Tag Archives: career

A Conversation with Cal Newport

TMBA381: A Conversation with Cal Newport
Date: 2017-03-23
Link: Tropical MBA
Tropical MBAInspiration is for amateurs.
Creative production at the professional level is crafting.
The more intense (the hours are) the more you will get out of them.
It takes a lot of self reflection to think about how we want to move forward and use new technologies. We often don’t get it right the first time around.
We are getting the role of communication wrong in the workplace.
We should be more suspicious of the major social media companies.
True productivity is ultimately what matters.
The advice, “follow your passion”, fails because it presumes that people have pre-existing passions that they can identify as a foundation for making career choices.
Most young people…don’t have much information about the jobs out there…and what is possible.
What makes you love your work is very different from what makes you love a hobby.
Professional success is hard but it is not complicated.
Work will expand to fill whatever space you give it.

How to Deal With Haters

Episode 227 | How to Deal With Haters
Date: 2015-03-10
Link: Startups for the Rest of Us
Startups for the Rest of UsThe first type of hater is a bean counter. They count your expenses for you and make you afraid of what you are doing.
The second type of hater is expert spectator. They look at the things you are going through and learning and dismissing them as obvious and asking why you are wasting your time and effort doing them.
Feedback can be constructive assuming it is communicated well.
Don’t speak to people that are toxic.

Build Your Personal Charisma

Title: Build Your Personal Charisma
Date: 2012-10-10
Speaker: Olivia Fox Cabane (Author)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
Charisma gets people to like you, trust you, and want to be led by you.
Charisma can make the world go round because it makes people want to do what you want them to do.
Never assume your immediate assumption is the valid one.Charisma is the result of specific behaviors.
Everybody can learn enough charisma to see a measurable difference in their daily lives.
Presence is the real core of charisma. It is the foundation on which all else is built.
Nothing ruins trust or charisma faster than appearing inauthentic.
Focus on your toes for a split second and then get back to the conversation.
Really focus on the colors in the eyes of the person you’re speaking with.
Together with presence, power and warmth combine to create charismatic magnetism.
We look for power in a person’s body language.
When you assume a more powerful posture you feel more powerful.
Shame is a real performance killer.
Our thoughts are not necessarily accurate at all. Just because a thought is in our head does not mean it has any validity whatsoever.
We have a limited capacity for conscious attention.
Warmth is how much somebody gives us the impression they like us.
Warmth tells us whether someone would be inclined to use whatever power they have in our favor.
We perceive warmth almost directly through body language and behavior.
You cannot fake warmth.
Our brain cannot tell the difference between imagination and reality.
Never assume your immediate assumption is the valid one.
Choose whatever version of reality that puts you in the most useful mental state.
Book: Difficult Conversations
Naming a dynamic often eases a dynamic and makes it less powerful.

Small Acts and Big Impacts

Title: Small Acts and Big Impacts
Date: 2012-05-02
Speaker: Rebeca Hwang, Elizabeth Samara-Rubio (YouNoodle, StorWatts)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
Small acts can have a big impact no matter how many resources we have. (Elizabeth Samara-Rubio)
Find a way to be a part of someone's best efforts to achieve their goals.Any technology at the end of the day has to impact people. (Elizabeth Samara-Rubio)
You can’t just take best intentions and great technology into these (emerging) markets without having done a bit of homework in the field. (Elizabeth Samara-Rubio)
A couple of ideas reproduce like rabbits. (Rebeca Hwang)
(To make good decisions) you first have to know what you want. (Elizabeth Samara-Rubio)
As long as you’re clear with what you want give yourself some options and go with it. (Elizabeth Samara-Rubio)
Always try to make decisions that are going to improve your future but not at the expense of the present. (Rebeca Hwang)
Know who you want to impact. The business will take care of itself. (Elizabeth Samara-Rubio)
Part of success is failure. (Elizabeth Samara-Rubio)
Technology has the potential to truly disrupt in a very short time period. (Rebeca Hwang)
Find a way to be a part of someone’s best efforts to achieve their goals. (Elizabeth Samara-Rubio)
Have a road map. (Elizabeth Samara-Rubio)

Producing a Career from the Ground Up

Title: Producing a Career from the Ground Up
Date: 2012-04-18
Speaker: Gale Anne Hurd (Valhalla Entertainment)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
If you’re going to go in for a job interview make sure you’ve thought of everything.
When opportunity knocks on the door you close your eyes, you take a deep breath, and you say yes.
You are now at a better time than ever to succeed.You will either sink or swim.
Be careful what you wish for.
You learn more from your mistakes than from your successes.
It is important to remember it is all a learning experience.
Choose to become indispensable.
Do what you love, not what is easy.
Challenge expectations including your own.
Stay hungry.
When there are no role models become one.
It is not just what you know that is important, it is who you know.
Be prepared when opportunity knocks.
Ask for help.
Learn to spot talent and support them through thick and thin.
Tell the truth even if it makes your path harder.
Never give up.
Always give back.
Don’t make a play until you have the right skills, mentors, and partners.
Not all partnerships work out.
Take a vacation.
Reinvent yourself if need be.
Don’t give into doubt.
The (film) industry now has more opportunity that it has ever had.
You are now at a better time than ever to succeed.
If you’re not given more responsibility fairly quickly it is probably time to move on.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
You can’t have products that are given away for free.
You can’t continue to do what you do if people aren’t willing to pay for it.

The Wave of Social Entrepreneurship

Title: The Wave of Social Entrepreneurship
Date: 2012-04-11
Speaker: Jeff Church (Nika Water)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
You better out-prepare everything.
The secret to a successful forty-hour workweek is to work eighty.
The value of networking is so important particularly at a younger age.
Begin with the end in mind.Push yourself out of your comfort zone.
You only have your good name in life to leave as your legacy.
You want to share the upside with people but be really careful with the dilution.
Really understand your partners.
When you’re buying a business or building a business integrity is so important.
Break bread with your prospective partner (and their spouse).
A lot of time the NGOs aren’t the best business people in the world.
The more education we get the more we learn all of the reasons businesses fail. Use those to make sure your business doesn’t fail.
Young people today want to be part of something bigger than themselves and they also want to make a buck. You can do both. You don’t have to wait thirty years to do it.
The Internet makes all of us be academic researchers from our laptops.
There is no reason for any of us to not be experts before we put a business plan together.
As the baby boomers are retiring a lot of them are giving back a significant portion of their net worth.
Half of the hospital beds in the developing world are occupied by people with water-borne diseases.
Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for. It is a thing to be achieved.
Begin with the end in mind.
Book: The Seven Habits
Think about where you want to get to and work backwards to where you are now.
Be transparent with your donations.
Put your best foot forward.
Find like-minded people.
You want to find people that want to run through walls for you.
You want to make people feel like it is everyone’s business.
The product has to have a good value proposition.
Outsource as much as you can. Keep your costs variable.
If you’re doing it all yourself it is really not scalable.
Learn on someone else’s nickel.
Find a partner or mentor that balances you.
The rule of twos: everything takes twice as long and costs twice as much money.
The last thing you want to do is run out of money when success is right around the corner.
V.C.s are going to be very apprehensive about political risks.
Most people quit too early (as a generalization).

Energies that Power a Career

Title: Energies that Power a Career
Date: 2012-02-29
Speaker: Kristina Johnson, Tina Seelig (Enduring Energy)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
The most important thing for starting out…is to get to know people.
People want to know you care before they care what you know.
Stay close to people you know (in college) because you never know what they’ll do.
Trust your heart and trust your gut.Be flexible and adaptable.
Be very cross-disciplinary,
If you think you’re onto something good stay with it.
Nobody is ever going to be more passionate about your idea than you.
There are many valleys of deaths.
Put in place the steps so you can step up and step up.
Trust your heart and trust your gut.
Book: The Four Agreements
Engineering is really important.
Big problems require cross-disciplinary solutions.
Look around an organization and be open-minded and flexible enough to take advantage of the experts.
Sometimes you carry the water. Sometimes you need to be the star. It is important to do both those roles very well.
There is a tremendous amount of capital to be brought in from the sidelines.
Change is tough but it is very rewarding.
Expand your network.
Show by example.
Be disciplined.

The Business of YOU: Why Building Your Brand is Paramount to Success!

NBP042 – The Business of YOU: Why Building Your Brand is Paramount to Success!
Date: 2014-02-13
Link: New Business Podcast
When you build the business of you nobody can copy it. It is 100% original.
We now want a people-to-people connection.
We need to become prolific content creator and marketer.
Have inspirational content.
Listen to your audience. They will determine what the business of you will become.
You must monetize your brand.
A monetized brand shows authority.
If you want to be seen as an influencer within your niche you must be seen to sell.

How to Monetize Your Podcast The Right Way, With John Lee Dumas

NBP035 – How to Monetize Your Podcast The Right Way, With John Lee Dumas
Date: 2013-12-05
Link: New Business Podcast
Meet people face to face.
Tasks expand to the time you allot them.
Be where your listeners are going to be.
Grow your audience first and foremost. They will tell you what content and products to create.
Lead with free value.
Listen to your community.

Solving Problems Makes a Great Business

Title: Solving Problems Makes a Great Business
Date: 2010-10-06
Speaker: Chi-Hua Chien, Dan Rosensweig (KPCB, Chegg)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
Silicon Valley is a complete meritocracy. (Dan Rosensweig)
Sell stock early. (Dan Rosensweig)
The business model will follow where users are spending their time. (Dan Rosensweig)
Every great entrepreneur at one times feel like, “Wow. Maybe I can’t do it.” (Dan Rosensweig)
The most successful companies on the Internet are services. (Dan Rosensweig)
Hire people that are willing to be part of a team. (Dan Rosensweig)
To change the world you’ve got to trust that people will figure it out over time. (Dan Rosensweig)
Follow your passions. (Dan Rosensweig)
If you’re excited about something whatever you’re doing is going to feel like a great job. (Dan Rosensweig)
Work for people you trust. (Dan Rosensweig)
Define success. (Dan Rosensweig)
Never look back. (Dan Rosensweig)
The road not taken is the road you’re never going to know. Make the road you’re on successful. (Dan Rosensweig)
Don’t hang around in a place you can’t be happy. (Dan Rosensweig)
You have to be open to where things are going. (Dan Rosensweig)