I’ve not updated this blog in a while. It was kinda deliberate. Just thought to stop by and wish y’all happy holidays.
* – If you’re a poor negotiator, then set a limit on what you will pay or accept, and on any conditions attached. Do not deviate. Your first thought is your best thought.
* – Most negotiations are unnecessary. Don’t enter into them.
* – Do your homework. What you don’t know or haven’t bothered to find out can kill you in any serious type of negotiation.
* – Get all of the professional help you can trust. Do not surrender control of negotiations or the agenda to such professionals. They are not the one who will have to live with the consequences. You are.
* – If your advisors are leading you down a path you don’t approve of, call a time-out and tell them privately that if they continue along that route you will get new advisors.
* – They’re not your friend. They’re your enemy. If you do not understand that real winners and real losers emerge from real negotiations, then you’ll be robbed, whatever the circumstances.
* – Listen, when engaged in serious negotiations. You are in no hurry. Nobody ever got poor listening. Use silence as a weapon.
* – Choose a rogue element to your advantage, and bring it into the negotiation at a late stage.
* – Divide and rule always works.
* – Permit no such weaknesses in your own camp.
Culled from How to Get Rich – by Felix Dennis
You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them.
Specific – A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six "W" questions:
Measurable – Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as……How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?
Attainable – When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them.
Realistic – To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished.
Time Bound – A goal must have a target date. If you desire to make a million dollars, but don’t set the timeline for it, it won’t be motivating. A deadline too far in the future is too easily put off. A goal that’s set too close is not only unrealistic, it’s discouraging.
Long Term Goals: long term goals are simply a description of what you want for yourself in the future — say about 3 to 5 years out. The best way to define them is to give examples: graduate college, get a good job, find a life partner, get rich quick, etc…
A goal is not a plan, it’s more like a wish list with (hopefully) a basis in reality.
Then set short term goals to reach that plan.
What can I do 6 months from now?
What can I do 6 weeks from now?
What can I do today?
Culled from From Paul J. Meyer’s "Attitude Is Everything."
There are 7 characteristics of a hustler. God bless ur hustle this July.
A hustler is someone who is single minded in his quest to get results. Nothing else motivates him. Nothing else matters. To hustle you have to think big picture and you have to be driven by creating significant results for your venture. It doesn’t matter if it’s closing deals or closing a round of funding – a startup hustler gets things done that drive revenue for the company and that are crucial for survival and for growth.
A good hustler knows only one timeline: now! He wants to find the shortest way possible to generate the needed outcomes.
A good hustler is willing to look foolish in the name of progress. He’s willing to ask for things that others are afraid to ask for. The reason for that is that a good Hustler doesn’t care about rejection or humiliation to some extent. He knows that failure is part of the game. And he understands that he can’t succeed if he doesn’t go for it. Only extraordinary actions create extraordinary results.
This is a big one: A good hustler knows that life is all about the follow up. If showing up is 50% of success – the other half is about being the one person that actually follows up until he gets the job done.
If he doesn’t get rejected he’s not really a hustler. If he doesn’t have a high tolerance for emotional pain he will not last out there in the cold world of the startup hustle. Resilience regarding rejection is a must!
A good startup hustler wants to generate value. He’s not just in it for a quick buck. Or for his ego. He knows that his strength is his fearless attitude toward getting things done and closing deals for the startup. He wants to use that power for good and for something he beliefs in.
Startups are places with little resources. So by definition you’re looking for people that can do a lot with a little and that are inventive in their approach as well.
A good hustler will have all of these characteristics. It’s easy to find bad hustlers and tough to find good ones (just like with hackers and designers). But when you find one you never wanna let go of them.
I took this article word for word from https://elasticsales.com/blog/2012/05/07/startup-hustler/
I was too inspired by it.
Hope it inspires you to.
I was thinking of something to do to celebrate Pishon’s 5 year anniversary in 2011 when the idea of a magazine came to me. It took me almost 2 months to design, since each page was done painfully with Photoshop – but the results were worth it. Our first edition was distributed to mainly Pishon Clients and friends, and all the ads were duly paid for, and we had a successful first run.
It was officially released by Pishon in February 2012.
I’ll be giving out some free sample chapters. Enjoy a good read.
Zainab’s Note: Um…this post isn’t to praise the skills of the Blackberry. In fact, Most of my friends know that I happen to be anti-blackberry. This post is kinda like a reply as to why NOT everyone needs a blackberry. A Samsung Galaxy Tab, Iphone, Nokia Smartphones, and other MUCH COoler and Expensive Phones will do the trick! And in Record time too!
A BlackBerry is a handheld PDA device that is engineered from the ground up for email. If email has become a vital part of your business or personal life, then you would no doubt benefit from using a BlackBerry. Most models now come with a built-in mobile phone, making the BlackBerry an obvious choice for users with the need to access their email from somewhere besides the comfort of a desk chair..
Although you can’t make a cobbler out of it, there’s not much else you can’t do with a BlackBerry.
The device now sports a cell phone and other features, but recently it has gained popularity because of its push email capabilities in particular. Most handheld devices force you to retrieve your messages when you happen to be in a coverage area. With a BlackBerry, email messages are pushed to your device the instant they are received in your inbox. You can view them even when you’re out of cellular coverage. Research In Motion (RIM), the maker of the BlackBerry, has built on this solid foundation of push email and has added a slew of features, including built-in security, to make the BlackBerry a leader in the corporate wireless email market.
What I don’t understand is why the craze for the phone, when it can do almost the same thing as any other high powered phone out there. Smartphones now come with a PUSH service itself!
Smartphones have begun to gain greater market share compared to traditional mobile phones. This is because of their more advanced capabilities that you would not find in a standard phone. Aside from the basic functionalities of a mobile phone like calling and text messaging, smartphones also add the functionalities of a PDA along with email handling, note taking, and a whole lot more. Blackberry is the brand name of a collection of smartphones from Research in Motion or more commonly known as RIM.
RIM develops their own operating system to be used in all their blackberries. This allows them to create optimize their software and hardware with each other. On the other hand, most other smartphones utilize different operating systems; the most popular at moment are Microsoft’s Windows Mobile and Google’s Android. These operating systems have the advantage of greater application availability as a lot of programmers like the fact that there’s a wide audience for their product.
Like I said….this post isn’t to praise the skills of the Blackberry. A Samsung Galaxy Tab, Iphone, Nokia Smartphones, and other MUCH COoler and Expensive Phones will do the trick! And in Record time too!
And They happen to be finer, too!
The trend is clear: Business is going mobile.
In the last few years mobile has absolutely exploded. It’s the way people shop, browse the web and check email and the numbers are increasing exponentially. Because of this, we need to shift our focus on building websites explicitly for the desktop and really start thinking about the context that our work is being seen in and interacted with. We need to rethink the way we’re building websites.
When it comes to a mobile web experience we’ve got two options: dedicated and responsive.
A dedicated mobile website is a mobile optimized version of our website that usually resides on its own domain or subdomain. With a dedicated approach we can easily give our users the option to view desktop or mobile. We’ve also got more control over resource optimization and load time.
By 2014, it is projected that more users will access the internet from their phone than from a computer. Does this mean that all of those fancy flash-based, heavy content sites will become obsolete? Will you drop an egg from an angry bird on the submit button to send a form? Probably not, but it does mean that if you do not have a user-friendly mobile presence you’ll be missing out on over half of all web browsers.
HEY. So what’s been happening? I’ve been laying low this month, preparing for my trip back in a couple of days… and the upcoming lagos tour much later in the year. All I’ve been doing is designing sites and all that. All in all, just trying to stay out of trouble. And alcohol. Lol.
Be sure to check them out while you’re at it and follow our updates. Thanks!!
Getting me ready for the second half of the year.
Hi. I’ve been doing loads of research lately, trying to see how websites have evolved and I’m beginning to see quite a few wonderful and innovative stuff.
So what makes a website cool? Creativity. Innovation. User interface. And the ability to wow. And most definitely not template inclined.
Lemme share some of the ones I discovered with you. I’m choosing four so you can take time to savor them.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t awed by his creativity. I’m very sure he had a say with his designers in making sure the website had his personality. Lol.