Be the surfer

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Be the surfer

How surfers in Guincho remind me of business hustle by Nikki Bentley

As creative nomads we find places that enable us to do our best work wherever we travel - cafés, co-working spaces, hotels, beaches even. I’m always looking for my WiFi connection with the right mix of buzz without noise, funky but cozy.

I have a favourite such spot outside Lisbon which overlooks the beautiful beach of Guincho on Portugal’s Atlantic coast.  And recently whilst enjoying a coffee and some thinking there, I got to observe the surfers who favour this particular beach for its high quality and consistent beach breaks.

The waves were good that day. For it is not so every day. And the surfers paddled out, rising up and over the swell, ducking under the whitewater until they reached the line-up. Here they would patiently wait for their wave, skillfully watching and timing their turn and rise to board as the crashing tide carried them to shore. They’d fall, climb back onto their board, and paddle back out to repeat the process. 

They did this for hours that day as I admired their tenacity. For they were not always well rewarded. Not every wave gave them a perfect ride. Sometimes their choices were poor, and the wave took them nowhere. But they would still turn, paddle back out and take the next wave. And I felt their exhilaration, the sense of achievement, and pure joy they got from a good ride. It must be worth all the wasted attempts, the paddling, the waiting and timing.

I imagined it’s much like running a business. Not every lead pays off. Not every job gives you the rush or allows you to perform your best art. Not every day feels worth it. But you keep getting out there. You keep paddling out because you know there is another wave still forming for you.  It is only when you’re out at the break line that you get the chance to ride that wave. 

It’s all about tenacity and timing.  In business, as it is in surfing.

Be the surfer.

Photo credit: Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

#surfing #business #tenacity #waves #timing #enjoytheride



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Top 100 Influencer 2018

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Top 100 Influencer 2018

Super excited to announce our Founder & CEO Nikki Bentley has been voted 2018 Top 100 Influencer.

Thanks to Creativepool for the nomination (and the annual!)

https://www.linkedin.com/in/bentleynikki/

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BAA Winners!

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BAA Winners!

Tribal animators Dog & Rabbit have picked up the GOLD in Best Film/TV Graphics at the British Animation Awards 2018 for the Travel Channel Hiker film we created.

Super proud that our work with Pauline continues to fill up the trophy cabinets! 

#rockstar #animators

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nominated!

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nominated!

So thrilled that our Travel Channel film 'Hiker" has been nominated at Promax BDA Europe. Fingers crossed for awards night...

Dog & Rabbit kudos, of course! #PromaxBDA #Rome

You can see the full series here

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Swim or Sink

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Swim or Sink

What my three year old nephew taught me about creative entrepreneurs - By Nikki Bentley

Has anyone else got that uncomfortable feeling at the moment, the sense that you’re doing something totally out of your comfort zone? Don’t worry. You’re growing, learning, becoming even more brilliant - so popular opinion goes. Easier said than done, right?

This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot recently and nothing bought it home to me more than watching my nephew learn to swim this summer.

I spent an amazing time in Portugal with my family, and got to observe my niece (6) and nephew (3) in and out of the pool every day (the sun shines a lot in Estoril!). Over the course of August my nephew went from gingerly clinging to the side of the pool to vigorously hurling his entire body into the deep end. His dogged determination to push his boundaries took him out of his comfort zone and into the deep end. (While we watched protectively from the side, obviously)

And as with so many things in life, this got me thinking about business, and my business. And particularly creative entrepreneurs and what it means for us to take risks and push ourselves out of our comfort zones.

For me, watching my nephew’s joyful progress in the pool was a great analogy to how we can turn up with purpose each day. And I committed to being more like my nephew as a creative entrepreneur; to let go of the sides and keep throwing myself, with great joy and intent, into the deepest end of the biggest busiest business pool.

I’m getting out of my comfort zone these next couple of months. Who’s coming with me?

You can join our creative community through our Facebook group here.

As published on LinkedIn

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M$W

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M$W

Million Dollar Women | Three Things by Nikki Bentley

I’ve been talking about the #Million Dollar Woman Summit a lot! To my tribe, my clients, my mentors and friends. And all this talking happens to coincide with the second year anniversary of me founding Perfect Tribe.

It’s been an interesting year since I shared my Y1 Lessons, and I've continued to grow and meet amazing people on my entrepreneurial journey. Something that stuck with me from the Million Dollar Women Summit in New York came from master sommelier Alpana Singh who said being an entrepreneur is a messy business, and to pretend it's not does other entrepreneurs a disservice.

So I want to share a few more insights from the summit. Finding inspiration from successful business founders has certainly helped me stay on my creative path these past two years.

Firstly, it’s important to talk about the powerhouse behind the movement to see ONE MILLION female entrepreneurs reach ONE MILLION dollars in revenue by 2020. Julia Pimsleur is leading the charge on changing statistics for female business owners. Hugely underwhelmed by the projections for success and investment in her own business, she has set about making a difference (and smashing prejudices on the way too!) Awesome. 

Which is why I am so excited to be a part of the #MDWSummit 2018 Leadership Team!

There are so many things I'm implementing into my business from this year's event, but here are Three Things that resonated with me:

1. 148

This is the number of “no’s” Kathryn Minshew got when pitching her startup up (now multimillion dollar job search website!) The Muse to investors. Imagine walking away from 148 meetings where your dream and vision has been dismissed, disliked… hell, stomped all over! Imagine having the courage to walk into your 149th meeting. The meeting where you get the "yes". Imagine believing so much in ‘your something’, never doubting your idea and never giving up on your purpose. Just imagine.

2. Kick that bloody door down…

… and make sure you drag another woman through it behind you!

This was again Alpana talking about how, as female business owners, we can make a conscious effort to change the landscape for other women who are following our entrepreneurial paths. I loved this concept for being so simply honest, and immediately implementable. It’s something we’re already so totally driving in our day to day at Perfect Tribe. We got you, sista!

3. F.O.C.U.S. Focus.

I attended two workshops within the packed summit schedule, and both were so awesome. Pia Silva, author of “Badass your Brand” and Bruce Eckfeldt of E&A both spoke about how important focus is to scaling, and building a profitable service based business. Figure out what it is your business (i.e. you) loves doing the most. And then focus on doing more of that.

So I’m taking this (and so much more wisdom), along with an awesome community of entrepreneurial female business founders with me into Perfect Tribe Year Three.

Here’s to seeing you all on the other side. But more importantly, here’s to seeing you all along the way.

Stay Creative. Be Courageous.

 

Header illustration iamge by Imagethink.net who created amazing visual summaries of each session. 

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New York Festival Winners!

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New York Festival Winners!

Super excited that our collaboration with Pauline & team at Scripps Network International continues to bring home the trophies for us!

The Travel Channel film Little White Van Man was awarded at the New York Festivals Television and Film Awards 2017.

#ShoutOut to tribal animators Dog&Rabbit for their awesome skilz and dedication to creative excellence. #respect

You can see the other (just as awesome but sadly not-awarded!) films here.

 

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tribal shoutout: superestudio

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tribal shoutout: superestudio

This tribal shoutout goes to the awesome Argentineans, Superestudio. They’ve been on our radar for a while now, and we’ve always been impressed by their unique design style and the ingenuity they bring to their work.

So we’re super thrilled to be partnering with them in Europe on branding projects.

Their most recent piece of awesomeness was for the rebrand of nickelodeon in the US (with plans to roll the branding out internationally, we’re told). Fun, vibrant and just full of life; we love how every time we watch this we see something different.

They’ve already made some headway into Europe too with the recent rebrand of TMC, one of TF1 France’s channels. Check out these publicitè bumpers with their cool and attention grabbing play on ‘ten’.

So if you don’t know them, where have you been?!? And if they’re not on your channel branding agency speed dial list, get that sh*t sorted!

(If you'd like an introduction to the daring duo of Ezequiel and Marcos let us know here with I Need Awesome!

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Our 2017 Keywords

We had such great feedback from everyone on their 2017 keywords, so we made a little animation to capture our key areas of focus and celebrate the year ahead....

Don't forget to enjoy your creative journey...

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A SURVEY: What is 2017 about for you?

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A SURVEY: What is 2017 about for you?

Happy 2017.

As we leave 2016 behind and look forward to the year ahead we wanted to take a moment and have some fun together!Every New Year brings a time of reflection and planning, and it's important that we enjoy and celebrate the process too. So we're looking to capture the two words that we each believe will define our 2017 and create some art with them; something to connect us in support and solidarity as the year unfolds.

For us at Perfect Tribe our year is going to be about CONNECTION and IMPACT. We are going to grow our network of great creative minds all around the world, and really live our ambition to create work that resonates emotionally. But we're also going to have fun doing it.

So, what is your 2017 going to be about?

If you want to include your top two priorities in our animation use this link to fill out an online sheet by end of January 2017 and join our tribal news network to see the final animation. It will only take 20 seconds and your words will be added to the final creative piece which we'll share for you to enjoy and reflect on.

We're excited to see what we create together with this!

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PromaxUK Nomination

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PromaxUK Nomination

So super chuffed that our work with Pauline and team at the Food Network has been recognised in the UK and nominated in the Promax UK Awards Competition.

Awards night is 04.11.16 in London; we'll be there with horns! See you then.

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Tribal ShoutOut: Dog & Rabbit

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Tribal ShoutOut: Dog & Rabbit

This tribal #ShoutOut goes to the awesome animation studio that is Dog & Rabbit. Firm tribal favourites, these guys have the ability to create stories through characters and animation techniques that consistently blow our minds.

Perfect Tribe collaborators on the award winning Food Network Idents, this team took stop frame to a new level, creating some incredible motion compositions with food. The new Travel Channel Idents are equally impressive in their creative execution, making model cars and figures come alive.

Headed up by Dave Anderson (Rabbit), Andrew Kellerher (Dog) and Fu (Monkey), this studio can make anything, great!

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