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Change This Manifesto : Strive For Minimal Achievement

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An awesome 13 page manifesto by the author of Bounce!, Barry J. Moltz : Strive For Minimal Achievement [PDF] .

From the excerpt :

“Failure is valuable only when we realize it is a normal part of the business process even when there always isn’t something to learn. So it does not hold us back.

The real fear and pressure in this whole process is not brought on by our competitors or other outside people. It mostly originates within us. The biggest fear we have is that someone in our position would have done better than us, made better decisions than us and would have built it faster and more profitably than we did. We believe that that we should be in a different place than where we are right now, and that we would be, if only we had made better decisions. Nonsense.

In our business life, in order to move forward, past the fear, past the failure, yes past the success, we actually need to just let go. Letting go is the key to gaining true business confidence. Not by holding onto what people have taught you are the keys to success. Not by looking for the 7 steps. You need to let go of the idea that there is always something to learn from failure or that you can always build and duplicate your success. Get ready for your next great success by letting go and bouncing.”

Some more quotable quotes :

Perfection only happens in Hollywood.
The perfect moment in real business doesn’t exist.

This is why there are so many books out there with numbers in their titles like:

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

One that just came out is called, The Business Laws: The 7 Irrefutable Laws That Determine All Business Success by David Eichenbaum. How can he be so sure?

There are not 7 steps to success. It is different for everyone. We can all get at financial success if that is our goal, but there isn’t one single path that will work for all of us.

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April 10th, 2008 at 4:03 am

Killer Application (+) Comic Soup Vol II

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Since the very beginning of civilization FreindFeed.com gathered lots of positive attention. Although I really really like the application (it converted the phrase ‘can I subscribe to your brain‘ into reality), but it was a bit overstretch when FreindFeed.com was getting touted as Google Reader killer or Facebook Killer.

I posted a question  at LinkedIn asking  "Do you think LinkedIn should add a ‘life-streaming’ service like freindfeed.com? Where users can aggregate the feeds from other places like blogs twetter etc? Why and why not?" followed by a clarification : "I think all of you must be thinking – why this weired thought came to my mind? As you might be aware of freindfeed.com is being touted as facebook killer / google reader killer etc. Just wanted to get a vibe from the users of LinkedIn – what they think about lifestream + social network equation!".

Go there and checkout the violent responses I got! 

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April 8th, 2008 at 7:32 am

Visual Representation : Taxonomy and IA

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Patrick Lambe at Green Chameleon pointed out  an excellent post by James Kelway (IA collaboration – two heads can be better) about a project where the information architecture and the taxonomy were built collaboratively by an information architect and a taxonomist working together. The whole process is broken down in 5 phases – Research, Concept, Design, Build and Test.

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April 8th, 2008 at 7:07 am