How to Break Negative Mental Habits

Patterns: Breaking In To
Plato reminds us that ‘character is habit long continued.’
The Jesuits caution, ‘give me the boy until he’s 7, I’ll give you the man.’
and Dr. Stephen Covey gave us 7 habits of successful people.
What’s going on here?
Habits are held together by patterns.

Plato reminds us that ‘character is habit long continued.’
The Jesuits caution, ‘give me the boy until he’s 7, I’ll give you the man.’
and Dr. Stephen Covey gave us 7 habits of successful people.
It seems… It’s the habits we acquire that determine the patterns we engage in.
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Just Disconnect

Habits are held together by patterns.

  • Emotional patterns
  • Spiritual patterns
  • Intellectual patterns
  • Instinctive patterns

Most are established very early. The Jesuits were confident that before the age of 7, the future man was crystallized within the young child.
Yet, most book focus on creating good patterns.

  • Better time-keeping
  • Multi-tasking skills
  • Faster typing skills

New Business Patterns

One way to examine how your business works, and your role within the business, is to define new patterns. New human patterns. New business patterns.
Not revise, change, or remove existing ones.
But, create new patterns that connect the synapses together in ways you hadn’t thought of before.
It’s like thinking of a new color.

Do Standing Desks Make You More Productive?

It was an accident. I started to write while standing up. We’d moved back from China and most all our belongings were still at sea. Somewhere.  So I placed my laptop on the bookshelf and started to type. It was a bit improvised but I soon got the hang of it and managed to adjust to the correct height. Then something clicked. It felt right. I knew I ‘d never go back to a ‘normal’ desk again. Continue reading “Do Standing Desks Make You More Productive?”

How To Find A 'Second' Reason To Do Something Important

When should I start my business? When will I have all the information I need to begin? Answer? Never. You have to start with what you have. In this video, I share a very smart observation that Rajesh Setty made about getting started in business. You don’t always need to have 4 legs to make a table; sometimes 3 will do. Confused? Watch the video.

When should I start my business? When will I have all the information I need to begin? Answer? Never. You have to start with what you have. In this video, I share a very smart observation that Rajesh Setty made about getting started in business. You don’t always need to have 4 legs to make a table; sometimes 3 will do. Confused? Watch the video.

Getting Things Done Now: How To Find A Second Reason To Do Anything Important

Getting Things Done: How To Find A Second Reason To Do Anything Important

Rajesh Setty gets it. To find a second reason to do anything important:
1. Remove the legs (reasons) for NOT pursuing your dreams. The more legs (reasons) you remove, easier it is to break the resistance (topple the table) to pursue the dream.
2. Start finding legs (reasons) for pursuing your passion. The more legs (reasons) you find, the stronger the conviction (table) to pursue the dream.
Taking up his point, my religious teacher once said to us, ‘it’s not the hand you’ve been dealt that matters, but how you play your hand.’
It’s your attitude towards setbacks, circumstances, friction and conflicts that matters. Approach these in the right way and you can see how to overcome these obstacles and get closer to your true goals.
Taking up his point, my religious teacher once said to us, ‘it’s not the hand you’ve been dealt that matters, but how you play your hand.’
It’s your attitude towards setbacks, circumstances, friction and conflicts that matters. Approach these in the right way and you can see how to overcome these obstacles and get closer to your true goals.
What do you think?
How do you work past your obstacles? What reasons do you use? What justifications do you see in your own thinking? Please share below.

100 Words You Need To Speak Any Language even Chinese and Ancient Greek

100 Words You Need To Speak Any Language Even Chinese & Ancient GreekDid you ever wish you could speak French and read all those great novels? Or maybe Spanish, so you could travel to South America and have more than Buenos Dias? Or Arabic, Chinese, or Japanese.  Most of us never start. It’s too hard. But, if I told you that all you need is 100 words and then you can get by – would you give it at try. Continue reading “100 Words You Need To Speak Any Language even Chinese and Ancient Greek”

5 Way To Market New Web Products

April Dunford gives five great tips on how to market your web product to early adopters. She asks how can you blend marketing and product development to increase adoption, in particular by those who are likely to champion your product before it goes main-stream. Geoffrey Moore covered this in Crossing the Chasm and Inside the Tornado. Has anything changed since then?

5 Considerations when Marketing to Early Adopters

April highlights the key drivers that impact the adoption of a new product. Here are the five points she highlights:

  1. new-product Complexity – you need to make it simple to understand. In one sentence. Think elevator pitch. Complex new products don’t get adopted. Marketing can’t define it, sales can’t sell it. Clarify what it does and who wants it. Make product descriptions short. Avoid buzzwords, clichés and waffle. What does it do!
  2. Compatibility – how does it fit in with the target customers’ product line? Support this with case studies, use cases and scenarios. Paint a picture. Help them see how it will work for them.
  3. Advantage – how much does the new product improve upon existing offering (or doing nothing).  Express benefits in quantifiable terms. She advices not to say ‘your product is “faster” doesn’t mean as much as saying you can “improve production output by 200%.”’
  4. Trialability – make it easy to take for a test run. Her suggestion is to make it easy for customers to sign up and get started – you can talk about payments later. Besides downloads, you can offer screencasts, flash demos and video.
  5. Observability – develop outposts on Social Media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr where ‘fans’ can discuss your product and give their verdict. Be prepared these are not here to flatter you. But if you engage in the dialogue, you can discuss how your product is better value than rivals by going thru the pain points that get raised.

Others Considerations when Marketing to Early Adopters

What have we missed here? How do you get your products to market? What mistakes do people make when launching a new product?
Fire away below.

What Avatar Can Teach You About Project Management 2.0

What’s the one thing you enjoyed the most in Avatar? For my pm friend is was the video logging. Did you notice that the team kept their reports not in Microsoft Word (i.e. on paper) but as video logs. When trying it out, the protagonist in the movie couldn’t get a handle on it. ‘Don’t worry, you’ll soon get used to it’, was the reply. Well, it worked for them, could it work for you?

What’s the one thing you enjoyed most in Avatar? For my Project Management friend it was the video logging. Did you notice that the team kept their reports not in Microsoft Word (i.e. on paper) but as video logs.
When trying it out, the protagonist in the movie couldn’t get a handle on it. ‘Don’t worry, you’ll soon get used to it’, was the reply.  Well, it worked for them, could it work for you? Here are some of the reasons you might want to consider using video for project management activities. Continue reading “What Avatar Can Teach You About Project Management 2.0”