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June 2008

Small Steps Lead To Big Results

Written by Paul on June 30th, 2008

A body builder doesn’t lift weights 100,000 times in one workout to get huge, they’ll break it up into a couple of workouts per week over the course of years. Consistently taking small steps forward is the most fundamental rule to success. Whether it be in personal finance, self improvement or weight lifting.

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Over the years, I’ve made a number of small steps (including

Skip the Quarter Life Crisis: 5 Tips on Finding Your Second Job

Written by Paul on June 24th, 2008

This is a guest post by Aman Bagga, a single 20-something located in Cleveland, OH.

Okay, so you’ve been out of college for a few years and you’ve realized your first job isn’t exactly what you expected (see: making spreadsheets). Don’t worry! Before you hit the quarter life crisis, you can follow a few simple steps to make sure you get yourself back on track.

  1. Have a Plan. Alright, this sounds really simple. It is. The hardest part is finding the motivation

Be Persistent

Written by Paul on June 18th, 2008

This is the fifth in a series of posts about rethinking your personal brand.

Pushing forward in spite of obstacles and challenges can seem difficult (if not impossible) at times. You may be feeling pressure from friends or family to give it up already and go the safe route. Ignore them – and remember that nothing that’s worth having comes easy.

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In the …

Summer Interns: Rules of the Road (and How to Kick Ass)

Written by Paul on June 16th, 2008

I feel old. It’s summer and interns are all over the place.

Although I was an intern for only one summer long, long ago – I’ve undoubtedly known a number of friends that have experienced multiple internships. As with most workplaces, I’ve seen some come away with an enriched vision that could only be obtained through rewarding work with talented professionals while others have left disappointed, frustrated or much, much worse.

Don’t Beat Yourself Up, Unnecessarily

Written by Paul on June 12th, 2008

This is the seventh in a series of posts about the lessons I wish I’d learned earlier in life.

There’s a (big) difference between beating yourself up and being honest with yourself. The problem is, most of us choose to beat ourselves up more than we should – it’s all in the language we use.

Sometimes we get down on ourselves for “slacking off” or procrastinating, when in reality we are thinking through a tough decision. In …

Organize For Ideas

Written by Paul on June 10th, 2008

This is the fourth in a series of posts about rethinking your personal brand.

Just because ideas are ephemeral doesn’t mean you can’t apply the same kind of rigorous management attention to idea generation that you apply to everything else you do. Viewing yourself with new frame of reference is a great way to see if you’re presenting the right image.

Most successful entrepreneurs have adopted some form of process to capture ideas that (randomly) come to them on a daily …

Getting Ahead Should Be Routine

Written by Paul on June 5th, 2008

An article in this month’s Inc. magazine challenged A.G. Lafley, CEO of Procter & Gamble and Ram Charan to take on a toy company with $4 million in revenue and 30 employees. The result was a seven-step routine for innovation:

  1. Select the strategy: Looking for an underserved market.
  2. Connect to customers: The social network as idea collector.
  3. Generate ideas: Brain-storming done right.
  4. Select an idea: Time to separate the good from the great.
  5. Prototype and test: Bring on the customers.
  6. Go to market: Cookies versus

Widen Your Lens, Narrow Your Focus

Written by Paul on June 3rd, 2008

This is the third in a series of posts about rethinking your personal brand.

Back in college, I started up a small consulting company to provide some outsourced Linux system administration. Oh, and photography. Oh wait, and business process consulting.

You get the idea: I tried to be everything to everyone but ended up being no one to anyone. More importantly, my clients started to see me as …

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