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Inspiration: Sister Corita’s Rules

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Starting any new business – let along a genealogy business – isn’t easy and I often look for inspiration in various areas. While the typical sources include looking at similar businesses and looking at many blog posts, articles and online content, every so often you stumble upon something that makes you go “whoa.”

We’re not talking that cute inspirational saying that you re-tweet or a motto graphic you share with your Facebook friends or pin to a board on Pinterest. We’re talking something you take to heart, you study constantly, you actually order as a poster for your office . . . and you marvel at not only its complexity but also its simplicity. Such is the case for Sister Corita’s Rules (click the image above to embiggen).

Who Was Corita Kent?

Corita Kent was an artist and a nun in the order in the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She was also an educator and taught art at the Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles, California whose work in the field of serigraphs had a profound interest on modern art in the 1960s and 1970s. It is likely that you’ve seen work by Sister Corita although you may not realize the name of the artist.

For more information on Sister Corita, see How a Screenprinting Nun Changed the Course of Modern Art (via Gizmodo).

Sister Corita’s Rules

Rule 1

Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while.

Rule 2

General duties of a student:
Pull everything out of your teacher.
Pull everything out of your fellow students.

Rule 3

General duties of a teacher:
Pull everything out of your students.

Rule 4

Consider everything an experiment.

Rule 5

Be self-disciplined. This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them.
To be disciplined is to follow in a good way.
To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

Rule 6

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.

Rule 7

The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all the time who eventually catch on to things.

Rule 8

Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.

Rule 9

Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.

Rule 10

“We’re breaking all of the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that by leaving plenty of room for x quantities.” John Cage

Helpful hints: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything it might come in handy later. There should be new rules next week.

Where do you find inspiration?

Whether you’ve started your own genealogy business, or you’re an amateur genealogist – what inspires you and where do you go for inspiration?

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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07 November 2012 ~ Comments Off

Announcing a New Client – ReelGenie

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I am pleased to announce my affiliation with the creators of an exciting new product for the genealogy market – ReelGenie.

I’ve dubbed ReelGenie “The Genealogy Technology to Watch in 2013” since it will revolutionize family history storytelling through its intuitive, web-based movie platform. ReelGenie combines three of the most popular computing trends—online video, social media and the cloud—with a rapidly-growing interest in genealogy.

The result? The only online platform that fulfills every item on the consumer’s wish list. Here’s what ReelGenie offers:

  • Ease of Use. Have fun creating movies (not just simple slide shows) with drag-and-drop ease—and see immediate success. Users can import digital images and data from partners’ websites or upload from their computer. And adding voiceovers and background music is a breeze.
  • Elegance. Using pre-designed templates and video effects relevant to the story’s content, ReelGenie produces visually stunning movies. This process is supported by the “StoryGenie”, which walks users through the process of telling a captivating story. ReelGenie’s  Storytelling Advisor delivers expert insights via blog posts and sample videos.
  • Rich Content. ReelGenie’s curated library of premium images and music is tailored to telling family stories.
  • Affordability. ReelGenie is accessible to all users at an affordable price.
  • Social and Collaborative Appeal. Through ReelGenie’s collaborative editor, users can invite family members to contribute to the movie. With the ability to share online via Facebook and other social networks, users receive the validation and motivation to enjoy the movie-making process and come back for more.

Visit signup.reelgeniefilms.com and sign up for a sneak peek at ReelGenie once the product is launched!

I will be providing ReelGenie with the high-quality analysis, evaluation, marketing, social media and business development services which I provide specifically for the genealogy and family history community of businesses and non-profit organizations.

I’m excited to share information as I can about the ReelGenie product with the genealogy community . . . Stay tuned!

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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26 October 2012 ~ Comments Off

Thomas MacEntee Featured in Article at nextavenue and Forbes

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I’ve been featured in an article entitled Career Shift: Turn Your Hobby Into a New Job at nextavenue which is a collaborative media platform by media partners PBS, American Public Television, National Educational Telecommunications Association, and Huffington Post.

I was interview a few weeks ago by Nancy Collamer, a career coach, speaker and author of Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit From Your Passions During Semi-Retirement. You can learn more about Nancy at her website is MyLifestyleCareer.com.

The opportunity to share my “second life” career path is an honor and in the article you’ll learn how after my last firm went bankrupt, I was able to transform my hobby of genealogy into a profession. In addition, from what the author has told me, this article will be carried on Forbes.com early next week.

Stay tuned!
©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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