Category: Entrepreneur

Comparing Yourself to Others

In the Entrepreneur world… you often have to worry about competitors. It’s a fact of doing business. How you worry about your competitors, is where you can excel, or die.

I’ve recently been reading The Element (it’s not really about business, or work, or such… it’s about finding what your passion is… your element.)

In the book, there was a quote, that said:

Don’t compare your work to others. You’ll either feel intimidated, or you’ll copy.

Thinking about that… I realized something. They’re right. Yes, you may need to worry about your competition (you don’t want to open a new Fast Food restaurant right next door to the local McD’s, and across the street from the BK). But you don’t want to compare yourself to them. If you do… exactly what I said above will happen.

You don’t want to feel intimidated… cause then you do poor work, or don’t work at all, and your business goes down the tubes.

You don’t want to copy… cause that means you aren’t innovating. You aren’t original. You aren’t unique.

Being Self Employed

Being self-employed (not entirely by choice), I’m dabbling in things on the side to bring in some extra income.

I’ve been buying and selling on ebay, trying my hand at internet marketing, and doing surveys (yes, the online kind where you get paid).  I’ve made a couple of hundred dollars now (over several months) and some Amazon gift cards (always useful).

So far, the best place I’ve found to do surveys is SurveySavvy.  They pay for many different types of surveys, and some of the surveys can lead to a “focus group” that has it’s own payments (like the Amazon gift cards I’ve been getting).

So, if you want to do surveys, head on over to SurveySavvy and sign up.  You complete a couple of “profile surveys”, and then you get the paid survey links in your email.  🙂

Shameless Self Promotion – I’m going to be a published author!

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LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT One-Kit Wonders

Kinda hard to read the list of authors in the image on the left, but I’m one of them.  So.. YEAH ME!

This book has 10 robots you can build from a single LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT kit.  Expected ship date is late November 2008.

You can read more about it at Brick Labs – LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT One-Kit Wonders.  Or, go pre-order the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT One-Kit Wonders from Amazon!

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