Entrepreneur, remember – “No man is an island entire to itself.” John Donne
Each day the world is full of news stories about evil people doing evil things. When the news reports come on, entrepreneurs watch them, shake their heads and then go back to their cups of coffee, smart phone apps, client reports and profit-making the activities. Often entrepreneurs look at events on the news as if they mean nothing to them. They act as if the news and horrible events going on in the world have nothing to do with them and their business. This couldn’t be further from the truth. No matter what your industry, no matter what you sell. If you are an entrepreneur the mass shootings at churches, the race riots across the country, police shootings and refugee crises around the world all have something to do with you if you are an entrepreneur.
One thing that entrepreneurs often forget is that before they were business owners, employees, and leaders of industry, they were people. People have feelings. People notice what is wrong with the world. People are hurt by senseless violence. People are saddened by needless death. People are saddened by children hurting and dying in the street. People have emotions. One of the best things an entrepreneur can do is to remember she is a person.
Not only are entrepreneurs people, their employees, clients,and competitors are people as well. When things happen in the world, employees come to work with those things are on their minds. When there is a senseless mass shooting in one area of the country, clients come to business appointments with that on their minds. When a race riot happens in America, your competitors are dealing with it at their offices. As an entrepreneur, you cannot ignore the outside world. You cannot pretend that the bad things in the world are not happening around you or that they do not matter. They do matter and they do matter to your business.
Entrepreneur you need to know – “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke
If you are an entrepreneur, be brave, stand tall and take a stand when it comes to events in the news. It is easy to sit back, ignore things and let them continue to happen and pass by without a reaction of any kind. Eventually, there will come an issue that makes you say, “Yes, I am an entrepreneur and my business is important to me, but I have to voice my opinion about this.” Not every entrepreneur could or should hold press conferences to discuss every event that happens around the world. But, every entrepreneur can find ways to share their feeling about outrageous things going on in the world. Some of those feelings will be shared with the world, others will be kept quiet and only will not. When things are occurring are particularly scary or stressful, do not ignore them at work. Instead, take the time to talk about them with your employees. Give them time to express their fear, hurt and hopes for the future.
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It is wonderful to realize that the job interview provides a chance to dress up and get out of the house.
There comes a time in the life of most people when they must go out and search for a job. It is common to all who work from the 9 to 5 office worker to the chief executive officer if a major company to the WAHM (work at home mother). It is a social custom here in the United States that one dresses up in one’s better clothing when going on a job interview. Often people who are between jobs spend the day in pajamas or super comfy casual clothes. This type of clothing tends to make one feel relaxed and less than serious. In contrast, interview clothes make us feel successful, accomplished and serious. In addition, the interview is a chance to interact with adults, which is a welcome treat if you are used to going to work each day and have been home alone for a while.
When preparing for job interviews, be sure to put your best foot forward. If you are out of work and do not know how long you will be out of work, this is a time to be budget aware. If you have a good suit at home or a good simple dress make that your interview outfit. It may not be necessary to shop for a new wardrobe. Even if you are in the unfortunate position of having to wear the same suit to each interview, wear it, hold your head up and smile. Make sure your interview outfit is neat, clean and smells nice. Be sure your shoes are clean and appropriate for the season and the suit or dress you are wearing.
Confidence and self-assuredness are good qualities, remember to put these on when you put on the other clothes you are wearing. If you look at the interview as an opportunity to meet a new person and gain new experiences and create new memories, you will see it as something to look forward to happening. All along the way to the job interview, there are opportunities for interaction and happiness. When you leave the house all dressed up and ready to go, smile at your neighbors. You look good, don’t be surprised if a neighbor tells you how good you look.
If you are driving along, instead of looking for opportunities to get upset with the drivers around you, look for opportunities to smile or wave at the people on the road with you. If you are taking public transit to the interview, be sure to speak nicely to the driver or conductor when getting on and off the transportation. On public transit, you can also get out of your shell and start a fun conversation with one or more of your fellow commuters. Even in the lobby while waiting for the interviewer to call you back, make conversation with the people in the lobby. You may end up working with one of them and it would be nice to start off in a happy way.
In conclusion, it is wonderful to realize that the job interview provides a chance to dress up and get out of the house. So, the question for you this wonderful day is, what does searching for a job make you thankful for?
One of the best things about modern technology is that it enables us to work smart instead of just hard. With computers, tablets and smart phones, there is no reason why you cannot have the information you want with you at all times. Use technology so that you work smarter and not merely harder.
Anyone can work hard with technology, it takes someone special to work smart!
Once upon a time mobile phones were called cell phones and they were large bulky items that did not fit in the typical shirt pocket. Today smart phones can accurately be described as pocket computers. If you are a work at home mom or entrepreneur with a small business like I am, your smart phone and tablet devices are amazing tools that can help you be more efficient and productive. Years ago, I ran my law office in part because I had various PDA (personal digital assistant) devices. These devices synced with my computer once I got to the computer and plugged them in. Back then, the devices did not have wi-fi or internet connectivity. This meant that the work I did on the road was separate from the work at my office until I was able to get to the computer and allow the devices to talk with one another.
Things have come quite a long way. The smart phone I currently use, doubles as a mobile hotspot for my tablet. My phone which has unlimited talk, text and data costs me less than $35 each month! This means that for a little more than one dollar per day, I am connected to all the world around me. When I am away from my office, I set my phone up as a mobile hotspot, put it in my totebag and then use my tablet for as a computer or phone (Skype on the tablet is terrific). The tablet device, I use a 10 inch Asus Transformer Pad is a lightweight device that can fit easily into a purse and be carried all day long without becoming a burden to carry like my laptop. This means I am less fatigued than I would be if I carried my full size 15 inch laptop. This is an example of working smarter, instead of just harder.
I am not in favor of working 24 hours a day or being connected to the outside world at all times. At the same time, I do like to make the most use of my time and not to waste my time. This means that while traveling on the train or by bus, if I can get done work I would be doing if I was in my office, I feel like a winner! Recently while traveling from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. for business I was able to connect to the internet, write blog posts, communicate with clients and drum up new business while sitting comfortably in my seat. By using my technology, I was able to get work done, did not miss deadlines an dwould not have to stay up later than I desired in order to stay on schedule. When used correctly, technology allows us to work smart and to work within a desired time frame rather than letting work control us.
Control your technology, do not let your technology control you.
You do not have to be afraid of technology and you do not have to be controlled by your technology. The first thing to remember is that technology in terms of our smart phones and tablet devices are tools like hammers and screw drivers. Your phone and tablet devices are personal devices and you should treat them as such. Do not try to use your phone the way your friends, co-workers and fellow entrepreneurs do. Instead, use your phone and tablet in ways that work for you. For example, I am a blogger, but I do not use my phone to capture all my personal moments. When I am with my family, my phone is in my purse (until the twins find it and start playing 2048). When it is time for me to work, I want to be able to get up and do the work I want, in the way I want to work. Set up your phone the way you want to work and use the phone and tablet like a tool not like it’s your master.
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