Why I hate school, but love Education

“If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help build theirs.”

With many students about to start a new school year, a new university semester or even a new job, many students will be asking themselves, “Why?”

Does success in the school system correlate to success in life? Or is the school system simply geared towards fact retention and regurgitation? Find out what true education is.

What if money didn’t matter…

One of my friends on facebook shared this video this morning. This is exactly how life should be lived, do what makes you happy, what you truly love. Theres no point sacrificing happiness just to get money and its even worse that we go around teaching our children to do the same.

Word Gravity

Gravity - It's the Law

Word Gravity
Newton’s law of universal gravitation states: “Every point mass in the universe attracts every other point mass with a force that is directly proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them.” In short things of great mass attract other things more and more the heavier they get or the closer they get.

Words are no different. They control our whole lives and they have a gravity to them as well. The words you use and the way you use them attract or repel people and opportunities in exactly the same way that Newton describes gravity. If you talk about how hard life is, how everyone around you is trying to rip you off and how things never get better, I’m willing to bet that your life does exactly what you say. The same goes for the opposite, if you talk about how many awesome opportunities are coming your way, how great the people around you are and how much you’re looking forward to tomorrow, guess what is going to happen…

Steering Destiny
One of the first things you get taught when you’re learning to snowboard is that you go where you look. If you look at a tree, you hit a tree. If you look at a cute girl, you’re going to run her down. The police are trained to watch where someones eyes are looking when they are driving or in a hostile situation because that is the best possible way to tell what is going on in someones mind.

Attracting People
My mum used to tell me that you become like those that you hang around. She will be ecstatic to hear me telling you that she was right. People LOVE to be around other people who agree with them, how many people have you heard running around with an idea that they are looking to push, eventually landing in a group of people who agree with them regardless of how right or wrong that idea was? This is an excellent example of words attracting an outcome. If you have it in your head that you are going to be the hottest up and coming DJ in town, you’re going to talk like it and you’re going to wind up with a group of people who agree with you. If your words are saying that your life is hard and nobody understands you, you’re going to wind up surrounded by people who make your life hard and who agree that nobody understands you.

Social Media
Social media is where word gravity is especially powerful. Social media is an amplifier of peoples words, we share levels of detail about our lives that we have never been able to before, we literally have the whole world as our audience.

If you are a small business person, this is one of the greatest opportunities or dangers that has ever existed. You can literally build or destroy your business just by the words you choose. I have seen businesses which have built a loyal cult following of willing buyers before they even opened their doors, Shoes of Prey and Posse here in Sydney are a great examples of this (22michaels.com and @rebekahposse), they have chosen to use their struggles and learnings as a very powerful marketing and educational resource that has not only helped them make money, but has helped young entrepreneurs bypass the hurdles to their own success.

Challenge for this quarter

  1. Pick something you want to achieve that will make a big difference in your life.
  2. Have a look at what you’re saying about it. If you don’t have a good understanding of what you’ve been saying, ask someone close to you or look at your social media feeds.
  3. Write down your goal and share it (Important!!).
  4. Start to do whatever is required to make that change happen.
  5. Deliberately choose to talk positively about it for the next 3 months regardless of the setbacks.

My Goals
My goal for the next quarter is to get my back strong enough that I don’t have to keep my Osteopath rich. I’m excited about this because I have a bunch of friends who are going to help me and I know an awesome personal trainer.

So whats going on in your mind?
What do the words you broadcast to the world say about your future and the kind of opportunities you have coming to you?

You are what you say you are, tell me what you are!

Networking – Simple advice on a scary topic

Networking

NetworkingThe one thing that seems to make the hairs on be back of every nerds neck prickle is networking.  I don’t mean the act of making two or more computers talk to each other (cos all healthy nerds love doing that), I mean the act of getting out there and talking to actual human beings in a professional setting.

Networking is an essential tool in any business persons arsenal. If you’re going to be successful at what you love doing, you need to be able to communicate about the passion you have for your product and how it is going to change the lives of the people you’re talking to.  For that communication to be as effective as possible, you need to be able to connect with others effectively, enter networking skills.

Have a read, this stuff isn’t hard, its not always an intuitive process, but it gets easier the more you do it!

Have you tried these tips? Is networking something you find difficult? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

Overcoming isolation – The top 10 challenges faced by a sole trader

Isolation

IsolationThe guys at Startup Smart have just published a great article on working as a sole trader. In it they talk about the major reasons why working on your own creates an environment that attracts failure and most importantly, they also talk about how to act in order to avoid failing.

This is a great article, these issues are real problems for the owner/operator and are not often understood by friends, family and others who are watching startups and small business people.  Know your enemy – and in this case time management, accountability, isolation and motivation are among the largest enemies to your success.

Great Article! 10 challenges faced by sole traders: http://www.startupsmart.com.au/sole-trader/top-10-challenges-faced-by-sole-traders.html

Did this article help you? What have your experiences been?

The demise of Fairfax

The demise of Fairfax, nice writeup by Paul Budde http://t.co/MrYicnex

This is like like watching a very large sinking ship or one of those slow motion “train hitting a broken down car” movies..  Fairfax appear to be completely lacking any understanding of their customer base and how to pivot in order to monetise a shift toward digital content.

Fairfax – I’ll give you this for free:

  • Paywall based news sites lose customers.
  • Lost customers do not come back.
  • You need to stop thinking about yourself as a print media business that trades in “words”.
  • You trade in content.
  • Content these days moves and also follows your consumers EVERYWHERE.
  • Content these days rarely costs the viewer anything.
  • Niche, customisable content and communities that develop around that niche content are what generate revenue and stickiness.
  • Build a user generated news content site, turn the news into a bidirectional communication process that users both contribute to and consume and maybe you’ll be in business in 2 or 3 years time.

Go and open up a newspaper from 80 years ago, it looks like a really weird version of the trading post and is mostly announcements and advertisements.  Compare it to a newspaper from today, there is lots of immersive content, still some adverts, and theres a teeny, tiny (dying) section at the back (classifieds)which still resembles the original newspapers.  Now is the time to find your new content type and to monetise it, FAST.

Want help?  Get out of the office, go and visit your consumers. Listen to them.  Ask them how to fix this problem. You do know who they are don’t you?

Once you’re done, ask the guys who you just fired how to fix your business..  I’m willing to bet that all the answers you need are sitting in both your customers and ex-employee’s minds.

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