Displaying posts tagged with

“Motivation”

Goals for 2011

Last year, I continued my tradition of posting and reviewing my goals from the previous year, as well as inform you of my new goals. Like last year, I haven’t had a perfect batting average on my goals, but I’m okay with that. First, my goals for 2010 were accurate as of the time of […]

Question: How do you Measure Progress?

In a recent course on writing business plans, there was a discussion about the creation of milestones and objectives, and ways to measure them. What methods do you use to measure progress, and to set appropriate milestones for your business? Goals for 2011 As I mentioned last week, goals need to be SMART: Sustainable, Measurable, […]

What Will You Succeed At?

I was recently given a copy of Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain! by Scott Adams, the cartoonist who behind Dilbert. In his introduction, Scott discusses why he chose to write a book which has nothing to do with business, at least not in general. He had no experience in the field, and yet he […]

The Expensive Route to Certification

When my wife certified as a Fitness Instructor, she entered a B2B2C market focused on education, with a price. The first certification allowed her to teach fitness classes, though it turned out that most fitness centers look for instructors who are also personal trainers, a certification of its own. Certifying as a Personal Trainer was […]

Working for Equity Doesn’t Always Work

Working in IT, a common occurrence is to hear about projects being run by a group of people who believe in the product, and are essentially donating their time. Money is generally budgeted in such projects toward difficult-to-avoid expenses, such as incorporation fees, or for services which they cannot get donated. However, occasionally a skill […]

When You Feel You’ve Made It

There was a quote from Robert Herjavec, one of the Dragons on Dragons’ Den, when asked if he’s ever looked back on his life and came to the realization that he’s “made it”: I believe the minute you begin to think that way is the minute you begin to erode. There’s another saying that I […]

Growth and the Panic Response

Having given presentations in the past on time management (for example, my recent talk at Freelance Camp TO), I started to wonder about people’s abilities to manage their time well. What I discovered, though, through watching specific companies and people struggle with time management, is that even people who are good at managing their time […]

Subtle Signs of Success Waiting to Happen

After having watched several seasons of Dragons’ Den and examining the pitches that landed deals, I started to notice a pattern. That was compounded with my involvement with various social network sites which target entrepreneurs and small businesses, and I started to realize that there are certain patterns in the successful businesses. That’s not, of […]