It is important to know how you, and anyone you might partner up with in a business endeavor, will react to stress. The life of an entrepreneur is filled with moments of stress, and the ability to deal with stress, to channel stress positively, is one of the stronger characteristics an entrepreneur can possess. Uncertainty is inherently stressful. We’re hardwired for certainty and being in a state of uncertainty puts us in a state of stress. Running an enterprise is filled with uncertainty: uncertainty of income, uncertainty of success, uncertainty about the long term prospects of the enterprise. So if you’re unaware of how you will react to stress, you’re not really prepared for running an enterprise. You need to know how you’ll react to stress so that you can begin the process of replacing any unproductive, unhealthy, automatic stress-reaction behaviors you have with behaviors that allow you to be productive and healthy in moments of stress. Changing how we react to external stimuli is absolutely possible. You certainly can’t change the external stimuli, so you may as well try to change your reactions. If you decide you’re unable to change your reactions, you’re ultimately saying that you’re a victim of your circumstances. And do you really want to say that? Do you really want to believe that? If so, running an enterprise is not for you. If not, then commit to studying yourself in stress, and then commit to reacting in a more positive, proactive, and healthy way when you’re in stress. Do that, and you’ll put yourself in a much better position to successfully run an enterprise.
I’m always looking for straight up lists of how to do things. And this one is great, with my personal favorite being #18.
18. Keep a good attitude – last but not least, keep a positive, open and relaxed attitude. How you feel will come through in your body language and can make a major difference. For information on how make yourself feel better read 10 ways to change how you feel and for relaxation try A very simple way to feel relaxed for 24 hours.
This is pretty cool. I tell you, and people have been saying this for a while without getting their minds around how it’s going to happen, Web, Phone, IM convergence is here and it’s only going to get bigger.
I think the mistake a lot of people in the industry are making is trying to turn a cellphone into a desktop computer, when people really don’t interact with it in that way. People interact with their phones in short bursts. Let me shoot a quick text to someone, let me check the score of the ballgame, tell me when my flight’s delayed. I don’t need my phone to do things that a computer does better. I need my phone to do the stuff it does more efficiently, with more tailored options, and I need stuff that fits the way I use my phone to migrate to my phone.
Web browsing on my phone? Only if it’s a phone friendly web. Email on my phone? Maybe short ones. Reminders on my phone? Absolutely! It’s when I’m away from my computer that I need something to remind me. Automatically sync my phone with all my contact info? All of it, maybe not. Phone numbers, IM addresses, email addresses – absolutely.
What are other things that make more sense on a phone? Those are where some prime opportunities lie.
Pretty interesting theory on how and WHEN to market your Web App. They conclude:
“There are three main strategies then, to market your new web app or site:
1) WAIT list sites should find their niche, enlarge their user base there, then come to the web 2.0 savvy audience to show off their force and attract VC attention;
2) WALK list sites, such as search engines and browser add-ons, can go after that elusive digg frontpage or Read/WriteWeb feature now [Ed: preferably both!];
3) RUN list sites should do everything in their power to get attention from web 2.0 sites!”
Check it out at: readewriteweb.com
“You can tell a lot about an organization by looking at its customer experience. Digital user interfaces like websites and kiosks are especially telling, because they combine many aspects of the company – marketing, technology, branding”
An interesting article regarding airline kiosks.
Over on Seth Godin’s blog, he sets out 15 conditions you need to take into account prior to trying to get venture capital for your idea. My personal favorite “Being a little better than the market leader is worthless.”