You are truly amazing

Written By Geoff Talbot - Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog,

You are truly amazing.

I wonder how many of our readers hear this phrase as a form of flattery?

Yet the line is true, human beings are amazing, even when we are not acting particularly so. And yet for some reason we often pretend at being amazing in the digital space, we hide our flaws and we exaggerate our successes.

This is detrimental because in so doing it actually makes us less than amazing.

The parts of our stories that we maybe tempted to hide, may be the very parts that make us human, that make us real, that highlight our ability to overcome, they may be the parts that highlight just how amazing you actually are.

Nothing invites others into a genuine relationship like authenticity and vulnerability (Tweet This) — any expression of who you are online needs to involve these two characteristics.


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Our Seven Question Interview With A Remarkable Woman

We’re delighted to feature our first “7 Question – 7 Sentence Interview.”  Today’s interview is with Jane Chen the co-founder and Chief Business Officer of Embrace Innovations, a company which invented an innovative baby incubator which has already saved thousands of lives the world over. If you to support Embrace, you can donate or investigate volunteering here.


1. You and your team have created an incredible product that can save the lives of literally millions of premature babies every year, can you describe the moment when the idea of “embrace nest” was first conceived?

Embrace started out of a Stanford class in which my team was challenged to develop a baby incubator that would cost 1% of a traditional incubator; in our initial visits to Nepal to do research, we quickly realized we needed something that would look totally different – something that could function without constant electricity and be easy enough for a very basically trained healthcare worker, mother or midwife to use.


2. What is the smallest baby that “Embrace Nest has saved?

One of the smallest was a baby who weighed less than two pounds, who was rescued by an orphanage in China; the baby was kept in our warmer for nearly 30 days, survived, and was adopted by a family in Chicago!


3. Are many “western people” surprised at the enormity of the problem? (remind us exactly how many babies dies each year because of hypothermia).

Yes – many people don’t know there are 20 million low birth weight and premature babies born each year around the world, mostly in developing countries, and that 3 million babies die every year within the first month of life.


4. What sacrifices did you and your team personally have to make to bring this product to market?

The whole team moved to India after we graduated from Stanford to bring the product to market, where I lived for four years – it was extremely challenging personally for all of us, but it has definitely been worth it to have helped over 60,000 babies to date.


5. Did you have any doubters along the way? Could you tell us of one such experience?

Yes, there were people who didn’t believe a team without medical background could get this idea off the ground, and those who didn’t believe we would survive in India – we faced so many nay sayers along the way, but just kept on going.


6. What is the biggest challenge still facing your team at Embrace?

We’re now hoping to start scaling our product globally, and figuring out the best way to do that, as well as innovating on new product ideas for low cost healthcare technologies that address infant mortality.


7. What single piece of advice would you give any other young social entrepreneur wanting to follow in the Embrace team’s path?

My advice would be to take a risk and follow your dreams, because when you really want something, all the world will conspire to help you achieve it (Paulo Coehlo) – I truly believe by taking small steps in what may seem insurmountable, people can change the world.


Interview By Geoff Talbot – Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog.


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Let me introduce you to your “Number One” enemy

Written By Geoff Talbot - Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog,

Do you fear your rivals or your competitors? Why?

Other people actually have very little influence on the choices that you make everyday.

Your biggest enemy to change and new growth, isn’t outside of you, it’s inside of you, it’s your own fear.

Fear is a universal enemy for anyone looking to change the status quo; fear cause us to shrink back from taking calculated risks, fear steals the power from our instincts and fear demands that we retreat back into the cave from which we came.

Fear may appear to come to us in the form of well meaning advice of others… but it is always our own fear that we choose to either serve or deny?

Be aware of where “the fear” is in your decision making process and never let it dictate to you the choices that you should make.


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There is something EXTREMELY significant for you to do with your life.

Written By Geoff Talbot - Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog,

I think it is time to be remarkably honest.

“Your life is very short and time is very important.”

Will you be satisfied if you continue to do exactly what you are doing right now for the rest of your life?

I hope so, but will you have left the indelibly unique mark on the earth that you know is yours to leave?

Fear tells you to be careful or you may loose what you already have, but perhaps you should be more concerned about what you are missing out on?

There is something significant for you to do with your life, and you can begin doing it right now.

What are you gaining by waiting?


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Are you proud of what you are building?

Written By Geoff Talbot - Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog,

Perhaps in the end only 1 thing matters?

Should we not start everything that we do with the end in mind? Imagine running a marathon without a predefined finishing line?

When we don’t keep focussing on our finishing line, we can lose touch with what really matters, we can be easily distracted, we can fall prey to deception, we can even lose our values a long the way.

I am not trying to scare you or preach you, that is not my style — but I do believe that we have to constantly keep asking ourselves, what is it that really matters?

Are you building a life that you will be proud of?

Surely the only thing that matters, is the way that you treat other people, are you depositing goodness into those you interact with on a daily basis?


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The best question someone asked me this week…

Written By Geoff Talbot - Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog,

A blog reader asked me a great question about ‘online engagement’ this week, she asked…

“You can only listen to someone if they are willing to talk to you, getting people to leave any kind of feedback, or comment, can be an uphill struggle — so how can you engage people?”

What is your answer to her question?

For me firstly, it is very important that you know who you are trying to engage with, it is critical that you have a good sense of the type of people who are your ‘heart family’ online. Instant chemistry always makes engagement easy.

Engagement is also a process, it takes time, it takes patience and it takes skill. The goal should always be to learn and to know, not to simply achieve your desired result.

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I salute you

Written By Geoff Talbot - Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog,

It takes a brave person to start anything, it is much easier to follow.

In the last two weeks, I’ve consulted with over a dozen brave people, all who have been courageous enough to think differently.

What surprised me most was the love and respect that I felt for each person that I talked with. It was as though, in some ways we were part of the same family, connecting for the first time in our adult lives.

The same tribe.

A tribe of people who change things, a tribe of people who can’t simply sit back and tick off the years doing the things they are “supposed” to do, without ever asking “why.”

It is a fearful thing to step out into the unknown, and yet these people move with a combination of strong hearts and quivering hands on a daily basis… I salute all of them, they are our heroes.

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