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Imagine a science experiment

When the first try is the only one.

You almost never get it right do you?


June 29th, 2011

When you create an idea

Everyone becomes a critic.

Everyone has some advice for you.

There is in effect a line of people, waiting to give you advice.

The key is to vett the advice, in the same way you would (hopefully) vett a financial advisor, find out a place of experience as to where that advice comes from.  And then interpret it.


June 23rd, 2011

It's ok.

It’s ok that you’re doing this the first time.

It’s ok that you will make mistakes.

It’s ok that it’s not perfect.

It’s ok that there is competition.

It’s ok if it’s broken, you will fix it.

It’s not ok to let these stop you.

June 16th, 2011

Having trouble prioritising your ideas?

Hire someone to execute it.

Give them the vision, your goal and your plan / methodology for achieving it.

You’ll then have someone asking you to help, to get to the next step, they’ll start the momentum, as they’re responsible for it. You’ll also be more motivated to help as you’re paying!

It’s a little hack I use to maintain momentum and ensure the right ideas get done (beyond my capability).

It’s also great practice in communicating, planning & delegation… all great skills if your idea is to grow beyond you.

June 8th, 2011

When we learn we create our personal technology

We create our own methodologies & mind hacks for achieving a result.

Want an example? Ask 5 people how they calculate 20% off a price.  You’ll get a wide range of different answers.

Everyone (hopefully) gets the same answer, they just have different ways of getting there.

It’s this personal technology which gives us a framework to operate on, we use these mind hacks day to day, the more you create & learn the more intellectually adept you are.

So don’t hesitate to continue to learn, to continue to invest in yourself, to expand your personal technology.

Heck even (if you’re that organised) put a budget towards it.  What you want to spend each week/month/year investing in yourself.

Inspired by Kevin Kelly’s What Technology Wants.

June 7th, 2011

Understanding disagreement

Being able to truly understand why disagreement exists.

It’s the emotional pull each party has to their perspective. From their point of view it is entirely relevant. That’s why you’re disagreeing.

Understanding that, pulling it apart, and taking it to a place of understanding is a gold skill.

it is hard though. you have to take a deep breath and separate yourself from the emotional pull you have to your point of view. And look at objectively what does the picture look like.

It can validate your own view but it does help everyone get to a place of understanding.

June 5th, 2011

Crafted Curated Words #1: Creative Inspiration

Following up yesterdays post. Today I sell words. Words that help boost stimulate creativity when you’re stuck.

This is easy.

Are you a blogger? writer? Curator? Creative?

Do you have to help clients create content?

Need some inspiration?

This idea is super easy. Takes 15 minutes to set up. Helps you whenever you’re stuck and need some creative inspiration.

Absolute gold if you live/die by the quality of your ideas.

18 words. 1 idea.

$18 USD.

Tomorrow you will receive a simple pdf with the idea.

If you implement and aren’t happy, email me and I’ll do a refund, no stress.

[Note: all proceeds go to my Kiva account, so I can make more loans! And hit my goal.]

June 2nd, 2011

Crafted Curated Words.

It’s time for another experiment, not that I’ve ever stopped, but one which I’d love for you guys to take part in.

As most of you know, I’m a massive Kiva evangelist, the concept just works on every level. Simply read my past posts.

One of my goals this year is to get $10,000 usd into my Kiva account. And to invest that in micro finance loans around the world. It’s something I really really believe in and see it as a form of everyday achievable philanthropy.

I will hit that goal – but I’d like to offer you guys the opportunity to help me (and in turn those I loan to).

One idea was to sell words.

That’s right sell words.

Mind you, not just any words.

Words that have been formed from thousands of hours of work, research, reading & experience.

Words that are curated to have maximum impact.

Not words for everyday people. But words that will have impact for the right person.

Words that once understood will create change. I won’t explain. I’ll create the spark. You finish the journey and fill in the dots.

Tomorrow I’ll share the first curated collection.

June 1st, 2011

Judge a business by its cover

Well… I mean its website.  Its digital presence.

If Google is the first place people hit when they encounter a problem.

Then your website is what marks their impression (prior experience & brand helps) but it’s what your website does that helps them take the next step.

Just realise that people are making those judgements.  I’m not saying change.  Just acknowledge and change if appropriate.

June 1st, 2011

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