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Welcome to Reinvention, a beBee community hive for members seeking information and support. We welcome people from all walks of life, and and from all stages of personal and professional growth.

Sometimes in life, one is faced with circumstances which necessitate that he or she either honestly examine what is and is not conducive to his or her life either personally or professionally, or else. A fearless and thorough examination, though, is not enough; in order to effect positive changes one must put a sound plan of action into motion.

Here in Reinvention, our common bond is that of not only recognizing our respective challenges, but also of guiding eachother in finding and implementing lasting solutions. On-topic questions, insights, and anecdotes are encouraged; stories of personal experience, strength, and hope are adored.

Reinvention' hive's general code of conduct is simple and straightforward. 1) An atmosphere of mutual respect and courtesy is the rule of this hive, rather than the exception. 2) Participation in the Reinvention hive is at-will and is publicly viewable, therefore, appropriate discretion is encouraged for one's posts and/or interactions. 3) Reinvention hive does not offer professional legal or medical advice; no content posted to this hive should be assumed as such.

The beBee Reinvention hive was created on November 5, 2016. Its Ferns background is a CC0 (Creative Commons Zero) image, and the bronze statue image was taken by the hive manager, Chris Dixon.
  1. ProducerNikki Petersen

    Nikki Petersen

    Dabrowski's Sweater
    Dabrowski's SweaterA post from @Ali Anani brought Dąbrowski to the front of my mind today.  If you're not familiar with Kazimierz Dąbrowski, he was a psychologist that was particularly interested in the development and functioning of gifted children.  He brought us...


    Chris Dixon
    22/11/2016 #2 Chris Dixon
    The relevance of this fantastic piece far trancends entrepreneurial bounds; on a basic human level the metaphor of life reinvention is undeniable.
    Deb Helfrich
    22/11/2016 #1 Deb Helfrich
    Wow! Best use of extended metaphor ever, @Nikki Petersen, as you are one master knitter of entrepreneurial fables.

    Let me mention @Ali Anani, as I know he enjoys seeing the writing he has inspired.

    I myself am at the stage of wondering why all the yarn is scratchy and smelly. I need ... well as I was searching for an appropriately different approach I had the clearest image. So clear, in fact, I got up to go shear my own sustainable yarn critter.

    Is this meta enough? In trying to figure out my business, I again get an image of my dog, who has the softest, most delicious smelling fur ever. I love to groom her and her immense tufts of strong, soft, useful fur has always intrigued me.

    I am open and curious what you might make of this, especially as the sales of my dog memoir have not broken any records so far.
  2. ProducerMark Blevins

    Mark Blevins

    Don't Be A CopyCat
    Don't Be A CopyCatI was talking to a lady this morning at the bus stop downtown. She had some college books. She told me she was a medical student. It would take a year and a half to get her degree. She asked me what classes I had. I told her that I got back from...


    debasish majumder
    17/11/2016 #2 debasish majumder
    Great insight @Mark Blevins! enjoyed read. thank you for sharing the post.
    Max Carter
    17/11/2016 #1 Max Carter
    Never underestimate the power of simply being you and it having an impact. It's not about what you want, it's about the way you are and who are in being you that inspires them.
  3. Jared Wiese

    Jared Wiese

    Jared Wiese
    How to Redesign Your Life With Just 3 Questions
    www.success.com This is your life. What do you want it to look...


    Jared Wiese
    13/11/2016 #2 Jared Wiese
    #1 These can indeed be tough questions, Chris.
    I also agree taking ANY action on these concepts can change your life!

    Thank you very much for the wonderful comments.
    Chris Dixon
    13/11/2016 #1 Chris Dixon
    The concepts laid out with this article may seem intimidating to those who quite honestly, have not had a say in their life circumstances. After all, what good is a bandaid for treating a bleeding artery, right? Reinvention hivers, if this sounds too personally familiar, hang in there and read this article anyway. The directions in which it may point your minds may surprise you.
  4. ProducerGraham Edwards

    Graham Edwards

    Anger or reflection... which would you choose?
    Anger or reflection... which would you choose?In one of my more philosophical moments the other night, I happened to mention that I remember hearing about an ancient oriental philosophy that says, "If a valuable glass breaks you should not be angry with it being broken, but instead reflect on...


    Graham Edwards
    13/11/2016 #35 Graham Edwards
    Thanks @CityVP Manjit... appreciation is also a good word.
    CityVP Manjit
    13/11/2016 #34 CityVP Manjit
    #31 Dear Graham, I say learn to go into our anger for emotion is always sending us a message that we do not hear, yes we feel the emotion but do not hear it. Thus instead of anger or reflection I offer anger AND appreciation. Appreciation has the kind of depth to it that enjoyment does not have and in the context of kintsugi, that depth can be termed spiritual, and in learning about kintsugi I now see how that this very appreciation invigorates the imagination and thus take us from this depth that is spiritual to the physicality of the beautiful - and here I see in the kintsugi craft a great profundity - a flow of artistry from spiritual to physical.
    Graham Edwards
    13/11/2016 #33 Graham Edwards
    #13 Thanks for your comment @Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Graham Edwards
    13/11/2016 #32 Graham Edwards
    #12 Thanks for the comment @Tony Rossi. Yes, we are bigger than a single moment... but then again some moments can be very big.
    Graham Edwards
    13/11/2016 #31 Graham Edwards
    #10 Thanks of the comments @CityVP Manjit. My point was that when something breaks it is better to reflect on all the enjoyment you got out of what was broken instead of getting angry that it is broken. You offer other interesting perspectives... thanks.
    Graham Edwards
    13/11/2016 #30 Graham Edwards
    #11 Thanks for the comment @David Lisle. That was my intent.. reflect on all the joy, etc that came with what was broken... not get angry (or reflect) on the fact it is now broken.
    Graham Edwards
    13/11/2016 #29 Graham Edwards
    #9 Thanks for the comment @Pamela L. Williams... it is our unique character that makes us special and gives us the ability to do anything.
    Graham Edwards
    13/11/2016 #28 Graham Edwards
    #8 Thanks for the comment @Lisa Gallagher
    Graham Edwards
    13/11/2016 #27 Graham Edwards
    #7 Thanks for reading and sharing @John Rylance.
    Graham Edwards
    13/11/2016 #26 Graham Edwards
    #6 That is a great story @Paul Frank Gilbert... thank you for sharing.
    Graham Edwards
    13/11/2016 #25 Graham Edwards
    #5 I agree @Renée Cormier... we are all more beautiful than we think. Thanks for reading.
    Graham Edwards
    13/11/2016 #24 Graham Edwards
    #4 And what an impressive Kintsugi it is @Kevin Pashuk. Thanks for reading!
    Graham Edwards
    13/11/2016 #23 Graham Edwards
    #3 Thanks for the comment @Alan Culler. It is appreciated.
    Graham Edwards
    13/11/2016 #22 Graham Edwards
    #2 Thanks so much for the kudos @Phil Friedman. It is greatly appreciated!
    Graham Edwards
    13/11/2016 #21 Graham Edwards
    #1 Thanks for the note . I totally agree!
    Irene Hackett
    13/11/2016 #20 Anonymous
    #19 Thank you @CityVP Manjit for your patience with my learning. I am so grateful and will take the time to review the link you supplied.
    CityVP Manjit
    13/11/2016 #19 CityVP Manjit
    #18 I am using the word "renaissance" until a better descriptor comes along. Certainly the context I hold "renaissance" in is more than a cycle of rebirth or awakening. The problem is Satyug which means the "golden age" is also imbued as a cycle and in that context we are in the age of kalyug (dark ages) which in Vedic terms is set to continue for another 400,000+ years, at the end of which it is the end of the world. The last thing I want to focus on is end-times no matter who likes to preach or engage that.

    A good example of it is the Golden Age of Greece http://www.historymuseum.ca/cmc/exhibitions/civil/greece/gr1050e.shtml

    Given a choice between the word "enlightenment" and "renaissance" - I prefer to imbue new meaning to the expression "21st Century Renaissance". The problem here is that I am not thinking of awakening as an age, but our DNA as in evolution rather than mysticism.

    As the 21st Century advances into profound transformation, we have reached an age where even the human genome is beginning to be deciphered, a time where the mysterious human brain is being examined as a neural network and the two combined have technologists talking about singularity.

    So the word "21st Century Renaissance" is more than enlightenment but still at the human level, whereas singularity addresses post-human realities. Since I don't presently know what to call that, I will settle for the moniker "21st Century renaissance" - and so I continue to lack a more poignant word to describe this. The Golden Age of Athens lasted for about a century.
    Irene Hackett
    13/11/2016 #18 Anonymous
    #17 Thank you @CityVP Manjit for the qualification of "unnecessary pain". However, I don't see the difference as it is still pain - and it seems that humans have always been creators of "unnecessary pain" as part of the human condition. And I see this still being an impetus for a 'culture of rebirth, when there is a new interest in something that has not been popular in a long time' - i.e., renaissance. The US election is an example of 'unnecessary pain' that could be the impetus that leads us back to the concerns of our founding fathers. Perhaps I am not fully grasping your meaning of renaissance - but I am open and willing to learn.
    CityVP Manjit
    13/11/2016 #17 CityVP Manjit
    #15 Dear Irene, let me qualify "unnecessary pain". The industrial age and the prison of archaic hierarchies have little leg-room in a developing knowledge age. Unnecessary pain is NEVER an impetus of renaissance, it is the leading indicator that we are drifting to the dark ages. Fortunately, while we are all still in the dark ages, we are at the end of this dark age and the distance light at the end of this tunnel points to renaissance. Where kintsugi is highly relevant in this context is that we don't have to discard the broken pieces of the industrial age - but have the creative imagination to treat the industrial age as raw material for moving into the light. I will never seek to open the pandora's box of pain that the industrial age created - instead I celebrate the human spirit that becomes resilient in imagination because the adversity is opportunity, but not in unnecessary pain where adversity is horror.
    Tony Rossi
    13/11/2016 #16 Tony Rossi
    #14 @CityVP Manjit you had me at TEDtalk... :-) Thanks again for sharing your profound insight with us.
  5. Chris Dixon

    Chris Dixon

    Reinvention starts with a mindset recalibrated for success, then reinforced by positive change. The catch is, these aspects are dependent upon on another and they do require action. The benefits, though, are undeniable.
    Chris Dixon
    Why We Need To Talk About Self-Identity In Entrepreneurship
    yfsmagazine.com You’re not doing it all wrong, you’re just doing it...
  6. Kirk Rhoads

    Kirk Rhoads

    Kirk Rhoads
  7. ProducerLisa Gallagher

    Lisa Gallagher

    It's that time again? The Gift of Giving
    It's that time again? The Gift of GivingIt's that time of the year again, the Holidays are fast approaching. I was just complaining a few weeks ago about Christmas shows already airing on the Hallmark channel and now we have Holiday commercials rolling out. So, instead of allowing myself...


    Chris Dixon
    12/11/2016 #34 Chris Dixon
    #33 Thank you so much, @Lisa Gallagher. Much obliged, my thoughtful friend.
    Lisa Gallagher
    12/11/2016 #33 Lisa Gallagher
    Thanks @Chris Dixon for reposting my buzz to the reinvention hive. I just joined your hive!!
    Lisa Gallagher
    07/11/2016 #32 Lisa Gallagher
    #31 Hi @Katja Bader, What a wonderful story and very creative to pack shoeboxes with essentials like a toothbrush. Such a a valuable lesson for children to learn this is what life is really about, the unselfish caring for others. Learning early to be fortunate for what they have and giving is always better than receiving. I wish there was a way to begin a movement in which many people globally could do things like this throughout the year.
    Katja Bader
    07/11/2016 #31 Katja Bader
    A very nice and valuable tradition! For us parents we have got the duty to teach our children not to take everything for granted and not to forget the poor ones. In Germany in the time before Chrismas there is an activity called " Weihnachten im Schuhkarton" (Chrismas in a shoebox). The church is organizing it. Everybody can pack a shoebox for a girl or a boy with clothes, toys, sanitary articles, exercise books, crayons etc. We always put a chrismascard with greetings in it, too to make it more personally. Then the box is packed into wrapping paper.
    You bring it to the church and the church is organizing the transport to countries where the children need it.
    I packed a lot of boxes with my four children over the years...One time when I put a toothbrush to the other things in the box, my son asked me: Do you really think the boy will be glad about a toothbrush? And I explained him, that maybe this boy had no toothbrush for a long time because there is no money to buy one. My son was astonished and asked: Could we please put three toothbrushes in it? He understood.
    Lisa Gallagher
    07/11/2016 #30 Lisa Gallagher
    @David B. Grinberg, thanks so much for sharing!
    Lisa Gallagher
    07/11/2016 #29 Lisa Gallagher
    #26 @Chris Dixon, I could not agree more and congrats on your recovery. My sister is a recovering alcoholic too.. 2 yrs this month! She quit drinking for herself first but also for my mom because she knew mom worried about her. Mom had terminal cancer when my sister quit. We worried when mom was on her death bed that my sister might have a relapse but she didn't. We were elated for her. Mom died knowing my sister was becoming much healthier. As for faith without works, yes.. yes! I really feel sad when people say, "I will pray for you," those who are close enough to help and do nothing, as if G-d is going to wave a magic wand and make it all better. Thanks for sharing just a small bit of your story too.
    Lisa Gallagher
    07/11/2016 #28 Lisa Gallagher
    #25 Great quote by MLK @David B. Grinberg! I believe the more we put time into thinking about others, well we begin to crave it and it just becomes a natural part of our lives.
    Lisa Gallagher
    06/11/2016 #27 Lisa Gallagher
    #24 Thank you very much @mohammad azam khan!
    Chris Dixon
    06/11/2016 #26 Chris Dixon
    #17 Thank you, @Lisa Gallagher. I was taught early on in my recovery that there is a difference between feeling thankful (an emotion) and expressing gratitude (taking action, being of service). It has been long said that faith without works is dead. Gratitude, then, can surely be percieved as a physical manifestation of one's faith, don't you agree?
    David B. Grinberg
    06/11/2016 #25 David B. Grinberg
    Excellent advice, Lisa, we all need to put others before ourselves. As civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing to help others?"
    Mohammad Azam Khan
    06/11/2016 #24 Mohammad Azam Khan
    Those are such blessed ways as to have come to fruition over generations. Thank-you for the share.
    Lisa Gallagher
    06/11/2016 #23 Lisa Gallagher
    Thanks for sharing @Michele Williams!
    Lisa Gallagher
    06/11/2016 #22 Lisa Gallagher
    #21 #21 Hi @Michele Williams, by all means, feel free to borrow! I'm so happy my traditions along with my mom's are being carried over into the lives of not just my children but their children (my grandchildren) too. If we can see the world through other's experiences it benefits not only us but many! Thanks for reading my buzz :)
    Michele Williams
    06/11/2016 #21 Michele Williams
    What wonderful traditions. I will borrow them. I am writing a chapter on teaching business school students and executives about the importance of trusting others and being trustworthy. Being able to see the world through other people's experiences is key.Your traditions do that.
    Lisa Gallagher
    06/11/2016 #20 Lisa Gallagher
    Thanks for sharing @Claire Cardwell!
    Lisa Gallagher
    06/11/2016 #19 Lisa Gallagher
    Thanks for sharing @Milos Djukic & @Chris Dixon!
    Lisa Gallagher
    06/11/2016 #18 Lisa Gallagher
    #16 I appreciate your friendship @Milos Djukic, so THANK YOU!
    Lisa Gallagher
    06/11/2016 #17 Lisa Gallagher
    #15 Couldn't agree more @Chris Dixon, gratitude sure is an integral facet of a person's life. I'm sure we all have days we forget all that we have to be grateful for but if we are able to feel that gratitude more often than not and share it with others in many ways, then we are blessed. I have days I honestly need to remind myself that I have SO much to be grateful for and that helps to bring me back to a good place. I've been working on a gratitude journal. I thought of doing a gratitude Vlog but not sure yet. Thanks for your comment and nice to connect with you!
    Milos Djukic
    06/11/2016 #16 Anonymous
    Thank you dear @Lisa Gallagher.
    Chris Dixon
    06/11/2016 #15 Chris Dixon
    For countless men and women in 12-step recovery fellowships, November is known as "Gratitude Month." There is a truism in one of those fellowships which states in effect, that we only keep the gifts with which we have been blessed by giving them away. Gratitude is by no means restricted to a particular month; ideally, it becomes an intregal facet of one's life.