Happy New Year

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It was pretty quiet the last week on this blog and so it will be the next two weeks.

I´m not getting lazy – I´m just heading Thailand tomorrow.

Right before New Year’s Eve I got a new investment and above all business opportunity over there. I´m not sure if I´ll find the time there to update my blog – but stay tuned: I´ll be back in 2-3 weeks!

I wish everybody a great New Year’s Eve and a spectacular year 2013!

A new day – we can waste it or we can use it for good

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A new day – we can waste it or we can use it for good

This words Paul “Bear” Bryant, american football coach, read every single morning. We all use words like “what a wasted day again” so often without thinking about it. But if you think deeply about it -> we actually wasted a day of our life in that situation!

I love this words because especially in young ages we can do, achieve and enjoy sooo much … and even more if we think about what we pay for each day …

Doing something just for ourselves each day besides work, school, studies, … is probably the best way to get the best out of a day and sooner or later the benefits for this effort one day. (-> regarding to Brian Tracy´s golden hour I talked about in an earlier article)

 

With this words I wish everybody a merry chrismas and some lovely days.

Principles of a lean startup

Principles of a lean startup

I´m reading Eric Ries´ book “The Lean Startup” at the moment.

After I´ve seen a great amount of positive reviews I had to give it a try and it has of course a great start.

Ries seperates his book in three parts: Vision, Steer, Accelerate broken down in topics like Start, Define, Learn, Test, Measure, Pivot … In each chapter he uses practical examples like his own project IMVU, Zappos, HP and so on.

The roots of the Lean StartUp model:

The Lean StartUp takes its name from the lean manufacturing revolution (-> Toyota). Lean thinking is radically altering the way supply chains and production systems are run. The Lean StartUp adapts these ideas to the context of entrepreneurship, proposing that entrepreneurs judge their progress differently from the way other kinds of ventures do. It asks people to start measuring their productivity differently. Because startups often accidentally build something nobody wants, it doesn’t matter much if they do it on time and on budget. The goal of a startup is to figure out the right thing to build – the thing customers want and will pay for – as quickly as possible.

 

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Increase “yourself” 1000 % formula

Increase “yourself” 1000 % formula

Brian Tracy – entrepreneur, speaker and business coach – made a 10 minutes YouTube clip about his “1000 % formula”.

He speaks about his formula, the Momentum-Principle, the “Golden Hour” and his 7 steps of the 1000 % formula

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How to get people to actually listen to you on social media

How to get people to actually listen to you on social media

This great article by Rachel Krasnow, a Media Relations Specialist, is about how to get people to listen to you on social media. She starts her article with an illustrative example – the most popular tweet of all time.

On November 7, Time announced the epic “Four More Years” tweet sent from Barack Obama’s twitter account, which included a picture of the president and first lady sharing a heartfelt embrace, as the most popular tweet of all time.  The tweet went viral with hundreds of thousands of retweets and favorites, just twelve hours after Obama was re-elected as President.

How to get people to actually listen to you on social media

She shows us 4 key strategies to improve our activities on social media.

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A Mexican Fisherman Story

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A Mexican Fisherman Story

The first time I´ve read the Fisherman Story was in one of Tim Ferriss´ books, the 4-hour-workweek.

I´ve already seen the story in 2-3 different blogs and selfvestors.net shouldn´t miss it too.

A Mexican Fisherman Story:

The businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The businessman complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied only a little while.

The businessman then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The businessman then asked, but what do you do with the rest of your time? The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos; I have a full and busy life, señor.”

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