You’re More Beautiful Than You Think

dove you're more beautiful than you think

This post is inspired by my sister-n-law who’s theme for her 60th birthday is “Hello Beautiful”.  Having recently attended her birthday party the video below caught my attention.

I’m tipping my hat once again to Dove for it’s branded content series.  In this one Dove employed a sketch artist to show women the dramatic difference between how they see themselves and how others see them.

Dove’s campaign proves that marketing can be powerful when it tells the truth.  It’s even more powerful when it forces you to see the truth.  And according to Dove…you’re more beautiful than you think.

A Message To the White Supremacy Groups and All Other Color Struck Folks

angelica dass humane project

Turns out white folks, black folks, yellow folks, and all the other color struck folks have got it wrong.  We are all closer in color than we realize.  You see your eyes aren’t the best tools you have for picking up on someones skin color, it’s actually your ears.

If you could  pick up on the sound waves human skin gives off, as the worlds first cyborg Neil Harbisson does, you’d actually realize we are all shades of orange.

Since it’s not likely that you’ll end up cyborg, you could simply take the Bible’s word for it.  Turns out the Hebrew word Adam which in scripture denotes both the person Adam and mankind (that’s U and me) means Red or ruddy (reddish person/reddish people).  Ruddy is defined as a healthy red color.  So when Neil says that he hears all humans as some shade of orange he’s in the right place in Gods color wheel (orange is next to red on the color wheel).  Thanks to Samsung you can watch a short documentary on the the worlds first cyborg and how he came to hear colors…I’ve posted it below.

Camera lenses also do a much better job at actually showing us how similar we all are on the color wheel.  Many thanks to Angelica Doss for her Humane Project which proves how close different races of people are along the Pantone.  You can see her project here, you can listen to her TED Talk here.  Really check them out its fascinating.  Thank you Angelica!

Something To Make You Go Hmm!  Looks like Grand Master Flash and The Furious Five somehow also knew this truth way back in 1982 when they rapped the lyrics to Survival the Message 2 “…blacks and whites don’t realize that they’re really pink and brown”.  Guess what you get when you combine pink and brown?  Yea, a ruddy color.

Sometimes U Just Need 2 Call Out Sick

jimi hendrix

There are events that define our times.  Most people can remember where they were when Kennedy, and King were shot.  But do you know where most people were when Hendrix played Star Bangled Banner at Woodstock?  They were at work.

In 1969 a half-million people attended Woodstock from August 15th through the 17th.  However, on Monday, August 18th 470,000 of them went 2 work (or 2 school) and missed the performance that has come to define Woodstock itself – Hendrix’s Star Bangled Banner.

That day Hendrix played for more than two hours including a rare encore performance to an almost empty crowd.  If you were one of the 470,000 who left early to go to work you simply missed the greatest guitar player in history, playing histories greatest concert.  Can’t get it back.

Oh say can you see 470,000 people kicking themselves in their butts for going 2 work.  Sometimes u just need 2 call out sick.

Independence 2Day

american flag

As millions of Americans celebrate Independence Day 2day, most don’t actually have their independence. They’ve willingly given their independence up a little bit at a time to to a boss, an investor, creditors, or a credit card company.

The industrial revolution convinced land owners (entrepreneurs) to forfeit their independence for the lure of factory work and life in a city. For nearly 100 years it worked out fine. But that system is broken and has been replaced with a new one called a connected economy.

The connected economy is offering you back your independence. You just need to have the courage to leap and grab it.  You don’t have to take one big leap, U can take a bunch of little ones.

Uncomfortable

Jillian Michael says that if you want to change your body then you need to get comfortable being uncomfortable.

That fact is that if you want to change anything at all then you have to be comfortable being uncomfortable.  You also need to be comfortable making others uncomfortable.  That’s because everyone resits change.

Trying to address poor performance, or behavior in an employee is uncomfortable for you and the employee.  But it’s necessary for improvement.

If there’s anything at all you want to change (make better, make different) then you need to get used to saying these words to yourself and others – ‘This is going make be uncomfortable’.