24 November 2008, by A. Cedilla
Two things to kick start this entry:
“100% of the shots you don’t take don’t go in.” — Wayne Gretzky
“You don’t have to get it right. You just have to get it going.” — Mike Litman
The quotes above cover the most vitals action-ideas for any entrepreneur. Perfectionism can wrap you in paralysis. Action is the antidote.
Perfectionism can stem from a perfectly reasonable impulse: to produce a quality product. It’s chasing the impossible aspect of “perfect” that makes the situation dysfunctional. Perfection means you can’t improve on it, and when you look closely enough at the work of human hands — there’s always something, you know?
It’s the kind of impulse that can make a person crazy by saying “It’s ok, but if I just tweak it just a little more here…” Then you can’t stop tweaking, so obsessed with the process you never make it to the part where you can share the results with people who can actually benefit from them.
Continue reading Avoiding Perfection
21 November 2008, by A. Cedilla
Everybody knows that time is the most valuable, non-renewable resource we have . Everyone knows that we need to use and manage our time wisely.
The problem is, if we know all this already, then why do we keep putting things off?
The biggest time waster in our lives is procrastination. Everyone knows what that is, too. Most people tend to delay doing things that should have been done a long time ago – from simple things like dental appointments, say (“Too painful.”), data back-up (“After this project’s done, I swear.”) or updating your will (“Too morbid, good grief!”) .
As long as we keep ignoring pressing issues, hoping they’ll go away by themselves, success and peace of mind will always be elusive in our lives. It’s the people who take purposeful action who get ahead in life.
Continue reading Protecting Your Time
17 November 2008, by A. Cedilla
You made it.You escaped the rat race, got off the treadmill, and now you’re self-employed.
You survey your little kingdom — your very own office, maybe in a large closet, an extra bedroom, or a neat little corner of the living room, one all your own. Due to your planning and networking, you even have work coming in, and the stomach-clenching fear about making a living on your own is gone.
Working from home is pure heaven. You get a month when you become an instant rock star and everyone wants your services. After putting in a few — well, more than a few– late nights, you meet all the deadlines and collapse in relieved, exhilarated exhaustion”I did it! I”m doing it! I can do it!”
You decide to relax and give yourself a few days off. After everything you’ve accomplished, you’ve earned it, right?
Continue reading Staying Sane in a Home Business
14 November 2008, by A. Cedilla
These days, almost everyone wants to make money on the Internet. The majority of them, however, need to go back to some of the basics outlined below. There is entirely too much hype, too much reliance on the next miracle product/affiliate program/viral whatever –or some other short cut — to save time and actual work.
The truth is, for anyone planning to work on-line, whatever business venture you start will not explode into fame and riches overnight, and you will need to adhere to some of the same basic principles that offline stores use to get customers in the door.
The first thing you need to do is realize that the Internet is a place where you have to establish your creditability on each and every transaction with your customers.
Continue reading Surviving Your Online Business
11 November 2008, by A. Cedilla
Deciding to have a home business is a great step towards achieving self-reliance and financial independence. But when people start working from home, many times their productivity level drops. Why does this happen and what can you do to change it?
Most people’s productivity at work is a direct reflection of their peer group there. At work you had many people with whom to compare your productivity level. Now that you’re working from your house you often have no measure of how productive you are, so the tendency here is to ease up.
Also, there are many distractions at home during the day, which can lead you astray from your work. TV, newspapers, the internet, phone calls, child-care and laundry can push themselves to the forefront of your To-Do list.
Continue reading Discipline In Your Home Business