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Have you written your manifesto yet?

It’s not necessarily easy to live exactly the life you want for yourself. We all have to pay the bills, right? But what if you could live by your inner, life manifesto?

The founders of Holstee sustainable lifestyle products have based their entire business upon theirs. Brothers Mike and Dave Radparvar  began their company with the dream of an environmentally ethical lifestyle. Soon after, they decided to write a manifesto – a ‘call to action to live a life full of intention, creativity and passion’ – to back up their company, which went viral across the web (in different languages), T-shirts and posters.

Most importantly, this life-purpose statement has inspired people worldwide to live fulfilling lives – okay, and probably purchase the products (even world-acclaimed Alchemist author Paulo Coelho ‘Likes’ Holstee on Facebook). Meanwhile, the brothers reportedly still use their manifesto for guiding product decisions.

Manifestos are ‘powerful tools’ for steering life and business choices, according to Fast Company executive editor Noah Robischon. And if Holstee’s written statement isn’t enough to convince you, check out the inspiring film version here. I think a manifesto is worth a try. How about you?

Courtesy of Holstee

Courtesy of Holstee


Singing Words of Wisdom

Einstein and E = m • c2. Edison and the phonograph. The Wright Brothers and the airplane.

Thacker and telemarketer entertainment.

This morning, as I was checking emails and reading celebrity gossip at my desk, I heard the slightly muffled sound of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Can’t Stop”—my husband’s ringtone—coming from his office. I immediately tuned it out, thinking it was probably another parent calling Brian to make school holiday plans with his daughter. That was until I heard the opening bars of a very well-known song soaring from my partner’s piano, followed by some pretty slick vocals: When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me…

Courtesy of Beatlesbooks.com

I dashed out in my sock-monkey slippers to see if it was in fact true, and there was Brian, standing at the piano, singing his very best Paul McCartney. And sitting on the edge of the keyboard, his upturned mobile phone. I immediately covered my mouth to sustain my giggles and mimed, “Is it a telemarketer?” Brian gave me a quick nod as he finished the chorus, then—or was it Elvis incarnate—leaned into the receiver and said, “Thank you, thank you very much, you’ve been a great audience.” And with no sound on the other end, he hung up.

Now I don’t mean any disrespect to telemarketers. I know I shouldn’t generalize, but I am willing to wager a good number of them don’t love their jobs and simply have quotas to make. I feel for them. I myself have had to endure many a customer service gig, and will admit Brian was being just a little bit cheeky. But given the choice between swear words and words of wisdom? Hmmmm… (Oh, to be a fly on the wall at the other end of that receiver.)

The point of this story is that Brian inspired me today. It was just another example of how letting a bit of light in—or in Brian’s case, humor—can turn a little life disruption into what it really is. The small stuff.

And a good story the telemarketers can tell over cocktails later.