To be or not to be….an expert?

I was recently told that I needed to prove that I was an expert to my audience. Yes, PROVE, that I am an expert at what I do. With that statement I am able to debunk it rather quickly with a real life example. One in which early in my writing career, i.e. my first book, I was able to see past this issue because of this one example.

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Practice makes…nope, it’s not what you’ve been told.

English: Practice makes perfect

English: Practice makes perfect (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You’ve heard the saying, practice makes perfect, right? We’ve all head it, but has anyone ever analyzed this saying to figure out what it really means in the working or entrepreneurial world?

Well, I’m going to show you why that statement is wrong and what can be said to make it correct and accurate.

There are three levels of practicing something, they are:

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It is NEVER too late to start: 70 year old body builder

I hear lot of talk in the media about the “20 over 20″ or the “30 over 30″ years old that are taking names in the area of startups, but you don’t hear much about older folks who change their lives by heading in another direction.

Here’s the story about a 70 year old body builder who’s changing the perception of what “old” is:

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How to view stress as an entrepreneur

When it comes to entrepreneurs, the typical saying is that we get to choose which 80 hours a week we want to work. That’s a lot of hours, and a lot of effort. But with that can come stress. Or maybe not.

Studies have shown that our bodies and their cells have two extremes that affect them negatively: too much effort or stress put on a cell and no effort or stress put on a cell, i.e. if one becomes overwhelmed with things to do versus having nothing to do.

All of us would love to have nothing to do, but that defeats the purpose of one’s life, but do we look for having too much stress? Well, there’s a TED talk about it.

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Three More Testimonials

Testimonial letter from Henry Scadding (1883)

Testimonial letter from Henry Scadding (1883) (Photo credit: Toronto Public Library Special Collections)

One of the factors of any entrepreneur starting a business is getting testimonials, those comments from customers that tell others of the value of your work.

What most budding entrepreneurs do not understand is that the relationship between both business and their customer and vendors is essential, and missing this vital aspect of building a business becomes missed opportunities for future business and growth.

Too often budding entrepreneurs act like sponges, willing to take as much free stuff as possible with little to give back or share. One of the simplest acts to get noticed for your business is….

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LMGTFY = Let Me Google That For You

Have you ever been online or on Facebook and someone asks a question of you and you have this SMH (Smack My Head) moment and wonder: “You mean with the best search engine in the world, Google, and you want ME to look it up for you?”

I now use LMGTFY = Let Me Google That For You when I’m online and they always ask, “What’s that?”

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“One Shot,” or many shots, in business and life?

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” -Winston Churchill

“Be prepared at any given moment to give up your job to do what is right, you have to stand up for what is right.” – ID State Rep. Matt Shea

I “called out” politely a reputation expert’s viewpoint about reputation. A “call out” is calling out something negative versus a “shout out” is shouting out something good. What was her point that I countered her position? You have “One Shot.”

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