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May 24, 2012

“Titanium”–David Guetta featuring Sia

Published on 20 Dec 2011 by davidguettavevo | #34 on the YouTube 100

What is “Titanium”, apart from being a chemical element with the symbol Ti and atomic number 22?

|“Titanium” is a ballad which draws from the genres of pop, house and urban-dance. The song’s lyrics are about inner strength. Sia’s vocals on "Titanium" received comparisons to those by Fergie and the song was also musically compared to Coldplay’s work. Critics were positive towards the song and noted it as one of the standout tracks from Nothing but the Beat. "Titanium" attained top 10 positions in several major music markets, including Australia, Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. In the United Kingdom, it peaked at number one, becoming Guetta’s fifth number-one single on the chart and Sia’s first. The song’s accompanying music video premiered on December 21, 2011 but does not feature appearances by Guetta and Sia. Instead, the video focuses on a young boy, played by actor Ryan Lee, with supernatural powers.| – from wikipedia.org

Postscript:

Titanium has a low density and is a strong, lustrous, corrosion-resistant (including sea water, aqua regia and chlorine) transition metal with a silver colour.

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May 24, 2012

It’s not too late… give your dream a shot!  Here are some great examples of older inventors.  Mind you, young, tech-savvy multi-billionaires really are a current era invention, so I’ve no problems nodding towards the older generation for inspiration and mentorship.  However, things had to progress and young industries had to be taken forwards and that’s where the younger generations stepped in and kept things apace.  It’s encouraging both ways: notable and lasting accomplishments by the young and refreshing ideas from the old.  Read the above blog post to see what’s been invented by the middle age and beyond.

Late Blooming Entrepreneurs

We hear a lot about inventors in the technology area who have had phenomenal success at a very young age.  But that doesn’t mean inventors with more mileage under their belts can’t be ultra successful as well.  Some of the most revolutionary or popular products were the work of people who were at least 40 years old.

You have a cell phone, right?  Martin Cooper invented it when he was around 45.

What about TV movies and shows?  Do you “TiVo” them to watch later?   Thank Mike Ramsay who, along with Jim Barton, co-invented this digital video recorder when he was 47.

Are you a fan of Kentucky Fried Chicken?  Colonel Harland Sanders pioneered this “finger lickin’ good” favorite when he was in his 60s.

Do you make sandwiches with Pepperidge Farm bread?  Margaret Rudkin began baking it when she was 40.

Here are a few other items whose creators were 40 or older:

Segway Personal Transporter – Inventor Dean Kamen was around 50…

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May 24, 2012

What to do if asking for yourself is too much for you?  That, in essence, is what networking is: it is between the two people present at the event.  The questions being answered are: what can you do for me, and what can you give me?  Whereas there is another option which has been going on for years without a label or a name: netweaving.  Netweaving is where you introduce two others because there is benefit to be had with that new relationship… and then you never know what might blossom and land on you too.  In effect, it’s working on the pay it forward effect i.e. what goes around, comes around.  Of course then, there is the usual things to be careful of, that is users, takers and people who forget who brought them to the party.  But, having said that, there are a lot of people who would benefit from netweaving instead of the immediacy of networking.  Treat it like a future investment…

Late Blooming Entrepreneurs

By Lynne Strang, Late Blooming Entrepreneurs

If you’re someone who doesn’t like schmoozing at cocktail parties to make business contacts, listen up. Bob Littell has a method for meeting other professionals that may suit your style.

Twelve years ago, Littell, principal of Atlanta, Georgia-based Littell Consulting Services, Inc., came up with a concept he calls “NetWeaving.”  It’s a “Golden Rule,” or “Pay It Forward,” form of networking, where people focus on putting others’ needs first.

What Goes Around, Comes Around

Here’s how it works:  You have two contacts who you think would benefit from meeting each other.  Through a virtual or some other type of introduction, you help them exchange bios and arrange to meet in person.  When the two parties get together, synergy occurs and a new partnership forms, or they find other ways to help each other.  They follow up with you later, to let you know the outcome of the meeting.

“People…

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May 24, 2012

Why not start your own business?  What’s stopping you?  Is your dream big enough to fuel you and provide for you?  Well, it appears that the myth of security within corporate jobs combined with the lull of the mundane within that coporate structure puts you to sleep so you don’t awaken to the sound of your own drums.  So why aren’t your own drums beating that much louder so that you may awaken and start marching to your own beat instead of someone else’s?  It appears it takes quite a bit of reality to push people to the edge and face setting up their own business as a true venture, even advenuture.  Think about it.  At what point have you accumulated enough, experienced enough and satisfied yourself enough that starting up a new enterprise is the better option for you to live your life?  Be aware, that with each passing day you let your daydream pass you by is another day you don’t live your life as you please… in the parting words of Mike’s blog post:

“Otherwise, your passion will be nothing more than a fantasy that you daydream about that mocks you on moments you are honest with yourself.

Don’t waste your life.”

Micro Business Solutions

In my prior post about May 24, I discussed how I came to start my business.

IT TOOK ME GETTING FIRED!!  Then, it took subsequent insulting job offers that made me so mad I was no longer afraid.  Finally, I was going to show them, now.

But why did it take me so long to get there?  I had wanted my own business since I was 17.  Now, I was 33.  That was 16 years.  Why?  Why had I spent almost half my life waiting?  Why did I have to be shoved off the cliff to take control of my own life?

The answer is twofold: 1. The Myth of Security and 2. The Lull of the Mundane.  I will cover these two in this post.

1.  The Myth of Security.  We are fed the line that we should go to school, do well in school, get a good…

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May 24, 2012

How do you evaluate yourself when you are the boss, the leader, the manager and the hourly worker?  With great honesty it seems.  If you set up your small business to shirk dealing with a boss, then you’re in for a nasty wake-up call… because, now that boss is you and you’ll come to understand some of the temprament, mind-set and ‘down-sides’ your ex-boss may have showered upon you.  Being honest with yourself is difficult at the best of times, but this blog post helps put your first foot in the right direction of self-evaluation when you are the boss yourself.

Micro Business Solutions

Do you remember your corporate days when you got evaluations?  Maybe, for some of you, it has not been that long.  For others of us, it has been years.  Did any of you give evaluations to subordinates?

In case you did not notice, there were usually differences between the evaluations of lower-level employees and supervisors and those of upper management.

Hourly employees and supervisors were typically evaluated in a  task-oriented manner.  How well did they do the jobs assigned to them?  Did they do it the company way?  Were they on time?  Did they get along with other employees?  Did they have a good attitude?  Were they cooperative with management?  Their reviews had to do with how they got the job done.

Those in upper positions were typically reviewed differently.  They were judged based on something called “objectives.”  Objectives are a different word for goals–goals assigned by the company.  Typically…

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May 24, 2012

Have you ever wondered how to get the best out of advisors? How do you quiz the advisor… who is the advisor on advisors?  Ever suffere from decision-paralysis or information overload?  Well, it’s well worth doing a little prepartory work: here are some insights to follow.

May 24, 2012

It sounds to me as if start-ups believe they can already command the market before they’ve even established and founded their business organization. They seem compelled to fit their building of a new enterprise around what they believe the market looks like, as opposed to taking the temperature of the market and coming back with some facts and statistics about the market. However, not many people know which facts to collect and what those facts mean to them and their start-up. Crazy but true. Oh well, there is nothing like learning from trial and error, sometimes those are the hardest won and most rewarding lessons of all. Sometimes. Then there are those other times. For those other times, read Steve Blank’s “9 Deadliest Start-up Sins”.

Steve Blank

Inc. magazine is publishing a 12-part series of excerpts from The Startup Owner’s Manual, the new step-by-step “how to” guide for startups. The excerpts, which appeared first at Inc.com, highlight the Customer Development process, best practices, tips and instructions contained in our book.  Feedback from my readers suggested you’d appreciate seeing the series posted here, as well.

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Whether your venture is a new pizza parlor or the hottest new software product, beware: These nine flawed assumptions are toxic.

1. Assuming you know what the customer wants

First and deadliest of all is a founder’s unwavering belief that he or she understands who the customers will be, what they need, and how to sell it to them. Any dispassionate observer would recognize that on Day One, a start-up has no customers, and unless the founder is a true domain expert, he or she can only guess about the customer, problem…

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May 24, 2012

Here’s a loud and proud admission of a morning lark. Apparently getting up early is not something to to go back on. Oh, is there anything good about being a night owl?

The Pinstriped Suit

Yesterday, I read this great article on Business Insider about the 23 Business Leaders who wake up early. I found this piece to be especially intriguing because a lot of the biographies and business books I’ve read over the years have emphasized the importance of getting up at the crack of dawn. The reason being that you end up getting ahead if you have more time to sort yourself out before you hit the ground running.

I personally like getting up early (usually 6-6:30am) because it allows me to meditate and have some time to think about the day ahead. That extra hour in the morning allows me the time to think and reflect before I get on with my day. Although I don’t get to the office super early, I do manage to check e-mails, read the news and a chapter of a business book before I head out…

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