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7 Toxic Thoughts That Are Sabotaging Your Success

7 Toxic Thoughts That Are Sabotaging Your Success | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

All actions result from thought, so it's the thoughts that really matter.

Your thoughts are powerful. It may sound farfetched to say that what you believe will come true and what you think about will come to you.

But it's not really such a stretch. Your thoughts are directly connected to your actions and therefore to your outcomes. That means they play a significant role in your success or failure.

Good thoughts give you confidence and empower you to act; negative thoughts can keep you quiet and hold you back.

Even successful people find the wrong thoughts can lead to derailed plans and stalled momentum, and they learn to steer clear of toxic zones. As you direct your own path away from unsupportive, harmful thinking toward positivity, here are six areas you definitely want to avoid: Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Staples Begins Offering 3D Printing Service In Stores - 3DPrint.com

Staples Begins Offering 3D Printing Service In Stores - 3DPrint.com | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

We all knew it was bound to happen. Staples for the last year has been selling 3D printers within many of their stores here in the United States, but today they have begun offering 3D printing services within two of there U.S. locations; one in New York City, and the other in Los Angeles. This is not a first for Staples, who last year introduced 3D printing services at stores located in Europe.

Anyone can stroll into these two locations and print out an almost infinite number of items, of course for a fee. Staples hasn’t announced the exact pricing model they will be using, but the the pricing will range from a few bucks to potentially thousands of dollars for larger, more complicated items. Most of the items will be printed in the stores, however some of the bigger items will be done in partnership with 3D Systems, who will ship the printed products once complete. The decision to go with just two store locations, in two very high trafficked areas is part of a pilot program, that if it takes off, could expand to numerous other stores around the nation.

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Cool, finally ready to duplicate myself...!

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10 Wildly Successful Startups and Lessons to Learn From Them

10 Wildly Successful Startups and Lessons to Learn From Them | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Building a sustainable business takes more than a good idea. Here's what you can learn from startups that are making it big.

The path to startup success is not always a predictable one, as only 30 percent of seeded startups secure additional funding. To help us understand why some startups thrive while others stagnate or fail, it's useful to examine startup success stories. These stories provide a unique "been-there-done-that" perspective and invaluable insight for early-stage startups. Here are 10 wildly successful startups and one valuable lesson we can take away from each:

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Excellent article illustrating many successful approaches for startups to strategize and scale.

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Make Customers Fall in Love with Your Business

Make Customers Fall in Love with Your Business | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

It's time for a reality check. Businesses aren't half as cool as their owners like to think they are.

In fact, some businesses are pretty much universally disliked. Ryanair, for example, has made a good living out of saying "Well, you get what you pay for!", but even they have recently inaugurated a new advertising campaign, headlined (imaginatively...) "We're changing". Cheap'n'nasty is a valid positioning, but a dangerous one to live by.

Most businesses, though, and by 'most' we mean a good 95%, are neither liked or disliked. They are just there.

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Especially in small businesses it is very possible to become 'loved' by your customers. Everything is more personalized, you have to work better than your competitor and 'over-deliver'.

Do better than what the expectations are, and create your own image by really catering to what your client is looking for. Go the extra mile. Word-of-mouth will do the rest.

A great example of a business that is love very much is SBI/Sitesell, a company that teaches you how to find your niche, combine that with the right keywords, and set up your website around that. They host, teach, provide forums (very active and friendly), customer service (second to none) and show ways on how to 'monetize' your site. Here is a link: http://www.sitesell.com/welcome23.html


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Fusebill's curator insight, February 13, 2014 10:22 AM

"It's time for a reality check. Businesses aren't half as cool as their owners like to think they are."

Anthony MARTINS de NOBREGA's curator insight, March 4, 2014 3:37 AM

emotions means in motion...

Rich But's curator insight, September 19, 2014 7:37 PM

Right

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More Evidence It's a Mistake to Make Employees Work in the Office

More Evidence It's a Mistake to Make Employees Work in the Office | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
A nine-month study found remote workers were happier, less likely to quit, and more productive than their office peers.

The question of whether or not telecommuting is good for business is a recurrent one with the answer diverging widely, depending on whom you ask. Certainly, hallway conversations and impromptu team meetings can spur innovation. At the same time, open offices can be remarkably distracting.

But a recent study conducted by a couple of Stanford researchers found letting employees work from home made them happier, less likely to quit, and more productive.

Economics professor Nicholas Bloom and graduate student James Liang offered call-center workers of Liang's travel website, Ctrip, the opportunity to work from home for nine months.

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Very true. Working from home feels good, whether working for an employer or being self-employed. Less distractions, better focus, more flexibility. Consider it for your employees.

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Marty Koenig's curator insight, January 30, 2014 10:29 PM

There have been studies on working from home since the late 1980's. I find it appalling that they continue to be fairly inconclusive with no definitive results. 


The study I did in 1993 for AT&T showed that productivity increased 25% for knowledge workers. Because people were happier they put in more work per day, over the same time frame. and tehy weren't distracted by water cooler conversations, etc. The results were the same that if one worked from home 2-4 days a week, they had 50% higher employee satisfaction. 



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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, February 1, 2014 12:47 AM

I guess we are talking about what we do best, work from home! Well, no doubt it has its advantages, saving time spent in travel, time spent interacting with coleagues, and so on.

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2014 - The Embolden Years: Change agents lead the way for digital transformation - Brian Solis

2014 - The Embolden Years: Change agents lead the way for digital transformation - Brian Solis | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

2014 is upon us and it’s once again time to share our (Altimeter Group) predictions for the year ahead. Except this time, predictions are moved aside in favor of important trends that are on the horizon. Let’s use this time together wisely in the hopes of prioritizing our investments in relevant strategies and the time and resources necessary to bring them to life this year and next.

In 2013, Charlene Li and I published several reports, infographics, Slideshares, and even an ebook on the state and evolution of social business. I also published a new book that focused on the specific behavior of Generation-C and how they make and influence decisions, digitally, in each of the Four Moments of Truth.

The link between everything last year sets the stage for my work this year.

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This guy, Brian Solis, is right on the edge. He took his surfboard and is playing the big wave! If you want to get a handle on what 'change' means today for yourself and your business, read the article.

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Management Be Nimble - NYTimes.com

Management Be Nimble - NYTimes.com | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

“We aspire to be the largest small company in our space.”

When Dominic Orr, the chief executive of Aruba Networks, said those words, he crystallized a goal I had heard many leaders express during the hundreds of interviews I’ve conducted for the Corner Office column: they want to foster a quick and nimble culture, with the enviable qualities of many start-ups, even as their companies grow.

All leaders and managers face this challenge, regardless of the size of their companies. Even the founders of Google have worried about losing the magic that helped propel their search engine’s phenomenal growth. When Larry Page announced that he was taking over the chief-executive role from Eric Schmidt a few years ago, he explained to reporters that the company needed to move faster and recapture the agility of its early days, before it grew into a colossus.

“One of the primary goals I have,” Mr. Page said at the time, “is to get Google to be a big company that has the nimbleness and soul and passion and speed of a start-up.”

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Excellent views on how to align people in companies to get focused and treat each other with respect.

The viewpoint of Beth Kanter on email is worthwhile reading too. Email is truly an issue because it is so bland, not only emails in the workplace but also in any kind of human interaction. It's so easy to misinterpret a few words since we ususally project our own images and emotions into the situation. Isn't that why 'emoticons' were invented?

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Beth Kanter's curator insight, January 5, 2014 8:40 PM

The Hazards of Email

Bring up the subject of workplace email during conversations with C.E.O.’s, and the mood often shifts. Email is a hot-button issue, and clearly a source of endless frustration.

The problem, of course, is that for all the obvious benefits of email in speeding communication, it is also a dangerous trap. Emails are too easily misinterpreted, with often-disastrous consequences for the culture of an organization, because they can damage whatever connective tissue exists between colleagues. Yet the allure of email is powerful, and people fall repeatedly into the same trap, thinking that email is the best way to accomplish a lot of work in a short time.

Many C.E.O.’s are perceptive observers of the hazards of email, and they establish a variety of rules in their companies to discourage its use and encourage people to talk instead.

“If there’s a conflict and you need to resolve it, you cannot really do it in an email because people don’t know tone,” said Nancy Aossey, chief executive of the International Medical Corps. “They don’t know expression. Even if they like you and they know you, they might not know if you were irritated or joking in an email. There are things we can say in conversation that you can’t say in email because people don’t know tone and expression.

“People change when they talk in person about a problem, not because they chicken out, but because they have the benefit of seeing the person, seeing their reaction, and getting a sense of the person. But arguing over email is about having the last word. It plays into something very dangerous in human behavior. You want to have the last word, and nothing brings that out more than email because you can sit there and hit ‘send,’ and then it just kind of ratchets up and you don’t have the benefit of knowing the tone.”

By talking over the phone or in person, you’ll not only avoid dangerous misunderstandings, but you’ll also develop relationships and a sense of trust with colleagues — essential ingredients in fostering the kind of high-performing culture that drives innovation.

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GPlus How2Girl: How To Start A Private Hangout In A G+ Community

GPlus How2Girl: How To Start A Private Hangout In A G+ Community | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Private communities are a great way to take your relationships to the next level, offer group connections with your online programme members, create support groups, masterminds and much much more.

One of the great things when you have a community, is that you can also initiate community only private Hangout chats and video calls.

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Jaana Nyström's curator insight, January 1, 2014 12:55 PM

Great tool for businesses:  Private communities and Hangouts!

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, January 2, 2014 11:40 AM

Great information, there is still lots to learn about Google+

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3 Things Men Can Learn From Women That Will Make Their Business More Successful

3 Things Men Can Learn From Women That Will Make Their Business More Successful | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Men could learn a lot from women about building strong customer relationships. Here are three things we learned from women business owners that could help all entrepreneurs increase their success.

Before I founded Web.com, I watched as my wife faced many challenges as she launched and built her own business into a thriving company. The resources she needed to help her business grow online weren't either readily available or didn't exist, and it was a hard path to success. Her experience was a large part of what inspired me to found Web.com because I wanted to provide those resources to help entrepreneurs succeed.

Recently, Web.com commissioned a survey of 3,000 consumers and small business owners about how small businesses are building relationships with customers online and through social media. Forty percent of the small business owners surveyed were women, and it became apparent to me that the popular saying "Men are from Mars; women are from Venus" doesn't just apply to romantic relationships. It also holds true for business relationships, and how male and female business owners have notably different priorities for interacting with their customers online.

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Definitely, businesses managed by women will be different than men's businesses. It's good for both to see why. Good article.

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How to Create Magnetic Marketing Content

How to Create Magnetic Marketing Content | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

How would you like to be able to create content so desirable that people can’t help but take you up on your incredible offer? It’s every marketer’s dream – to hit on something that’s both entertaining but also refreshingly honest.

Although very few of us can claim to fulfill such a tall order – there are companies out there who have completely revolutionized how people see them – so that they’re no longer just another “me too” player in a crowded sphere, but something worth paying attention to.

Want that same kind of attention for your own business? Here’s how:

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Very well written article that helps understand what your clients are looking for, and how to create that while keeping them 'entertained, focused and what you offer, and respecting you for what you offer'.

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17 Small Business Owners Share Their Secret Weapons

17 Small Business Owners Share Their Secret Weapons | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
We surveyed American small business owners to find their "secret weapon" for success.

Running a small business can be exceptionally rewarding, providing the opportunity to be your own boss and create jobs. But it's also incredibly difficult, and success or failure is yours to bear alone.

For a little insight and inspiration, we talked to several successful, highly motivated small business owners to find out how they make it work every day. 

Founders and business owners from around the U.S. shared their "secret weapon" that's helped them succeed. For some, it's a must-have technology. For others, it's a key management technique or a personal productivity hack. In all, it's the thing that sets them apart and gives them an edge.

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Great insights and ideas from small business owners. If you have the time it's worthwile reading. Click on the 1 page view...

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Why Content Curation Is Disruptive

Why Content Curation Is Disruptive | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

The power of curation’s feedback loops is why to curate more than you create AND why the best ratio may be as high as 90% curation to 10% creation.

Curation is an active filtering of the web’s infinite content and it may be the most disruptive Internet marketing tactic. Curators do more than simply assign meta value via categorization. Great curators comment and share experience across content, authors and themes.

Great curators such as Robin Good or our host Jan Gordon see patterns others don’t.

I shocked Phil Buckely’s Raleigh SEO Meetup recently by suggesting the optimal ratio of curation to creation may be as high as 90% curation to 10% creation. Creating content is expensive. Curation, by comparison, is much less expensive.

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The point of curation is to share more and better content than you can produce just by yourself. I agree with Marty's 90%-10%. I want my  following to be fully informed, so that they can make better choices about funding, marketing, and growing.  Great article, with some great ideas about using curation..

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Bonnie McEwan's curator insight, November 22, 2013 12:47 PM

Another point in favor of curation over origination is that is it generally less time consuming. You can be a real player in the curation area and still have enough time to spend on client work and other tasks.

Lori Wilk's curator insight, November 22, 2013 1:44 PM

This is so true. I often get immediate support and responses to content I have curated #curation#socialmedia

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Brand Stories with a Pulse

Brand Stories with a Pulse | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
A few days ago Dave Winer wrote a post on pulsing technology, about how Apple has a pulse and follows a pattern every year. The company builds expectations, then follows up with an established cadence.

The Steve Jobs' defined process and event signature served the company well over the years by keeping its evangelists, developers, and customers in the loop. From Jobs' WWDC 1997 Q&A:

[...] we need to keep our eye on the prize.  

And that is turning out some great products, communicating directly with our customers the best we can. Getting the community of people that are going to make this stuff successful like yourselves in the loop, so you know everything and is marching forward, one foot in front of the other.

I wrote recently about how as a business Apple closes the perception-value gap. It is not a coincidence that the product company has climbed to the top of Interbrand's best global brands#. Its strong resonance is due to a consistent design of experience, with some element of surprise thrown into it -- the introduction of the iPad certainly was that.

Brand is a short form to express a core truth and encapsulate expectations, stories, memories, and relationships that compel us to hire a service/product to do the job we want done.

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Building a Brand: there is so much to learn from Apple. Read the article to find what Apple's marketing strategy is, in a nutshell.

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Common Small Business Pitfalls to Avoid - I Sold My Business Blog

Common Small Business Pitfalls to Avoid - I Sold My Business Blog | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

According to Business Insider, there were approximately 543,000 new businesses that opened each month in 2013. With such a high number, we can presume there are thousands of people who dream about owning their business. However, 3 out of 10 businesses that opened closed within 2 years. This could mean that many business owners weren’t

able to enjoy their businesses for a long time.

There are a lot of perks that come with being your own boss. Among them are taking full control of your life and having more flexibility, but it also comes with responsibility. Following are few listed things to avoid before setting up a business to evade bankruptcy.

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First tip in the article:

Launching with no plans
The biggest mistake most business owners often do is venturing into a business without any plans. As Benjamin Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” This is also true for starting and running a business. If you just open a business willy-nilly, you can’t expect your business to bloom for a long time. In fact, you’re even lucky if your business survives up to 1 year without a good plan.

It is necessary to plan before launching your business. Although planning may take some time and seem tedious as you would need to do extensive research to come out with a viable and sustainable business idea, it is far better than to hang on the cliff of bankruptcy once you’ve opened your business.


Do yourself a favor and write a business plan, if not for funding, do it for yourself. It challenges you to think through a lot of aspects of the business. You can get free business plan templates on my site:

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6 Areas a startup CEO must learn to do well

6 Areas a startup CEO must learn to do well | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

A CEO of a startup has many responsibilities. When creating a company for the first time, it is hard to imagine the degree that others depend on the person in charge.


Entrepreneurs are extremely busy identifying technologies, developing business plans & presentations, and trying to run companies on shoestring budgets. Occasionally, the CEO is the only employee in the company for significant periods. After obtaining funding, they now must perform to meet expectations of the investment community.

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This pretty much sums it all up. Good article, and great picture by the way.

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Craig Stark's curator insight, March 17, 2014 9:59 AM

Does your hat rack have "many hats"?

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Five Ways "No" Men Help Your Business

Five Ways "No" Men Help Your Business | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Everyone has heard of "yes" men in business, but do you have "no" men? These are the people who will play devil's advocate. Every business leader needs one.

I have taken this advice. In fact, my entire team is made up of “no” men. And, let me tell you, it’s hard.

H-A-R-D!

When you start a business from the ground up, put all of your sweat, tears, heart, and money into it, and have your entire life wrapped into it, it’s really hard to hear your baby is ugly.

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Yes, you do need some countering, different views, obstruction, nay-sayers. You need to be prepared when your product or service becomes public. If you don't have that in yourself, surround yourself with honest people telling you what they really think.

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She Got Her Start as a Hooters Waitress. Now She Runs a Billion Dollar Company

She Got Her Start as a Hooters Waitress. Now She Runs a Billion Dollar Company | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

One of the things our generation would really love to change in society is to see more female leaders in business. It's on the rise, there's no doubt about that, but we still feel there aren't enough female role models for women to learn and take notes from on how to find success while growing a business. That’s why when we got the chance to chat with Cinnabon President Kat Cole, we couldn’t wait to pick her brain and learn how a real female boss handles business.

You might have heard of Kat Cole before under headlines like “How a Former Hooter’s Waitress Became Cinnabon’s President,” but we found much more than what an interesting headline told us. Kat is the product of a hard working single mother, one of three daughters growing up on a $10 a week food budget in Jacksonville, Florida. The amazing story starts with what Kat learned in those challenging years growing up that made her an intelligent and ambitious woman that rose quickly in corporate America. Today she manages a billion dollar a year company, works to help women and bring water to villages in Rwanda and Ethiopia, and is poised to be one of the greatest role models for women everywhere who aspire to succeed in a business world mostly dominated by men.

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Another great success story about 'women in business'. It doesn't come without hard work and the willingness to start at the bottom, pull up your sleeves and go for it.

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thewarriorsnest's curator insight, February 12, 2014 4:57 PM

if you think that your current job isn't cutting it for you and your not sure if you have what it takes to be successful, then you need to read this article and how it can be done correctly

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How I Failed - the untold story

How I Failed - the untold story | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

When you start out as an entrepreneur, it's just you and your idea, or you and your co-founders and your idea. Then you add customers, and they shape and mold you and that idea until you achieve the fabled "product-market fit." If you are lucky and diligent, you achieve that fit more than once, reinventing yourself with multiple products and multiple customer segments.

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How to be a badass entrepreneur in 2014

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Every year we’re told the same things, we establish the same goals.We try to lose the same amount of weight, aspire to the same boring stuff. Forget about boring stuff. Forget about boring goals.



So here are the five simple steps to becoming a total badass in 2014.


1. Make a list of all the toxic people in your life. Then eliminate them. 


Get a pen and a paper. Now write down the names of your 10 or 20 closest friends. Think about the contribution of each one of those friends to your life. Are they adding value? Are they being good friends? Are they encouraging you to pursue lofty goals? Or are they simply discouraging you from pursuing your dreams? If the former, please keep them. If the latter – which, believe you me, is the norm – eliminate them at once. Delete them from your Facebook right now. Delete them from your life. You say, “But, Pedro, you don’t understand.” You are right, I don’t. And I don’t care. Stop making excuses. They have already drained too much productive energy from you with their toxic personalities and problems. Now it’s time for you to shine. And no, you won’t be lonely. Once you cut those people from your life, you’ll make room for great people to show up. You attract what you are. Be the person you’d wish to have by your side.


2. Put yourself in a ridiculously uncomfortable situation.


In 2005, at the age of 15, I came to the United States without being able to speak a single word of English. Really, not a single word. At school, someone had the bright idea of placing me in an advanced English class. Even though I had no idea what was going on, the simple act of being there, uncomfortably there, made all the difference. I was forced to grow. If I didn’t learn English fast, I was going to flunk. So I got to work.


3. Do less of something and learn how to say no. 


Have you noticed how people want to spend your time more than you do? There is always a new request, always something else to do. Something, by the way, that will contribute nothing to your well-being. If you want 2014 to be a badass year, you will have to learn how to say no to all sorts of requests. Family, friends, colleagues, whatever. Say yes to what’s important to you. I am not saying that you shouldn’t help others. Quite on the contrary, you should, but you should only do the things, and favors, that will not leave you in anger, regretting afterwards.


4. Don’t wait for someone to pick you. 

Most people go through life doing exactly what’s expected of them, and waiting for people to pick them for things – for a job, for a promotion, for a good grade, for a spouse, the list goes on. If you are waiting for that, I have bad news for you. No one is going to pick you. No one is going to give you an envelope with a million dollars in it. No one is going to say, “wow, what a great office manager you are. Here, takes these keys. You deserve a new car!” No one is going to pick you. So what do you do? You pick yourself. You choose yourself. You give yourself permission to dream huge dreams and to pursue them. Great accomplishments are the result of relentless pursuit.

5. Relax, but not really. 


One of the most powerful quotes I have ever read comes from the great Kafka. In Metamorphosis, he writes, “I am in chains. Don’t touch my chains.”


Doesn’t it summarize our attitude towards life? We’re chained by our habits, often bad, habits, and when someone points that out to us, we immediately get defensive and angry. We say things like: “Who are you to call me lazy?” In sum, all you are saying is: “Please, don’t touch my chains, mister. I’m too busy watching TV.”


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Good advice, a bit on the tough side, but true.

Cut out all the people who pull you down, surround yourself with the creative and positive ones. The ones who pull up their sleeves and get busy.

Don't hesitate, jump! Do what launches you forward. Don't let doubts hold you back.

Show the way. Be honest with yourself, and be open for positive, constructive advice.

Don't get angry, it's a waste of energy. It hurts yourself more than anything.

And most importantly, just do it!

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How Can Startups Use The Power Of Social Media (Infographic) - Business 2 Community

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The Power Of Social MediaThere was a time (even a couple of years back) when enough credit was not given to the power of social media. The social networking sites were getting strictly used by individuals to re-kindle old friendships. Social media, however, got its well-deserved worth ever since business organizations started harnessing its full potentials.We all know that the recent algorithm updates of major search engines have turned social media into an all-powerful entity. In fact, search engines like Google take social engagement as a major signal to judge the credibility of a website. Simply put, social media now has the authority in determining the success of online marketing campaigns.Social Media & StartupsStartups are “almost” non-existent, and they have to start from the scratch. Sad but true, they have to relentlessly compete with their bigger counterparts from the very first day. Startups do not get the luxury of big infrastructure or large manpower. All they have to rely on is their online presence. And this is where social media is important for the growth of a startup. Social media is now a world of blooming opportunities, and it is slated to have even a greater impact in the coming years. If used smartly and tactfully, startups can reap huge benefits… and soon become a force to be reckoned with.To read the full article and see more charts, click on the title...Get your Free Business Plan Template here: http://bit.ly/1aKy7km
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Business Intelligence Trends for 2014

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Where's Business Intelligence going?
As anyone working with data these days knows, there is a massive wave of innovation in analytics today. Hundreds of companies from startups to Amazon and Google are making breakthroughs.

n the best spirit of innovation they are building on each other's work to make astounding progress on new concepts like NoSQL databases and cloud data warehouses.

But technology itself is never the whole story. People and organizations must absorb innovation to make it relevant. We see that happening at a mass level with some concepts that have been around for years, such as Agile Business Intelligence.

Flip through the slides on the right to see where we think Business Intelligence is headed in 2014.

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Keep on seeing the big picture and following the trends is a must. Great information.

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23 Rules for Face-to-Face Meetings

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Follow these guidelines when you meet with customers and you're much more likely to win their business.

While a lot of business is conducted today over the Internet and the telephone, customers often want to meet you personally, just to make certain you're the kind of person who can be trusted to deliver what you promise.

Here are the eternal DOs and DON'Ts of these face-to-face meetings, based upon my own experience and dozens of anecdotes from "school of hard knocks" salespeople:

1. DO have a specific goal.  

Always have a goal like: "obtain approval to present to senior management" rather than something vague like "build a better relationship."

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Julia Allison - How to Define Your Brand Before Others Do It For You #PersonalBrand

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Julia Allison, one of the Web's biggest self-promoters, explains how to define your brand before others do it for you.

I was convinced that trying to build a personal brand, especially for the average small-business owner, is a waste of time. And I was admittedly kinda smug about it.

Then Julia Allison put me solidly in my place--in the nicest possible way, mind you.

Here's another in my series in which I pick a topic, connect with someone smarter than me, and we discuss. (There's a list of previous installments at the end of this article.)

This time, I talked to Julia Allison, Elle columnist, speaker on all things branding related, and star of the Bravo series Miss Advised. She was also profiled in Wired a few years ago for her personal branding savvy.

Jeff: If I say the average small-business owner shouldn't worry about personal branding, what would you say?

Julia: I would start by laughing.

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5 Powerful Tips to Becoming a More Productive Blogger - Jeffbullas's Blog

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Many problems can arise when you're trying to blog. From writers block to time wasting. Here are some powerful tips to becoming a more productive blogger .


There are so many problems that can arise when you’re trying to be a successful blogger. Maybe you can’t figure out what you want to write about. You might be suffering from writer’s block. You might get easily distracted while doing your Internet research. Do you plan out your writing to make it easier on you? Do you have goals and schedules set for your writing? Do you have some favorite productivity tools that you use? Following are some tips to help you in your journey of becoming a more productive blogger.
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First remote virtual surgery performed via Google Glass

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A University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) surgical team has performed one of the first surgeries using a telepresence augmented reality technology from VIPAAR in conjunction with Google Glass.

 

The combination of the two technologies could be an important step toward the development of useful, practical telemedicine.

VIPAAR (Virtual Interactive Presence in Augmented Reality) is commercializing a UAB-developed technology that provides real-time, two-way, interactive video conferencing.

 

UAB orthopedic surgeon Brent Ponce, M.D., performed a shoulder replacement surgery Sept. 12 at UAB Highlands Hospital in Birmingham. Watching and interacting with Ponce via the VIPAAR technology was Phani Dantuluri, M.D., from his office in Atlanta.

 

The VIPAAR technology allowed Dantuluri to see exactly what Ponce saw in the operating room and introduce his hands or instruments into the virtual surgical field.

 

At the same time, Ponce saw Dantuluri’s hands and instruments in his Google Glass display, along with his own field of view, as a merged-reality environment.

 

The two surgeons were able to discuss the case in a truly interactive fashion since Dantuluri could watch Ponce perform the surgery and simultaneously introduce his hands or instruments into Ponce’s view as if they were standing next to each other during the case.

 

“It’s real-time, real-life, right there, as opposed to a Skype or video conference call, which allows for dialogue back and forth but is not really interactive,” said Ponce.

 

UAB physicians say this kind of technology could greatly enhance patient care by allowing a veteran surgeon to remotely provide valuable expertise to less experienced surgeons.



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