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Do Not Give Up On Your Dreams

There comes a time in the life of most entrepreneurs when the challenges seem overwhelming. You’ve suffered one setback after another and you seriously think about throwing in the towel.

You question yourself.

  • Maybe you don’t have what it takes after all?
  • Maybe your breakthrough idea just isn’t realistic?
  • Maybe you should quit now rather than continue to make a fool of yourself?

Self-doubt leeches into your heart and soul. Despair begins to take over. It happens all the time. But I’m here to tell you why you should never ever give up on your dreams.

Consider these six reasons:

1. What’s the alternative?

If you give up now what are your options? Where are you going to be in life? Adrift? Aimless? Imagine how that is going to make you feel. Perhaps there’s a particular product or service you’ve launched that is plainly not going to be “the one.” Regard it as nothing more than a detour on your journey to success. We all get sidetracked from time to time and, although you don’t know what it is right now, there’s probably a good reason why Opportunity #1 didn’t work out. But you’ll realize the reason why when you succeed with Opportunity #10 or Opportunity #20. Take a look at billionaire author, J.K. Rowling of the Harry Potter series. She was rejected 12 times, before she finally got her first chance. Perseverance paid.

2. Mistakes happen.

There’s not a straight line to success. You’re going to hit bumps in the road that at the time feel like mountains. But you can get over them. In fact, making mistakes is virtually a necessary part of building a business. If you’re not making mistakes you’re not experimenting. You’re not trying new approaches. You’re not going anywhere. The key thing is to make sure that you learn from the mistakes.

 Failure is a necessary part of the journey, but it’s never the end, until you make it.

3. You need passion in your life.

If you give up on your dreams you’re living a life unfulfilled. I can’t imagine not being passionate about something. Do you really believe you can build a large company and help tens of thousands of people if you have a wishy-washy approach and don’t feel strongly about your personal endeavor? If you don’t have a mission, if you don’t have a purpose, don’t you think that’s a waste of why you were placed on this planet? Live life with a purpose and you will never be bored. Absolute, conviction is everything.

4. Anything can happen.

Don’t give up today—because the breakthrough you need might happen tomorrow. All of the hard work you have invested in yourself will pay off in the long run. It may well be that you’re running in a marathon while you were hoping it would be nothing more than a sprint. If you’re at the point of giving up, give it another shot, and then do the same thing again the very next day.

5. The joy of success.

Most of all, don’t surrender your precious dreams because one day you will achieve them. And, when you do, the ecstasy will make all of the agony so worthwhile. Imagine being able to celebrate with your family and friends who have been rooting for you. Just think about the pleasure you will all feel. Crossing the finishing line and winning your personal goal is a sense of accomplishment that’s almost indescribable. So go for it and don’t quit because you certainly don’t want to miss out on the experience of savoring it.

6. Proving them wrong.

Last but not least…don’t give the naysayers the satisfaction of seeing you give up on your dreams! There’s nothing wrong with wanting to prove them wrong. It’s quite common to have people in your life who are the dream-stealers. It might be colleagues or business acquaintances or even, sad to say, family or friends. They are negative influences, sowing seeds of doubt. Cheers to those who doubted you because eventually they will want to be part of your dream.

Dreams are essential for an entrepreneur, and with determination you will achieve them. The road is never an easy one, but it’s absolutely worth it.

Your dreams are only awake if you are.

Featured on:Your Career
Posted by:Gurbaksh Chahal

via 6 Reasons Not To Give Up On Your Dreams | LinkedIn.

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The Educators Road Map For The Next Generation of Work

This road map for the next generation of work is for the up and coming generation to make sure they start on the right foot.

What happens when the tools & technologies we use every day become mainstream parts of the business world?
What happens when we stop leading separate “consumer” & “professional” lives when it comes to technology stacks?

The result is a dramatic change in the products we use at work and as a result an upending of the canon of management practices that define how work is done.

New tools are appearing that radically alter the traditional definitions of productivity and work. Businesses failing to embrace these changes will find their employees simply working around IT at levels we have not seen even during the earliest days of the PC. Too many enterprises are either flat-out resisting these shifts or hoping for a “transition”—disruption is taking place, not only to every business, but within every business.

The Educators Work Culture

Continuous productivity is an era that fosters a seamless integration between consumer and business platforms. Continuous productivity manifests itself as an environment where the evolving tools and culture make it possible to innovate more and faster than ever, with significantly improved execution. Together our industry is shaping a new way to learn, work, and live with the power of software and mobile computing—an era of continuous productivity.

Continuous productivity is possible

Continuous productivity shifts our efforts from the start/stop world of episodic work and work products to one that builds on the technologies that start to answer what happens when:

  • A generation of new employees has access to the collective knowledge of an entire profession, experts, or enterprise.
  • Collaboration takes place across organisation and company boundaries with everyone connected by a social fibre rather than the organisations hierarchy.
  • Data, knowledge, analysis, and opinion are equally available to every member of a team in formats that are digital, sharable, and structured.
  • People have the ability to time slice, context switch, and proactively deal with situations as they arise, shifting from a start/stop environment to one that is continuous.

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The vast majority of organisations are struggling right now with how to face these challenges. Beside the ones who try to ignore this shift, majority of the organisations are trying to use this new technology to run their old system. You are welcome to join The Eductors as an individual and develop your teaching environment or join any of our current and futur group projects.

How Different is the way we work:

The availability of the information and communications tools has allowed us to move  from a hierarchical access model of the past to a much more collaborative and sharing-first approach. Every member have access to the raw “feeds” that could be material to their role. Teams become the focus of collaborative work, empowered by the data to inform their decisions. The increasing use of “crowds” and product usage telemetry able to guide improved our services, based not on sampling and forecasting but on what amounts to a census of real-world usage.

The following table contrasts the way we work (continuous productivity) and the current norms.

Traditional way
Continuous Productivity
Process Exploration
Hierarchy, top down or middle out Network, bottom up
Internal committees Internal and external teams, crowds
Strategy-centric Execution-centric
Presenting packaged and produced ideas, documents Sharing ideas and perspectives continuously, service
Data based on snapshots at intervals, viewed statically Data always real-time, viewed dynamically
Process-centric Rhythm-centric
Exact answers Approximation and iteration
More users More usage

The cultural changes encouraged and enabled by continuous productivity include:

  • Innovate more and faster. The bottom line is that by compressing the time between meaningful interactions between members of a team, we will go from problem to solution faster. Whether solving a problem with an existing product or service or thinking up a new one, the continuous nature of communication speeds up the velocity and quality of work.
  • Flatten hierarchy. Equal access to tools and information, a continuous multi-way dialog, and the ease and bringing together relevant parties regardless of place in the organisation flattens the hierarchy, this is the key.
  • Improve execution. Execution improves because members of teams have access to the interactions and data in real-time. Gone are the days of “game of telephone” where information needed to “cascade” through an organization only to be reinterpreted or even filtered by each level of an organization.
  • Respond to changes using telemetry / data. With the advent of continuous real-world usage telemetry, the debate and dialog move from the problems to the solution. You don’t spend energy arguing over the problem, but debating the merits of various solutions.
  • Strengthen organization and partnerships. Organisations that communicate openly and transparently leave much less room for politics and hidden agendas. The transparency afforded by tools might introduce some rough and tumble in the early days as new “norms” are created but over time the ability to collaborate will only improve given the shared context and information base everyone works from.
  • Focus on the destination, not the journey. The real-time sharing of information forces organizations to operate in real-time. Problems are in the here and now and demand solutions in the present. The benefit of this “pressure” is that a focus on the internal systems, the steps along the way, or intermediate results is, out of necessity, de-emphasised.

Follow the following article for further reading.

 

  1. Road Map For The Next Generation of Work – Paradigm shift (1)
  2. Road Map For The Next Generation of Work – Theory & Technology (2)
  3. Road Map For The Next Generation of Work – Examples and Checklist (3)

 

 

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Who is Nelson Mandela?

Nelson Mandela Death

A Look at South Africa’s First Black  President

A documentary by The New York Times

 

People die but their ideas continue on.

 

What if Mandela’s Words Lived on?

I wanted to share some of Mandela’s words with you. Please feel free to add some of your favorite Mandela quotes in the comment section.

1. I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

2. There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

3. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

4. If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.

5. Any man or institution that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose.

6. Unlike some politicians, I can admit to a mistake.

7. Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.

8. There is no such thing as part freedom.

9. There are times when a leader must move out ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people the right way.

10. Our single most important challenge is therefore to help establish a social order in which the freedom of the individual will truly mean the freedom of the individual.

11. I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.

12. No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

13. The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

14. It always seems impossible until it’s done.

15. It is now in the hands of your generations to help rid the world of such suffering.

16. Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.

17. If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.

18. As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself… Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility

19. If I had my time over I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man.

20. A winner is a dreamer who never gives up

21. Nothing is black or white.

22. A Nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it’s lowest ones

23. Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great?

24. I am not an optimist, but a great believer of hope.

25. May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.

I recommend to all to watch the below video a documentary by BBC on Nelson Mandela’s life.

Who is Nelson Mandela?  

A Documentary by BBC

 

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What Amazing Leaders Do

Amazing leaders often do things counter-intuitively. Here are seven patterns I’ve observed in the best leaders in my life, despite the natural pressure for powerful people to do otherwise, here some examples of What Amazing Leaders Do:

1- They change their mind. 

One of the most courageous things a leader can do is admit when he or she is wrong, and admit it often.

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, said that the late Apple founder Steve Jobs was a notorious, but deliberate, flip-flopper. “I saw it daily,” Cook said in an interview with AllThingsD. “This is a gift, because things do change, and it takes courage to change. It takes courage to say, ‘I was wrong.’”

On the flip side, crappy leaders dig in their heels when they’re wrong. They’d rather assert authority than admit a mistake. But owning up to one’s faults is a greater sign of strength than the ability to stand one’s ground.

2- They absorb shock.

I recently saw Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why and presenter of one of the most widely-veiwed TED talks ever, speak about the primal/tribal origins of leadership and how they apply to us today in work and life. Historically, leaders were given special status and privilege because they were the first to face danger, the first to battle; they shielded the group from harm.

Great leaders today still do that. They absorb risk unto themselves, so others can do their best work.

As author and leadership guru John Maxwell says, “A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.”

3- They over communicate.

The best leaders confide in their followers. Whereas they shield people from danger, they also aren’t afraid to trust people with all the information. In general, people are more afraid of the unknown than they are of big scary problems. This is why death and the dark and the deep ocean can be so terrifying—we don’t know what’s out there. Knowing about the sabre-tooth tiger nearby is scary, but a great leader acknowledges it and promises to do everything she can to deal with it. Knowing there’s something wrong, but not what it is—that’s a recipe for revolt.

“One of the best things a leader can do is learn to be vulnerable,” says Charlie Kim, a CEO whose leadership philosophies I’ve written about in recent posts. “It’s what actually inspires other people, because they say, ‘This person has the same problems I have, and even worse. They had all these issues and despite all that they were able to survive, succeed.’ It drives you to do more.” This is why I think flawed people and underdogs make some of the world’s best leaders.

4- They think before answering.

In New York City, venture capitalist Fred Wilson is one of the most sought-after investors in the technology community. (He write a fantastic blog, btw, at avc.com.) The world is full of smart investors who know how to turn a dollar into ten, and there’s no dearth of entrepreneurs who vie for such investors’ attention. But Fred’s fame comes not just from his investment record, but his thought leadership. In the few years I’ve known him, I’ve observed a peculiar—and telling—thing about him. Whereas most of us (and powerful people especially) feel pressure to have instant answers to everything (job interviews and media training teaches us to do this), causing us to blubber and ramble and shoot from the hip, Fred takes his time. When you ask him a question, he pauses. Sometimes for a long time. Sometimes the silence makes you uncomfortable. He thinks carefully. And then he responds with triple the insight you expect. The same thoughtfulness comes out in his writing as well.

(As a good editor of mine once told me, great writing is about research, writing, and thinking. Most people forget to spend a third of their time on the latter.)

This, of course, necessitates good listening skills. One of my favorite leaders in the world isIngrid Vanderveldt, Entrepreneur in Residence at Dell. Though she’s incredibly busy, when she meets you—no matter who you are—she looks you in the eyes and gives you her absolute attention. It’s almost startling to realize how distracted and self-focused many leaders are when you meet someone truly attentive like that.

5- They search for the right path; not the easy one.

Bad leaders take the easy way out. They don’t tend to lead very long. Great leaders seek to do what’s right first, then figure out how to deal with the repercussions, rather than seeking to minimize pain and twisting their morals to suit.

This sounds like the obvious thing to do, and it is. But where a lot of great leaders differ from mediocre leaders with good intentions is in the ability to do the right thing when that thing stings someone else. (This is one of my big weaknesses.) Letting go of an employee who needs to go—even though you like them personally—takes courage. Delivering bad news to someone, correcting their actions or attitudes, can be uncomfortable, and it’s tempting as a leader to let things slide in the name of goodwill. But like a mom or dad who lets his or her kids run wild without parental correction, leaders who take the emotionally easy route often create environments that in the long run come back to bite them and their kids.

 “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” Thomas Jefferson

6- They have sacred time for themselves.

The best leaders know that they need time for self-improvement and balance in order to be sustainably useful to their tribes. Rather than becoming martyrs for their teams, they draw firm lines around sacred alone time.

“What is good for us on a personal level… is also what is best for the world,” says Arianna Huffington, founder of Huffington Post. A notoriously powerful leader, Huffington is obsessed with, of all things, sleep. “A high IQ does not mean that you are a good leaders,” she said in aTED talk in 2010. “The way to a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life is getting enough sleep.”

U.S. Presidents famously make exercise an essential part of their days; without it, the stress of such a job would surely be toxic. (I recently read this Vanity Fair profile of President Obama and was struck by how much time he takes for exercise every day.)

LinkedIn’s CEO Jeff Weiner applies this principle when he writes about creating white spacein leaders’ schedules, and another LI Influencer, Gary Vaynerchuk, famously starts nearly every startup sermon he gives by imploring founders to put “family first.”

 

7- But they’re in it for others.

Though the most effective leaders carve out sacred time for themselves, the best of the best do so because they are motivated by the desire to help other people.

Indeed, the greatest leaders are the ones everyone wants to follow, and those are the ones who care about others more than self, who lead with a higher purpose.

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it,” said Andrew Carnegie.

For all of us who are trying to become better leaders in work and life, these seven principles can be summed up in one sentence: Strive to be the kind of leader you would follow yourself. (Much easier said than done!)

I’ve got a way to go yet in my own leadership development. Fortunately, I’ve got a few leaders in my life who can help.

 

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