Ask yourself this question...
Who am I... really?
Ask yourself this question...
Who am I... really?
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By Barry Gottlieb
You have choices in life but most people don't make them, they settle for what they fall into .. If you don't make choices you won't succeed
The #1 Mistake Entrepreneurs Make
I’ve started 4 companies and have invested in 25 more. And I can say, with supreme confidence, that I have made or seen almost every mistake possible.
I’ve hired the wrong people. And fired the wrong people.
I’ve raised too much money (yes, it’s possible). And too little.
I’ve launched products that not one person used and have pivoted so many times I’m still dizzy.
None of these are fun to live through, I assure you. But they are not nearly as fatal to a young company as the #1 mistake entrepreneurs make – FOCUSING ON THE WRONG THINGS.
Successful entrepreneurs focus exclusively on efforts that matter and are able to tune out the rest. People who focus succeed. It’s that simple.
A critical difference between a startup and a large company is resources. Specifically, time and money. And having little of both is oftentimes a godsend and leads to some of our best work. Just look at your favorite indie movie!Google can give its employees 20 percent of their time to pursue their crazy ideas. If Buddy Media had done that, we would have been out of business.
Focusing is not a natural exercise for many entrepreneurs. More ideas pop into my brain during my morning shower than many people get in a month.
So in order to focus, you need to build your “focus” muscle and train your brain to focus and stay focused.
Volumes have been written about how to do just this. One of my favorites is “Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life: Train Your Brain to Get More Done in Less Time” by Dr. Paul Hammerness, a Harvard Medical School psychiatrist and Margaret Moore, an executive wellness coach and codirector of the Institute of Coaching.
But you don’t need to read books to bring focus to your entrepreneurial life. Here is an exercise I use with entrepreneurs I have invested in to make sure they are truly focusing on the right things.
I ask a very simple question: What are the top 3 things you need to accomplish in the next 6-12 months to give the company the best chance of long-term success?
I push them to be specific. And rank the responses in order of importance.
Is creating the best product most important? How about locking down distribution? Are those both more important than monetization? How about hiring the right people? How about raising money? Is business development important to the business this year?
Most entrepreneurs I speak to can’t name their priorities right away. And if they can, they aren’t written down anywhere and they haven’t been communicated to the rest of their organization.
If an entrepreneur can’t name their top 3 priorities without hesitation, how will the rest of the company know? It’s bad enough for an founder to work on the wrong projects. But if the entire company is not focusing in the right areas, game over!
Without focus, young companies can FEEL like they are accomplishing a lot while in reality accomplishing nothing. They solve problems that never existed in the first place. And launch products with no market.
With the right focus, entrepreneurs can change the world. I’ve seen it so many times, upclose and personal.
If Mark Zuckerberg had not focused on the photo-tagging feature years ago, Facebook would not be the world-changing company it is. If Twitter had not focused on 140 character messaging, it would never have survived. Where would Apple be if it decided to focus on watches instead of phones? Or if it focused on selling the most number of units rather than designing the best products and profitability? You get the idea.
The single most focused entrepreneur I have ever met is Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce. He has an epic and well-documented process and tool called the V2Mom that has helped him build Salesforce into Forbes’ most innovative company in the world (two years in a row!).
In one of my first meetings with Marc, he told me that everything he has written down over the past 14 years has come true. Does he have a secret genie granting him wishes? No. But he has been able to get his entire company focused on core priorities over and over again.
I encourage all leaders (of companies, of divisions and of small teams) to write down the top 3 areas of focus somewhere visible in the organization and communicate them to the entire team.
By doing so, you are not only able to focus on what is most important, but you are also able to eliminate distractions, which is the biggest gift you can give as a leader.
By Michael Lazerow http://www.linkedin.com/in/lazerow.
“Find what you’re truly passionate about and go for it head on. Your passion driving you on your entrepreneurial journey. And understand there is NO Such THING AS BALANCE when you’re building your empire. There are things entrepreneurs do that others will not.” – @coachKaterina Katerina Gasset
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CYCLING APPAREL : Tri shorts have more flexibility than traditional biking shorts to accommodate the greater range of motion of both biking and running. Shirts are required for a triathlon during the running and biking portions. The best shirts are tight, lightweight shirts that absorb and hold onto perspiration and other liquids to keep your upper body cooler. It is preferable that they are lighter in color (as this will keep you cooler in the sun) and are sleeveless so that your arms will have freedom of movement while you run and there will be no chafing under your arms.
RUNNING : Lots of athletes will wear socks, and almost everyone will use elastic laces. Every athlete needs to wear their race number during the run and a race number belt is the best way to bring it along.
Always wear a swim cap when you are in the swimming pool. Also, stay away from latex caps, stick to silicone caps. Silicone caps last much longer, latex cap get ruined easily from the chlorine in the swimming pool water. Whether you mind or not having water in your eyes you should wear goggles while swimming. Take your time to try the goggles, see how they fit your eyes. They need to be comfortable and steady on you face. You can find fantastic goggles with universal nose-piece systems, leak proof shapes, hypo-allergenic, fog resistant and UV materials. That much for the basics, now let’s get to the cool swim gears which can really make a different for your swimming fitness and physical benefit. A pull buoy is a piece of closed-cell foam, usually shaped like the number eight, used in swim workouts and to be placed between the legs. Pull buoys provide you with support for hips and legs so you wont have to move them. Hand paddles are plastic devices you wear on your hands during your swimming workout which make your hands bigger and therefore make you develop strength. They can be used while swimming any stroke and may be used together with pull buoys to maximize the effect. Swimming fins can be used to increase strength and endurance in your legs. They are used on all the swimming strokes but breaststroke. As for arms and hand paddles you can use fins to focus on the leg kicking technique. The best wetsuits are those that fit snugly into the athlete's body. This may sound easy yet the differences are told by the unique body build the racer has. People are often fooled by the impression that the wet suit does not fit correctly when all the while, it has the proper fit saying "the suit is too tight'. A wetsuit designed for triathlon is your best bet. A non-tri wetsuit will not provide any speed or help with actual swimming. Triathlon wetsuits keep you warm and help you swim easier and faster. This is due to the improved body position and buoyancy which reduces drag. The wetsuit is also designed to slip easily through the water which also reduces drag.