|A Note From The President |
|How Did They Do That?|
|What can Ambeck Do For You
|Formula For Success|
|Fun & Games|
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1. Anger, Tender, Direct, Rented, Range
Which of the following words is missing from above? a. Green b.
Final c. Credit d. Golfer
2. Which is the odd number out? 36, 64, 72, 25, 9?
Answers for last month's Fun & Games
1. A C F ? What letter should replace the question
mark? Answer: J
2. Weak, Specific, Facile, Sincere, Difficult, Unreal: Which two
words are opposite in meaning? Answer: Facile and Difficult
"I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned,
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"Wise people talk because they have something
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A Note From The President
Are you putting yourself out there? This is something that I
always struggle with. As an introvert, I put myself out there,
in ways that are comfortable to me. I put myself out there through
this newsletter, by attending events and by volunteering.
Is that good enough? Is comfortable good enough? I have pushed
myself by trying to read broadly and by trying new things. Yet,
when I have to put myself out there by attending social events,
I hyperventilate. For me, it never seems to get any easier. Recently,
I was invited to an after party for "Made in Jamaica,"
a film screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.
At the party, I spoke briefly with a documentary film director
who I've known for a few years. I saw an actress who I know, but
I didn't make the effort to say hi. Instead, I chose to stand
there feeling like a "fish out of water." I know better,
yet I didn't do better. After thirty minutes I escaped to the
familiar, my home.
As I write this newsletter, I realized that I have become complacent
in getting out. We all have to put ourselves out there. Yes, we
have to be selective in what we choose to be involved in, but
we shouldn't just choose what's comfortable to us.
I could say that I will make a commitment to attend at least
one event each month that I have never attended before, but that
would be a stretch. However, a commitment that I will make is
over the next 12 months, I will attend four very different events
that aren't close to any that I have ever participated in. And,
I will even strike up a conversation. How do you put yourself
out there? Are you willing to stretch yourselves to the edges
of your comfort zones?
Until next time! Avil
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A Look At How To Look At Everything by David
Finn & The Zen of Photography: How to Take Pictures With
Your Mind's Camera by Paul Lester
This month I decided to do something a little different. I like
to keep Ambeck Edge fresh. A few years ago I attended a series
of photography events hosted by the Toronto Camera Club.
Richard Lautens, a Toronto Star photojournalist led one of the
events. Richard suggests that taking the picture is easy, the
harder part is setting up the shot. Before you click, click, click,
he recommends that you first ask yourself, "What's going
on here and how do I feel about it? To me, this means that you
remove the dividing line between photographer (or amateur photographer)
In How To Look At Everything, the author David Finn writes,
"The artist Henri Matisse used to tell his students that
the inner feeling that they had when looking at something was
more important than what they saw literally with their eyes. What
was important was to "render the emotion" awakened within
them. He urged them to close their eyes and hold the vision, and
they would see the object better than with their eyes open."
How can you apply this to your life. Do you stand on the sidelines
and watch life go by, or do you fully immerse yourself in life?
Are you separate from this world or do you consider yourself to
be a part of this world?
Later in the book David asks: "Is your mind focused on other
thoughts as you try to get where you're going as fast as possible?
When you stand at the corner waiting for a traffic light to change,
does your eye wander to see what's happening while you wait, or
do you just stare at the sign that reads DON'T WALK, waiting for
it to change? Is the time you spend walking in the city a meaningful
experience, or is it just a period empty of meaning
In The Zen of Photography there are 100 Zen sayings, many
of which we can also apply to our lives. I have pulled 10 of the
sayings and listed them here as great ideas. I am sure that your
10 sayings would be very different from mine and that's why I
encourage you to read the book. I think the best way to absorb
the book is to take one saying at a time and reflect on it.
10 Great Ideas
- The past is a learning memory. The future is a yearning goal.
The present is the only moment that exists. You can stretch
that moment out forever if you are constantly aware of every
- Every person has a story to tell. Every person is looking
for a caring spirit that will listen
- When you begin to care you realize, as you look in a passersby
eyes, we have all experienced the same tragedies, triumphs and
fits of boredom. We all feel the same emotions. We are all the
- Anything can be practiced. A guitar piece to a positive way
of life. Practice is simply concentrating on a single action
or idea until it no longer exists in your conscious mind
- You can only learn when you are ready to listen
- Technology interferes with the spirit. Machinery suppresses
the fun. The mind thwarts the heart
- Your goal is not to be the best photographer, the best runner,
the best musician, the best writer, or the best anything. Your
goal, if you really need a goal, is to be yourself
- You cannot want to be anything. Either you are or you are
not. If you are, you are being your natural self and peace will
come. If you are not, your ego directs your actions and you
will always be disturbed
- A teacher learns from the student. Who then is the real teacher/student?
If the teacher is the student, then we are all students learning
from each other
- Since no one can learn unless ready, the best teacher does
not give answers. The best teacher facilitates questions
This tells me that everything is connected, we are all connected,
that there is no us against them. We can do better in life, if
we stop, listen and experience the moment. There is truth to the
adage that we should stop and smell the roses.
September's Book List
The Zen of Photography: How to Take Pictures With Your Mind's
Camera, Paul Lester
How To Look At Everything, David Finn
According to a study conducted by Advertising Age in 2005:
- In 2005, American workers spent the equivalent of 2.3 million
years' worth of 40-hour workweeks reading nonwork-related blogs
while at work
- 35 million workers, about one in four of the U.S labour force,
will read blogs and visit blog sites during the year
- On average they will spend 3.5 hours, or 9 per cent, of their
working week engaged with them
Another study by America Online and Salary.com concluded that:
- Employers spend nearly $760 billion a year paying employees
to goof off on the Web
Source: Inc. Magazine, August 2006 | Page: 77, David H. Freedman,
"What's Next: Stupid Productivity Tricks" & Management-Issues.com,
October 31, 2005, Nic Paton, "Blogs distracting U.S workers
from the day job"
How Did They Do That?
Challenge: I worked as a lobbyist for farmers. Once, the
people I was lobbying against presented me with an opportunity
to become wealthy, to "sell out' the people who employed
me, if I took a more lenient stand during negotiations.
Resolution: I was employed to do a job at a fair wage.
I refused the opportunity of personal wealth and acted with integrity.
Some of the other lobbyists made different choices, which cost
them their careers.
1. The high road is always the best road.
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Formula for Success
Like what you do and do what you like! I believe this and that's
why I have never felt unhappy to go to work. I have always created
a demand for my services, which helped me to become successful.
Because of my success, I was invited to do things I could learn
to like. I have never had to use a Curriculum Vitae (CV) to obtain
In addition, my grandmother taught me three rules to live by:
- Be honest with yourself
- Never embarrass your family
- Do good work in the community so they cannot "throw stones"
I have tried to live my life by these rules.
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