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The final category I'll be touching on in this blog (maybe!) is "The Reads."
I've read the research that says roughly 25% of adults have picked up a book in the past year.
I am guessing that of the 25%, "picking up" means just that. Another smaller percentage of those people start a book (maybe read the foreword). Another smaller percentage get through chapter one. If you take those percentages of percentages, that means most adults never even finish reading a book.
I remember reading that Amazon came up with this scheme to pay authors by the pages read in a book (they know that and so much more about us). Authors freaked out because they know most people never get past the first chapter. I think / hope that Amazon put that idea back on the shelf.
I am one of those strange people that read.
And this means more than one book a year. Actually, it's more like one book a week for me. I don't waste time watching TV or hanging out on Facebook (I am active a bit on Twitter and LinkedIn mostly for business purposes).
I'll be using this category to do book reviews of "The Reads" I am doing. The good, the bad, and the ugly. If I put a book down because it was a waste of time, I'll let you know. If I consumed a book and could not put down, you'll hear about that too.
So. Before we get started here... let me know what books you have either loved or hated, and why, in the comments below!
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As I am ramping up this blog, one of the next categories I promised to write about is, "The Business."
This is all about the stuff that happens behind the curtain when running a business.
I've had the privilege of serving customers for decades and understand what it's like to start a business, sell a business, merge a business, take a business public, watch a business die, create a "dot bomb" business during the "dot com" era, scale a business, and run a solo business.
All scenarios have positive and negative learning opportunities (some people may call them problems or challenges).
I'll be sharing my learnings of running "The Business" with you here.
Please leave comments about what you'd like to learn with me along the way!
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There are people in the world who are "early adopters." You know, the people who seem to get the latest and greatest stuff to make their lives easier? Only, most of the time, when it is the "latest" it is sometimes very far from being the "greatest."
You with me so far? Do you have a picture of "that person" in mind? I used to be "that person" for a lot of things; over the past few years, that has changed pretty drastically and for many reasons.
Today, "The Gear" I get has to solve a problem for a very specific use case AND provide way more value than the cost. The use case must be real (as an ex-early-adopter I am king of coming up with imagined use cases heh).
This category of the blog will focus on "The Gear" I use, why I use it, how often I use it, and recommendations for you to use it -- or not.
It's not always about having the latest and greatest stuff / technology / "The Gear".
Before I start sharing my thoughts with you on this, what is some of "The Gear" you cannot live without, and why?
Please share in the comments below and thank you!
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OK... I am not sure anyone is reading this (ping me out on Twitter or LinkedIn and let me know!).
As an entrepreneur [person] I've learned that one of the main reasons for success is to surround myself with people who... hmmm... help me... no... are there when I need advice... no... are there to agree with me... no... are smarter than me... yep... are there when I need to bounce ideas around... maybe... can slap me upside the head when I need it... maybe... have lived a bit... yep... are not all like me... yep... can challenge me to step it up... yep.. are good listeners and know when to speak up... yep...
Hmm. The "no" above might be "not quite."
Do you get where I am going with this?
Friends? Colleagues? Mentors? Competitors?
When I talk (and write) about "The Team"... you can learn more about that group of people for me at www.michaelvizdos.com/team.
I'll use some of this blog space to write about my experiences and conversations with The Team here.
Who is on YOUR team (and WHY)?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.