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Researching your competitors. By Startacus Admin Amongst the key steps that you must take when starting a business, one of the most crucial, and yet so often overlooked, is researching your competitors. It is quite strange that entrepreneurs often neglect this activity, because not only does it have the potential to enlighten them and fill them with inspiration, but it can be darn right fun as well. Before beginning to research your potential competitors, it is wise to draw up a plan of action, and top of the list is identifying the purpose of the research that you will carry out and the kinds of information that you will hope to gather. What information should you be gathering? During the formative stages of your enterprise, it is wise to acknowledge your own ignorance of the industry in which you are hoping to work. The main piece of advice to bear in mind at this stage is that your competitor research must not be restricted to only the most superficial of concerns ‘money’.

Just Ask! Finding the Motivation to Change Your Entire Life : zen habits. By Leo Babauta Almost exactly 8 years ago today, I ran my first marathon and soon after I started Zen Habits. I’d changed a dozen or so habits, lost weight, was getting out of debt, quit smoking. And almost 7 years ago, I quit my job. That was a period of intense and profoundly scary life changes for me, but they were all of my choosing. I decided to make them happen, and I pushed until they did. Today I’d like to share a few things that worked for me, in case you’re considering changing your life. Someday is today. Let’s look at how you find that motivation to finally start changing — and then to keep going when the changes inevitably get tough. What Gets in the Way None of these are insurmountable, but they can often cause us to put off major changes. We all have these fears and reasons for not taking action. They’re all bullshit.

Yes, the fear of failure and change and discomfort and uncertainty are real … but they’re not good enough reasons for inaction. The Make It Happen Actions. How to Open an Isolation Tank Center. Nine Things Successful People Do Differently HBR. Learn more about the science of success with Heidi Grant Halvorson’s HBR Single, based on this blog post. Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others?

If you aren’t sure, you are far from alone in your confusion. It turns out that even brilliant, highly accomplished people are pretty lousy when it comes to understanding why they succeed or fail. The intuitive answer — that you are born predisposed to certain talents and lacking in others — is really just one small piece of the puzzle.

In fact, decades of research on achievement suggests that successful people reach their goals not simply because of who they are, but more often because of what they do. 1. To seize the moment, decide when and where you will take each action you want to take, in advance. 3. Fortunately, decades of research suggest that the belief in fixed ability is completely wrong — abilities of all kinds are profoundly malleable. 7. 8. 9. 7 Lessons From the World's Most Captivating Presenters [SlideShare] It’s 7:54 on a frigid January morning in San Francisco. You’re waiting outside the Moscone Center, in a queue of several thousand people, many of whom have been camping out in the cold for over 12 hours.

The security detail for this event rivals the Democratic National Convention. Another hour passes before you’re comfortably seated in a giant auditorium that’s crackling with anticipation. Finally, at 9:43 a.m., the moment you’ve been waiting for arrives. The thin, soft-spoken man gracing the stage in his signature turtleneck and jeans, clears his throat, takes a sip from his water bottle, then pauses for a full 12 seconds before uttering these words: "This is a day I've been looking forward to for two and a half years.

(Download 20 of the best presentation examples to inspire your next presentation.) Such was the scene on January 9, 2007, when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone in one of the most captivating product launches in history. What, if anything, do they have in common? 9 Beliefs of Remarkably Successful People. I'm fortunate enough to know a number of remarkably successful people. Regardless of industry or profession, they all share the same perspectives and beliefs. And they act on those beliefs: 1. Time doesn't fill me. I fill time. Deadlines and time frames establish parameters, but typically not in a good way. Forget deadlines, at least as a way to manage your activity. Average people allow time to impose its will on them; remarkable people impose their will on their time. 2. Some of your employees drive you nuts.

You chose them. Think about the type of people you want to work with. Then change what you do so you can start attracting those people. Successful people are naturally drawn to successful people. 3. Dues aren't paid, past tense. No matter what you've done or accomplished in the past, you're never too good to roll up your sleeves, get dirty, and do the grunt work. Remarkably successful people never feel entitled--except to the fruits of their labor. 4. 5.

Ask them why they failed. 6. Free Courses and Resources. How Positive Thoughts Build Skills, Boost Health, and Improve Work. 52 Tips for Happiness and Productivity. By Leo Babauta This is something I’ve been wanting to write for some time — a Handbook for Life.

Now, is there any handbook that can be a guide to every single person? Of course not. This is just a list of tips that I think will help many people in life — some of them common-sense tips that we often forget about. It’ll also become apparent from the links in this handbook that I’ve written about this stuff before. How to use this handbook This handbook is not meant to be a step-by-step guide, nor should you adopt all the tips below. Pick and choose the tips that will be most useful to you. 52 Tips for Happiness and Productivity Try rising early. 5 Self Help Books That Might Just Change Your Life. : the act of helping or improving yourself without relying on anyone else. Luckily for us, there is a large selection of self-help literature written by truly remarkable authors. These authors share personal experiences from their own successful careers or interview others who have unlocked secrets of happiness and achievement.

Stopping by your local bookstore or Amazon for a self-help title can be a bit intimidating! So we’ve handpicked five great reads to jump start your journey to the richer life: : A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams – Deepak Chopra (1994) Having sold over 3 million copies worldwide, you can safely assume that Deepak Chopra, an Indian medical doctor, speaker and writer, pretty much has the topic of self-help nailed. . - Rhonda Byrnes (2006) Rhonda Byrnes was in the depth of despair when she discovered Wallace Wattle’s ‘The Science of Getting Rich.

. ’ : Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich – Timothy Ferriss (2008, Expanded 2011) - M. 7 Zen Habits of Highly Efficient Minds. Email Zen habits are simple lifestyle habits that have the potential to radically alter the efficiency of our minds and the potential of our lives. We can easily integrate these habits into our daily routines to keep our minds sharp and efficient for years to come. Here are seven ways to keep a great head on your shoulders: First we form habits, then they form us. - Rob Gilbert 1. Challenge your mind with new activities, skills and information. The primary function of the human mind is its ability to absorb information and adapt to challenging unfamiliar environments. 2. The human brain accounts for roughly 2% of the total mass of the human body, yet it consumes over 20% of the oxygen and nutrients the human body intakes. 3. People often obsess themselves with the past and the future. It takes about eight seconds of intense focus to process a new piece of information into your long-term memory.

Is a brilliant resource on this topic. 4. 5. 6. Human beings are social creatures. 7. 13 Business Books MUST READS. Having never taken a business class in college I find that I read and listen to a lot of business books to round out my education. The books usually aren't "How to Manage Your Cash Flow" but rather get me to rethink the way I run my business, which--despite no business classes or diploma--continues to be in business 13 plus years after I started it. In that time, here are 13 of the books that had the biggest impact on how I run my business (in no particular order): Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink: If you supervise anyone in your business, this book is a must read.

It shows that what science knows about motivation, business isn't putting into practice. In fact, many of the incentives we create can actually de-motivate our employees. If you create an incentive program that provides financial rewards for work that your employees already enjoy, expect the results to be negative. You've just destroyed their internal motivation.