Jan 152020
 

Finding Time to Invest in Yourself:

“Naval: Judgment takes experience. It takes a lot of time to build up. You have to put yourself in positions where you can exercise judgment. That’ll come from taking on accountability.

Leverage is something that society gives you after you’ve demonstrated judgment. You can get it faster by learning high-leverage skills like coding or working with the media. These are permissionless leverage. This is why I encourage people to learn to code or produce media, even if it’s just nights and weekends. “

*Interesting throughout

Dec 182019
 

Seth’s Blog:

“But the most reliably successful people I know are precisely the opposite. They are desperate to see and know what’s making other people tick. They actively engage, and they do it with empathy and generosity.”

*Surely this is a better path even if one never becomes hyper successful. It’s just a better way of operating.

Dec 282014
 

“I put myself in the mind of the consumer and think, ‘What questions do I have unanswered?’”

Handley, Ann; Chapman, C.C. (2010-11-11). Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business (New Rules Social Media Series) (p. 11). Wiley. Kindle Edition.

*Was looking around in my Kindle library at the book Content Rules and found the passage above as one I previously highlighted. This way of thinking will allow one to become a trusted resource that is seeking to provide great service to the customer. It’s not clear why this way of thinking is so rare in business and other aspects of life.

Nov 272014
 

One Founder Told Me He Wanted to Overpay His Employees. So We Invested. | Hunter Walk:

“Ultimately whether it’s through regulation or competition I don’t think optimizing for just the lowest possible labor cost at the expense of service and expertise is sustainable for many of these marketplaces or on-demand services. My guess is the first place it shows up is in the app store ratings and NPS scores of those companies who grind workers up, weak economy or strong.”

*Delivering exceptional value drives success. A higher (labor) cost can provide higher value so that there is no negative bottom line impact for the supplier.  

Oct 282011
 

52 Cups of Coffee • Cup 50: “the way you get from Point A (the start of a career) to Point B (the end) isn’t going to be a straight line. But if you keep moving forward, if you have a goal you’re shooting for—and the right mix of hard work and passion—you’ll get there. “

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Life is sort of like the stock market, there are daily ups and downs. Sometimes your stock falls in the short term, current examples are Amazon & Netflix, even as you play out the long term strategy of working hard (Hustle + Intensity w Passion) and helping others along the way. Give value first (Gitomer) and be interested in other people (Carnegie) are a few other personal traits that will be useful in addition to working hard.

May 192011
 

Entrepreneur guru Michael Gerber: Businesses fail because of owners, not economy | MLive.com:

“‘We are born to create,’ he said. ‘The only reason our economy sucks is people have forgotten that. … All of you, if the entrepreneur were awakened in you, would transform the state of the economy.’”

Interesting observation. It would be an improvement if more people thought about how they could effectively create a product or service and deliver it to customers.

Apr 262011
 

It’s often hard to get quantifiable data to show (demonstrate) your value. Or rather, the incremental value you create at work. Do find a way to measure and record the results you create over time. This may take some time to find. Talk with people outside your field and ask them how they would measure success at what you do. Perhaps they will provide an imagination spark that leads to a process for highlighting your results.