What we really mean is…
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“Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.”
– Desiderius Erasmus
SELF-DISCOVERY: Unleash the Achiever within
Your Superpower of Connection is… You
In her intimate memoir, Michelle Obama chronicled her journey from a young girl on the South Side of Chicago to a woman earning degrees from both Princeton and Harvard. From landing a job at a prestigious law firm to taking steps to find her true calling. From marrying a man of big vision with personalities so different from her own to managing the relationship through tough times. From struggling with conceiving to raising two daughters in the White House.
While campaigning in Iowa during her husband’s first presidential campaign, she found that stories about her life resonated with voters.
“What really connects us isn’t race. It isn’t party. It’s not religion. It’s the stories that we remember. It’s those conversations around the dinner table. It’s the kind of baloney sandwich you had at lunch. It’s the kind of furniture you’re used to sitting on. It’s the relationship with your grandfather. It’s values. It’s the life you’ve lived that you remember up here. It’s those memories. And if you know that’s in you and you can tap into that and share that with people, that’s what connects us.”
Most of us won’t live a remotely similar life to Obama’s, but still, so many of us have found profound value in her book, in her words, in her story. The ability to tell her story, it turns out, is the former first lady’s gift, one that helped her husband get elected president and led her to the East Wing of the White House.
We all have that gift within us, discovered or yet to be uncovered. Our own subtleties, struggles, and stories- our past fills us up. The ability to harness the so-called time capsule of our lives lies within us and strengthens our power of connection.
ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics
Taking Care Of Your HR Needs
When you first start building your business from the ground up, it’s easy to overlook things like Human Resources. At first, you have no employees. When you start hiring, it tends to be one at a time, and there is not much of a need for formal processes for things like onboarding and benefits. However, once you begin to grow and assemble a team to support you, all of that changes.
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STAND UP EIGHT: Triumph & persevere
In 1976, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak set up Apple Computer in Job’s garage. Jobs was only 21 years old. The Apple I earned the company $774,000 and was followed by the Apple II three years later. The newer model saw a mind-blowing 700 percent boost in sales, bringing the company’s value up to $139 million. By 1980 Apple Computer was a publicly-traded company with a market value of $1.2 billion. Jobs hired marketing expert John Sculley to be CEO for Apple, and it would be Sculley who would eventually lead to Jobs leaving the company.
Despite the best efforts and a strong start to the ’80s, sales dropped. To counter this, the company created the Macintosh – it was marketed at a younger, more creative market but, despite decent sales and better performing power than IBM, Sculley still wasn’t pleased with Jobs and slowly phased out his role within the company. He left in 1985.
Getting Back Up
Jobs set up NeXT Inc – a hardware and software company – he also decided to purchase an animation company from George Lucas. This company would later become Pixar. While Pixar went from strength to strength and eventually merged with Disney, NeXT Inc wasn’t doing as well. Apple bought the company for $429 million in 1996, and the following year Jobs was the CEO of Apple.
Once back in his rightful place at the head of Apple, Jobs got to work in completely rebranding the company and thinking up ingenious tech. In 2007, Jobs introduced the very first iPhone, and it changed the mobile industry forever. You know, you’re probably reading this from the palm of your hand.
“Sometimes, life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”
– Steve Jobs
NEXT LEVEL: Keep your success going
What Are You Trying To Say?
Language is one of our most incredible tools, and it’s free. It is literally like magic. Mastery in language is one of, if not the greatest skill set, you can acquire. A more excellent range of linguistic skills allows you to adapt to more varied situations, become adept at achieving the result you want from others, and gives you the freedom and power to articulate your thoughts better. It’s truly not what you say but how you say it. We’ve double emphasized that sentence because it’s so important. Let’s give you some examples of how you can subtly change the meaning of what you’re saying to maneuver a situation more aptly.
Every professional, student, and entrepreneur should make a consistent effort to slowly and carefully improve how they speak because it gives them power. The more words you know to describe an emotion, thought, or idea, the better your ability to convey what you want. You don’t have to be an ass about it and come across all snobby and pedantic (whoops). Still, it’s a valuable endeavor to pursue the depth of language, and it yields unbelievable returns.
You can see the opposite of this in some comedians and children who use “filler” words or cursing in place of a more suitable word that better says what they mean.
Even if you choose words, phrases, and language you already know, it’s better to have a few more arrows in your quiver that you can lean on instead of being forced to use the same old tropes.
THE FIRST STEP: Seize the opportunity
The First Instincts to Fight When You Begin Your New Venture
A requirement rarely talked about for being an entrepreneur: craziness. You’d probably run in the opposite direction of anything else in life with a 90 percent chance of failure. Yet, spending years of your life and millions of your own and other peoples’ money, and you’re like “sign me up.”
If you want to be a part of the 10 percent- the ones that succeed- you’re going to need to fight off some instincts when you get started.
Entrepreneurs have passion. Unfortunately, passion does not always translate into a sound business idea. The paradox of passion is that it can propel you into cheetah creation mode where you run full speed ahead with the idea without taking a step back. It’s important to take a breath, scope out if anyone else had the same idea, and take note of who failed, who succeeded, and why.
Competition is Good
Build yourself a sweeping landscape of companies in your space and investigate their journey to where they are now. Understand that the competition means that there’s a demand for your idea, now you have to do it better than them or go back to the drawing board. You’re only helping yourself by scoping out the competitive landscape by better preparing yourself for the road ahead or dodging a bullet altogether.
You’ll Be Wrong
Your assumptions will probably be wrong as you become more of an expert, experiment, speak to others, receive feedback, and analyze data. Being wrong is perfectly fine, but you’ll need to pivot and course correct.
To Be or Not To Be Scalable
Paul Graham wrote, “Do things that don’t scale.” The thought of hunting your customers down, going door-to-door, or picking up the phone and calling people doesn’t scream scalability. Fight the instinct not to do things that scale because the only way to scale eventually is by first getting a few hundred people to care and care enough to help you get others to care.
Uh Oh, the 90 Percent
Because you’ve decided to be an entrepreneur, you probably have a fair amount of grit and perseverance in your reservoir. You’re not a quitter, so concluding that it’s time to let go is the last thought in your mind- if it’s even a thought. A good entrepreneur knows when and how to take an objective look at the numbers, market, and competition, and realize it’s time to move on.
Being a part of the 90 percent might sound like one of the worst things to an entrepreneur, but a failed idea can become your next venture’s greatest asset if you learn from it.
FUN STUFF – TRIVIA
The oldest “your mom” joke was discovered on a 3,500-year-old Babylonian tablet.
Here it is…or what’s left of it, anyway:
…of your mother is by the one who has intercourse with her. What/who is it?
Yes, tragically, this no doubt devastating takedown of somebody’s mother’s sexual proclivities has been lost to history.
NEWS BREAK: Stay informed
- UNC at Chapel Hill will no longer hold in-person classes on campus after about 130 students tested positive for Covid-19 in the first week since classes began.
- Death Valley was the hottest place on Earth on Sunday at 130 degrees Fahrenheit. If verified, it could be the hottest temperature recorded in the world since 1913.
- The S&P 500 inched even closer to its record high, rising 9.14 points, or 0.3%, to 3,381.99.
- The Trump administration on Monday took another step to open Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling for oil and gas.
1% BETTER: Improve each day
Have some plastic solo cups or some disposable cafe cups for guests to take with them. For example, when a neighbor helps you move in a heavy couch.