Improve your mind by taking these simple steps

Go back to school: Continuing your education does not have to be a complicated endeavor. Take an online class, or just a weekend seminar.

Read classic books: Improve your mind by finally picking up all those books you were supposed to read in school.

Plan: Always have a plan for your life, so you’ll know what you’re working toward.

Quit procrastinating: Resolve to get moving, and you’ll find that you have much more time than you originally realized.

Get inspired by a book: Read a book that will help you spark positive changes in your life.

Learn from your mistakes: Don’t let mistakes get you down. Instead, consider what you did wrong, and how you can avoid doing so again in the future.

Stop worrying: Let go of worry, and know that the future will come no matter what you do about it.

Learn to play a musical instrument: Pick up a guitar, or even a harp, to improve your mental capacity and have something fun to do.

Work to your own advantage: Improve upon what you can, and let the rest fall away.

Think slowly: Instead of jumping to conclusions, carefully calculate what a situation means. Doing so can help you save relationships that might be damaged by rash thinking.

Participate in a debate: Have a rational discussion with someone of similar intellect to improve your knowledge.

Learn a new language: Broaden your horizons by learning how to speak a new language.

Visit Wikipedia: Spend some time on Wikipedia learning lots of interesting facts you’ve never realized before.


10 Things To Consider Before Becoming Self-Employed

Found this article from a reverse auction website. Though this article is well written and highly recommended I personally disagree with some points like preparing business cases, family support etc. Though I agree we must plan things in my personal experience I found 9 out 10 things goes wrong. Also this article is missing on essential things a person to have as a startup more than enthusiasm like Guts, Perseverance & Persistence. Anyways this article will be useful for people who want to be on own and for sure it has many good take away. 

  1. Chest-Bursting Enthusiasm

    In order to birth your business idea, you are going to have to have a tremendous amount of energy and stamina. When you are totally enthusiastic about an idea, you don’t have to worry about “staying motivated” or “dealing with procrastination,” concerns voiced by many prospective entrepreneurs. Here are your enthusiasm checkpoints:

    When you think about the work you do on a freelance basis, do you get a big smile on your face?
    If you had your daily expenses taken care of, would you work on this business anyway because it is so exciting to you?
    Do you see how this business fits into your overall life plan?
    Would being successful in this business give you the kind of life you want? Would you be happy while doing it, not just once you were making money?

    2. A Solid Business Case

    Passion without a business model or viable market is a sure road to perdition. Business case checkpoints:

    Have you prototyped and tested your idea with real people in your target market?
    Do you have a viable business model? Could it survive if the market shifted?
    Can you describe what makes you different, more effective or more appealing than your competitors?

    3. An Eager Market That Has The Means To Buy What You Are Selling

    You know that your business cannot serve everyone in the world. Who, exactly, do you want to serve? Do they have deep, important problems that your product or service will address? Market checkpoints:

    Can you define your target market in clear and specific terms?
    Do you know where they congregate in person, online, in associations or in the media?
    Do they have access to cold, hard cash to pay your for your services?

    4. A Money Plan

    If you don’t manage the money side of your business, you are destined for misery. Financial checkpoints:

    Are your personal finances organized and tracked in a systematic way?
    Do you have 6-12 months of living expenses saved?
    Do you have a solid plans B, C and D that you can activate if things don’t work out as planned? (Remember, they never do)

    5. A Marketing Plan

    You may know exactly who you want to work with, but if you can’t actually talk to them, how can you expect to make any sales? It may take a good, long while for you to build a relationship with mutual knowledge, respect and trust, so you must get started right away. Marketing checkpoints:

    Have you chosen a marketing model and are you implementing it step by step? (Duct Tape Marketing, Action Plan Marketing and Michael Port are all great models)
    Do you have a functional website that clearly nudges people to do what you want them to do? (sign up for your list, download your product, join your community)
    Are you doing a handful of marketing activities consistently each month like writing articles, blogging, speaking, participating in online forums or inviting interesting people to lunch?

    6. A Healthy Approach To Sales

    I worked with salespeople for years and am convinced they are born with special (some say mutated) genes. Excellent, ethical salespeople are totally excited by the sales process. Most first-time entrepreneurs, on the other hand, feel like throwing up at the thought of asking prospects for money. Selling checkpoints:

    Do you know what problem your product or service solves?
    Do you know what your sales process is?
    Do you lead your prospects through it or wait for them to take the lead?
    Do you know how to ask for a sale?

    7. Time To Create The Business

    It takes time to get your business up and running. If you have to continue working as an employee while you develop your business, create a project plan and carve out time in your schedule to make steady progress. You may need to forgo activities that make you happy such as evening television, golfing weekends or excessive volunteering. Time checkpoints:

    Do you have efficient processes in place for managing your email, tracking projects and accomplishing tasks?
    Have you wiggled out of any non-essential obligations?
    Do you know the major milestones you have to accomplish to get your business off the ground?

    8. Support From Your Family

    Starting a business is a very emotional experience, and you will need all the support you can muster from those closest to you. Family checkpoints:

    Have you listened at length and without judgment to the concerns voiced by your spouse?
    Do you have mutually-agreed upon metrics like amount of money in bank account, length of time to get business off the ground, amount of hair you are willing to lose before pulling the plug?
    Have you clearly discussed the risks he or she will assume if you are married? (credit rating, co-signing for equipment or contracts, etc)

    9. Support From Your Tribe

    If you have grown up inside corporate environments, many of your friends may not be experts in entrepreneurship. You don’t need to know everything about your new business, but you should know people who do. Support checkpoints:

    Do you have active networks on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter?
    Do you have at least one mentor, mastermind buddy, staunch advocate, technical expert and friend at your fingertips?
    Do you regularly and willingly help others, share information and provide resources without being asked and without expectation for reciprocation?

    10. A Mixture Of Faith And Mistrust In The External Market And A Backup Plan

    I have now lived through two significant upheavals in the financial markets as a business owner: Silicon Valley in 2000 and Phoenix, Arizona in 2008. What I learned by living through the busts is that nothing last forever (both the good and the bad). If your business success depends on the economy staying the same for the next 5 years, you are doomed to intense moments of panic and possible financial ruin. Market checkpoints:

    Have you learned as much as you can about the market you are operating in?
    Do you have a positive mindset and constructive thoughts about your new venture?
    Are you willing and able to look on the bright side of the most stormy market condition, even if it means radically adjusting your plans?

Courtesy : Pamela Slim, author of Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur, is a former corporate manager turned entrepreneur focused on helping frustrated employees break out and start their own business. For more information, visit her blog at

10 Rules for Staring New Day



If someone is rude, if someone is impatient, if someone is unkind. I will not respond in a like manner.




If I come across someone who treats me harshly or unfairly, I will quietly ask God to bless that individual. I understand the “enemy” could be a family member, neighbor, co-worker, or a stranger.




I will carefully choose and guard my words being certain that I do not spread gossip.




I will find ways to help share the burden of another person.




I will forgive any hurts or injuries that come my way.




I will reach out anonymously and bless the life of another.




I will practice the golden rule – “Do unto others as I would have them do unto me” – with everyone I encounter.




My smile, my words, my expression of support, can make the difference to someone who is wrestling life.




I will eat less; I will eat only healthy foods. I will thank God for my body.




I will spend a little more time in prayer today: I will begin reading something spiritual or inspirational today; I will find a quiet place (at some point during the day)!

Tips to write a blog…

When I talk to anyone about blogging, they keep telling they wish they have there own blog but unable to do so because of lack of time… Then there is another set of people who have a blog but don’t have any topic or time to write something… Then there is another set of people who write blogs because of compulsion example employees forced by their employers or their reporting boss to write personal or official blogs…

What ever the case may be my answer for people who fall under the above mentioned segment is writing a blog is simple… You need not think out of the box to write something, it is as simple as writing a daily dairy… Most of my blogs are my own experience and even I run short of topic’s, when I fall short of good topic I just write my experience of the day…

Here are some tips

Be consistent: There is nothing great in having a blog, consistency matters. Your readers expect some news from you on regular intervals and for that you need to be consistent not only to gain traffic but also to hold the traffic…

Never worry about grammar: Believe me blogs are meant to improve our communication, reading and writing skills… I’ve followed and following many bloggers for long time… Most of the bloggers communication and grammar was poor, but only because of their consistency they were able to improve… So, never stop/hold blogging because of your language command…

Never stop for lack of topic: Blogs are place to share experience… In a day we all come across many things… It is more than enough if you share your days experience… After all humans are eager to know what others do and for sure someone from some part of the world would have benefitted by your experience…

Never think you are silly: Never think your thoughts are silly… Most of the blogs which I thought were silly has got me huge appreciations and blogs which gave me self contention and satisfaction never inspired readers… What is silly for you will be of great interest to someone…

Evolve with reader comments: Readers are best people to help you evolve… Pay attention to their feedback in terms of your mistakes, take their suggestion… For example my friend who happens to be a great reader of my blog Swaminathan, posts comments on my blog suggesting to improve my site design, he asked me to remove the ads inside content, which was disturbing and many times he gives me topics and asks me to write on that… That was great motivation and I evolve my site and writing based on those comments…

Never bow down to negative comments: There are people who keep giving negative comments and at times there might be genuine criticism or comments… Most of the times we fall prey to those criticism… Never get demotivated by it those comments… First learn to handle criticism… I got a suggestion from Mr.Gopal Ramanan to do proof reading before making a post… I’d have been happy if he had posted it in pubic, thought he didn’t want to criticize and hurt me… I’m a person who welcomes open criticism so that others can all take a cue from it… From today I’ve taken a resolution to proof read at least twice before posting a blog…

This is what I can think to the max and I request readers to post their points as comments… I must thank Mr.Gopal Ramanan to consider my request in twitter to share their points and for sparing his valuable time… Here are his point of views…

My thoughts on good blog:

  • Precise & Brief about the person writing the blog
  • Need to be neatly arranged
  • Ease of viewing (fonts – colour & size)
  • Goodies (not ads…hmm…like i have added timezones, NSE live prices, thesaurus etc.,) which will be of use to those who read a blog.
  • Before posting, do a spell check & preview it.

Softer side:

  • Blogger should clearly state what can be expected out of his blog
  • Contents should be of use to others
  • Regular writing
  • Before starting to blog, visit some good blogs and understand the layouts, know about the features available (archiving, gadgets etc.,)…