Tag success

Making mistakes vs. failing

I see "inspirational" quotes often about making mistakes. You know, on Twitter, Facebook, etc. There seems to be confusion about making mistakes and failing (repeating similar mistakes). Let's talk about that.

Blind leading the blind or the echo chamber

Social media makes it very easy to meet people. Networking can be very valuable to entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, the term "friend" is overused and the meaning of "friends" has become diluted. For people who want a successful career, surrounding yourself with people with similar maturity and experience levels is crucial for success. The people who are serious about obtaining the quality of life they have goals for do this naturally. The people closest to them have similar goals and interests that bond them. Social media makes it easy to become friends with people who will distract your attention to almost guarantee you will not reach your goals. If you are a parent, it's like your child hanging around the "wrong" group of kids....can you relate to that?

You screwed up. How do you recover?

Success is a beautiful thing but sometimes, it comes before the person receiving the success is ready to handle it. That is what happened, in my opinion, to Daniel Brusilovsky. Allegedly Daniel, a 17-year-old technology writer, tried to receive a Macbook Air as compensation in exchange for writing an article for TechCrunch. When the owners of TechCrunch found out what happened, they investigated, found the tip correct, fired Daniel and removed all of his content from the site. Everyone makes mistakes, some bigger than others. How does one recover?

Business partners and unrealistic expectations

Why do most start-ups fail? Same reason why many commercial bloggers do not have the success they would like. Unrealistic expectations. Everyone isn't meant to have their own business just as everyone isn't meant to be a doctor, lawyer, police officer, etc. A startling number of people enter into the commercial arena with zero business experience, and without the inclination to take some classes (gain some knowledge) to help them excel.