Tuesday, July 31, 2018

You want to be good in it?

Doesn’t matter what “it” is. You have to show up. Then keep showing up. Then you need to risk and sacrifice some money, reputation and sweat. You got to put some skin in it.

It’s not enough to just talk and surely insufficient to just observe.

Get in the game or get out.

How good are you now?

Monday, July 30, 2018

Where is your market?

It only makes sense for competitors in markets that are small and crowded to work together. On your own, you lack resources to shout loud enough to convince a new user to enter the category. But most competitors live with a scarcity worldview, there is never enough so we compete even though the pie is small. Imagine a world of abundance where all can work together to grow the pie so each can have a bigger slice.

How do you grow the market?

Friday, July 27, 2018

Where are you heading?

Generally, when people are asked to detour the first reaction is one of frustration. That’s because you assumed that the detour would make you slower. But what if it made you faster? Don’t assume your planned route is one that is without perils and delays

Why would it be bad?

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Are you an amateur?

Professionals have a high standard. They abide by them whether these standards are dictated or not. If you belong to an industry where the standards aren’t really prescribed you should set a high bar for yourself that will set you apart. No point racing others to the bottom. You have a moral obligation to give your best, to give the best to yourself and your industry.

How professional are you?

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Are you staying sharp?

Sure you want to look good in front of your peers and bosses.

Experience would be a great start. But experience is something which only time can teach you. Expertise is the other one that can help you impress. Lucky you if you already have that. But staying sharp takes education. Self-education, which means as simple as reading up on things related to your industry, business books, blogs even. Good if you read often. If you don’t, perhaps it is time.

Are you impressed with your progress?

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Do you love the process?

If you want to get better at whatever that you do, you need to learn to love the process of showing your worst and showing it often.

The more the uglier side of your craft or art shows itself, the better you get. Showing it means you practicing it. Every day. The embarrassment often holds you back. The pain often holds you back. The only way to free yourself from the chains of embarrassment and pain is via practice. Often enough, deliberate enough. That’s how you get better. Learn to love the process of getting better. 

Is there a shortcut?