#108: Its all about Mindset, Stop wasting Marketing dollars, and Geekbrief.tv’s Last Show

2 weeks already?! Wow, time flies.

Finances: Its all about Mindset

Some Takeaway Notes…

What can I leverage?
Scarcity vs. Abundance

Business: Stop wasting Marketing dollars

Some Takeaway Notes…

Which works better, shotgun or rifle?

The traditional way of marketing is broken. A twelve year -old running a lemonade stand has a better ROI than a traditional media ad.

Links:

Pepsi to drop Super Bowl Ads for Social Media?

Technology: GeekBrief.tv’s Last Show

Geekbrief.tv #780
http://calilewis.me
http://nealcampbell.com

But wait! There is a new show coming out:
http://geekbeat.tv

Other companies I’ve said goodbye to:

RadioTail Ripple
Podcast Peer Awards
Podango

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Do You Have A Spirit Of Excellence?

Just wanted to share a couple quick thoughts for this Monday. I’ve been reading some material by Dani Johnson and it has been mind-blowing.

Do you have a spirit of excellence in everything you do? Something to think about.

I’m not talking about your normal work routine and just passing by to get things done and move on to the next task. I’m talking about putting 100% into every task you got. You are NOT in a competition to show how good you are compared to other people and just doing enough to be one step ahead. You are in a competition with yourself to see how well you can do. You are in a competition to prove yourself to God. If you are a Christian, you are a child of The King. Show yourself as such. Trod this earth with an air of dignity that draws others to you asking for a blessing.

Don’t settle for second best. If you even find yourself saying, “I probably could’ve done better” you didn’t give it your all. Do the best you can, give 100%, and reach even farther on the next task.

Which would you like to hear when you make it to heaven and you are standing before the Ancient of Days?

“Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matt 25:23)

Or

“Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matt. 25:26-30)

I will give you a hint, take the easy road with mediocre effort and you will hear the words of Matthew 25:26-30 ringing in your ears for eternity.

#107 Stop Spending Money, Promotion Techniques from the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and The IPad

In the Basement Edition!

No more dorm rooms for me, I’m heading to Taiwan in August!

Enjoy this episode, feel free to leave comments!

Links Mentioned:

http://danijohnson.com
http://createafanpage.com
http://taylormarek.com/social-media-inner-circle/
http://taylormarek.com/premium

Finances: Stop Spending Money!

Here are a couple tips:
1. Stop Buying Junk.
2. Tithe the first 10% of your “job”.

Business: Promotion Techniques from the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Pepsi to drop Super Bowl Ads for Social Media?

Some Takeaway Ideas:
1. Facebook App Game – Top Facebook Game
2. Branding social networking games
3. Branding Youtube and other select websites

Technology: The IPad

The Apple iPad. Greatest thing since iSlicedBread?

Can you Run your Business with only an IPad?

http://www.paulsipad.com/

Employee or Entrepreneur?

Understand this. You are NOT destined to be both. You will either be an employee or an entrepreneur for the rest of your life. You cannot live in both worlds.

Do also understand this. Both Entrepreneurs and Employees are needed. Neither can function without the other or the whole system will collapse. It is a symbiotic relationship.

In a world where only employee’s exist, everybody would be working for everybody and nothing new would be invented. No risks would be taken. It would be a mediocre society. If only entrepreneurs existed, ideas would be flying out of the sewers but nothing would be getting done. Creativity would abound, but nobody would want to do the work. Risks would be taken yes, but there wouldn’t be anybody to keep the daily business functions moving forward. It would be a creatively mediocre society.(Entrepreneurs are an odd bunch aren’t they?…)

So which one are you? Which one lights your flame like no other? Where does your passion lie?

Read More –> Entrepreneur vs. Employee, Which one are you?

Photo Credits: Esparta

Are You Climbing the Employee Ladder or the Entrepreneur Ladder?

This has been on my mind for a while now. Part of the reason I dislike America’s school system right now is because they just teach you to be an employee, not an entrepreneur. Once you graduate, you hop into college, still learning nothing about the “street smarts” of how business is run. You just see everything out on paper and do experiments and draw conclusions. Once they finally graduate out of the system (hopefully not going on to a masters degree), they run smack into the real world of how things are done. Stuck and with nothing to fall back on, they seek out the “street smart entrepreneurs” to help them out. They give them advice and then set them on the right track.

(That is part of the reason why I like when Donald Trump created a “Street Smart” and “Book Smart” team on The Apprentice. The street smart team basically mopped the floor with the book smarts. It wasn’t until a street smart member when to the book smart team did they finally start winning some challenges.)

What many schools and colleges fail to do is give you the “street smart” way of running a business. And I mean the down and dirty, nuts to bolts way of how things are done, not just words written in a book. And no, an MBA will not get you there either. Becoming an Entrepreneur is not a degree program, it is a process. You don’t learn it from books, you learn it in the real world.

Listen close, because what I am about to tell you may shatter some opinions you carry. Many degree programs just teach you how to be a good employee so that you can get a job higher up in the corporate ladder and look good for the board of directors. You look good on paper, you have all the book smarts, but when it comes to actually running your own company and “being an entrepreneur”, you have no experience. Once you graduate, the college expects you to find a good, solid, long-term job with a reputable company. That is what they have groomed you for, to make your employer look good. Don’t believe me? Take a look at some colleges for yourself and you will soon see what I mean, and you won’t have to dig that deep.

If you are an entrepreneur deep in your core, YOU NEED TO STOP. Going this route will not satisfy you. If anything, you will waste a handful of years trying to figure it all out before you finally find the right path to take. Some of the biggest CEO’s today, and good friends I know, have dropped out of college to work on their entrepreneurship. It has paid out in millions and billions of dollars, but not without taking some risks and putting alot of sweat equity into it.

I get it. Some of you are designed to be employees and happy in that area for the rest of your life, but some of you are not. There are two groups here fighting for space where there should be no fighting. That in an of itself is enough for another blog post.

What can you take away from this?

You can answer this question for yourself,

Are you climbing the employee ladder or the entrepreneur ladder?

Your answer will determine where you stand in life, where you need to be, and what you need to do next.

Photo Credits: Darwin Bell

What Is Your Glitch?

Everyone has one. It is what defines us from each other. Some call it gifts, some call it talents, others call it passion, but I call it a glitch.

Why a glitch? Well, partly because I am a geek and I like tech terms. ;P

The other reason is because of the information/technology age. Think about it this way. Computers and electronics are made and sold on a daily basis. Some of them turn out to be lemons and some of them never seem to have any problems. The typical computer, however, usually has some glitch that no one can explain and no one else seems to get. I once had a computer that gave me at least ten blue screens a day if I was lucky. I never really found out what the problem was until it completely crashed and I had to take it in for repairs. I still don’t entirely know, but I have a feeling it had something to do with the video card, motherboard, and the power supply.

I have a completely new computer now (and its a beast of a machine), but I’ve run into quite a new problem. About six months ago Vista Aero decided to disable itself. I also have games that freeze at random times and it seems I don’t quite get all the power out of the video card I have. The problem with my new computer is the video card, that is its glitch. I guess in a way this “glitch” separates this computer I am currently typing this post on from the rest of them.

I don’t mean this in a negative way at all, but the same idea applies to people. Each and every one of us has a glitch of some kind. Something that sets us apart. Something that marks who we are. Something that The Designer put into us that He could work through.

What is your glitch? What sets you apart from the rest of us? Embrace it. Don’t let anyone try to “fix it” or tell you otherwise.

Photo Credits: Michelle Jones UK