5 Things to Do Every Day for Success Fast Company wants you to have your best year yet in 2012; click for more advice and tips on how to work smarter, manage your career, and lead a more meaningful life. "You get up at what time?" I hear that a lot, along with "You are so lucky." 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. A simple yet highly effective list. Looking for more advice to rev up your career? The Unexotic Underclass | The MIT Entrepreneurship Review May 19, 2013 The startup scene today, and by ‘scene’ I’m sweeping a fairly catholic brush over a large swath of people – observers, critics, investors, entrepreneurs, ‘want’repreneurs, academics, techies, and the like – seems to be riven into two camps. On one side stand those who believe that entrepreneurs have stopped chasing and solving Big Problems – capital B, capital P: clean energy, poverty, famine, climate change, you name it. On the other side stand those who believe that entrepreneurs have stopped chasing and solving Big Problems – capital B, capital P – that there are too many folks resolving anti-problems… BUT just to be on the safe side, the venture capitalists should keep pumping tons of money into those anti-problem entrepreneurs because you never know when some corporate leviathan – Google, Facebook, Yahoo! On the other other side, a side that receives scant attention, scanter investment, is where big problems – little b, little p – reside. Let’s keep walking. We need:
Words Matter Words Matter Posted on Fri, Jun 14, 2013 Recently, I was caught up in a heated debate about word choices. We must have spent 20 minutes deciding thumbs up or down on a word that would resonate for customers but draw skepticism from their technical team. Some of you are old enough to remember asking mom or dad, "What does that word mean?" Business communication requires a similar approach. There are 18,457 bestsellers on communication between the sexes. A couple of years ago, Towers Watson surveyed 328 organizations with five million employees. As one of my mentors once said, "If you control the language, you control the conversation."
Thomas Backlund | The entrepreneurial adventures of a homeless coder living in a tent in the forest America’s 50 Worst Charities Rake in Nearly $1 Billion for Corporate Fundraisers Kris Hundley and Kendall Taggart | Tampabay | June 11th 2013 The worst charity in America operates from a metal warehouse behind a gas station in Holiday. Every year, Kids Wish Network raises millions of dollars in donations in the name of dying children and their families. Every year, it spends less than 3 cents on the dollar helping kids. Most of the rest gets diverted to enrich the charity’s operators and the for-profit companies Kids Wish hires to drum up donations. In the past decade alone, Kids Wish has channeled nearly $110 million donated for sick children to its corporate solicitors. No charity in the nation has siphoned more money away from the needy over a longer period of time. But Kids Wish is not an isolated case, a yearlong investigation by the Tampa Bay Times and The Center for Investigative Reporting has found. Using state and federal records, the Times and CIR identified nearly 6,000 charities that have chosen to pay for-profit companies to raise their donations.
How to Write a Summary Business Plan When writing a business plan, it's easy to get lost in the details. You want to demonstrate how you've studied the ins and outs of the marketplace and have crunched every conceivable number. But, really, writing a 100+ page business plan is not the best use of your energy. 'I vividly remember years of lengthy business planning cycles that literally produced books - encased in three-ring binders,' says Denise Barnwell, president of Transformation Marketing in West Orange, New Jersey. Fleshing out your business in such detail can be a worthwhile exercise for an entrepreneur, but the truth is that it's not likely anyone else will ever spend the time to read it – whether you're competing in a business plan competition or trying to raise money from investors. The shorter you can make your summary business plan, the better. Dig Deeper: How to Write a Great Business Plan How to Write a Summary Business Plan: A Few Don'ts Dig Deeper: 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a Business Plan 1. 2. 3. 4.
Personal Excellence Book - The Very Best of Personal Excellence Personal Excellence Book – The very best articles of PE A sneak peek at the insides of the book… This article is “Discover Your Values” and guides you through the topic of life values and how to discover your values. It’s one of the new bonus articles written specially for the book, with over 3,000+ words and 9 pages long. “Increase Your Mental Clarity In Just 15 Minutes” – Many articles in the book will teach you concepts, principles and at times techniques on how to become a more conscious being living a conscious life. This is another new article exclusive to Personal Excellence Book and a personal favorite. I found exercises like Creating Your Life Handbook, Writing a Letter To Your Future Self and 21 Day Lifestyle Revamp Program (all in the book too) very popular among the readers. “Boost Your Productivity In 50 Ways” – This is one of the many list-type articles with practical tips which you can apply in your life straight away. This is under the Goals & Success category.
A Surge in Learning the Language of the Internet Richard Perry/The New York Times Zach Sims, left, and Ryan Bubinski started a business called Codecademy to teach people computer code. The market for night classes and online instruction in programming and Web construction, as well as for apps that teach, is booming. Those jumping on board say they are preparing for a future in which the Internet is the foundation for entertainment, education and nearly everything else. Some in this crowd foster secret hopes of becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg. “Inasmuch as you need to know how to read English, you need to have some understanding of the code that builds the Web,” said Sarah Henry, 39, an investment manager who lives in Wayne, Pa. “I’m not going to sit here and say that I can crank out a site today, but I can look at basic code and understand it,” Ms. The sites and services catering to the learn-to-program market number in the dozens and have names like Code Racer, Women Who Code, Rails for Zombies and CoderDojo.
The 8 Habits of Highly Productive People by Celes on Dec 2, 2010 | ShareThis Email This Post What do you define as a “productive” person? Is it the ability to robotically churn out work, hour after hour? Before we can discuss what makes a productive person, we should first define what productivity is. For example, let’s say Peter types very fast and can reply 1000 emails a day. The past few months have been my most productive months for the year. At the same time, I’ve also been managing other work, such as 1-1 coaching with clients (I’m handling about 5-6 clients on average at each time), administrative aspects of the business, writing Personal Excellence articles/guest posts, maintaining the site, etc. A few days ago I finished designing my lineup of workshops next year, and earlier this week I conceptualized the idea for a new book. I think productivity is really how you manage yourself, and the habits you practice. Habit 1: Ruthlessly cut away the unimportant (and Focus on the important) Habit 2: Allocate breaks strategically