What is marketing according to Brad Feld? - Focus on becoming a thought leader in your space. Talk everyday with your customers, perspective customers, partners, and the world about why you do what you do and why you think it is important.
In a recent Business Week article about Peter Thiel called Free Radical there are some good insights and things to think about.
Peter works every day to reshape the world and focus on solutions to problems other people overlook. Do you?
The future is not an abstraction. It's something we are all participants in, helping to create and forge and shape. Are you participating in it?
When he started Paypal the business side of the company was secondary to the vision. When you look opportunities are you trying to solve a big problem or looking to make money?
In reference to education - People can't do anything entrepreneurial or innovative or even non-profit - anything that's not safe and well-paying - because they have this mountain of debt. And so education is something that has become a retardant to technological innovation and progress, even though the common perception is the exact opposite. Do you fall into this category?
Peter states: "Only 35 out of 535 members of congress have any background in science or technology. That's why I believe the government thing is hard to fix - the people there don't actually believe these are important problems. Maybe the answer would be to change the other 500 people and replace them with engineers. But then you're not really talking about a practical option." How do we get more science and technology people into congress?
Some good things to think about and questions to try and answer...
Being present in a relationship, whether it is with your kids, your
spouse, or anyone important in your life is hard work, particularly for
overstimulated type A personalities like me and many of the people who
read this blog.
Around that time, I attended an offsite of a larger private equity firm
and there was a organizational psychologist who gave a talk on work life
balance. He said something I'll never forget. He said that you have
about ten to twelve years to connect with your kids and then they turn
into teenagers, tune you out, then turn into adults and build their own
lives. I thought about my kids who were five, three, and a baby and
realized that time was short and I needed to be present in their lives
in every way that I could.
I want it to be a portfolio of jobs, roles, and opportunities that can provide income, skill development, experience, and flexibility. Instead of planning a career, focus on developing skills and pursuing opportunities. - Hat tip to Pmarca blog.
"The entrepreneurial stuff is exciting to me for the same reason that basketball is exciting. It's collaborative, creative, educational, experiential. All those elements are in play." - Steve Nash
"I wasn't one of those kids who was told since ninth grade that he was going to play in the NBA. It was long-term goals broken into short term goals. How to get from the bottom to the top. Those fundamentals transfer to anything." - Steve Nash
My intention is to e creative, learn, work with great people, build a cool business, and change the game." - Steve Nash
I like the way Steve Nash plays basketball and thinks about business.
It has been awhile since I have posted to this blog. I read and heard some things that were pretty inspirational to me and wanted to share them today.
I watched the Biggest Loser tonight and was inspired in the amount of weight lose that the candidates achieved in 16 weeks. What can you do in 16 week? I believe you can do anything that you put your mind to and in a short period of time you can significantly change your life if you put your mind to it.
Another quote from the Biggest Loser - "Stand up and finish what you started." If you get knocked down or fall down always get up!!
First, let's review Michael Lewis's distinction
between a "career" and a "calling":
A job will
never satisfy you all by itself, but it will afford you security
and the chance to pursue an exciting and fulfilling life outside
of your work. A calling is an activity you find so compelling
that you wind up organizing your entire self around it -- often
to the detriment of your life outside of it.
I want both! I believe that you can create and obtain the things that you want.