Archive | January, 2012

Bing Gordon on Entrepreneurship

30 Jan

Today’s advice comes from Kleiner Perkins’ Bing Gordon’s interview with Canadian Business:

“I’ve found that entrepreneurs, unlike smart people, get focused on working with whatever they have at hand and doing one important thing at a time. Smart people tend to enjoy thinking about a lot of things at once.”

Perhaps all entrepreneurs are smart people, but not all smart people are entrepreneurs. In order to properly manage a company, an entrepreneur should be able to listen to really complicated matters and focus on the one detail that the company actually needs. They need to be able to say, “We’re going to do this one and we’re only going to do this one.”

Furthermore, they need to be able to get everyone else on board with this narrow strategy as well. Otherwise, the company will be chasing many different prospects without making any real progress. Prioritizing is a much-needed skill set in entrepreneurs.

Gordon is an executive in the video game industry and was the co-founder of video game publisher and developer Electronic Arts (EA) before becoming a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), the world’s largest venture capital firm. He has worked with Audible.com, Amazon, Ngmoco, and Zynga.

“Entrepreneurs should be serial monogamists; do one thing at a time until you make sufficient progress and then move on.”

Credit: Business Insider Instant MBA

Justice, Truth, & Love

30 Jan

Get Motivated!

24 Jan

Here are 14 quick strategies to get and keep yourself motivated:

1. Condition your mind. Train yourself to think positive thoughts while avoiding negative thoughts.

2. Condition your body. It takes physical energy to take action.  Get your food and exercise budget in place and follow it like a business plan.

3. Avoid negative people. They drain your energy and waste your time, so hanging with them is like shooting yourself in the foot.

4. Seek out the similarly motivated. Their positive energy will rub off on you and you can imitate their success strategies.

5. Have goals–but remain flexible. No plan should be cast in concrete, lest it become more important than achieving the goal.

6. Act with a higher purpose.  Any activity or action that doesn’t serve your higher goal is wasted effort–and should be avoided.

7. Take responsibility for your own results. If you blame (or credit) luck, fate or divine intervention, you’ll always have an excuse.

8. Stretch past your limits on a daily basis. Walking the old, familiar paths is how you grow old. Stretching makes you grow and evolve.

9. Don’t wait for perfection; do it now! Perfectionists are the losers in the game of life.  Strive for excellence rather than the unachievable.

10. Celebrate your failures. Your most important lessons in life will come from what you don’t achieve. Take time to understand where you fell short.

11. Don’t take success too seriously. Success can breed tomorrow’s failure if you use it as an excuse to become complacent.

12. Avoid weak goals.  Goals are the soul of achievement, so never begin them with “I’ll try …”  Always start with “I will” or “I must.”

13. Treat inaction as the only real failure.  If you don’t take action, you fail by default and can’t even learn from the experience.

14. Think before you speak.  Keep silent rather than express something that doesn’t serve your purpose.

 

Thanks to Inc. for post topic and info.

Break Dancing Yoga

19 Jan

I came across this video back in November or December of 2011 and have been meaning to post it since. It is pretty amazing to see what the dancer, Arthur Cadre, is capable of doing. He flawlessly combines yoga and break dancing all set to the song Sail by Awolnation. Enjoy!

Somebody That I Used to Know

19 Jan

The following video of  the five members of Walk Off the Earth jamming on one guitar while covering Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know has been viewed on youtube nearly 29 million times….so why not post it? If you haven’t seen it, Enjoy!

Why SOPA is a bad idea.

19 Jan

There is not too much I can say about SOPA/PIPA that is not easily found out through many of the major media outlets like facebook, twitter, wikipedia, etc….So, instead of ranting and raving about the bills, I thought it would be appropriate to share this video of Clay Shirky, breaking the SOPA & PIPA bills down in layman’s terms. Please watch this, get informed, and contact your representative!

 

Against All Odds

13 Jan

By no means is the movie Against All Odds, a must see, though I dare say it has one of the best street racing scenes of the 1980’s (maybe in cinematic history). Just my opinion. Watch as James Woods and Jeff Bridges push their two horses to the limits in the streets of Los Angeles. Enjoy!

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