Monthly Archives: December 2011

New Years MacStartup Resolutions

I’m putting together some MacStartup New Years Resolutions/Commitments/Plans/etc. in a few weeks, let me know if you need anything and I’ll add it to my list. Have some new videos and content coming that I’ll be adding to my site. Watch next year, it’ll be here before we know it.

Why Apple fails in business

As a startup entrepreneur you’re always on the lookout for ways of serving more customers at each chance you get, whether it’s through marketing, generating leads, sales, or just plain ol’ helping someone else out. It’s about earning more than a starving artist’s wage. But as with any business, there is the craft of your business┬áthat you love to do and then there is the business of your craft, how to make money doing what you love to do.

Having said that, there are a number of quotes that I’d like to share:

  • Never hand an ill workman good tools.
  • An ill labourer quarrels with his tools.

So, what do these mean? A poor technician, i.e. workman, artist, writer, etc. makes excuses for the tools they use in getting the required results. It’s the same as saying that buying a great word processor will make you a good or even great writer. Not quite.

A good word processor (the tool) makes the task of writing easier, but it does not make your writing (your skill) any better. Whether it’s a book an author is producing or a graphic by an artist, it takes work and talent, using good brushes to do oil paintings with or using a good saw to finely and precisely cut wood. If you don’t know how to use them well, i.e. your talent or skills, it won’t make the results any better.

Apple is a tool maker

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