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10 Reasons Why 2013 Will Be The Year You Quit Your Job

10 Reasons Why 2013 Will Be The Year You Quit Your Job
Editor’s note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. His latest books are I Was Blind But Now I See and 40 Alternatives to College. Please follow him on Twitter @jaltucher. People read TechCrunch because they want to create something, they don’t want to follow orders all of their lives, and they want financial freedom. I’m being blunt. Getting the things you want is hard but for reasons I explain below, you now have no other choice. But don’t wait for shortcuts. You can’t make money without selling something real. And now it’s too late. Jabba’s newest employee 1) The middle class is dead. He said, “look out the windows.” “Not all the news is bad,” he said. And that’s the new paradigm. And it was. 2) You’ve been replaced. I’m on the board of directors of a temp staffing company with $600 million in revenues. Flush. Robots are the new middle class 3) Corporations don’t like you. “What’s the problem?” He said, “no, we want to be about the news. Related:  The Entrepreneurial TypeLife Style

3 Things I Wish I Knew Before We Got Married I used to think I had my stuff together. Then I got married. Marriage is great—but it rocked everything I knew. I quickly realized my basic goal in life, prior to getting married, was to simply remain undisturbed. This “disruption” came suddenly and was disguised as a 5-foot-nothing Swedish-Filipino woman. When I decided I’d rather not live without her, I proceeded to ask her to marry me—that is, to officially invite someone who wasn’t me to be in my personal space for the rest of my life. This decision introduced my most significant experiences and most challenging experiences—none of which I would trade for the world. However, I wish I’d had a bit more insight on the front end of our marriage to help me navigate it all. According to most research, more than 50 percent of people who say “I do” will not be sleeping in the same bed eight years from now. Although happiness is often a very real byproduct of a healthy relationship, marriage has a far more significant purpose in sight. 1. 2. 3.

10 Skills You Need to Be the Next Great Entrepreneur If you're not deemed management material, you never get your shot at the big-time. Period. You never get the chance to learn or hone those skills that will enable you to someday start your own business. Unfortunately, a lot of people who might have turned out well never get the chance to find out or show their stuff. It's a bit of a Catch-22, I know. Even big-time entrepreneurs like Larry Page and Mark Zuckerberg had to learn how to be effective managers. Here are the skills and attributes that executives and business leaders look for in up-and-comers. Seeing the big picture. Hunger to achieve. Courage. Functional competence. Prioritization and tradeoffs. A motivator of people. Decision-making. Adaptability. Initiative. Top-down management style.

Saznajte svoja prava Režijski troškovi idu u zastaru nakon godinu dana. Mnogi građani Lijepe naše ne znaju svoja prava kad su u pitanju ovršni prijedlozi zbog režijskih dugova. Naime troškovi struje, grijanja, plina, vode, čistoće, dimnjačarskih usluga, TV-pristojbe, tražbine pošte, telegrafa i telefona zastarijevaju u roku od godine dana! Women Need to Realize Work Isn't School - Whitney Johnson and Tara Mohr Academic institutions are churning out ever-more female graduates. But the very skills that propel women to the top of the class in school are earning us middle-of the-pack marks in the workplace. Indeed, a recent study found that women account for 51.4% of middle managers in the U.S. but only 4.2% of Fortune 500 CEO’s. Based on our experience, the CEO statistics will continue to improve, but only incrementally, until women recognize that the boardroom is not the schoolroom. To be successful, we must now do the very thing we were always taught not to: be disruptive. In school, being disruptive might get you sent to the principal’s office, but in business, disruption is a proven path to success, describing innovations that take root at the low end of the market, or create a new market, and then eventually upend an industry. 1. Once you find problems that need to be solved and think up solutions, start talking, and especially start persuading. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Who gets things done? | Everybody, Somebody, Anybody or Nobody? | Marc Clark Everybody, Somebody, Anybody or Nobody? | Marc Clark There is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. Did you follow that? It is important to remember that all owner-operators, managers and supervisors hold positions of leadership, but not all owner-operators, managers and supervisors are leaders. Managers are analytical, structured, controlled, deliberate and orderly. Leaders on the other hand are flexible, experimental, innovative, creative and visionary. In today's complicated work environment and business arena, astute leaders are sought after. Now that you have a better understanding of effective leadership, Nobody will be left behind, Anybody can come to you for guidance, Somebody will now reach their potential and Everybody will be happy. * The story of Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody comes from an Anonymous author.

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The 20-Minute Exercise To Eradicate Negative Thinking After a flurry of emails in response to my blog post on passion, I reached a disheartening realization: Passion is useless if you don’t already believe. You see, what we can achieve is limited by what we believe. Henry Ford knew this: “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right.” So here I was, passionately committed to become the world-class business guru, best-selling author, the speaker who fills stadiums. You’ve probably heard that voice as well. I’m making progress--my book sales are accelerating, my keynote audiences are growing, and I’m sharing the stage with people like Jack Welch and Robin Sharma--but in the back of my mind the voice pulls the reins: “You can’t do it.” Great “outthinkers” seem to overcome this voice. Belief is contagious. So what do you do when you don’t believe? Fundamentals 1. 2. 3. 4. The Model Imagine a hot air balloon being held down by four anchors. The four anchors represent evidence, logic, emotion, and social consensus.

Characteristics of the Entrepreneur: Characteristics of the Entrepreneur: Social Creatures, Not Solo Heroes Tom Byers, Stanford University Heleen Kist, Stanford University Robert I. Prepared for The Handbook of Technology Management, Richard C. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL, 33431 October 27, 1997 The authors wish to thank the Kauffman Foundation’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Inc. for providing financial support to help us write this chapter. More than a dozen founders of successful companies received awards at the 1997 "Northern California Entrepreneurs of the Year" banquet. The last and most prestigious award for "Master Entrepreneur" was given to Dado Banatao, co-founder of several successful start-ups including Chips and Technologies and S3, and current chairman of five high technology companies. Traditional Views on the Characteristics of Entrepreneurs Entrepreneurship as a Social Activity Key Characteristics of Entrepreneurs as Social Creatures

50 Important Advice and Things To Know That People Usually Aren't Told About Life is complicated. It is not easy, smooth, or even consistently comprehensible. However, as frustrating as it may be, it is wonderful. The world has infinite possibilities for everyone, even when things seem hopeless. Marry your best friend: If the person you’re the most comfortable with isn’t your spouse, make them! Featured photo credit: A toddler climbing on a steps via Shutterstock 20 Unstoppable Entrepreneurs Share Their Advice For Outstanding Success These amazingly talented male and female entrepreneurs share their most valuable advice for achieving success. There seems to be a pattern of looking past your failures and pursuing your goals with relentless persistence to reach success. Read on for some invaluable advice on how you can be successful in your business and in life. Sara Blakely (Founder Of Spanx) “When I was growing up, my dad would encourage my brother and I to fail. Gurbaksh Chahal (Author & Serial Entrepreneur) “People tend to think that in order to start a new business they have to come up with something new and dazzling, but that’s a myth – and it’s often propagated by venture capitalists. Jeff Weiner (CEO of LinkedIn) “As a child, I can’t recall a day that went by without my dad telling me I could do anything I set my mind to. Kevin Rose (Founder of Digg, Pownce & Milk) “Go build it. Caterina Fake (Founder of Flickr & Hunch) “Entrepreneurs need to start building today. Evan Williams (Founder of Blogger & Twitter) J.K.

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Procrastination Is Not Laziness I was going to tackle my procrastination problem last weekend but I never got around to it. By Sunday at 5:48 p.m. I realized I had blown it again. Throughout the week I feel like I barely have enough time to cook, eat, tidy up, write an article and do the odd errand. I lean towards the weekend, when I have two whole days to finally get some work done. But the weekends go by and I never catch up. Sometimes I do sit down early in the day and pound something out, but then I give myself a well-deserved break and that’s usually the end of any productivity. I avoid taking on the real important stuff. The important stuff doesn’t get done, at least not before my procrastinatory tendencies have created an obvious, impending consequence of not doing it, like incurring a fine, really letting someone down, or getting fired. So much of what I want to do isn’t terribly difficult and wouldn’t take a lot of time to get done. Reaching critical levels To some of you this is already sounding familiar.