Absorbing Knowledge

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Over the past three weeks I’ve had the opportunity to reach out, grab drinks, and have a heart-to-heart with some very impressive individuals. I’ve learned the unique differences to business and personal life that must be undertaken to thrive. My goal has always been a simple one; to learn.

Theodore Roosevelt said, “With self-discipline most anything is possible.” This single quality has to be one of the biggest, and most unique, differences for those who thrive. They are disciplined individuals who aim to learn.

So, who did I meet with?

Bill Hocking

We had the opportunity to grab beers and watch the World Cup. During our conversations and watching his passion for soccer, I realized he possessed the same qualities in everything that he did; servant leadership and being passionate! This has been Hocking continual theme over the past year; after our first meeting, following my experience at Apollo Matrix. He is that servant leader who is willing to sit down with me, express pure passion for teaching, and share what he knows from his experiences at Microsoft and St. Johns College.

Erik Heisig

Erik and I had wanted to meet for coffee a few times over the past months and finally got the chance to catch up. He is an entrepreneur who refuses to fail on his goals; everything from a Federal Government placing company, to a car-flipping joint. Heisig has been a family friend for years and has always had this “entrepreneurial” bug, from what I’ve heard. After meeting with him for the specific purpose of absorbing his knowledge of this, I realized it was very true; because of his deliberate actions to make it true.

Throughout these conversations with Hockings and Heisig, I’ve walked away with the understanding that I should always chase after one main attribute; learning. I believe we all need to be self-disciplined, passionate, and deliberate in our actions to learn.

Here are a few of those I try to continually learn from… How do you continue learning from others?

Networking Again

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There are many places to start this conversation but in short, I quite my job back in August and decided to make the break into the world of entrepreneurship. In this process I’ve learned quickly that I need to understand more about this realm of business. So, the best way to do this? Networking…

Networking is one of the best parts of my new style of life. I’ve been on a mission to learn more from individuals who are having success in areas that I aim to succeed in and Ryan Carson is someone who has had some major success in his startups. My personal goal was to learn his process for building out the startups. If you don’t know who he is, he is an entrepreneur who has started Treehouse. Treehouse is an online education tool that helps you learn new techniques from business to programming. Prior to that, he built out two companies that spun him in the direction of Treehouse. In these two companies, he learned what I am about to share:

  • DropSend
  • Carsonified

I wanted to learn three actionable items to apply to ahWriting and my consulting practice. Here is what I learned:

  1. Find Passion… He shared that why you are building a business, you need to build it around what others are passionate about as well. He explained that his goal was to find a way to not always be needed and this required believing in the team you build and allowing them to be experts in the areas they have expertise in.
  2. Hire Slowly & Fire Quick… Having this expertise means that finding people isn’t as easy as desired. Carson also explained that it meant learning how to have the hard conversations fast and firing when needed. He shared that it is a difficult thing to be comfortable with but that it is key to have the right people at the right time.
  3. Keep Priorities… The final thing that stood out that I will be applying is the idea of keeping the priorities. He aligns his goals and executes on them. He prioritizes and completes by staying focused and keeping excited / passionate about what he is building out as a company. Ryan aims to have a purposeful task list.

What was the biggest take away for me? Prioritize and Complete. He recommended reading How to Win Friends & Influence People… Ryan Carson was a passionate individual who kept his eyes on the goal and took passion and made it action.

PS – He wakes up at 5:00 AM to get going and keeps to a four day week! See his blog here: http://ryancarson.com/

Continually Learning

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Continual education is something to be desired, not simply something you are required to do… Khan Academy gives you that ability to turn education into a desire. Khan takes a moment to encourage folks to keep this same learning desire in their lives in his commencement speech. He made points that makes you want to keep learning from day one, or at least it did for me!

Have you used the Khan Academy? Any videos / thoughts you would want others to check out? What sites do you use to keep learning? What do you recommend?

Working out in the AM?

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Recently, I have been trying to analyze why I like working out in the morning. For me, it helps my day ‘go smoother’ and stay more focused. But why?

“If you start exercising, your brain recognizes this as a moment of stress. As your heart pressure increases, the brain thinks you are either fighting the enemy or fleeing from it. To protect yourself and your brain from stress, you release a protein called BDNF(Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor). This BDNF has a protective and also reparative element to your memory neurons and acts as a reset switch. That’s why we often feel so at ease and like things are clear after exercising. At the same time, endorphins, another chemical to fight stress, are released in your brain…”

Full Article: What Happens to Our Brains During Exercise (and Why it Makes Us Happier)

Until I read this article, I didn’t realize why working out even made a difference with my mindset. Nor did I realize why a simple walk would be so soothing and relaxing for the mind. What do you do as a mental exercise / physical exercise to sooth your day?

Nichole Goodyear

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A few months ago I had the opportunity to chat with Nichole Goodyear. And in that conversation, this is what I got:

Being altruistic is a key component to succeeding in the entrepreneurial world.  But, at the same time, an individual needs to be passionate, proven, prominent, and persistent with regards to how a business is run. People who practice these traits are individuals who inspire me.

Recently I chatted with Nichole Goodyear; she fits the criteria of being an entrepreneur/inspiration. Goodyear is known as THE women in new technologies and has exceeded every expectation that anyone has made for her. Yet, last Monday, Goodyear took thirty minutes out of her busy schedule and spent it with me on the phone. Goodyear, I am sure, had hundreds of projects to work on, thousands of phone calls to make, and a million things going through her mind. Yet she stopped and gave me a listening ear, while truly being an advisor to someone who wants to listen and learn. The ability to converse and network with someone like this had an incredible impactful because it made me think…

  • I didn’t just have an opportunity to network; I had an opportunity to think through my own dreams.
  • I had the opportunity to hear the path of a successful entrepreneur.
  • I observed how I could be a mentor for others.
  • I caught the vision of where to watch for new technologies; who are the current business leaders, and so much more.

Goodyear had this altruistic mentality and was willing to chat, help me think, give thoughtful responses, and gave me feedback on the thought processes I have regarding being an entrepreneur. My question now is, how do I move forward to not only take in this knowledge, but also apply it in my future?

You may have been where I am and could shed light on this status. Who have you met that was an inspiration and how did you apply the knowledge they shared?

Life is Picking Up

In moments when things seem to get going in a great ‘”rhythm” life comes out of the blue and moves faster. These moments truly test the ability of an individual. Often, I think people overlook the fact that life is a “ride” and one that we can learn a lot from it on a regular basis if we are willing.

There haven’t been many “posts” concerning business, ideas, or theories on life recently on this blog and that is because of a few great changes that have occurred over the past few months that jolted life in an amazing way. But, in every one of these moments I am starting to realize that there are things to be learned in every circumstance. Every moment is only a starting point for the following moments.

But how do we take in every moment to the best of our ability?

I believe that it falls on a way that I do try to “understand”: research – organize – minimize. These there ways that I look at understanding the world can play out in learning from the moments we live through. If we are willing to do the following, we may get more out of what we do in life:

  1. Research – Look into the situation around you and how it is helping you in life, business, friendship, and with life in general.
  2. Organize – Step back and look at the whole picture and organize it.
  3. Minimize – Remember, the generations that are here in these moments are in “information overload” and in many ways, we need to only remember the important moments and keep those learning details only.

FiveFinger Shoes

More often then not, I’ve been noticing ‘different’ aspects of people around me, from styles of talking to the shoes people wear. But more recently then not, I have seen so many people in these FiveFinger Shoes. I know, we all have different styles but I don’t think these shoes fit the suite and tie business outfit.

To give them a fair thought, here is a link for you to see yourself. So, click here for the Vibram FiveFingers and please tell me your thoughts, I am curious if I am just in this ‘noticing different styles’ or if my thoughts resinate with others. Simple as that!

 

A Breakfast Business

An early morning came and breakfast at McDonalds was inevitable. So, Mark (@Flakblas) and I met up, had breakfast, and chatted life with a mixing bowl of business.

Recently, he has been introducing me to a few new tools that I am now addicted to that I will list at the bottom of this blog, but he also has a business sense that intermixed with my thought processing.  It started with the service at McDonalds and ended on the inflation of mobile application prices.

The price of these applications has extended beyond the normal price model that we have for business retail. And, to be honest, that is one reason I’ve launched Randomly Famous, LLC into the mix as well.

It is just a matter of time until this bubble has burst and the true price is found but those entrepreneurs / venture capitalist that latch on now, will forever be grateful. So, with this consistent change of pace in the world of business, I’ve needed to find myself a tool that organizes my knowledge base.

And finally, Mark has introduced me to it in his blog post called Tiddlywiki. There are so many benefits to this simple program and the mix of Dropbox. It has taken my quick changing mindset and has allowed me to write each idea out for mobile applications to future retail stores in one central location.

You will see how simple it is after you download it and play around. I promise you, if you are an entrepreneur, you will be in love. We often forget our past ideas when new ones come along like a mobile application business. This simple html + javascript allows us to always remember and return to the original ideas. It simply allows us to:

  1. Contemplate our ideas
  2. Expand on thought processing
  3. Take advantage of the mobile application market
  4. And remember how / when it took place so we can repeat in the future

Check it out, download it, and say thanks to Mark for making me try it and allowing me to put aside ideas for a moment and race after the market in front. If I didn’t have this tool, I might have lost out on where I was in my knowledge base.

Writing it Out

I have deleted this sentence a few times but now have decided to keep it, work it out, and move it forward. Welcome to my discombobulated mindset in writing at the moment.

The reason I write in this moment? I need to think it out, comprehend it, and capture the reasoning quickly before I forget why I am thinking differently then my normal self. So, that gets me to the point of this post and the theory behind my writing.

How do you comprehend the times that are different?

I am not speaking about the bad times or the hard times but simply the situations that are just confusing and can have multiple right answers with only one that can be chosen. For me, there seems to be a confusing ‘fog’ that is overwhelming my mindset in the area of writing.

My goal for the day is to step myself through a list of thoughts to move my clarity back in and focus forward. In essence, I have a routine since life is different often, people are confusing, and the world wont stop for you to figure it out. This is my list:

  • Breath and take it all for a walk
  • Remember that it is all a circle and will be back to me soon
  • Ask myself if I have a day to be confused (can I stop everything for one day)
  • If not, step up and get the job done while working through it.

 

Basic ideas but ones that I have to remind myself especially in moments like this where the blog has been lacking for a simple ‘relaxation’ of writing ideas. It is time to walk and step forward into to the reasons that my mind works the way it does and here we go…

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