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100 Ways to Become a Better Business Person

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100 Ways to Become a Better Business Person

Sep 26, 2011 by at Business, Business List, Business Tips

100 Ways to Become a Better Business Person

Becoming a better business person doesn’t only mean having a better, bigger and more profitable business, company or enterprise, but more importantly, it also means becoming a better and more improved person. Well, it should be… since a “business person” is a combination of a business and a person. Now, here are 100 ways to help and guide us to become a better businessman or businesswoman. The list is long, hence, let’s get started.

Becoming a better person

1. Review your principles in life because they are the roots and the ones which shape your life, as well as your business. Continue the right principles and eliminate the wicked ones.

2. Apply and practice those right principles with more bravery and with more frequency.

3. Have a healthier body. Exercise regularly, maintain a balanced diet, and take enough rest. Be a healthier businessman!

4. Avoid not only bad business acts, but also avoid bad business thoughts and intents.

5. Do business not only with all your heart, but purify your heart first, then do business with your purest heart. Remember that the heart can be misleading if it’s corrupted.

6. Be more than personal; be spiritual.

7. Achieve inner peace using the 3 Fs: namely, forgive, forget and forward!

8. Be a truly happier person by increasing the number of people whom you make happy.

9. Strengthen your faith by justifying it.

10. Love yourself by making it truer, purer, kinder and better.

Becoming a better business owner

11. Make your business plans SMARTER (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound, evaluated and retested).

12. Stick to those plans. Don’t start a business that you will quit.

13. Have a greater purpose for your business, such as to save people’s lives and to make the world a better place to live.

14. Give your business a better name. Make it more memorable, enjoyable and honorable.

15. Have trusted co-founders and part-owners. Don’t take all the credits.

16. Talk and listen regularly to your business language. Always keep its record. Read, analyze and understand your company’s financial statements. Also conduct regular financial audits, with the help of auditors.

17. Have a better business coach or mentor, and listen to him.

18. Make your business friendly to environment, government and the public.

19. Don’t rush your business, but grow it gradually, consistently and certainly.

20. Get your business a better insurance.

Becoming a better entrepreneur

21. Be the first to offer a product or service in the market. Be an inventor.

22. If you can’t be the first, then be the best.

23. Be holistic and rather than just atomistic

24. Find your passion, and when you find it, be passionate about it.

25. Be bold. Be a deeper diver. Explore the ocean; investigate the tips of the icebergs. In other words, explore places or opportunities where no one is exploring.

26. Don’t stop innovating, until your reach the ultimate form of sophistication, that is, simplicity.

27. Make more sacrifices and wait longer.

28. Be prepared to pass on failures, financial problems, and criticisms.

29. Be unbreakable and flexible. Learn how to set allowances and margin of errors.

30. Orient yourself to become customer-oriented and people-oriented.

Becoming a better manager

31. Start by controlling and managing yourself

32. Learn how to connect and blend with people

33. Don’t just search and hire the best people, give them also the best training

34. Try harder in avoiding being a bossy.

35. Have a mission, vision and action. Have a destination, direction and motion. Also don’t forget acceleration and completion.

36. Manage your time; manage your moments.

37. Show grace and generosity to your workers and employees.

38. Manage your personal finance and achieve financial freedom. Don’t love money!

39. Learn how to shut your big mouth and open your already-opened ears. Also learn how to use your two ears to listen the both sides.

40. Build teamwork and coach your team. Give them better duties and functions, and empower them.

Becoming a better leader

41. Be diligent as it always what makes a leader better.

42. Be strong and sharp, but never forget to be gentle.

43. Lead your followers in front; follow them at the back. Be the first to serve; be the last to receive.

44. Practice more humility and accountability.

45. Be selfless.

46. Be a role model. Be motivated to motivate your people; be inspired to inspire others.

47. Build trust. Start by making yourself trustworthy, then help your people become trustworthy too. After that, trust yourself and them.

48. Pay more respect.

49. Be compassionate and understanding. Open your heart and mind to hear and see what people are feeling and thinking.

50. Be a better follower. Follow justice, righteousness, truth, and be a disciple of discipline.

Becoming a better marketer

51. Add more value and quality to your products

52. Help people save more money. Offer better prices, deals, and give discounts and freebies.

53. Give your customers more comfort and convenience. Be accessible offline and online. Put your business online and have online presence. Provide 24/7 access through the social media: website, blog, Facebook, et cetera.

54. Be honest by making something to be honest of. Practice honest advertising and other means of promotion.

55. Be a better mixer of the four Ps of marketing, namely, product, price, place and promotion.

56. Serve your customers well by providing them better customer service from pre-sales to post-sales.

57. Provide something that will make your customers your own marketers through the word-of-mouth marketing.

58. Do not just ask customers’ feedback, but also listen and act.

59. Don’t rely too much on technology, provide human touch. You’re dealing with human beings anyway.

60. Be the first to show loyalty. Be loyal to your customers by not cheating on them, then hope that they will also give their loyalty to you.

Becoming a better salesperson

61. Familiarize and understand what you offer, and be confident in selling.

62. Make sure that everything is excellent about your goods or services, then tell everything.

63. Do not badmouth your competitors. Tell what’s good about them, then tell what’s better about your business or products.

64. Do not overpressure your customers to buy your product, instead, pressure yourself to produce a satisfying product that sells itself. So avoid too much sales talk that your customers hate. Let your product talks itself.

65. Make yourself or your salesperson the best evidence that your products are excellent. If you’re selling a perfume, then be aromatic.

66. Reward your old and loyal customers; give discounts to your first customers.

67. Always smile to your customers, to your co-workers and to everyone. Remember that a smiling salesperson may not be enough to please your customers – you need to present a smiling store.

68. Be sincere and thoughtful. Make your customers and clients more special. Send them greetings on their birthdays if possible.

69. Get quality certifications for your products if applicable. Also get positive reviews and testimonials from your satisfied customers, and let them help you do the sales talk.

70. Watch your sales figures and numbers – watch them historically, currently and prospectively. Analyze the past, work the present and forecast the future.

Becoming a better competitor

71. Know your worst competitor. It’s not your business competitors – it is the worst you. Hence overcome yourself; overcome your laziness, procrastination, greed, and the likes.

72. Unite yourself: your mind, heart and spirit. Mind your business, feel your business, and live your business.

73. Unite your people and equip them with the right weapon, that is, knowledge, skills and systems.

74. Spy on your competitors, as well as yourself.

75. Stick to your game plan. Don’t be lured with enticing baits and traps. Always bear in my mind that not all profitable opportunities are profitable in the long run.

76. Don’t just consider the competition, but also consider cooperation.

77. Have a work-life balance to become more energetic, elastic and effective.

78. Have a proper timing; be patient.

79. Practice until you can’t be wrong, and not only until you make it right. Understand the sense of the saying “practice makes perfect”.

80. Win the real business competition, that is… making the workers, the customers and the community happy.

Becoming a better learner

81. Pay more attention.

82. Don’t just gain knowledge, but also wisdom, understanding and insight.

83. Don’t just improve your attitude, but also your values and habits.

84. Don’t stop learning, and be a better teacher.

85. Don’t stop teaching, and continue learning something to teach better.

86. Practice what you learn; practice what you teach.

87. Dig for the roots; speculate for the fruits. This is how you will learn the unseen things.

88. Admit your mistakes; take away your pride and change it with humility to widely receive knowledge.

89. Practice the 3 ways of obtaining wisdom, namely, copying, experience and reflection. Prioritize the last which is the greatest of the three.

90. Read several books and articles, then write a better book or a better article of you own. Utilize technology!

Becoming a better worker

91. Reduce your dreaming; increase your working.

92. Focus, focus, focus!

93. Organize your stuff.

94. Take regular short breaks. Also take occasional long breaks, such as a fine vacation. Enjoying life is also a work that must not be ignored!

95. Be an artist and execute your work like a masterpiece.

96. Be a scientist and make experiments.

97. Don’t be too showy. Learn from the masked men, such as Batman and Spiderman.

98. Workout your muscles to become physically strong and do cardio exercises to increase your stamina.

99. Don’t work for money; work for glory.

100. You’ve made a great plan. Hence, just do it!

I hope the 100 tips above have given you something significant that touched your business world and life as a whole. Let’s make a toast towards our success!

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The Author of SOPA Is a Copyright Violator

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The Author of SOPA Is a Copyright Violator

By Jamie Lee Curtis Taete

US Congressman and poor-toupee-color-chooser Lamar Smith is the guy who authored the Stop Online Piracy Act. SOPA, as I’m sure you know, is the shady bill that will introduce way harsher penalties for companies and individuals caught violating copyright laws online (including making the unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content a crime which you could actually go to jail for). If the bill passes, it will destroy the internet and, ultimately, turn the world into Mad Max (for more info, go here).

I decided to check that everything on Lamar’s official campaign website was copyright-cleared and on the level. Lamar is using several stock images on his site, two of which I tracked back to the same photographic agency. I contacted the agency to make sure he was paying to use them, but was told that it’s very difficult for them to actually check to see if someone has permission to use their images. (Great news, copyright violators!) However, seeing as they’re both from the same agency and are unwatermarked, it seems fairly likely that he is the only person on the entire internet who is actually paying to use a stock image (and he’d be an idiot not to).

So I took a look back at an archived, pre-SOPA version of his site.

This is a screenshot of his site as it appeared on the 24th of July, 2011.

And this is the background image Lamar was using. I managed to track that picture back to DJ Schulte, the photographer who took it.

And whaddya know? Looks like someone forgot to credit him.

I contacted DJ, to find out if Lamar had asked permission to use the image and he told me that he had no record of Lamar, or anyone from his organization, requesting permission to use it: “I switched my images from traditional copyright protection to be protected under the Creative Commons license a few years ago, which simply states that they can use my images as long as they attribute the image to me and do not use it for commercial purposes.

“I do not see anywhere on the screen capture that you have provided that the image was attributed to the source (me). So my conclusion would be that Lamar Smith’s organization did improperly use my image. So according to the SOPA bill, should it pass, maybe I could petition the court to take action against http://www.texansforlamarsmith.com.”

Oh dear. Luckily for DJ, there are people out there like Lamar making new laws to protect the little guy against online copyright theft. Keep fighting that good fight, Lamar!

UPDATES:

Why did Lamar’s site go down after this post went up yesterday? We aren’t sure, but something smells fishy.

We need your help! Join our “Shop a SOPA” Copyright Hypocrite Hunt and help us find copyright violations on the other 31 SOPA co-sponsors’ websites.

We’ve contacted the office of Lamar Smith and are waiting on a response.

For more on SOPA, read this.

For more on our disappointing elected officials, read this.

Or maybe you’re in the mood for some kittens.

Follow Jamie on Twitter: @JLCT

Drug may reverse Down syndrome symptoms

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Drug may reverse Down syndrome symptoms
Doctor conducts first human study on drug that may boost memory and remove barriers to learning for people with Down syndrome.
Tue, Aug 02 2011 at 8:00 AM

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Young girls with Down syndrome

Photo: annikaleigh/Flickr.com

Dr. Alberto Costa has a personal stake in his Down syndrome research: his daughter, Tyche. Costa’s life and work changed direction after she was born 16 years ago and Costa — a physician and neuroscientist — decided to dedicate his career to the study of Down syndrome.
 
In the past decade and a half, Costa’s research has focused on normalizing the brain cells in the hippocampus, the portion of the brain responsible for memory and spatial navigation. In 2006, Costa published a study that found that a drug — the antidepressant Prozac — could normalize the cells in this area of the brain. But it was still unclear whether or not these normalized cells would automatically translate to better memory and improve cognitive deficits. The next year, Costa worked with Down syndrome mice and found that the Alzheimer’s drug memantine could improve their memory. Costa’s study showed that a single injection of memantine produced benefits within minutes, enabling Down-equivalent mice to learn as well as standard mice.
 
Costa’s theory is that memantine works not by increasing or changing brain cells, but by normalizing how they work. People with Down syndrome have three copies of all or most of the genes on Chromosome 21 instead of just two, so receptors in this area of the brain tend to be hyperactive — overreacting to stimuli and making it difficult for the brain to focus and learn. Memantine, according to Costa’s hypothesis, quiets the noise, allowing the brain cells to react normally. Costa’s journey was the focus of a feature story in this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine.
 
Now Costa is working on the first randomized clinical trial to use the drug in humans. For Costa’s trail, he is testing memory and spatial learning in 40 young adults with Down syndrome who have received memantine pills daily for 16 weeks. Costa will present preliminary results of this research at a scientific meeting in Illinois this fall. If successful, memantine could provide a new future for Costa’s daughter Tyche and the 400,000 other people living with Down syndrome in the U.S.

Taking a Second Glance at Eye-Stopping Landscapes

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Robert Schlaug.

Robert Schlaug would like for you to spend a little more time looking at his work.

“I think our consciousness is exposed to an incredible number of daily stimuli,” Schlaug explained via email. “Every minute we take on a variety of images—only exceptional images remain in our minds. I think we have lost the glance at the little things along the way. With my images I want to work against this.”

One of Schlaug’s methods of getting people to slow down is to view his series “Limited Area.” It’s a series of landscape photographs that have been digitally processed and manipulated. Schlaug acknowledged that many critics have said the series isn’t technically demanding and requires little effort, but that’s inconsequential to Schlaug.

“I think it’s not about the complexity of the technique or manipulation but the feeling and the emotions that trigger the images,” wrote Schlaug.

In 2009 after experimenting with the possibilities of digital photography and image manipulation, Schlaug came up with the idea of “limited area.” It is one of three series that deal with the manipulations of landscapes (“High-Speed Landscape” and “Blurred Sea” are the other two). He traveled around Germany and Spain looking for landscapes to photograph for the series.

From Germany, Schlaug is a self-taught photographer “with longtime experience” who began shooting sports photography before turning to architecture and landscapes.

“As a photographer, for me it’s important to go with my eyes open through daily life and develop a glance for the mundane and banal,” Schlaug expressed via email, “to see things that others no longer perceive in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and in times of total sensory overload.”

Schlaug feels his images appear as a cross-section of landscape that lure the viewer into believing they are seeing something below the surface of the land. It’s an intentional trick that is meant to keep the viewer looking at the image for a longer period of time.

“In a more intense sense … I think my series deals with the human experience of limitation,” wrote Schlaug. “Sometimes we think we run into a wall, stand in front of a precipice, not knowing how to proceed further … even our thoughts and our imagination constantly find limits. My series tries to pull all these experiences together visually.”

“Some years ago the title of one of my exhibitions was ‘Second Glance.’ This expresses exactly what I mean: the second glance I want to achieve with my photographs. It would be great if the viewers of my images gave them a second glance.”

“I think our consciousness is exposed to an incredible number of daily stimuli,” Schlaug explained via email. “Every minute we take on a variety of images – only exceptional images remain in our minds. I think we have lost the glance at the little things along the way. With my images I want to work against this.”

One of Schlaug’s methods of getting people to slow down is to view his series “Limited Area.” It’s a series of landscape photographs that have been digitally processed and manipulated. Schlaug acknowledged that many critics have said the series isn’t technically demanding and requires little effort, but that’s inconsequential to Schlaug.

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limited area 34.Robert Schlaug.

“I think it’s not about the complexity of the technique or manipulation, but the feeling and the emotions that trigger the images,” wrote Schlaug.

In 2009 after experimenting with the possibilities of digital photography and image manipulation, Schlaug came up with the idea of “limited area.” It is one of three series that deal with the manipulations of landscapes (“high speed landscape” and “blurred sea” are the other two). He traveled around Germany and Spain looking for landscapes to photograph for the series.

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limited area 20.Robert Schlaug.

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limited area 03.Robert Schlaug.

From Germany, Schlaug is a self-taught photographer “with longtime experience” who began shooting sports photography before turning to architecture and landscapes.

“As a photographer for me it’s important to go with my eyes open through daily life and develop a glance for the mundane and banal,” Schlaug expressed via email. “To see things that others no longer perceive in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and in times of total sensory overload.”

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limited area 05.Robert Schlaug.

Schlaug feels his images appear as a cross-section of landscape that lure the viewer into believing they are seeing something below the surface of the land. It’s an intentional trick that is meant to keep the viewer looking at the image for a longer period of time.

“In a more intense sense…I think my series deals with the human experience of limitation,” wrote Schlaug. “Sometimes we think we run into a wall, stand in front of a precipice, not knowing how to proceed further…even our thoughts and our imagination constantly find limits. My series tries to pull all these experiences together visually.”

“Some years ago the title of one of my exhibitions was “At Second Glance” This expresses exactly what I mean: the second glance I want to achieve with my photographs. It would be great if the viewers of my images gave them a second glance.”

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limited area 07.Robert Schlaug.

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Watch This Stretchable Wire Heal Itself

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Watch This Stretchable Wire Heal Itself
Inventors: do this to gadget chargers immediately.
By Colin Lecher Posted 01.25.2013 at 4:30 pm 2 Comments

One of the biggest problem with wires? They break. Enter these self-healing wires from North Carolina State University.

The wires have a liquid-metal core and polymer sheath and can reconnect at the molecular level after being severed. Like NCSU’s earlier wires, the liquid core makes them stretchable, which makes them perfect for use in dangerous environments. (Or any environment where you don’t want something to break.)

To make the wires, the researchers first dug out tiny tunnels from a self-healing polymer, then filled it with a liquid metal combination of indium and gallium. The core oxidizes when it’s cut up, forming a barrier that keeps the liquid metal from falling out of the polymer sheath. But when the severed ends are put back together, it reconnects, giving you a functional wire.

Useful! A request: Put this in all of our gadgets so we can stop worrying about warranties.

Australian Mom Brings Baby Back to Life After 2hrs of Loving Embrace

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Australian Mom Brings Baby Back to Life After 2hrs of Loving Embrace

By on August 26, 2010 in Life & World

Pictured above is Kate Ogg, her husband David and her lifeless baby son who was born premature at 27 weeks (~6.5 months) weighing 2lbs back in March 2010 in Sydney.

Ogg’s son was born along-side twin sister Emily, but after 20 mins of struggling, doctors were unable to get the little boy breathing successfully and declared him dead.

Doctors delivered the news to Kate and her husband and offered for them to embrace the baby while they say their goodbyes. What began as a tearful embrace of despair turned surreal when Kate unwrapped the baby from the blanket and held it against her chest; caressing and speaking to her son.

What happened next stopped everyone in their tracks; baby boy Jamie started to breathe, opened his eyes and grabbed his mom’s finger.

The most incredible part of this story, the part that makes you think maybe we don’t understand all we need to understand about this world, the next or… biology… is that Kate had been embracing Jamie’s lifeless body for 2 hours.

Let that sink in… they didn’t try and revive the baby for 20 mins, give up, hand the baby to Kate and then Jamie came around 5 mins later. They handed Kate Ogg her dead baby boy and she held him for 2 hrs before he came back to life.

I’m sure there is a away to explain away this event with science and some form of primal hibernation, etc. etc. but in my book that was a miracle. A baby had a heart beat for 6.5 months inside of it’s mother, it is born, dies, has no heart beat for 2 hrs, then comes back to life.

Kate went on TV a bit after with Jaime and says her attributes the miracle to the skin-on-skin care (aka “kangaroo care” technique) she gave to Jaime in the hospital; something that is apparently on the rise in British hospitals.

I love that the world, as much as we think we understand, never stops delivering amazing events like this to remind us that we really don’t understand that much, maybe even it’s that we don’t understand the ultimate stuff that matters.

It is incredible/infuriating/amazing/whatever that if you walked around the Roman Empire around 0 AD, and someone asked you “Ohhh you are from the future! What happens when you die?” and your answer is basically still the same it was back then: I don’t know.

I guess this all falls into the category of “Stuff we weren’t meant to know” for whatever reason. Gives me all the more motivation to extract love and appreciation out of the little things I do understand instead.

Big thanks goes out to Regina Ross for sending this story in as well as DailyMail for the feel-good scoop!

Update #1: Jim provided a link to the MSNBC video covering the story and some clarification that the baby had some “reactionary” movements that doctors dismissed as reflexes after being held for 5 mins or so and wasn’t lifeless the entire 2hrs; just finally came around after 2hrs of holding.