July 26, 2017

6 lessons I learned about life (and business) from Cars 3

Cars 3 movie still

I recently took the morning off to watch the new Cars 3 movie with my 5-year-old. I loved the story and characters in the first movie, so I was curious about the third installment in the Disney Cars series. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that although the story is targeted toward kids, the movie also had life (and business) lessons for all of us “big kids” as well. Luckily my son had a notebook in his backpack so I started scribbling notes in the dark.

The Cars 3 characters of Lightning McQueen (an, ahem, older racer feeling aged out of his sport), Cruz Ramirez (a female trainer who dreams of being a racer) and Jackson Storm (one of the high-tech racers taking over the sport) spoke about facing adversity, thinking creatively, gaining confidence, finding a mentor, overcoming ageism, and standing your ground. Whew—quite a lot for a so-called kids movie!

Face (and overcome) adversity

Cruz has always dreamed of being a racer, but because she thinks she doesn’t look like the other racecars, she is afraid to try. Lightning advises her, “Just because you don’t look like the others, doesn’t mean you can’t be in the race. You ARE a racer, use that.”

Think creatively

Lightening realizes that his age may be catching up with him and he just can’t keep up with the fancy, high-tech cars that are faster than him. Instead of giving up, he comes up with a creative solution to get back in the race (no spoilers, you’ll have to watch the movie!) As he says, “I can’t go out on the track and do the same old thing, it won’t work.”

Be confident

At one point when Cruz is trying to talk herself into the fact that she can be a racer, she asks Lightening “How did you know you could do it?” to which he replies, “I don’t know, I just never thought I couldn’t.”

Don’t fear failure. Be afraid of not having the chance, you have the chance! – Sally Carrera

Find a mentor

Once Lightening realizes he needs help getting back in the race, he goes out in search for a mentor. He finds a (reluctant) mentor, his coach’s former mentor Smokey, who helps him regain his confidence through unconventional training methods that encourage him to use his smarts as well as his speed. Smokey tells him, “You will never be as fast as Jackson Storm, but you can be smarter than him.”

Overcome ageism

Lightning quickly comes to the realization that the younger, faster racers have an advantage over him. When the TV announcers are predicting his retirement from racing, Lightning declares, “I decide when I’m done.” And instead of speed, he instead uses his experience and creativity to get back in the race.

Stand your ground

Toward the end of her big race, Cruz faces opposition from Jackson Storm who sees her gaining on him and says, “You’re not one of us, you don’t belong.” She confidently replies, “Yes, I do!” and goes on to…well, I won’t give away any spoilers, but I think you can figure it out.

As one of the racing announcers in the movie observes, “The racing world is changing.” Things are changing in the “real world” too. And we have to use both our smarts as well as our speed to keep up.

 

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March 3, 2014

Featured Biz Mama: Tina BarOn of Wild Dill

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Featured Biz mama: Tina BarOn

Biz Mama columnTina Bar is the founder of IMA Design Imports and the owner of the online boutique www.WildDill.com. IMA Design Imports is a specialty importer and distribution firm for design focused, eco-friendly, baby and children’s products from Israeli designers. Wild Dill is her second business, acquired in 2013 as an e-commerce venture focusing on Organic, Fair and Natural clothing and toys for little ones.

Tina and I met through my business typebaby and found that, besides having the children’s apparel business in common, we also have toddler boys of the same age. She, however, lives in a much warmer and sunnier place (Chicago has had a rough winter).

Tina BarOn of Wild Dill

Tell us a little about your business/job responsibilities.

My business is very multi-faceted in that I source products, import, wholesale and do e-commerce sales across my 2 businesses. The hardest part is keeping everything organized and on track.

What are the ages/genders of your children?

I have one little boy, who is now 2 ½.

Did you start your business before or after having children?

As most mompreneurs he was my inspiration to start my own business. We were on a family trip to introduce my son to his family in Israel and I went shopping to see what cute baby gifts I could get abroad. I was blown away by the quality and modern design that I found in baby products and was inspired to import them to the US. I spent the whole trip either online doing research or having my husband drive me around Tel Aviv to track down designers I could meet with and give my pitch. Luckily a few of them were as enthusiastic as I was and some great partnerships resulted from that visit.

How did your business life change after having children?

I now have so much more appreciation for the challenges faced by moms. It is impossible to balance everything but luckily in this space you work 99% of the time with other parents and they are very understanding about middle of the night e-mails and kids in the background on phone calls.

Describe a typical workday.

A typical workday is about 1 hour in the morning before my son gets up reading and responding to e-mails. Then I’m off to my day job and my businesses don’t get attention again until around 9 pm after my son is in bed. If I have wholesale or retail orders to get out it can be a long night of processing orders, or it can be time on the computer for lead generation and outreach to stores.

What is one tip you can share with other Biz Mamas?

Make sure you are always having fun! The pace can be hard and balance is nearly impossible to find but it’s all worth it if you have fun. I treasure and enjoy every milestone I hit whether it is a new customer, great press or a new vendor relationship.

Wild Dill

San Francisco, CA
www.wilddill.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/wild_dill
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wilddill
IMA Design Imports:  www.imadesignimports.com

November 12, 2013

Daycare holiday = Take Your Son to Work Day

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My son getting free reign at one my vendor's office!

My son exploring my vendor’s office. His favorite part: big office chairs that spin!

July 18, 2013

Baby AND a business? Yes, it’s possible!

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baby & business? Yes it's possible!

Now that I’m a mom, I have a whole new appreciation for mothers—not to mention mothers who also run a small business.

My son is about to turn two years old and I’m comfortable with my new work-family routine (or lack, thereof). However, I went into motherhood with the concept of “balance” in my head. After the first few months of sleepless nights and baby-caring days, I realized balance is not humanly possible when you have a child.

Make it work.

I was happy to hear Meg Mateo Ilasco, co-author of Mom, Inc., introduce a new term for us working mamas in this Design*Sponge post: “making it work.” You may not achieve perfect balance every day, but you can make it work for you.

Do the juggle.

Joy Deangdeelert Cho of Oh Joy! wrote a wonderful post last year about how she prepared for and ran her creative business with a new baby. She calls it “the juggle,” which is truly accurate. My days are constantly shifting and changing, as I juggle whatever work/home situation arises.

Make a plan.

As Joy mentions, being prepared is key. I wrote a post on the Creative Freelancer blog about how I prepared my small business for baby. Of course, you can’t anticipate everything (like a baby who decides to arrive 2-1/2 weeks early!) but you will feel more relaxed if you have a plan.

I’m constantly inspired and uplifted by my fellow mama-business owners who truly are getting’ it done!

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Speaking of… please vote for me in the Red Tricycle Awards for Awesome Mom-Run Businesses in Chicago! Click here and vote for typebaby.

Do you know any other moms in business who are getting’ it done?

 

July 12, 2013

Vote for typebaby in the Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards!

UPDATE! I’m happy to announce that my baby & kids line, typebaby has been nominated in two categories in the Red Tricycle’s Totally Awesome Awards: Most Awesome Mom-Run Businesses (Chicago) and Most Awesome Clothing Lines for Boys!

Red Tricycle is a fantastic online resource for parents, sharing kid-friendly events, dining, and activities in your own neighborhood. They are in multiple US cities, including most recently my hometown, Chicago.

I’m proud to be included on both of these lists, especially because they include many friends and fellow entrepreneur moms.

Click on one of the graphic below to vote for typebaby! Voting runs through August 15, 2013.

Vote for typebaby in the Red Tricycle Awesome Awards: Mom-Run Businesses

 

Vote for typebaby in the Red Tricycle Awesome Awards: Clothing Lines for Boys

September 20, 2012

New! Personalized Chronicle Books for little ones. #designmama

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Personalized goodies from Chronicle Books…and my little one’s current Chronicle fave (not available personalized though!)

Being a huge Chronicle Books fan and mama of a 1-year old, I was thrilled to hear about MyChronicleBooks.com: Chronicle Books’ new personalized products for kids. As someone who grew up with with an uncommon name, I would have loved to have one of these books!

Personalized Books are available, of course, but also Growth Charts, Lunch Boxes, Placemats, Wall Art, and paper goods, oh my!

I can’t wait to order personalized goodies for my little one—who is already a book lover, or should I say, book eater.

As a Chronicle Books affiliate, I am pleased to share this special offer!

25% off + Free Shipping on New Personalized Books and Gifts from MyChronicleBooks.com! Enter discount Code MyCB25 at checkout.