“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives”
Yes, I had been planning on sharing these images of the “unboxing” of the Google Chromecast for a while now and had promised a few people I would do this ASAP. Well, a month or so later, here it is…
And the reason for writing it now, I just got my second one for the other TV in our house. It has been the best $35 spent in technology in a long while for me. Simple and usable. I am a fan on so many levels.
Let’s put it this way, receiving the first of my Chromecast’s was like Christmas, the second that just came a week ago was like a birthday surprise. There simplicity of setup, use, and enjoyment is great. I bought both of my Chromecast’s from the Play Store. The packaging came like so:
The set up was extremely simple as well. Honestly, you just go to one link while on your WIFI and it finds the ChromeCast, connects, lets you name it, and then set your preferences for it. Truly, that easy of a process for this. I have those screenshots as well but didn’t know if it would make anyone want it more. So, after one month with this, I finally received my second one and did the same thing. Setup took around 5 minutes from start to finish. It is a must to have in your house. Though, if you have an Apple TV, there really isn’t a reason to get this. But, if you don’t have one, this is the product to have!
So, what do you all think of it? Have you seen it’s capabilities and features? Would you use one? Do you have one? I will be writing an article about this vs the Apple TV soon as well but would love to hear your thoughts prior!
Sometimes you may need a quick “inspiration” and that is what I was looking for. In short, it is simply time to follow my passions of entrepreneurship. I quit my job, finished out my last day on Friday and will be consulting 20 hours a week with the other 20 fully vested into being an entrepreneur. It is time and this link helped!
Dream as big as you can but more importantly, execute on those dreams!
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?
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?
Google is always willing to make a competition larger than life and is doing so with the action of buying NIK Software. They are competing with Facebook and everyone knows it. Facebook buys Instagram and now Google buys NIK. But the big question is: who will prevail?
My argument is that Google will win simply because of their great ability to make money. They know how to make money from user generated worlds and make money well. While on the other hand, Facebook is truly trying to figure out their own way of profiting from the massive amount of active users. Facebook aims to get users and I think @henketime puts it well, “FB is so lucky to have users that don’t care about making money.” The only reason they focus on money is because of their statue of being a public company. Money has to be a reality to Facebook now. But, Google has a serious edge on figuring out how to profit from user generated technology!
Technology is forever changing but the world is a competition when it comes to web applications. So, who do you think will win? Do you think Google will last longer in the long run or that Facebook will stay strong? Or, is Facebook the next MySpace?
I am starting to realize that business is a means to learn and yet I have more questions then answers concerning the topic. My goal is to know and understand the ins / outs of what we call “business” especially in the area of technology and yet, there seems to be a wall stopping a connection between myself and entrepreneurs of like minds to connect.
There is no “one person” with all the answers but there are a lot of individuals who have a few answers and those are the people I need to meet and learn from. I have questions and I simply want to learn, create the best product, and work with it until it is a billion dollar corporation then, do it again.
As you may know, my tag is simple… Creative – Executing – Ideas. I believe that the creativeness is already here with executable ideas, but finding the best way to execute is making a difficult comeback on a regular basis.
One of the major things I realize is that the “execution” of any idea is the key component. A project that we at Randomly Famous, LLC are working on specifically talks about the difficulty in management to take an idea through to execution.
For some reason this fact makes me truly consider how I’ve taken some projects all the way through and others I’ve only started. If there has to be management consultants that deal specifically with executing ideas, what are they capable that I am not capable of?
This is where my goose chase for entrepreneurs starts… And, where most of my questions are coming from concerning the idea of business. For me at least, there seems to be an overlooked avenue for business strategy execution. There have been a few “posts” concerning this topic but none have sufficiently answered my question.
Here is the simple “action” that I need from you:
- Tell me in a post below and/or in a backlink to your blog / idea / theory / etc that would help entrepreneurs with execution.
- Send one entrepreneur to me that would be willing to talk on the phone for 15 minutes.
Many individuals, even myself, have found job hunting to be a tedious process, especially when your goal is to reach outside of the market you already know. This thought has captivated my thinking for the last two days because I truly believe there is a solution to being connected with future employers.
On Monday, I chatted Jake (@JobRTBot) and without either of us knowing it, I think we crossed a divide and found a knowledge base for job hunting / networking.
No, I personally am not looking for any new job but the networking behind our conversation is the key component. It isn’t about what you know but more focused on who you know. And for a person like me I think you can find and meet almost anyone.
Jake and I had been tweeting back and forth for a while then got back into the conversation over Gmail chat. After our conversation, I would hire him, pay more, and wait longer to get him as an employee rather then going to a company like Monster Jobs, CareerBuilder, and so on.
Why you may ask? This question has been my true contemplation from the beginning and the answer might help a few people grab jobs.
The answer is simple, “we talked.”
This open door conversation allowed me to learn more about his background, what he does, how he does it and vise-versa. There was no ‘corporate’ working we had to get around or conversation that we had to reign in, Jack and I were ourselves. To me, this means four basic things:
- – Find anyone in the company and have a light conversation, ask them for coffee, chat with them over Twitter, ask how they like the job, and simply be yourself.
- – Don’t Use them so truly try to learn anything you can from them.
- – Remember that you might make a friend / coworker / networker so always follow through with everything.
- – Be yourself no matter the cause, it is usually more interesting then a fake you.
These three steps aren’t a ‘solve all’ for the job search but they are a starting point. I know that I would rather hire someone I know / have spoken with prior to hiring someone off of a resume only.
In essence, I need to join a ‘think tank’ and/or sell my ideas to fortune 500 companies that are in need of them. No matter what, I will keep these ideas rolling and I am here to share with you the latest and dorkiest idea that I’ve had in a few months.
Everyone wants to become wealthy and make a name for themselves. In essence, it is time to give the opportunity to those individuals and I think I found a way that feeds to a network on Fiverr.com through advertising. The idea is simple and called Deliberately Rich and gives an individual and/or business a full day of advertising on this site and on it’s following networks like twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
I truly wanted an idea that took around 15 minutes max, brought return visitors, and allowed the money to flow on two levels (those who buy the opportunity to be there and the advertisements that will be on the site as a whole through AdSense). The idea is an easy opportunity to pull off with the availability of websites like Fiverr.com who focus on these such things.
Now, with the uniqueness of the idea there is a short span for the life of the business. And I am completely okay with that. I’ve spent about two hours total on the idea and the backend. I will probably work for another hour or so finishing up the touches. Then, it is time to launch and that is where you come in.
There seems to be a question that boggles my mind on how I ‘approved’ this quick idea when I have other ideas that need to be finished. This for me personally was the way I went about it:
- Does this cause me to relax and/or be stressed?
- Can I pull this off in less then two nights?
- Will it profit me in a fun way?
- Can I pull the plug at any moment with no loss?
So, if you are like me and have a lot of ideas all at once, ask yourself these questions and see if it can fit for fun. Knowing the answers to these gave me the approval I needed to go ahead with the idea and just have a little fun relaxing while building a random idea. Check it out, join in and get famous and/or truly deliberately rich.