“Ideas are like a$$holes…,” my friend Ralph once said: “…everyone has one!” Ralph’s gonna hate me for mentioning that one!
You hear it almost every day: “I have an idea for a new product…or a new Web site.” Perhaps you even say it yourself.
But most often the idea dies right there…or, worse, you hear someone whine or brag about the idea later when someone else has turned it into a product.
“Hey, I thought up a car sharing service just like Zipcar five years ago!”
If you want to avoid being one of those idea-snobs, here are 7 mistakes to avoid when you have an idea that you want to turn into a reality
Many people keep their ideas a secret — they don’t share it with anyone. This is probably the worst mistake you can make.
This may you are worried someone will steal the idea or because you fear failure or lack confidence.
I suggest that you keep your ideas in a journal…I use Google Docs (pictured above) to keep my ideas (and ideas of friends) and I rate them based on:
And I can pull up the pipeline of ideas any time on my iPhone. …
It took me 40 years to figure out that the key to life is feeling like I had a fulfilling day — I accomplish that through setting goals…and I’m maniacal about them.
I believe that without goals your progress comes to a screeching halt. As Ralph Marston of The Daily Motivator once said:
“Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality.”
Do you need help finding a job?
I was catching up with my pal and former boss Mitch York — awesome business guy — the other day and he pointed me to some neat job search tips from The 5 O’Clock Club (an outplacement and career coaching service).
If you need to find a job, keep these in mind:
5 O’Clock encourages its job seekers to first select industries they’re interested in working in and specific companies they’d like to work for (regardless of what jobs are available).
“Everyone (on a job hunt) makes the mistake of placing too much emphasis on published openings,” the 5 O’Clock Club says. …
I asked all-star recruiter Jason Webster to do a Question & Answer session with me on the details of the Web Applications Engineer position I’m filling; so you can get a better feel for what I’m looking for.
Why is this position open?
This position opened up because we are forming a new business and now have the seed capital in place to hire the first developer.
Why the wide range ($80K to $200K) for salary?
Our first technical hire can be someone with just a few years experience on up to someone with 20 years experience. …
If you’re gonna build a hot dog stand, what are the few key things you need to focus on?
The weiner will probably be first…then the bun…then some mustard and then a stand or cart, right?
If those four items weren’t satisfactory, your hot dog stand would be in big trouble.
Surprisingly, most businesses don’t take that same sensible approach.
I’m an optimist by nature but — hopefully you see that through the rest of my articles here — but I’m also practical.
And there’s a weird amount of $hit going on in the U.S. and abroad these days that’s got me preparing for a possible economic meltdown.
And I’m not talking about the staggering U.S. federal deficit — that’s got serious longer-term consequences. I’m talking about a handful of other scary items that worry me more in the short-term. …
The January-February 2011 Harvard Business Review featured an article titled Reinvent Your Business Before It’s Too Late: Watch Out for Those S-Curves.
Seeing this headline caused my mind to immediately jump to my study of S-curves in graduate school (think of an S-curve (see chart above) as the graphical life of an organization where performance ascends (“replicating and improving”), often rapidly, but later declines (“dying”) due to stagnation, new market entrants, tired management etc.). …
We all have fears…and some are even less scary than fighting a 7-foot martial arts specialist.
1) “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” — Bruce Lee …