Thanks Craig for the tip on Lorraine Howell.
She makes some good points that I missed, so I will go back and adjust my article and include a reference to the video & book.
Curmudgeon? "A curmudgeon often has a black sense of humor. They don`t just complain about things, they do it with flair, style, panache, satire, and a sardonic view of life! That`s what makes them memorable. They also, deep down (very deep down), believe that by saying something about it, life will change. Saying even more about it will hopefully make life change faster and sooner."
Yep CraigL - I think you have found your true profession.
NVArchitect1/18/2009 9:07 PM
There are two things that an entrepreneur can never get enough of - customers and resources. While a typical characteristic of an entrepreneur is to always be scanning for such things, few understand the importance of a well crafted Elevator Pitch in translating the serendipity (chance meetings, fate, luck) of life into these precious acquisitions. Here is a template to help you craft yours.Elevator Pitch
NVArchitect1/14/2009 5:46 AM
I have been an entrepreneur for over 20 years, having started 13 businesses and so I have been forced to struggle with the beast called accounting. Even though I studied it at Uni (taking 10 years to complete a 6 year course) it was still something that did not fit well with my entrepreneurial flair. But, in time I came to understand its language and see its potent potential to add business acumen to my entrepreneurial endeavours.
I now embrace accounting completely and use it extensively in both the establishment of my new ventures as well as the day to day growth of my enterprises. I plan to write a series of articles on `accounting for entrepreneurs` in conjunction with a qualified accountant and put my knowledge and experience of accounting into plain English that hopefully budding entrepreneurs can use.
Here is my first in the series -
Accounting Definitions 1
on What is accounting? How can entrepreneurs benefit from accounting? What is the difference between a bookkeeper and an accountant? What do they mean by Management Accounting and Financial Accounting. I hope it helps.
NVArchitect1/14/2009 6:04 AM
The entrepreneur has been the topic of much academic research. Like an animal in the zoo they have been studied at length by economists, anthropologists, management academics, psychologists, sociologists, historians, finance experts and organisational scholars.
Who are these creatures? Why do these persistent people never give up? What drives them to take risks that ordinary folk find overwhelming? Where do they get that energy and that courage? How do they create value from nothing and most importantly … what makes entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs. In other words - what makes the entrepreneur tick.
So keen to add our bit to the debate, Dr. Neil Flanagan and myself sat down to come up with what we think is the A to Z of what makes entrepreneurs - entrepreneurs. What do you think? ... see the knol The Entrepreneur (A to Z) to get the full description.
NVArchitect12/3/2008 8:55 AM
The tsunami like impact of new application releases on the internet is beginning to sweep through education and learning with climactic effects. Our past educational paradigm (way of thinking) is now in the midst of a great crisis because its structures and processes shackle it to a system that whilst relevant for the 20th century industrial age is fast becoming irrelevant to the global/information age of the 21st.
Like Albert Einstein said”
“We can`t solve problems by using the
kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
so the new paradigm in education (open – online learning) will require individual innovators and entrepreneurs to step in and exploit what I believe to be one of the fastest growth industries of the early part of the 21st century.
Let me give you a few numbers to demonstrate the size of the market that is about to be formed in open-online learning. Currently only 22% of the planet is connected to the internet. The remaining 78% or 4,500,000,000 people yet to log on are going to have an insatiable appetite for learning. In English speaking India alone it is predicted that 500 million new people will log on to the internet within the next few years. This is more that twice the number that are currently logged on in the USA. …. and their first demands = low cost online learning on everything.
And the good news, they won`t be looking for the expensive structured institutional courses but want to learn from people with know-how, specialist expertise, uncommon knowledge and unique experiences ... like you. It is the democratization of learning where we all get to contribute to the global `body of knowledge` and not just the academic elite.
So how can individual entrepreneurs exploit this opportunity? Well by using the tools already available.
Firstly, write a Knol. A Google project designed to help you make money sharing what you know. The more you write the greater your potential for passive income through the adsense scheme and the best way to establish your credentials.
, create your own college offering courses in the things you know most about. Google Knol lets you link to your course to help drive traffic. For this I would go to Myicourse.com. They have all the tools to help you make money by designing a course about things you know lots about … and its free to use.
Thirdly, if you don’t think you have specialist knowledge on something then team up with someone that does and help them to do the two steps listed above for a slice of the action. If you are a teacher … good. If not maybe try and link up with one.
To get the full story on the ‘next big thing’ click on my Knol below ...
Open Online Learning
NVArchitect11/8/2008 1:46 AM