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Outliers - the Story of Success & How Talent is Overrated

You’ve heard about the 10,000 hour rule (introduced by Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers - the Story of Success). K. Anders Ericsson discovered that elite music performers—more specifically classical violinists—all had one thing in common and it was at least 10,000 hours of practice before becoming a professional.

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The Theory of Success - Jesse Henry at TEDxFSU discovered the formula

When its a theory, does it matter? The theory of gravity exists and we take the existence of gravity as a fact. If we have enough science and proof behind the theory, it soon becomes a fact. At this point, with a plethora of corroborating evidence, the TEDx talk below by Jesse Henry should in reality be a "Fact". Which might change the title to "The Facts and Reality of Success".

Fair warning, Jesse Henry will begin with a "rope-a-dope". Instead of feeling resentment, you will have an appreciation of his perspective and it will draw you in.

Watch Jesse's TEDx video to learn the three  things that catalyze success:  

Perspective, Strategy and Execution. 

Topics: Success Business Success Entrepreneurship Personal Development

Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition to Transcend and Ignore the Rules

Knowledge Empowers so Learn & Teach - but awareness and caution are needed first.  Each person has their own world view, expertise and method for learning.

Take, for instance, the Dreyfus model of skill acquisition.  The model proposes that a student passes through five distinct stages: novice, advanced beginner, competent, proficient, and expert.

Topics: Leadership Training Personal Development

How to Negotiate a Better Deal

Learning how negotiate with video, business success tips and the only guide to negotiating you will ever need.  Conflict resolution and negotiating a better deal can be handled with shear force of will, being honest and hoping for the best.  True?

Not true.  Negotiation from a position of strength instead of as a victim increases the chance of closing a deal, getting a better rate, a lower price or bonus items.  You might even get your car washed or lawn mowed.  There are quick negotations which happen each day as the entrepreneur needs something NOW but gets resistance from the vendor.

Negotiating for a small business loan with a bank can seem daunting.  Hiring a small business loan broker who can help with the process is usually the best decision or you learn how to negotiate and take it on yourself.

Topics: Selling Business Success Tips Personal Development Conflict Resolution Negotiation

Entrepreneurs Doing All-Nighters Get High

The Journal of Neuroscience shared findings in a recent study which underscores the need for people seeking business success in high-stakes professions and circumstances not to shortchange themselves on sleep.

“When functioning correctly, the brain finds the sweet spot on the mood spectrum. But the sleep-deprived brain will swing to both extremes, neither of which is optimal for making wise decisions,” says Matthew Walker, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley and lead author of the study.

The Journal of Neuroscience says:  "Appropriate interpretation of pleasurable, rewarding experiences favors decisions that enhance survival."  What I gather from this is that sleep deprivation makes a person temporarily feel good.

Topics: Business Success Tips Entrepreneur Personal Development

Mindfulness - There is Now an app for That! Lower your Mental Workload.

Mindfulness involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there's a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment.

Mindfulness is a popular method to handle emotions by paying attention to them. It is derived from the Buddhist concept Sati

You may practice mindfulness since a very young age but not realize it. Here are a couple examples:

At Lafayette Elementary School in Northwest Washington, Sofia Parodi recently took a coveted seat at the head of the classroom and asked a fellow fourth-grader to switch off the lights and instructed the class to “Close your eyes and take three deep breaths,” They fell into a familiar rhythm of silently counting their breaths, then sharing their experience with their classmates.. Source: The Washington Post

Mumpreneur Dani Matthews shares the weekly mindfulness schedule she has set. Source: The Huffington Post

Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Buddhist leader who introduced mindfulness to Westerners (Google got first dibs on him as a guest speaker), once said, “The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention.” Yet for the majority of sentient beings today, simply getting through an episode of “The Big Bang Theory” without tending multiple screens is a quasi-mystical triumph. Naturally, the architects of our electronic age approach the situation as if it were an engineering problem.

... the architects of our electronic age have invented an app for that!

Topics: apps Personal Development Stress

Magic Hands

I am about to do a magic trick right before your very eyes.  Without you realizing it, I am going to make something important to you disappear.  First you will see it, then you won't.  No doubt, if you are an entrepreneur, you will "know" how I did it.  No... my hand is not in your pocket or your wallet.  I am not going to steal your candy bar. It will be painless and there is no hypnotism involved.  (You can talk to the Mentalist if you are looking for hypnotism)

Topics: Time Management Personal Development

Advice for Someone With Expertise, but Afraid to Market and Sell

This topic relates to almost anyone, not just entrepreneurs. If you have a job and a quota, this can still work. Entrepreneurs have a harder time because there is no one standing over their head holding them accountable. Entrepreneurs create their own obstacles since feelings, emotions and comfort levels can have a more dramatic impact until a personal commitment and discipline takes over. 

If you or someone you know has experience, wisdom and high expertise but is afraid to market or sell their products or services, here is a bit of advice:

Topics: Guerrilla Marketing Marketing Selling Recommended Books Personal Development

Duplicate Your Way to Success

I love to sing. In 8th grade, I signed up for the choir class.
Soon I learned my skills were not as amazing as I had hoped.

Topics: Guerrilla Marketing Business Success Leadership Decision Making Personal Development

How to Be More Productive [video]

To be more productive, follow these simple steps:

Topics: Productivity Personal Development

Enroll here for Seth Godin's Class on Skillshare

Reality can change but you probably need a nudge and a new skill set.  Seth Godin is teaching a class online.  While you can listen to or read his books, the online class on SkillShare takes learning to a new level.  

Topics: Education Class Seth Godin Entrepreneurship Personal Development

What is a MasterMind - Powerful Napoleon Hill Video About Success

The concept of a MasterMind was first introduced by Napoleon Hill.  Napoleon Hill (1883-1970), author of "Think and Grow Rich" was an American author, best known for the 25 year commission he received from Andrew Carnegie (1835 – 1919) who commissioned Napoleon Hill to interview over 500 millionaires.

During these interviews, he acquired informationand publish his findings about the similarities in traits, habits and a formula by which these people acquire wealth and success.  The book "Think and Grow Rich" remains a popular reference today.

Napoleon Hill wrote about the mastermind group principle as:

The coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony."

He continues…

No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind [the master mind]."

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