well… following on from this theme, a couple of parents and I have decided we too would like to contribute a Legacy of sorts…
And for it to take the form of a book of tales and tips, containing thoughts, stories and insights from far and wide, about the education we entered into… being that of an alternative variety.

We’ve decided also to open it up to reach a much wider audience than just our community. The reason for that is so we can bring together all that is the good, the bad and the ugly about what we’ve done, and/or what we’re about to do. We will be including current and past pupils, parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles and the budgie if need be! Anyone really who has been touched by this journey, from all walks of life, all ages, all connections…

So… here’s you can help…
Make yourself a cuppa (or anything else that takes your fancy) and sit in front of the computer, in front of this blog post.
Then click on (or copy and paste into your browser) this link
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3ZM38WM
and approx 15 minutes later, all will be done!

Then I ask you please, to forward this information to all you know who have been touched by the choice of alternative education.
Please invite them to do the same.

The result will be that you, and those near and dear to you, have contributed to what we hope will be the “Legacy” piece that remains long after we’ve gone. And will over time become a resource that others following will be able to use to guide their way….

Any questions, comments, suggested names even!…
all graciously received.

The survey will be available electronically for 4 weeks, with the option to extend should we need/want to. If paper copies are required, feel free to print out the survey and once completed, pop in an envelope and email me at info@theentrepreneurialmother.com for address details.

We look forward to your contribution already…
Thanks in advance!

Wealth by Marketing… what an entrepreneurial way to do it!

A quick one today…

I have just enrolled in a 1-day event called “Wealth from Marketing”, so I thought I would share it with you also…

This event is bringing together 3 marketing legends including:

* Jay Conrad Levinson – the father of Guerrilla Marketing and
* Joel Roberts, one of the best Media & Communications experts in the world.

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event. If you want to join me, I have organised a free ticket for you, valued at $597.

Just click on the link below to get your tickets, with my compliments:
http://www.wealthfrommarketing.com.au/?af=CLO2037965

I hope to see you there
DeniseHall
the entrepreneurial mother®

Focus and brilliant execution…so much more effective than a Big Idea!

The Fallacy of the Great Idea By Trevor Ginn for ChangeThis.com is right on the money. Not only will focus and brilliant execution get you a long way, being bold and opportunistic will get you that much further again. None of which require a Big Idea, just lots of small adapted ones, that keep you progressing towards your ultimate whatever!

Many entrepreneurs feel that they cannot start a business without a great idea. They believe it will be impossible to succeed without a completely new concept, as the market will already be cornered by established businesses. Only by venturing into uncharted territory can they achieve their dreams. This is the fallacy of the great idea.
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The simple truth is that it is quite possible to create a thriving business without a big idea. In fact, starting up with a tried and tested concept is very sensible. The real key to success is focus and brilliant execution. Yes, the world needs people with grand ideas who are willing to take big risks to further progress, but the world also needs small businesses creating jobs, and entrepreneurs should not be embarrassed about not having a claim on originality… read on

The End of Men? I certainly hope not, but responsibility has to be taken for where we’re at right now…

Reading through Tony Featherstone’s article “The Planet of Women” this morning in TheAge.com (which is well worth reading I might add), he brought this to my attention…

As reported in the July/August 2010 ATLANTIC MAGAZINE

Earlier this year, women became the majority of the workforce for the first time in U.S. history. Most managers are now women too. And for every two men who get a college degree this year, three women will do the same. For years, women’s progress has been cast as a struggle for equality. But what if equality isn’t the end point? What if modern, postindustrial society is simply better suited to women? A report on the unprecedented role reversal now under way— and its vast cultural consequences… read on

What if modern, postindustrial society needs to be remoulded to suit the Lifestyle that women aspire to, and that men will also definitely benefit from?

What if all considerations of Life were treated equally as importantly, without there being the lop-sided tilt towards work as it is now?

What if all the entrepreneurial mothers, who have left work as we know it to pursue their own version of what that Life needs to look like, were encouraged to return to the corporate jungle to re-vegetate and re-establish the equilibrium?

Replacing women with men will not be the entire answer, we know that. But to keep doing things as we have always done them will not rectify the straining issues right now either. At least the conversation has started…

trends…from a consumers point of view

A little while back, trendwatching.com gave us a light-hearted yet insight-heavy video edition of their trend report, featuring consumers from all over the world speaking their minds on a variety of trend topics. After all, one consumer video sometimes says more than a 20-page Trend Briefing 😉 Enjoy!

Source: www.trendwatching.com. One of the world’s leading trend firms, trendwatching.com sends out its free, monthly Trend Briefings to more than 160,000 subscribers worldwide.

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