Get flash to fully experience Pearltrees
Excitement about goals is often diminished by our fear of failure or the drudgery of work. If you’re short on passion, it might be because your goals are too small or the fear is too big. Do a job for a long time and achieve what you set out to achieve, and suddenly, the dream job becomes a trudge instead. The job hasn't changed--your dreams have. Mostly, though, it's about our fear. Fear is the dream killer, the silent voice that pushes us to lose our passion in a vain attempt to seek safety.
100 Best Blogs for Those Who Want to Change the World You may have heard of the theory that education can change the world. This is undoubtedly true. Whether you are a high school graduate or a student pursuing a degree from traditional or online colleges , you are more likely to make a difference when you are an educated individual.
The New Year often motivates people to make a big change in their work lives. But with the scarcity of new jobs projected to continue into 2012, making a move to become your own boss might be a more worthwhile resolution than in years past. Of course starting a new business requires a great deal more work than applying for a new job, and the effort usually involves much risk. But great rewards don't come without risk or great effort. "There's never a guarantee for a new product or company," said Pat Mayfield , executive director of the Golden Gate Business Association in San Francisco . "However, many successful companies, such as General Electric, Motorola, Hewlett-Packard, and Paypal were started during down economies."
Baby boomers aren't just heading to the links - they are starting new businesses in record numbers. (Business 2.0 Magazine) -- Terry Alderete and Leonard Liu don't seem to have much in common. She's the owner of a special events firm in Newark, Calif., and he's chairman and chief executive of a software development company split between Silicon Valley and Shanghai.
Skip the 40-page business plan Ignore the conventional wisdom that you absolutely must write a detailed, lengthy business plan before starting your company. Not so. It’s impossible to predict how much money you’ll be making three months from now, let alone three years from now, so don’t waste your time guessing. Similarly, if you wait until every I is dotted and every T is crossed, you’ll be stuck in planning mode forever.
One of the hardest things in business, is to accept that your current strategy is taking you nowhere. When we have invested our time, emotion, money and made a lot of sacrifices in an effort to develop our business, it’s hard to look in the mirror and accept we need a new direction. The problem with hard work When we work hard on something, we expect to see results. With small business owners, if the results are not good enough, the temptation is to work even harder or work longer hours. In my experience, the reason most small businesses fail is NOT because small business owners are lazy and need to work more and more hours.
Editor’s note : James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and entrepreneur. He is Managing Director of Formula Capital and has written 6 books on investing. His latest book is I Was Blind But Now I Se e. You can follow him @jaltucher . There was a girl at a party, Ona, who then started telling me how she met her current boyfriend.
The easiest way to describe your product (or service or candidate or cause) is to outline how it's different from the competition. "This is just like Brand X, but 5% cheaper, 10% faster, 20% easier to use and it comes in chocolate..." We do this so often and so naturally that often, we forget to talk about why we made the thing in the first place. When selling A against B, we might do a great job of explaining why A is better than B, but it's easy to forget that the prospects you are pitching have another option: doing nothing. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Editor’s Note: When the members of the class of 2010 entered business school, the economy was strong and their post-graduation ambitions could be limitless. Just a few weeks later, the economy went into a tailspin. They’ve spent the past two years recalibrating their worldview and their definition of success. The students seem highly aware of how the world has changed (as the sampling of views in this article shows). In the spring, Harvard Business School’s graduating class asked HBS professor Clay Christensen to address them—but not on how to apply his principles and thinking to their post-HBS careers. The students wanted to know how to apply them to their personal lives.
by Whitney Johnson | 5:01 PM October 25, 2011 This post was co-authored with Bob Moesta . While it's written from my perspective, he was central to the development of the idea. Bob is the Managing Partner of The Re-Wired Group in Detroit, an innovation incubator and consultancy specializing in demand-side innovation.
by Jules Peck | 3:55 PM September 19, 2011 A new vision of what it means to be prosperous and to flourish as individuals and societies is taking hold in parts of the business world. It's inspired by the coming together of disparate disciplines including positive psychology, welfare economics, hedonomics, neuroscience, and marketing, For a long time there have been counter-intuitive signs leading Nobel prize winners like Amartya Sen, Jospeh Stigliz and Dan Kahneman, to question the meaning of prosperity. Since Robert Kennedy's 1968 speech questioning GNP as a measure, evidence such as the Happy Planet Index and Genuine Progress Indicator are helping challenge assumptions about the link between wealth, growth and wellbeing and prosperity.
Several years ago I attended a seminar where the speaker discussed the power of focus. As humans we experience overwhelming amounts of sensory input at any given second. If we did not enjoy the ability to focus our attention, we’d be unable to perform even the simplest of tasks. Much of our thought process, therefore, deals with omitting huge amounts of nonessential incoming information.
With the continued weak economy and little hope of recovery anytime soon, we can expect to see even more “accidental entrepreneurs” emerge. These are unemployed people whose best hope of generating income is to become self-employed or to start a business.
To order directly To order from Amazon.com Sometimes, new books simply release at the most crucial time.