Friday, March 30, 2012

Experts are Clueless... Steve jobs wisdom

I read early everything Guy Kawasaki writes. Here is what says about working with Steve Jobs:

Experts are clueless.
Experts—journalists, analysts, consultants, bankers, and gurus can’t “do” so they “advise.” They can tell you what is wrong with your product, but they cannot make a great one. They can tell you how to sell something, but they cannot sell it themselves. They can tell you how to create great teams, but they only manage a secretary. For example, the experts told us that the two biggest shortcomings of Macintosh in the mid 1980s was the lack of a daisy-wheel printer driver and Lotus 1-2-3; another advice gem from the experts was to buy Compaq. Hear what experts say, but don’t always listen to them.



Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ever had one of those days.... mine was YESTERDAY!


Computer broke... paid to be fixed... still broken... staff didn't come in... put on weight even though I starved myself... NO sales today... only JUNK in mail box... forgot to pay phone bill... milk off...

Only consolation... tomorrow will come!!

I think the mouse got off easy!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

19 Stress Relief Tactics for Internet Junkies


A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, 'half empty or half full?'... She fooled them all ... "How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile.

Answers called out ranged from 200 grams to 400 grams

She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it.

If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem.
If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.
If I hold it for a day, you'll have a serious pain requiring treatment.

In each case it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes." She continued, "and that's the way it is with stress.

If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on."

"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden - holding stress longer and better each time practiced.

So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down.  Don't carry them through the evening and into the night... just pick them up again tomorrow.

1  Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue!

2  Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

3  Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

4  Drive carefully... It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker..

5  If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague

6  If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

7  It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

8  Never buy a car you can't push.

9  Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

10  Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

11  Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

12  The second mouse usually gets the cheese.

13  When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

14  Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

16  Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.

17  We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colours, but they all have to live in the same box.

18  A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

19  Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY 

20 Save the earth..... It's the only planet with Chocolate and Rally Cars..!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

13 Golden Rules for boys....

I just love number 8... what is your favourite?? Let me know.


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Outrageous Success Requires Offensive Behaviours

Hank Trisler
Hank Trislers NO Bull Shots are teh highlight of my email reading list. Hank wrote this recently:

Andy Horner, the chief architect of Ace of Sales,recently wrote a fine and brief article about Steve Jobs. You can read the entire article at
http://bit.ly/s0xqcr and I'd recommend it to you.

Andy closes his piece with this question: "Is it possible to reach the phenomenal artistic success Steve Jobs attained without great relationship sacrifice and aggressive, brash control?"

I answered that it is indeed possible, but that isn't the way the smart money bets. I have studied biographies most of my long life and find that people of outstanding achievement have usually developed abrasive personalities by the time they become noteworthy.

I have further found that people who were offensive tyrants on their road to success, often encounter disaster if they decide to throttle back and warm up late in their careers. Drivers and warriors are so designed that they operate efficiently only at full throttle. When they back off, even a little bit, The game changes remarkably.

What's your observation and experience n this area? 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

17 Internet Entrepreneurs Worth Following on Google+


One of the great things about the internet and social networking is the fact that it allows us to quickly share ideas and get feedback on them. The internet has made our lives so much easier, and has presented many of us with opportunities we never would have dreamed of 15-20 years ago. Entrepreneurs are all over Google+, sharing their ideas with the world. Here are 17 internet entrepreneurs worth following:
  1. Pete Cashmore – CEO of Mashable.com
  2. Kevin Rose  – Tech Angel Investor and entrepreneur. Drinker of tea.
  3. Mark Cuban – Self made billionaire, Owner of Dallas Mavericks
  4. Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten – Founder of TwitterCounter and TheNextWeb.com
  5. Ben Parr – Journalist.
  6. Jason Calacanis – Serial entrepreneur, angel investor and writer.
  7. Guy Kawasaki – former chief evangelist of Apple, co-founder of Garage Technology
  8. Michael Dell – Founder of Dell, frequent Hangout participant
  9. Daniel Brusilovsky 18 year-old entrepreneur. Founder & CEO of Teens in Tech Labs.
  10. Greg Raaum – CEO & Founder Lush Technologies, software architect/engineer
  11. Salim Ismail – Angel investor, operated seven early-stage companies.
  12. Dan Leveille – Founder of Equalitopia & BookMaid. Marketer at deviantART.
  13. John West Founder and CEO of Crazy Monkey Games. Chronic  technophile.
  14. Scott Bradley – Founder Rapid Results Marketing Group LLC, and Lean Strong Body.
  15. Manoj Ranaweera – Founder edocr.com + Techcelerate.org
  16. Martin Varsavsky – Tech entrepreneur founder of Viatel, Jazztel, Ya.com and Fon.
  17. Eduardo Arcos – Hipertextual CEO & Founder
There are plenty of other entrepreneurs out there on Google+, however this list is a great start if you plan on making a circle to follow these men and women.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Monday is..... [Social Media therapy required!!]

More than half of us will spend the day complaining, particularly in the morning.

The average respondent in the survey spent 34 minutes moaning on a Monday morning, compared to just 22 minutes during the rest of the week.

One in three people said they hated Monday more than any other day of the week.

Some of the most common reasons include dreading the working week ahead, over-indulging over the weekend or having a mountain of emails to catch up with.
Other explanations in the top ten of Monday moans include feeling tired and taking a while to get back into 'work mode'.
A spokesman for Flomax Relief, which conducted the research of 2,000 adults said:

'Feeling a bit down and under the weather is a common Monday morning problem.

Manic Monday: One in three said they hated Mondays, many because they dread the working week

'In fact, the average respondent moans for around 34 minutes on a Monday morning, compared to just 22 minutes during the rest of the week.

'And while people continue to grumble about aches and pains, heavy workloads and tiredness the rest of the week, Mondays tend to be when people suffer most.'

But things get little better as the week progress, as Brits continue to moan about the amount of work they have to do, traffic, inefficiency and ill health. In fact, common grumbles on the biggest moan day of the week include feeling stressed with everything that needs to be done, and managing an enormous work load.

Top 10 Monday moans....

1. You dread your working week
2. You always feel more tired on a Monday than any other day
3. You're already missing the weekend
4. It takes you a while to get back into work
5. You had too many late nights over the weekend
6. You over-indulged on food and drink at the weekend
7. You had a particularly active couple of days
8. You always have a mountain of emails to catch up on
9. You spent much of the weekend travelling around
10. You always feel a bit poorly on a Monday

Other work related complaints include contending with a slow booting computer, getting stuck in traffic on the way to the office and the feeling that you are trying to keep everyone happy.

Other factors people are most likely to moan about include being kept on hold for longer than a minute, the weather forecasters getting it wrong and poor customer service.
Personal grievances such as a bad hair diary, aches and pains, feeling 'fat' and having nothing to wear also put people in a bad mood.

The Flomax Relief spokesman added:

'While there appears to be a range of reasons that can affect our mood, especially on a Monday, it would seem that health-related problems are one of the biggest triggers.

'This suggests that, as a nation, taking better care of our health may help improve our general well-being and happiness.'


Read more: http://bit.ly/y8VDze

Sunday, March 04, 2012

7 nonprofit Twitter superstars

In my search for great ideas I found this article  By Kyria Abrahams on Socialbrite

kyria-abrahamsWe’re kicking off our new series on how nonprofits can make the best use of Twitter with a roundup of organizations that showcase a strong voice in the community. Below are eight popular nonprofits on Twitter today as well as an overview of their varying styles and strategies.
These organizations are successfully using the following approaches. They:
    twitter-essentials
  • Support other nonprofit Twitter users with Follow Friday.
  • Retweet others.
  • Quote well-known and well-respected voices.
  • Write concise “teaser-style” tweets that link back to their main website.
  • Make ample use of hashtags or create their own.
  • Ask questions that engage their followers.
  • Use human interest stories.
  • Respond to tweets that mention their organization.
charity: water
1With 1.3 million followers, charity: water is the first Twitter result when using the search term “nonprofit.” The organization’s focus is clear and so are their tweets, many of which focus on celebrating individual supporters, small donors and partners. Tweets feature a compelling teaser, which links back to their website.
Sample Tweet from Charity Water
 
The Gates Foundation
2The Gates Foundation makes ample use of hashtags and actively participates in “Follow Friday” (hashtag: #FF), a practice which builds a sense of community around their cause and can be seen as a type of online partnering. They utilize a “Photo of the Day” that links back to their site, a tactic which is also used by Charity Water. If anyone has ideas on properly using Twitter, it’s probably Bill Gates.
Sample Tweet for Gates Foundation
 
 The Humane Society
3The Humane Society originated the popular hashtag #FelineFriday, which encourages people to post photos of their cats. The tag is so popular that I sent them a tweet asking if they had come up with the concept. They replied to me within two days, which means that they’ve also got a crack team checking on all their @replies — another big plus!
 
Free Arts
4With chapters in Minnesota and New York, Free Arts uses Twitter to share inspirational quotes and links to interesting articles related to their cause. Quotes work well on Twitter because people are more apt to retweet inspirational quotes than another link to your blog. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about having writer’s block.
Sample Tweet for Free Arts MN
 
Free Arts
5St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital gracefully retweeted Cindy Crawford after she wrote about spending the day at their facility. Understated and natural retweeting — sometimes pre-scheduled — is preferable to having a page littered with unanswered posts begging to be retweeted by celebrities who will probably just ignore you anyway.
Sample Tweet for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
 
Direct Relief
6Direct Reliefmakes good use of newsworthy hashtags like #healthcare and does a fair amount of retweeting others.
Sample Tweet from Direct Relief
 
 Room to Read
7We like Room to Read for asking interactive questions on hot topics people might be searching for. Asking simple, personalized questions offers an opportunity for users to @reply to you when they otherwise may be disinclined to.
Sample Tweet for Room to Read

Friday, March 02, 2012

13 Tips to Increase Twitter Followers

I have been searching foe ideas to build your Twitter followers for Small Business... here are 13 ideas from Tiffany Monhollon at Social Media Today
Here they are:
On Twitter, in addition to people who share interesting, insightful information, there are many spammers and aggressive marketers that the typical consumer avoids following. To be a figure worth following, you don’t want get labeled as a spammer. So the first step in increasing your followers on the site is to make sure your account is worth following!  Here’s how to do it:
1) Make sure your Twitter profile is optimized with an original picture, bio, and links. Don’t make these newbie mistakes that keep people from following you.
2) Post interesting content often. Balance unique content (authored by you) and shared content (authored by others). Many experts say for each self-promotional tweet, you should share 5-10 tweets about something else.
3) Time your tweets so people see content during peak hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. You can use an automatic scheduling tool like su.pr, Hootsuite, or ReachCast to time your tweets throughout the day.
4) When someone follows you, follow them back. You can do this manually or use a service like Social Oomph to automate it. Since Twitter won’t let you follow an unlimited number of users, keep your following/follower ratio in check by using a tool like ManageFlitter.com to unfollow users who don’t follow you back.
5) Be social. Use the site as a way to connect  with others, not just to promote yourself. Unmarketingauthor Scott Stratten, who has built a successful blog and business from growing a large, dedicated Twitter following, says that over 75% of his tweets are @replies to other users.
Find and Follow Interesting Users
The next step to increasing followers is to find and follow people yourself. How will people know if you’re out there to follow unless you tell them?
6) Connect with connections first. Put your Twitter URL on business cards and in-store signage toencourage consumers to follow you online. See if people you’re already connected to are on by looking up contacts from Gmail, Yahoo, and AOL email accounts and linking your account to your LinkedIn profile under the “Find Friends” section of the “Find People” function on your account. Connect with those you’re already connected to first, because those are the people most likely to follow you online.
7) Connect with local consumers. You can find local tweeps to follow on Localtweeps.com andTrendsmap.com, or use Twitaholic.com or TwitterGrader.com to grade your Twitter profile and find local users with top scores in your market.
8) Follow people in your industry, niche, and topic area.  Who you follow may influence the content you will retweet and @reply to. Find topical users to follow on Wefollow.comlistorious.com, and twellow.com.
9) Follow From Users’ Twitter Lists and “Following” Links. Find people or organizations on Twitter with similar interests, and click the link labeled “following” from their profile page to see who they find worth following. Better yet, look at Twitter lists they may have created on certain topics to find hand-cultivated lists of people worth following. Just make sure to follow the individual users on a list and not just the list itself!
10) Tap into influential local circles. Who is influential in your market? Aside from grades on Twitter tools, which may or may not reflect true influence, it may be difficult to determine this at first. One tip is to find and follow local media outlets, businesses, and organizations. Then, look at lists they have created to find more important local figures to follow.
Invest in the Twitter Community 
Twitter is more than a marketing tool. It’s a community you cultivate for yourself. So, give back and invest in the community to build follow karma and increase not only the number of followers you have, but the number of lists you are mentioned in as well.  
11) Particiapte in #FollowFriday. Promote other people worth following by recommending followers on the popular #FollowFriday hashtag meme. Every Friday, just select someone you follow, write a short explanation of why, and tag it with #FollowFriday or the succinct #FF.
12) Create Twitter lists of interesting users, such as local and topical users and those you’ve met in different social circles. Adding users to lists not only allows you to watch a cultivated, topical stream of their tweets, it’s also a form of virtual endorsement, which may encourage the users on your lists to follow you back.
13)  Participate in Twitter chats. There are numerous special interest chats that anyone can chime in to to network, learn, and share. This is one of the best places to find like-minded Twitter users. So, find a chat for your industry, niche, or market, and join in! Use a tool like TweetGrid or TweetChat to help you keep up with the conversation on the chat’s hashtag, and follow users you meet there.

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