Quotes From Leading Business Entrepreneurs

A collection of some of my favourite quotes from leading entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers past and present to encourage those in business who aren’t afraid to dream big.

Steve Jobs – Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. Primary investor and CEO of Pixar Founder and CEO of NeXT

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“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying that we done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.”

Pat Robertson – Founder & Chairman of CBN

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“The most important virtue is humility, to have a servant’s heart, to listen to what people are saying, and to be empathetic to employees. I think that pride and arrogance are killers.”

Colonel Sanders – KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken)

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“One has to remember that every failure can be a stepping-stone to something better.”

Tyler Perry – Tyler Perry Studios

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“Don’t wait for someone to green light your project, build your own intersection.”

John D. Rockerfeller – Founder Of the Standard Oil Company

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“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”

George Foreman  – Founder of George Foreman Enterprises & Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion.

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“The world is full of people who want to play it safe, people who have tremendous potential but never use it. Somewhere deep inside them, they know that they could do more in life, be more, and have more — if only they were willing to take a few risks.”

 

Want to Start Blogging But Don’t Know How?

There are literally millions of bloggers online telling their story, sharing news and writing about just about any given subject known to man.  Yet during its humble beginnings, there was nothing compelling me to write, much less publish my work online.  Today I’m sold on blogging for personal use and for business marketing. As a social media coordinator the value of marketing is well known to me.  However, I fell in love with the whole concept of communicating ideas online for building others up. There are some truly extraordinary blogs out there in cyberspace on just about any given topic by really talented writers. But don’t let that scare you off.  Your blog can stand out!

When I started blogging

If I’m going to be completely honest, the idea of other’s reading my blogs was really intimidating, knowing my work needed loads of improvement. But I didn’t let that excuse stop me. With practice my confidence has grown and the secret for getting better at it was simple! Keep writing, keep learning and keep growing.  The only thing we need to be afraid of is not giving it a go which is like quitting before we even begin.  Remaining stagnant is even more frightening to me. The only option left was to get started because blogging is also a great way to learn how to better express ourselves.

Blogging for a hobby

  1. Select your blog platform – You can create a free blog site at WordPress.com where they also provide support forums. there are many others that you can also try.
  2. Register a domain name – You might want to register a unique domain name for your blog which is the same as a website internet address for your blog site.  E.g. www.yourdomain.com 
  3. Choose a Web Host – Many out there to choose from.  Once you set up a wordpress site there will be options on offer.

Blogging for business or hobby

  • Topic – decide on what you want to write about.  Read plenty and research the topic of your choice.
  • Introduction – The introduction is no bigger than a 4 to 5 line paragraph explaining what you will be discussing in your blog.
  • Body – The body of your blog contains all the information you want to share pertaining to that topic.  Elaborate on your introduction covering everything youv’e mentioned in your paragraph.
  • Ending – The ending of your blog should go something like this:
    1. Sum up key messages
    2. Add a call to action
    3. Add a ‘Sources’ title with the name of Author, pages and hyperlinks to your resources.
    4. Ask a question or use quotes.
    5. Use social media share buttons.

Important Tips

  • Use relevant images that will create interest.
  • When I start typing my ideas out the first copy is always saved as a draft that I can come back to and work on.
  • Having a little note pad around helps me record ideas as they pop into my head.
  • Always ask permission formally by email before you reblog or use another person’s material and wait for their reply. Cite authors and link back to their sites and give credit where credit is due.  Especially if the work is not your own and if you’re quoting someone.
  • Think of an engaging heading for your blog.
  • Add external links to help back up your story.
  • Consider using a video
  • Post your blog on social media.

I hope this helps you get started with your blog.  Enjoy!
To further help your writing skills consider taking a creative writing course.

Sandra Ciminelli.

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Who Do I Call First When My Website Is Down?

Lets face it, from time to time a website will crash.  It’s technology after all.  As business owners we can become panicked about losing clients and money by not knowing who to call.  In that panic quite often the new website owner will contact their web designer. However, here’s what to do to save time, frustration and money.

1.What do you do when that help isn’t available immediately?

Call your web host tech support.  Good web host services will usually have 24/7 support available.   Some problems may be able to be resolved over the phone for free by their tech support team. It might very well be a hosting or server problem.  So check that out first.

When there’s a problem with the website most people will call their webmaster.  The web master will investigate and then call the web host if needed.   This costs the business owner money.  Save money by calling your host first as mentioned above.

Note: We don’t all have time or knowledge to be resolving issues over the phone with the web host, in such cases hiring a webmaster’s help will be the better option.  Consider a monthly website maintenance plan to keep your website running smoothly with backups, updates, link check etc.

2. The Webmaster

Things happen when you least expect them, during and outside of business hours.  The webmaster’s flexibility will ultimately be their best asset.  However, they aren’t always available after hours and this calls for understanding and a backup plan on the part of the client.

What to do when something goes wrong.

  1. Check to see if your website is up and running on another device or computer.
  2. Write down any error messages or codes you receive.
  3. Contact your web host tech support team to notify them that you can’t access your website.  The number can be found on their website.
  4. Contact the webmaster if the tech support can’t help.
  5. Tell the webmaster what tech support has said.
  6. Permissions need to have already been set in place with the web host to allow the webmaster to contact your tech support if need be.
  7. Your Webmaster will need your website login details, web hosting login details and also have access to the back end of the site by being added as a user with admin rights on the WordPress website.  The web host can send this information to the webmaster at your written request.

Note: Notify the webmaster when they’ll be out of town so that they can monitor your website while you’re way.  Very important for keeping up with necessary plugin updates while you’re away.

Regular maintenance, plugin updates and backups are important to keep your website healthy.

By Sandra Ciminelli – ACT Websites.

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5 Basic Qualities Of A Winning Team

All leaders start out with a dream to succeed in what they do.  In my experience a driven, talented and passionate leader is quite different from a successful leader who can motivate his or her team to work together toward a common vision and company goals.

Team Work Quotes

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford

We are all required to do our part in our job.  There are certain aspects of being part of a team that will elevate work performance and keep your workers happy.  But what does it take to motivate the team to become more productive and efficient?

1. Allow For Mistakes

In my experience a work environment that allows you to say, “I made a mistake” makes a happier and better work place.  Mistakes are a natural part of the growing process. Lets face it, sometimes we just get it wrong.

2. Encouragement

We don’t always get a pat on the back when we deserve it.  A kind word, or a comment like, “Well done” goes a long way in raising employee morale. These little verbal rewards make people feel noticed and appreciated.  In large organisations it’s easy to feel like a you’re just a number.  Those who are encouraged will automatically want to do well at work. Better still, honouring your workers for both the huge projects and for the little things they get done is equally as important.  I’ve heard a person use the term, “payment is its own reward,” while trying to do away with verbal gratitude.  But that’s the wrong attitude simply because encouragement has been proven to have a huge ROI that doesn’t cost anything in monetary terms, with improved quality of work and increased production.

3. Support

There’s nothing better than being able to have a quick word to someone when we aren’t sure about how something works.  All it takes is a few minutes to get that helping hand.  Being supported in this away is crucial to some positions.   It’s nice to know that your co-workers and employer have your back.   Some workers have disabilities or mental health issues who require extra support.  A workplace that promotes, team work,  good mental health and equality for all encourages excellence.

4. Ongoing Training  & Personal Development

When an employer invests in their employees’ skills and personal development will add value to them  The outcome will be a raised level of professionalism within a company which keeps up with current trend, industry knowledge and technology helping the company gain trust with others.

“You add value to people when you value them.” John C Maxwell.

5. Communication

Being able to talk to each other about work related issues with the ability to ask questions of one another is crucial for the team to stay in touch with important information.  Team leaders need to communicate the goals, values, mission and vision of the company, but also be friendly and approachable.  Technology allows for several methods of communication within organisations; that can be done by email, phone, on chat apps, in person and at a team meeting. We use Skype and other methods of visual communication to enable us to chat face to face across the globe. Conferences are a great way for larger companies to bring employees together to present company information on a larger scale to the team at one place. Even the little chats that take place over the coffee machine are all good for company morale.

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Making The Most Out Of Life

It’s funny how self discipline changes the way we think. When I was younger I loved going out with my friends to the early hours of the morning. Life was exciting and I was on a journey of self discovery.

As as a young adult I soon learned that couldn’t function well for too long without adequate sleep.  My body and brain began shutting down to the point that my work performance took a nose dive. There was nobody to blame but myself because not being exhausted for work the next day was the one thing that I could control.

When I realised what was happening I put a plan into action that worked for me. Deciding to get into bed by a certain time every night and sticking to it was a self discipline that paid off in the long run by forming a good habit. However, it wasn’t that easy for me, but my perseverance and determination paid off. It was at that moment when I realised that making the most out of life meant using every good opportunity to build myself up.

Change Requires Effort

Wisdom can’t be proved unless someone practices it.  We can agree with it, but unless we do it ourselves it will have no effect on us what so ever.

Self discipline is vital to our lives because our natural talents can only point us in the direction we want to go, but, anything worth achieving in life takes hard work and commitment. It’s a choice.

Self Discipline – Knowing How

Most of us want to be the best we can be at any given thing we set our hearts to do. What I found through experience is that being focused alone wasn’t enough.  Clear thinking accompanied with realistic goals and a precise targeting plan of action gave me direction.  There were times where I found myself busy working harder not smarter without a plan or goal to focus on.  Not for the lack of willpower but being young I was definitely lacking self discipline.

The plan of action gave me the necessary steps needed to take to get me there.  Then I wrote down why this was important to me enabling my emotions to reconnect to the reasons behind what I was doing.

Know your motives.

Example Of the ‘Whys’

  1. I want to lose weight to feel good about myself.
  2. I need to lose weight for a healthier body and mind.
  3. By losing weight I will fit into the clothes I already have and love.

Watch Your Thought Life 

We live in a noisy world so it’s quite understandable that we can have noisy cluttered thinking. Sometimes things pop into our heads that are irrelevant to anything we are doing at the time.  I classify this as ‘brain junk’. We we can be distracted by entertaining these often useless and sometimes silly or intrusive thoughts, but do we really need to? I believe that, learning how to push unwanted thoughts out of our heads is a discipline we should all learn to master helping us to stay focused on the task at hand.  We can do this also by thinking and meditating on good thoughts with logic, wisdom and truth.

Manage Your Time

Don’t waste time on mundane things.  Use it wisely by being productive which may mean working, learning, reading or doing things that will benefit you.  Helping others is a good way to take the focus of yourself or your own problems that will make you feel good about yourself.

Eat Well

A well balanced diet keeps your brain and body healthy. When everything is functioning the way it should, so will you!  Don’t over eat and make sure you eat enough.  Our bodies need nourishment from healthy foods.

Drink Plenty Of Water

Stay hydrated for peak performance of your brain and body.  Furthermore your vital organs will thank you for it. Water hydrates your blood cells as well as the rest of your body.  Eliminate toxins out of your body by drinking plenty of water.

Gain Adequate Sleep

The recommended amount of sleep we should have per night is from 7-9 hours.  Sleep deprived brains and bodies can not function at their peak.

Take Part In Regular Exercise

Half an hour a day is all it takes to get your circulation moving.  As a result, it builds muscle and eliminates fat and toxins out of your body that will have a good effect on your brain.

Be On Time

No boss will appreciate tardiness.  Get to work 15 minutes before you’re due to start your shift. This will give you time to prepare for the day ahead and will reflect on your reliability.

Be A Dependable Team Player

Be someone people can depend on.   As a society we are a social network of people who for the most part depend on one another.  At work we are a network of employees who rely on one another to get our jobs done.  One person can let a whole team down so make sure you do your share.

Don’t Take Your Problems To Work

Leave those at home as most situations can certainly wait and won’t go anywhere.  If you have excessive worries then talk to someone about it in confidence.  Decide if you should let your supervisor know what you’re experiencing.

Learn To Say ‘No’

There are times at work when we can be overloaded with tasks that require us to work late.  Too much work and not enough rest can lead to burnout.  We need to know our own limits and be able say ‘no’ to the added stress.

Learn to say no to the demands of your social life that affect your health, your work and your family life.

Learning From The Long Drive Home

THE DRIVE

Warm Winter days are a huge treat to those who come from Canberra.  A drive to any sunny location is recommended no matter how long it takes to get there!

Even though we are accustomed to the icy Canberra Winter cold, we had just spent a glorious sunny weekend away with family. During the day we were in T-shirts.   The nights were a bit cooler as expected.

On the drive back home from the beautiful NSW coastal town of Ulladulla, I decided to count the number of dead animals on the side of the road while my 12 year old daughter slept.   Yes, gross I was counting roadkill!  But for a very good reason. After seeing so many on the way to there, I was determined to conduct a personal survey into how many animals die every weekend because of human progress.  Not really my idea of entertainment.

I was up to 15 by the time my daughter woke up and we weren’t even half way home!   She noticed what I was doing and because of her interest in wanting to be a Veterinarian when she’s older, she decided to help me with the counting.  After I explained that we had to be 100 percent sure of what we saw before adding the animal to our statistics she agreed to not count those things she wasn’t sure about.

RESULTS

Arriving at home, I turned off the engine and just sat for a little while in disbelief after having counted an astounding number of 40 dead animals consisting of 6 Wombats, 1 Magpie, 2 Foxes and 31 Kangaroos in a space of about 200 km.   These statistics could probably prove the ABC’s comment about Insurance companies claiming that 90 percent of all accidents on our roads with animals involve Kangaroos.

I must admit that the encountered roadworks and weekend traffic meant that there was a small time delay adding an extra half hour to the drive.

Locations varied of where the animal carcasses were laying. However, there was a definitive pattern. We noticed most were run over by traffic in areas where there is a body of water nearby.  None of them seemed like fresh kills to me or I would have been teaching my daughter to look for possible live baby animals in their mother’s pouches.  She would have loved that!

We saw a couple of crows on a badly decomposed kangaroo carcasses that left us with questions that need answers. Why wasn’t anyone picking them up? Who should be taking care of this mess?

Life, nature and even death has a way of teaching us all some useful life lessons.  

We talked about what we learned from that drive. What I already knew became enforced within me. There’s something about timeless wisdom that just proves itself over and over again.

  1. The price of progress is always sacrifice.
  2. Weigh up the cost before you start.
  3. On our journey we might see more than we bargain for.
  4. You can never be too prepared as the unexpected can pop up at any time.
  5. Some risks are worth taking. Others should be avoided as some risks can be too costly.
  6. Good results take time and effort.
  7. Sometime things happen that you weren’t counting on.
  8. Be very observant and alert to gain understanding.
  9. You win some & you lose some.
  10. Get help and sound advice or count your losses and move on when there’s nothing you can do about it & do something when you can!
  11. Never miss a good opportunity & keep your wits about you so that you don’t!

Sources:

ABC – QUEANBEAYAN THE ROAD KILL CAPITAL OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

Fear of Failure & Unrealistic Expectations

After having a serious look at my life I began to think about where I want to be five years from now. So, it’s only natural for me to take another inventory of myself in order to plan for my next goal or two.

For me this means a total overhaul from health and fitness levels, improve on my current skill set and learn some new things that will benefit me personally and professionally.

There’s just so much to learn on our own personal journeys.  Mine requires that I constantly take good look at myself and remember not to take myself too seriously, in keeping with good humour.  Being able to laugh at myself makes me a better learner and I’ve learnt that the confidence to do so is what ultimately makes us better people.

Although nobody likes to fail, fearing to fail is a failure in itself that will put a constraint on your ability to succeed. Success comes from learning from our mistakes.   The ability to acknowledge our mistakes, analyse where we go wrong and then move on from them is a huge strength that if learnt in childhood will make the child all the more resilient.

Having unrealistic expectations is probably the most self destructive and damaging path to failure I could probably take.  We have to remember not to be too self critical. In doing so we can easily become self sabotaging placing limits and barriers that block the path to our own progress.

Many years ago I noticed that my nephew was a really bright kid that was hard on himself when he did something wrong or made a simple error. Handing him my old guitar I told him to make heaps of mistakes.  He looked at me perplexed and asked, “Heaps of mistakes auntie?” I responded, “Yes, well how else are you supposed to learn?”  He smiled and I could see the weight was lifted as he strummed away on his guitar.  My nephew is now an excellent guitar player and a musician who travels the world showcasing his talent. Fear of failure was nipped in the bud.

Be the best you that you can be by being confidently you.  Allow yourself to make mistakes. If you fail its not the end. Keep trying, pick yourself up and know when its time to move on.   Learn from it and grow but also be careful with the choices you make.  Be fearless!

By Sandra Ciminelli

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10 Things Everyone Should Avoid Posting on Facebook

Facebook posts and social media -What you should know.

What you post, say or do on social media is not only highly shareable, but leaves a PERMANENT and lasting impression about you!  Rethink what you share and keep it positive.

Here are 10 things we should all avoid doing on Social Media.

  1. Complain about your job or about anyone or anything at work.
  2. Post nude shots of yourself. This is not only distasteful, but can come back to haunt you years from now when they resurface to be seen by people that you wouldn’t want to reveal them to.
  3. Post Personal information – Date of birth, address, phone number, where your kids go to school etc. (Identity theft is all too common and we wouldn’t want to put our children in danger)
  4. Post baby nudie shots – while kids are cute there are a lot of predators out there who you wouldn’t want to be viewing those shots for obvious reasons.
  5. Social whining – Sharing illnesses and complaints.  Keep it positive.
  6. Political rants – conspiracy theories and orbs – enough said! Keep all of that stuff to yourselves!
  7. Game invitations – while these apps can be blocked, not everyone knows how to do it and game invitations can become especially irritating when it’s the same person is constantly sending them.
  8. Break ups & airing dirty laundry. If you need to talk to someone, call a bunch of friends, or one close friend to talk to and accept that it’s over. If you can’t deal with it then seek the help of a professional counsellor.  Slandering anyone on social media isn’t a good thing!
  9. Making out that your kids are the best at everything makes other mothers think you’re just rubbing it in their faces. Give them a break.
  10. Bragging and showing off your assets with images like cars, bikes, home and all of your jewellery online.

While some people are even irritated by those who share what they cooked for dinner, the bottom line is that this type of post is harmless. We can always turn off notifications.

 

What is blogging and who writes a blog?

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For centuries writers have experimented with various forms of writing. The emergence of the internet has bought about blogging as a literary form.   The word Blog consists of two words, ‘web and log’. Blogs are a collection of thoughts published in cyberspace with a potential to reach a global audience. Blogs provide a plethora of freely available literature in a vast array of genres to those who access the internet using desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smart phones and smart TVs.

Who can Blog?

Anyone who can read, write and use a keyboard can learn to blog. There are many great websites with tips on how to get started with blogging.

WordPress , Weebly and Wix are some of the many sites offering free do-it-yourself blog websites with a customisable browser based user interface allowing the user to design the website to suit their own tastes. No web design or coding experience is necessary to build a blog site, enabling just about anyone to build their own website.   Many of these also offer free web hosting. Some may even come with free domain name registration. That’s where you register a web address with your business or personal brand name on it. E.g. www.yourdomainname.com.au.

Why do people blog?

Blogs allow people to document and express their best thoughts, share ideas and inner most feelings with others. Blogging brings attention to a cause, is used for educating the public or for addressing topics that would interest a like-minded audience. While some people might find pleasure in exercise of writing alone as a hobby or for entertainment, many up and coming authors and journalists undertake blogging to grow their skills as writers, gain recognition and grow a fan base while networking with other bloggers and their readers.   Most bloggers like to receive critique from their professional peers.

Business Blogging

Blogging for business on the other hand makes perfect marketing sense. Here are some good reasons why business leaders should blog regularly.

  1. grow a captive audience
  2. raise awareness of products and services
  3. share ideas
  4. create leads
  5. build a relationship with your readers
  6. draw traffic to the business websites to improve search engine ranking
  7. share the organisations vision
  8. network with people
  9. build trust
  10. gather feedback
  11. brand yourself as a thought leader
  12. mentor the next generation of leaders

Therapeutic Reasons – Bibliotherapy

Bibliotherapy has been described as a form of psychological treatment that encourages reading as a form of therapy. As people write blogs they are also reading, analysing and concentrating on thought provoking ideas. This deep thinking often opens up the person to self analysis.

In an article published in October 2005 in the Washington post titled, ‘Blogs as Therapy”, John Suler makes it clear that people have been writing for a long time therapeutically. He states that, “Psychologists and other mental health professionals have noted the value of ‘bibliotherapy’ in which people specifically use writing exercises to address and resolve problems in their lives, or to simply enhance personal growth.”

Whether the reason behind why we blog is to keep a diary or to journal events, writing has been a form of therapy for many people over the years. Some would say, since ancient times.

Studies have shown that reading good literature makes us smarter and nicer people according to Time Magazine. Since ancient times, reading has been keeping people’s minds active by promoting understanding for individuals as a thought provoking activity.

Blogging has become an exercise in personal, business, spiritual and mental growth adopted by thousands if not millions globally. Since reading and writing has become the foundation of all modern day education assisted by the internet, growing smarter has never been easier or cheaper! However it’s important to remember that everything you read online isn’t necessarily true or accurate.

Sources:

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibliotherapy

Time Magazine: http://ideas.time.com/2013/06/03/why-we-should-read-literature/

Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/bibliotherapy_n_1817968.html?ir=Australia

Psyche Central: http://psychcentral.com/lib/the-health-benefits-of-journaling/

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