A New Reality

The face says it all.

The face says it all.

Author’s Note: In case you’re new here, this post explains the juicy details behind the transition from my old blog Cubepiphany, to the current blog you’re reading, The Positivity Solution.

Eight months.

Believe it or not, it has been 8 months since I launched Cubepiphany on Labor Day 2012. Even saying that sounds strange, because it honestly feels like this blog has been a part of my life forever.

In a sense, it has.

The dream to make our workplaces (actually, our lives) more enjoyable and more positive has been a burning passion of mine ever since I was a teenager.

I’m currently 38 years old, so that means that I’ve had the same dream floating around in my brain for over 20 years.

That’s a long time.

Eight months ago, after years and years of just thinking about my lifelong dream, I finally decided to do something about it by launching the blog that you’re currently reading now.

Ever since I hesitantly hit the “Publish” button on Cubepiphany for the very first time 8 months ago, a lot of amazing things have happened in my life.

I’ve connected with people from all over the world.

I’ve made new and incredible friends.

I’ve gone to bed every night with a feeling that I’m making a difference.

Most of all, I confirmed to myself that this dream of mine isn’t a hobby, a passing fad, or a cool way to pass the time until I find something else interesting to do.

Without a shadow of a doubt, I have realized that this is how I plan to spend the rest of my life until the day that I die.

Because of this realization, I’ve also realized over the past few weeks that I need to do something very important.

It’s actually something that I should have done a long time ago.

It’s time for me to officially end Cubepiphany, forever.

Time For A Change

I know what you might be thinking.

Is this another April Fool’s joke, Shola?

Nope.

This is 100% real, I promise.

After doing some serious soul-searching, I came to the very real conclusion that I desperately need to do some serious re-branding around here.

Again, I think I know what you might be thinking.

Wait…what?! Re-branding? Does that mean that you’re going to change everything that made me enjoy Cubepiphany in the first place?

Definitely not. 

While there will be some big changes to come around here, one thing that absolutely will not change is the content on this site.

In fact, I’m hopeful that the changes will allow me to bring you more ass-kicking goodness than ever.

So, without further ado, let’s get into the details of the re-branding. Specifically, let’s dive into these 3 key points: why I’m doing it, what will change, and what will stay the same.

Re-branding: Why I’m Doing It

A while ago, when I was frantically trying to figure out a name for my blog, I remember feverishly wearing out multiple notepads in an attempt to come up with something different. Something clever. Something that would be remembered.

Then it finally came to me.

Cubepiphany. 

In case you were wondering, it was created by combining two words: Cubicle and Epiphany.

It was unique, it was fun, and it was pretty clever too. In hindsight, maybe a little too clever. In order to fully understand what I mean, let’s talk about 3 specific issues with the name.

Issue #1

I cannot even begin to tell you how often I have had the following conversation with people in the past 8 months:

Me: Did you know that I write a blog about making work and life a more positive experience?

Other Person: You do? That sounds cool! What’s the name of it?

Me: Cubepiphany.

Other Person: Uh…what?

Me (trying to say the name more deliberately): Cube-pip-han-ee. It’s combination of two words: Cubicle and Epiphany.

Other Person (slightly confused): Okay…how do you spell it?

Me: C-u-b-e-p-i-p-h-a-n-y. Just put “c-u-b” in front of epiphany, and you’re good to go.

Other Person: I’ll never remember that. Do you have a pen so I can write it down?

Me (sheepishly): Um…no.

Other Person (very unconvincingly): That’s cool, I’m sure that I’ll remember it.

I’m not kidding when I say that I’ve had a variation of that conversation literally hundreds of times in the past eight months. I’m sure that there’s someone reading these words right now who has tried to introduce this blog to a friend, family member, or coworker and has had a similar experience.

The fact that you’re even reading these words right now says a lot about your dedication to this blog because I sure as hell didn’t make it easy for you, your friends, or anyone else to find this place.

After a few months of having the same conversations with people over and over again (and trying to ignore the reality), I started to realize that having a name for my blog that’s hard to pronounce and even harder to spell is probably not a good thing.

Honestly, I still have no idea how this painfully obvious realization slipped past the goalie for as long as it did. Apparently, some lessons (even the obvious ones) need to be learned the hard way.

Issue #2

Unfortunately, the name Cubepiphany doesn’t even slightly explain what this blog is about, or what I’m trying to do.

If you can, try to pretend that you heard the word “Cubepiphany” for the first time.

Would you think that it’s the name for which of the following:

  • A ladies perfume?
  • An architecture firm?
  • A new XBox game?
  • A musical instrument?
  • A medieval torture device?

Truthfully, all of the above are probably more likely than a blog about making work and life a more positive experience–and that’s also not a good thing.

Issue #3

This one isn’t as big of a deal as the previous two, but it’s still an issue. Well, at least it is for me.

There are a lot of people out there who actually think that my given name is “Cubepiphany.”

Yes, seriously.

I get emails from people all the time from people who start off by saying, “Hey Cubepiphany!”

I even had multiple, very well-meaning people, email me to compliment my parents for giving me a name like Cubepiphany, because it’s “so unique.”

You cannot make stuff like this up.

So, as an added bonus to this re-branding, I’ll get to officially end the confusion and be called Shola again. Believe me, that’s pretty exciting.

Most importantly though, the main reason why I need to move away from Cubepiphany is because I need to have a brand that represents my laser-like focus to make our lives as positive as they can be.

I want someone to see the name of my blog and my tagline and know within seconds what it is that I’m trying to do here.

At the top of the list, I need to ruthlessly eliminate any confusion that could prevent people from understanding what my blog and my dream are all about.

Thankfully, I think that I’ve found the solution.

Re-branding: What Will Change

So, let’s talk about the changes.

There will be a brand new blog design that is currently being worked on as you’re reading this. It’s shaping up very nicely, and I’m very excited about it, to say the least.

Additionally, one change that will definitely happen is that I will be doing some video posts in the future, in addition to just writing blog posts. It’s crazy to me that I speak for a living as a corporate trainer, and 95% of the people reading these words have never heard me utter a word. That definitely has to change. I really want all of you to really get to know me going forward.

Also, on a fun note–I’m going to jump into Pinterest and Twitter too. So, for you Twitter and Pinterest fans, look for me there in a couple of weeks too.

Okay, enough stalling.

While the above points are changes that I’m very excited about, let’s get to the good stuff–I’ve kept you in suspense for long enough.

The biggest change of all is the blog’s new name.

So, as of Monday, May 20, 2013 the new name of my blog will be The Positivity Solution.

For those of you who have been here since the very beginning, you’ve probably noticed that my blog has gradually shifted from strictly workplace topics to both work and life-related topics.

As you already know, I am incredibly passionate about improving workplaces all over the world, but I am equally as passionate about bringing more happiness and positivity to the world as well.

Simply put, The Positivity Solution is all about creating a more positive world for all of us–not just at work.

I know that some people might read the previous sentence and think that I’m going to start blogging about unicorns, rainbows, and Care Bears while relentlessly spamming your inbox with adorable kitten photos all day long.

No.

Like I said before, absolutely nothing is going to change with my content. If you like Cubepiphany, then you’ll love The Positivity Solution.

The main difference is that the name of this place will now make much more sense.

In addition to the name change, the tagline has changed too. The tagline for The Positivity Solution is: Making Positivity the New Reality.

The new logo!

Also, the smiley guy at the top of this post is the new official logo for The Positivity Solution. You can even check me out rockin’ one of my brand-spankin’ new logo shirts in the picture below.

My goal is to do so much more than make positivity “cool” again. I want to make positivity a mainstream way of living. I want to make positivity the new reality.

I want it to be common for people to stand up against workplace bullying.

I want it to be common for people to treat each other with kindness, dignity, and respect–always.

I want it to be common for people to sincerely love themselves and be proud of the fact that they do.

I want it to be common for people to give a damn about making the world a better place.

I want it to be common for people to fight for their hopes and dreams as if their lives depended on it.

I want it to be common for people to be happy and to help others to find their happiness too.

To me, all of these things are examples of positivity in action.

Most of all, I believe that positivity could be the solution to creating a better world for all of us.

That’s the dream that I’ll spend the rest of my life fighting for.

Re-branding: What Will Stay the Same

Basically, besides what I mentioned above, everything else will stay the same.

I’ll still be publishing new blog posts every Monday morning. Most of all, I will still continue to pour every ounce of passion in my heart and soul into every blog post that I write for you.

Also, what will remain the same is my complete and undying appreciation for all of you.

Without your support, your encouragement, and your belief in Cubepiphany, none of this would even be possible.

In September 2012, when the only people reading this blog were my family members and a few close friends, I never thought that it would reach this level.

Another logo shirt!

If you have ever commented on my blog posts, shared my blog posts, read my posts without doing either, followed me on Facebook or Twitter, I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart.

You have allowed me to fulfill a lifelong dream of mine, and I don’t know if a “thank you” even scratches the surface about how I feel about all of you. This has truly been an amazing 8 months.

Now, it’s time for this chapter to close.

As of now, you’re reading the final post on Cubepiphany.

The next post that I’ll be writing will be for The Positivity Solution, and I’m excited about where the journey will take us from here.

We’ll be officially live on Monday, May 20th at www(dot)thepositivitysolution(dot)com. In the meantime, if you visit Cubepiphany between now and then, don’t be alarmed if the site is temporarily down while we’re working on some behind the scenes maintenance.

Most importantly, thank you so much for being a part of this growing community. I’m excited about the challenge to do everything I can to bring you content that’s better than anything that you’ve read here so far.

Now it’s time for me to get to work.

Feel free to spread the news, and I hope to see you on the other side!

Shola

Shola

Founder of The Positivity Solution
Author, keynote speaker, and kindness extremist who is committed to changing the world by helping as many people as possible to live and work with more positivity.
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Comments

  1. I love it!!!! I have thought, on more than one occasion, that you reach WAY more people than just those sitting in a cube at work. Your message applies to us all, whether we work or not. As long as we are drawing breath on this lovely planet of ours, we need to be more positive.

    I think the new name is spectacular (although, I would like to say right now that I have never had an issue spelling Cubepiphany, although it took me a while to remember your actual name, Shola).

    The difference you have already made in 8 short months is amazing. I feel blessed every time I read your blog and facebook page. I look forward to more amazing and inspirational words from you!!!

    (Oh, and I totally think you and your brother should combine forces for a kick-a$$ contest where the winner gets to spend time with the two of you, picking your brains and learning from the two of you in person!)

    I’m rooting for you with all the changes and have great faith that things will continue to succeed!

    Hugs, Katho

    • Hey Katho! I’m so happy to hear that you love it. Helping to make the world a happier place (as cheesy as that may sound) is sincerely my life’s passion, and I’m so fired up to see where the next leg of my journey will take me. I’m hopeful that with my new name and a more streamlined focus that I’ll be able to reach far more people than I could through Cubepiphany–only time will tell! Thanks so much for your unceasing support, and I’m looking forward to keeping up the momentum. Also, I’ll talk to my bro about the contest idea 😉

  2. Reckon it’s us that have to thank you, mate. Through your blog and ideas, I’ve managed to not only stand up for myself, but stand up for my workmates, and do it in a manner that’s professional and humourous, rather than me going bitchy. Most of the time.

    Thank you!

    • Shazz, my friend–now that is a fantastic compliment. If my words have helped you to stand up for yourself and your coworkers, then I truly feel fulfilled. I hope to see you on the next part of the journey!

  3. Spring says:

    I think that whatever you do, it will be wonderful. I would follow your blog no matter what you call it b/c I love it and look forward to it each week. I am excited about the Pinterest part too! Can’t wait to see what you pin. I think Katho is on to something with the contest. That would be a great prize! (Plus, if I won, I would share with her) I don’t think either one of you realize just how wonderfully inspirational you are, and THAT makes you even more wonderful.

    Have a great day Shola 🙂

    • WOW, Spring–you are so kind! Thank you so much for always being there, and I’m thrilled to hear that you’re going to be onboard. To be honest, I’m a little nervous about figuring out the Pinterest thing, but I won’t let that stop me from jumping in with both feet–life truly lives outside of your comfort zone, right? I’m really excited about where the future holds and I’m SO ready to take this to the next level. Thanks again for your support Spring, it truly does mean a lot to me!

  4. Rebecca says:

    Well, now that you teased us with the awesome shirts, how do we buy one?

    Also, I think the change is a great thing – congratulations on 8 months of awesome work!

    • Thanks so much for the compliments about the shirts, Rebecca! Hey, if enough people are interested in rockin’ The Positivity Solution shirts, I’ll definitely find a way to make it happen. Thanks for the congrats!

  5. Great idea! I was recently referred to your page and I have found it very refreshing and does wonders for my outlook on life. I almost always feel I have a great attitude, but sometimes need that kick! Lol!
    Thanks again and keep up the great work!
    Candi

    • Hey Candi, I’m glad you’re here! Please send a sincere thank you to whoever referred you here, ok? I’m so glad that my words have been refreshing for you, and it is sincerely my pleasure to give you a kick in the pants ;). Thanks for being here, and I hope to see you at The Positivity Solution on the 20th!

  6. Yes, you have realized a great truth about branding. Doesn’t matter how much you love it, if you can’t easily communicate it to others (or without a few thousand in marketing to help) it’s not going to work. I ran my own video game store back in the 90’s. I called it SpiritWorks. It reflected my faith. Meant absolutely ZILCH and even less of a connection to and for video gamers. Changed it to GamerzHQ and things improved quite a bit. Right now I’m having to rethink my video production business name. I like Chivalry Productions. Looks great in print but saying it means having to S L O W down and enunciate it or it sounds like Chiv Reproductions. Looking forward to the new site and keep up the great work!

    • Hey Dave! You are SO right about the much-needed branding lesson. In the end, it doesn’t matter how cute, cool, or clever that I think Cubepiphany is–the fact is that it doesn’t communicate to anyone what it is that I’m trying to do. Your example about SpiritWorks changing to GamerzHQ is a perfect example about the power of clear branding, and I’m hopeful that I’ll find the same success with The Positivity Solution. One thing is for sure, I will pour my heart and soul into this, so if for some reason it doesn’t work, it won’t be due to a lack of effort. Thanks for sharing your story Dave, and best of luck with Chivalry Productions–just make sure to say it slow!

  7. Love the new name and will definetely follow you there!

    Have a wonderful day and keep smiling 🙂

  8. Eleanor says:

    Literally last week I was trying to explain how it was called Cubepiphany, because it was like, about having an epiphany about working in cubicles, but it’s not really about that anymore, it’s about everything, so still read it…

    Now it will all make sense 🙂

    • Hey there Eleanor! THAT is exactly the reason why I had to make this change–now there won’t be any more confusion and cryptic explanations about the blog name. I hope that after May 20th, the explanations will be a whole lot easier for everyone (including me!)

  9. Debbie M says:

    I just want to be the first to say … your parents are so amazing for naming you The Positivity Solution!

    Seriously, though, although I think business cards could have eliminated issue #1, your blog’s new name is also more likely to come up when people are searching for the kinds of things you offer. So yea!

    • Hi Debbie, you’re right–The Positivity Solution definitely has a better shot of coming up in a search than Cubepiphany does, that’s for sure. It should be interesting to see what happens!

  10. I love your new name, and I am so glad you are continuing to blog about ways to make all parts of life better. I am looking forward to seeing the new blog, and I LOVE the shirts…do make them available if you can!

    • Thanks Carla, I’m so happy to hear that you love the new name! I’m very excited about blogging on topics to make all aspects of our lives better and it should be a lot of fun. To be honest, I’m very pleasantly surprised about the overwhelmingly positive (no pun intended) response to the shirts! If the interest continues, I’ll definitely have to find a way to make them available sooner rather than later 🙂

  11. Can honestly say you have made a difference here but yes, when I have tried to get others reading they seem confused/put off by the name.

    • Trust me, I’m 100% with you on this. My brain spins thinking about how many people I’ve confused with my “clever” attempt at branding. The good news is that I completely get it now. Better late than never, as they always say.

  12. Victoria says:

    Omg, I can’t believe people thought your name was cubephiphany too funny!

    • Victoria, I couldn’t believe it either, but it happened ALL the time. At least I can rest easy knowing that no one will think that my name is “The Positivity Solution” (I hope!)

  13. I am SO EXCITED to watch The Positivity Solution take over the world! Thank you for caring about the world’s happiness…it is powerful thing and inspires me every singly day. I love that we all get to be a part of your journey while you help us reach our full potential on our own journey! What a wonderful thing!!!

    Thanks for reminding me of who I really am and how to live my life in a happier and more positive way.

    ps. people calling you cubepiphany … HILARIOUS
    pss. yes, PLEASE make your shirts available! Black/white shirt was SO FRESSHHH!

    • Laily! If The Positivity Solution takes over the world, it will be because amazing people like you will be a part of it 😉 Life is all about finding our happiness, and if I can help as many people as possible to find theirs, maybe it will be possible to change the world. Either way, there’s only one way to find out!

      P.S. Yup, I was getting called “Cubepiphany” on the regular. Some stuff you can’t make up!
      P.S.S. Dang, I had no idea how much people would like the shirts! I guess I’m going to have to figure out a way to make them available. Stay tuned!

  14. Cyrus B. says:

    The Positivity Solution sounds fantastic! There is no substitute in my humble opinion for the passion, drive and enthusiasm you bring to a work environment Shola, despite the nameplate.

    • Cyrus, my man! Thanks for the kind words, it means a lot coming from you. Please trust that the passion, drive, and enthusiasm will continue on with The Positivity Solution–count on it!

  15. Lariza says:

    This is soooo EXCITING!!! Love it love it LOVE IT! I can not wait to share this with people who’d benefit learning from you.

  16. Love the new blog name and tagline! Great job! Looking forward to the 20th!

    • Tara! It’s great to see you here, my friend! Thanks for the encouraging words, and I’ll look forward to seeing you at The Positivity Solution next week 🙂

  17. AminahL says:

    Hi Shola! I love the new makeover and changes. So excited to continue following, too! And…I was just about to ask how to get the tee. Love it! If it comes in a long sleeve version, all the better!

  18. I found you through your brother then facebook hid you guys and today you popped up again. I am so happy I love the new logo I sign my name with a smiley face on every thing have for years. Kids forgot about that when trying to forge my name and it got them caught lol. I now get notificatons so I won’t loose you again! 🙂

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