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July 2008

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

Written by Paul on July 30th, 2008

I wake up at 6am every day. Seriously.

So, a typical day for me starts at 6am and ends around 11-1130pm. Spare me your excuses, people; you don’t get ahead in life by laying in bed all day.

The Secret

It’s no surprise that you’re probably most productive during non-interrupted work periods. I know I am.

I picked the 6am wake-up

Worrying won't get you anywhere

Written by Paul on July 25th, 2008

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

This is a big one so listen to me carefully: Most things you fear will never actually happen. Even if they do, they’re never as painful or bad as you expected. So, I’ve learned that worrying about stuff is just a waste of time.

An easy, simple way to keep in touch with everyone you know

Written by Paul on July 23rd, 2008

Over the years, I’ve picked up a number of contacts – people I’ve met and perhaps even worked with. The problem is that I’ve utterly failed at keeping in touch with most of them. Chances are, so have you.

Unfortunately, networking simply doesn’t work this way. Relationships take time and getting to know people requires patience.

Fact: You know people

Here’s how I spend

How I stopped being technology's bitch

Written by Paul on July 16th, 2008

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

There was a point in time when I absolutely had to have the latest gadget and try out the coolest new productivity hacks in my quest to get ahead. Looking back though, I can’t help but laugh at myself a little bit. I actually wonder how much time I spent reorganizing my personal “system” each time I tried something new …

Don't compare yourself to others

Written by Paul on July 14th, 2008

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

The grass always seems greener on the other side, doesn’t it? You see others who have achieved some level of success and instantly wonder how you might be able to do the same. Comparing yourself to others doesn’t get you very far – what worked for them may not always work for you.

Getting ahead should be routine

Written by Paul on July 13th, 2008

In this month’s Inc. magazine, A.G. Lafley, CEO of Procter & Gamble and Ram Charan took 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 cookie dough.
  7. Adjust for growth:

6 Tips to Nailing Your First Job Interview

Written by Paul on July 11th, 2008

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

So you’re finally here. After 4 years of tailgating, beer pong and skipping class you’ve decided to join the working ranks. Congratulations! Now all you have to do is nail that job interview and get your first REAL job. Wait, isn’t there a 7-year plan?

Chasing "millions" of dollars is for chumps

Written by Paul on July 9th, 2008

Putting all of your eggs in a single basket is never a good idea – the problem is that too many of us do it anyways. Worse, many people seem to think that all it takes is “one good idea” to make millions. These people are crazy – you should ignore them.

On a side note, it always makes me laugh when Indian people use Bill Gates and Donald Trump as the standard by which success is measured. (Anyone that grew …

Are you too comfortable?

Written by Paul on July 7th, 2008

It takes courage to move out of your familiar boundaries and play on a new field. If you’ve been doing things the same way or have been around for a while, your behavior might feel very risky. But success belongs only to those with the courage to stand by their convictions and risk failure all the way.

In the words of David Cottrell:

Our comfort zones can be the greatest enemy to our potential.

Your attitude changes your reality

Written by Paul on July 1st, 2008

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

I was talking to a friend of mine last week and somehow we got on the topic of a new business idea. A few minutes later, he cut me off and declared, “This is never going to work. It takes money to make money and I don’t have much of that.” I wasn’t sure how to respond so I …

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