Over the last few decades, sociologists and behavioral psychologists have been conducting research into business success. Some of the most controversial research has been centered on the arguments framed by Malcolm Gladwell, a respected author whose thought-provoking book Outliers: The Story of Success suggests that luck has a lot to do with business success.
Unfortunately, Gladwell’s observation and research have been widely misunderstood. Gladwell chooses subjects who have experienced monumental success, people such as Bill Gates and Paul Allen, founders of Microsoft. It so happens that these two talented and hard-working individuals experienced a series of lucky breaks in their respected lives; however, they understood how to work those lucky breaks to their advantage. Continue reading
By MJ Plaster
Not since the Gutenberg press have we seen anything like what we’re going to witness in the next five years. The next wave of automation is projected to dwarf the aggregate of the PC revolution and the connected-device (smartphones, tablets, etc.) wave. Connectivity has already dissolved the lines between personal and work lives, and now that we’ve adjusted to being on call 24/7, it’s possible we could undergo an even bigger change—if automation relegates the concept of work to the dustbin.
We have entered year of the fire rooster according to Chinese astrology. Whether you believe in astrology or not, your business can benefit from lessons the fire rooster has to teach us. Each animal of the Chinese zodiac calendar represents traits people want to embody and qualities that people struggle with. Here is a list of the main business finance lessons year of the rooster teaches: Continue reading
There’s a constant battle in life between saving and spending money. You want to enjoy life each day with a decadent cup of coffee, but that trip to Jamaica is calling your name. There are some strategies in life that can help you save money while enjoying it at the same time. You simply need to sit down, look at your financial reality and make some plans today. Continue reading
Those who want to start their own business and find success in 2017 must have a plan established to gain financial independence and stabilize the business. For many people, it can be easy to make mistakes that can lead to financial disasters due to a lack of experience or resources.
To ensure that you start your business on the right financial foot in the new year, there are a few important tips to follow that will prove to be effective long-term. Continue reading
By MJ Plaster
It’s a new year, and everyone’s new calendar holds a world of possibilities and promise. Unfortunately, your heavy baggage doesn’t magically check itself at Old Man New Year’s door; it follows you. So, instead of counting calories or pullups, or in addition to, if you’ve already committed to those things, why not vow to toss the business myths that have weighed you down all these years?
By MJ Plaster
If you missed Part I of this opus, start there before diving into Part II. In the first article, we covered five crazy ideas that have netted their creators a small fortune. Let their successes spark your creative juices if you’re so inclined, or just enjoy the ride.
Financial freedom can be difficult to obtain without the right habits and rules established. For those who live paycheck to paycheck, it can be challenging to plan for the future or enjoy life while living on limited funds.
To obtain financial freedom in 2017, there are a few important tips to follow that will prove to be effective.
Pay Off Debt
Debt is one of the main inhibitors of growing your wealth due to money that must be repaid in addition to interest, which can add up to thousands of dollars each year. Continue reading
By MJ Plaster
We’ve hammered at the theme of disruption on this blog, but we’ve avoided going full-tilt crazy—until now. Today’s your lucky day because, in the spirit of the holidays, we’re spreading around crazy—crazy ideas that paid off big time.
As an employer or a manager, it is your job to make sure that your employees are doing their job. Furthermore, it is your job to make sure that they are working to their highest potential. Let’s take a look at some ways that you can figure out if your people aren’t working their hardest and how to help them get more done.
How Do You Know That There Is a Productivity Issue?
There are many ways that you can determine if there is a productivity issue in the workplace. First, you may notice that some employees are able to get more done during the day than others or that they have accomplished more in previous months or years. Second, you may notice that orders aren’t getting fulfilled or that items aren’t being delivered to clients on time. Finally, you may notice that workers seem listless or otherwise not engaged in their work, which could indicate that they are burned out or overwhelmed. Continue reading