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Must read book: Finding the Pearl – Unstoppable passion, unbridled success


Must read book: Finding the Pearl = Unstoppable passion, unbridled success Smaller FB

What would you do or risk for a high school education? Friend Tammy Fadler grew up in Vietnam and she went out of her way to attempt going to school. She bartered and begged such that her family would allow her to go to school. That determination carried her throughout her life. Eventually she worked all sorts of small jobs for American soldiers on a base in Vietnam. She married a GI and she did end up in the USA later. She came to the United States with $10 and a one way ticket to the wrong city. She was still filled with an incredible determined spirit and became a successful entrepreneur in the real estate industry. Today she is a sought after motivational speaker too (discover more here).

You can read about Tammy’s story in her book Finding the Pearl: Unstoppable passion, unbridled success. In the event that you should feel depressed or powerless, please pick up a copy of this book and read it. It is a testament to how the capabilities of the human spirit can overcome just about any hardship. Tammy had so much stacked up against her and yet she never relented. Her life’s journey furthermore provides proof how our country provides ample opportunity to anyone who desires to seize it.

I am proud of you Tammy! She found the pearl and so can you. Happy reading (it makes a perfect gift too!).

Ralf

Your mental blind spot is a lot bigger than you think


Your mental blind spot is a lot bigger than you think You
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The reality and truth you see starts out with an illusion: That we can all see the same picture of it. Just take your mirror image. The one on the left is how YOU see ME. The one on the right is how I see MYSELF. Pay attention to the facial features. How I see myself is not at all what you see when you look at me. Do you also know people that stress out about their outward appearance? They are coifing up someone that only they can see that particular way.

I am not trying to split hairs with this. My point is merely that between the reality you see and the one I see there is a difference just the way how we get to experience it through our own eyes. With a mirror image that may even be relatively simple, but just think of so many other topics where we will most likely never be able to come to an agreement about what the ultimate truth is. Between two viewpoints there is what I call the delta point; it lies somewhere between the two. It can almost never be the same just the same as our life journeys are unique to us.

Agree to disagree and if you cannot do that think about the mirror view example and let it be. Share the example and perhaps this can be another great day where ignorance can be overcome.

Ralf

Discover how patents may not lead to financial success


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To begin with, there are few if any things that are guaranteed in life and business. Having a brilliant idea for a product or service is not one of them. Financial success comes from creating a revenue stream. I have seen many a good idea that was presented to me or to our company for us to develop and the failure to success ratio has been clearly in favor of the former. There are two main categories that seem to form the basis for inventors, entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, etc hinge their business model thinking on the following criteria:

  • Have a unique enough idea that is difficult or impossible for others to offer to the market.
  • Seek protection from the domestic and foreign patent offices.

Either way, both concepts bet the whole endeavor on uniqueness and / or forced market protection. It should be no surprise that the startup business failure rate is so high because neither one deals with generating revenue for the organization. In the day and age of the Web and the many other electronic means the world has become very flat and accessible.

It is a really bad idea thinking that you have something so unique that nobody else can reproduce your bright idea. I get weekly calls from companies in Asia about how they will be able to provide just about any gizmo you can think of. False hope is also the root cause for patents not working effectively in guaranteeing revenue. The best time for you to sell and ship anything with better than average success, is the “patent pending” time. Once you have to disclosure key information about the patent and this is public knowledge it does not take an awful lot of tweaking and voila you have more competitors than you can shake a stick at.

I am not saying that a really brilliant idea or patent will not work, but you need to prove to investors and banks that you can ship product/service and make money off of it. Single best road to getting out of either issue is to focus on delivering a solution that fills a need (existing or newly created). Then comes a solid channel to the market and then creating a process delivering predictable outcome capable of repeating over and over. This has to culminate in a solid revenue stream that helps sustain your company.

Ralf

Another must read book – From Autopilot to Authentic by Brett Blair


Another must read book – From Autopilot to Authentic by Brett Blair 20150331_134150

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Are you at a point in your life where you feel stuck in autopilot? Do you feel that something is missing in your life? Most of all, do you miss a sense of purpose? Friend Brett Blair wrote “From Autopilot to Authentic” about his life journey. Even though he was considered a very successful in business, enjoyed great health, and had a great family, he felt something was missing. He had what he called a “midlife-thing” happen to him – he was stuck in autopilot.

He felt like he had to do something about this. Much like a leaky faucet’s drip can drive you crazy in the middle of the night, he sought a way out of this mode. Equipped with his mentor Dr Tom Hill’s life coaching philosophies he found self-actualization, financial security, his true love, his spirituality, a nurtured intellect, and even better health. Along this long journey of finding his way through the thicket that is life, many friends accompanied him further enriching his life.

Brett’s easygoing writing style that is very personal and kept at eye level is a must read. He manages to compile Dr Hill’s many self-improvement principles while explaining who they applied to his journey of self-discovery. They will work for you if you are willing to take the first step. This book provides hope and many an opportunity for you to design a life that is fulfilling. Don’t get stuck in autopilot – choose authenticity.

Ralf

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