Bringing clean, purified water to another country!

Bringing Clean, purified water to another country

This article talks about how engineering entrepreneurs make purified water for a village in Peru through the presence of a Billboard.

The mechanism on how they do it is phenomenal. And in the process of how they bring happiness to hundreds of Peruvian families is simply heartwarming. Peru is one of the several countries in the world that lack clean water.

Please read on!! And feel free to leave a comment below!

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The story of Mark Cuban

I’ve been wanting to post this for a long time: Mark Cuban is one of the greatest entrepreneurs in my eyes and is finally gaining the spotlight!

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The owner of the 2011 NBA World champions, Dallas Mavericks, and a shark investor on ABC’s hit television series, Shark Tank, this $2.4 billion mogul explains how he reached the top, including what sacrifices he had to make, and what lessons he learned from having horrible bosses.

You can read all about it over here:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/monteburke/2013/03/28/at-age-25-mark-cuban-learned-lessons-about-leadership-that-changed-his-life/

Key Takeaways:

  • Made sacrifices early in his life by driving an old car that required an oil change every 60 miles, splitting a three bedroom apartment with several other roommates, and piling his clothes and other belongings in one small corner
  • Was always entrepreneurial since his days working at Mellon Bank at Pittsburgh
  • Would always take matters into his own hands and bypass the CEO of the company on sales he had made on his own(This belongs to the category of taking risks)
  • Follows the mantra “Sales cures all”
  • Started his first company, Micro Solutions, which grew into a company generating $30 million in revenue
  • Sold Micro-Solutions to CompuServe, and then found another company called AudioNet, which later became Broadcast.com
  • Purchased the Dallas Mavericks basketball organization

The key fundamentals here overall for Cuban or for any entrepreneur is that you must be willing to face setbacks and embrace risk. This is exactly how Mark Cuban got to where he is and this is precisely how you can get to where you’d like to go in life!

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Overall I’d have to say that Mark Cuban has become one of my favorite entrepreneurs because of his ability to go that extra mile in making a sale and in embracing risk! And Mark Cuban is also a perfect example of how we should all learn from our mistakes when we’re young!! I do intend to reference Mark Cuban in future posts so be on the lookout.

 

Is there an entrepreneur that you have tremendous respect for? What are your thoughts on Mark Cuban? And what kind of sacrifices are you making or risks are you taking in achieving your goal? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below and please like this post! Thank you 🙂

Using the “The Seinfeld Strategy” to achieve motivation

So I came across an awesome article on “The Seinfeld Strategy”, based on one of the most successful comedians of our time, Jerry Seinfeld, and felt compelled to share. You can read more about it on this site:

http://jamesclear.com/stop-procrastinating-seinfeld-strategy

One of the reasons why Jerry Seinfeld was able to establish himself as one of the funniest comedians of his time was because he applied one fundamental to his everyday life, and that was “Not breaking the chain”!!

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And “Not breaking the chain” doesn’t only have to apply to comedians; it could also apply to CEO’s, serial entrepreneurs, and anybody wanting to lead a more wholesome life. What exactly does “Not breaking the chain” mean?

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It means staying consistent and motivated. This is achieved by purchasing a calendar and ‘x’ing’ out the days you were performing your task. At the same time, it also means to pick one simple task at a time and to convert that task into something actionable, meaning that it must provide you with the outcome that you’d like!

And so if you’re hungry for success in your business or in your professional endeavors. Avoid doing this:

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I encourage everyone to read the above article, and to tell me what your thoughts are in the comments below. Do you have a personal strategy that you’ve adopted into your everyday life? If so, I’d like to hear about it.

The Entrepreneurs’ Nutrition

I’m baaaackkk! It was a long vacation from my blog but well worth as I’ve come back with more insight on entrepreneurial and innovative mindsets. From this point onwards the focus of my blog will be about the Entrepreneurs’ Nutrition. The Entrepreneurs’ Nutrition has to do with everything essential regarding entrepreneurship, from the way we tackle problems to best approaches in dealing with every aspect of an enterprise such as the finance, the operations, and the sales/marketing.

But most importantly, the focus will revolve around what it means to be a true entrepreneur and the resources we will need to acquire in becoming that true entrepreneur. And a true entrepreneur from my perspective isn’t just someone who takes out capital to start an enterprise in hopes that they can convert their passion into money, it also includes someone looking to lead a more fulfilling life!! Its a learning experience for everyone including me so feel free to pitch in thoughts and insights on the different topics that I propose regarding the entrepreneurs’ nutrition.

Look out for my next post!! And feel free to drop a comment below for what you’d like to see on this page 🙂

Eating nutritiously when open for business!

Healthy eating is vital to our well-beings and quite frankly, it makes us who we are. If you are an entrepreneur or business man, one thing you must not forget is taking care of yourself, and while working out daily is part of the equation so is eating the right foods:

Examples of right foods include:

  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Egg whites
  • Whole grain bread

Of course there are many more:

 

Many times in business we tend to get so stressed out that we succumb to foods such as fast food, meat loaf, macaroni & cheese

 

 

 

These foods may seem enticing. But BEWARE of how it can affect your body!!

And later in life, eating such foods consistently can lead to complications. In the short term, it can lead to trouble concentrating, anxiety, and depression. And in the long term it can lead to diabetes, blood pressure, and even cardiac arrest!

This is all just an FYI out there, for business men and entrepreneurs that become so bombarded with work that they just don’t get time to think about such factors.

 

 

Extrovert/introvert dynamics in a business setting

Although the business landscape consists of mostly extroverts, those who think out loud, don’t be fooled; because there are a handful of introverts out there as well that value alone time to process thoughts.

Extroverts are the type of individuals that need to bounce ideas off of others, and for some reason they are not able to understand introverts! I say all of this because I just read a fantastic article based on the topic. Here it is:

http://www.business2community.com/leadership/7-facts-extroverts-should-know-about-introverts-in-business-0146543?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+B2CMarketingInsider+%28Business+2+Community%29

Do you consider yourself to be an introvert or an extrovert? Please leave a comment below!

Blog update!

How is everyone doing? Hope you guys had a cheerful day today! So anyway, I just want to make a few updates to readers of this blog. I know that when most of you guys, whether you are following my blog or not, read my blog you are expecting tips on how to start your own business, on-line or off-line.

I know there has been quite a bit of confusion because I’ve talked about topics that are so left-field such as investing, and I know many of you guys are confused because I bring up topics that deal with more philosophical issues such as mindfullness and how to think. Well the truth is that if you are an aspiring entrepreneur, you will have to adapt to such mindsets as thinking optimistically, eating right, staying fit by going to your local gym, and surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals. There are more and I’ll get to them eventually.

So what I’ll be talking about from now on are only topics concerning avenues of success in business and this includes mindsets that augment success as well as sales/marketing paradigms as that’s what I do for a living, marketing!

Focusing on what truly matters to you!

 

Just a reminder: If you haven’t read “Living the 80/20 Way” I’d highly suggest reading it right now or whenever you have time in your hands. It is a wonderful book and I can’t begin to tell you how much it has helped me. If you’re finding life to be extremely mundane or are frustrated with the state of your current life then this will surely qualify as a “luxurious read”!

Alright so, I’d like to talk about the act of focus. It seems that approximately three-quarters of adults have some degree of ADD(Attention Deficit Disorder). This means we are not able to focus on a given task at times and most often get side-tracked by extraneous thoughts that may not even matter. All the 80/20 Book talks about is focus, focusing on only your given strengths and doing what you love. Once you know what kind of business you want to start if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, or what career pathway you want to follow,  you must find an 80/20 destination in getting there, meaning you must pinpoint the 20% of effort that will get you 80% of the results. This allows a person to efficiently focus on what truly matters instead of banging your head on the wall wondering what it is that you want to do in life. It is also an avenue in optimizing your potential!

Focus is one of the greatest assets to acquire for an individual, whether they’re a consultant, teacher, or entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs are swamped with hard work if they are to generate sales and with all of the mental clutter and personal issues going on, it can seem daunting!

 

Are you someone who has trouble focusing on what is important to you? If so, what are some of the techniques you can use that can offset this problem. Some solutions include:

  • Going to the gym on a daily basis
  • Meditative techniques such as yoga
  • Blogging (heheh)
  • Writing your thoughts in a journal/diary
  • Going to church or joining a religious organization
  • Being active in your community
  • Joining a local sports league to keep fit

These are just some ideas. Feel free to expand on these ideas even further by dropping a comment below 🙂

 

Living the 80/20 Way

Can you spell S-U-C-C-E-S-S. If so holler as loud as you can!! Living the 80/20 Way is a book written by Richard Koch and it is truly a wonderful book for the like-minded entrepreneur or any average individual looking to absorb the most of life.

I truly feel that after reading this book, with lots and lots of effort any like-minded individual can turn their life around.  A lot of us worry about making more money, achieving more success, and gaining more fame and feel that the route to such factors is to do more when this isn’t the case! Allow me to summarize the book in the form of bullet points.

  • 20% of our efforts leads to 80% of the results. Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, & Michael Jordan are all examples of people who took the 80/20 route with extraordinary success. The point is that less is more. By focusing on only the things you love or are passionate about, you can get extraordinary results as well
  • Take the 80/20 route in managing money, achieving success, relationships, and personal pleasures, etc.
  • 20% of customers are what lead to 80% of sales for any business
  • Decrease the clutter as much as possible, this includes buying only the furniture, utensils you need, downloading only the iPhone and iPad apps that you need, buying only the clothes that add meaning to your personality, and only participating in activities or hobbies you adore
  • Thinking and concentrating about only things that matter and add zest to your life
  • Figuring out what your happiness islands and achievement islands are, and camping out on these islands
  • Determining what your 80/20 destinations are, and taking the 80/20 route to get there
  • Less is more, less is more, less is more!!, Not more with more, LESS IS MORE!!

Need I say more, I may reference this blog entry or the concept in my future blogs, as this should be the path to success in any department of your life, not just working and making a difference in this world. Because the truth is that it is your inner peace, happiness, key relationships, who you’re with, type of friends circle, intertwined with passion of course that propel you to success aside from just working hard.

Working long hours is not for everyone and if you’re someone who realizes that working long hours is expending energy, CUT IT!!

If you are an advocate of the following statement: “Ultimately, we must all have 80/20 Vision!!!, not 20/20 Vision”, then please like this blog.  And if you have not read the above book, once again the title of the book is “Living the 80/20 Way” by Richard Kotz, then I highly suggest that you read it!

What’s your 80/20 destination? Feel free to leave a comment below explaining it. I’d love to hear from you all!!

Investing for everyone including DUMMIES!

Alright so I’d like to make a clarification. After my previous blog, I experienced a chill flowing down my spine as I realized that perhaps the percentage of people that engage in investing is pretty small. It seems that so many young professionals, as I, abhor finance, therefore we avoid activities that involve budgeting expenses in Excel files or designating a certain amount for each category of expense. I just wanna say this: “I HEAR YA”. Red flags are constantly raised on this subject but believe me if you’re into starting a business or getting involved in any type of business related venture, be it consulting, or any type finance, sales or marketing type positions, then learning investing will only help develop such skills as it will guide you through certain concepts that can accelerate knowledge base and decision making. Issues such as on how stock price can affect the profitability or whether a business is an actual commodity and how to determine whether it is.

For instance, if you’re a financial consultant who specializes in advising non-profits and small corporations on how to control their budget and how to manage the various type of assets while managing liabilities, you would have to understand  quite a chunk of the investing arena and how the markets can be impactual in such scenarios.

If you’re a sales & marketing professional, naturally you would have to understand the market you specialize in, as well as the markets your serve and how to investigate the key performance metrics to know whether a product would do well in a particular market. Studying the growth rates and the charts, graphs associated with it in-depth may not be necessary but it can help.

Furthermore, if you are a serial entrepreneur, committed to making money or conveniencing the citizens of your community or the world, then technically what you are doing is you are investing your money. And so investing in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or real estate can only instill in you these business blocks of what it takes to actually invest your money in a start-up or franchise, or if you’d like to be the owner of a gym, restaurant, apartment complex. Just my thoughts….

Other than that, even if you’re not into business. You may still want to consider looking into investing as a viable option for accumulating bucks either for that sexy Camaro that’s been you’re dream car for sometime or a house by the beautiful lake side. Who’s knows you may even fall into the rythym.

If you agree with all of this or are an active investor, please like or retweet my post. Muchas gracias ;)!!