Can Decision Making Make You Happier?

I have found than when I immerse myself in decision making, I experience an emotional boost the next day.  So, why is this happening? I believe that making a decision  can be described in a couple words. One of them is progress. Every time we make some kind of choice, we progress for the good or the bad. There’s movement! Action! Things get unstuck and start rolling… you know the drill. This might sound all too redundant — and it might be, but I had to put it down in writing because for me, the benefits of decision making are simply noticeable.

When I have too many things on my mind, it is usually related to those things I have not acted on. Yeah, we all use to-do lists, agendas, project management, notes, reminders…, you name it, but I am certain that if you pressured yourself to act on your “to-dos” with real decision, you will eventually feel much better. It works for me! Just try it.

Strengthen Your Decision Making Skills Every day

  • Start Something
  • Stop Something
  • Say Yes
  • Say No
  • Remove Something
  • Change Path on Something…

Make a decision on something every single day.  Moving forward CAN make you happier.

 

Starting a Start Up – Nobody is Stopping You

We all have a creative spark — the desire to be better, and to have something unique.  We think we can accomplish the impossible (dream?). Interestingly enough,  we tend to  believe those who have acquired wealth have some kind of special talents, magical thoughts, or just good luck. I think that way myself from time to time. Maybe you do too.

I personally prefer positive remarks over negative(fear); it’s just my taste. It took some effort for me to see past his method.

Qualities of a Successful Entrepreneur 3.0

Minimum requirements:

  1. loves Challenge
  2. likes Risk
  3. In constant search of the Unknown
  4. enjoys Helping Others
  5. willing to make Sacrifice
  6. sees a vision but able to act in Gradients
  7. shares his Knowledge
  8. listens to others but ultimately follows his Gut
  9. likes People
  10. not afraid to express Emotions
  11. accepts criticism 

It is beneficial to listen to other people who have created success, read books about it, and ask for opinions, but in the end we all have to follow our gut — our passion, and we must keep building on it.

As cheesy as it may sound, we can all be a Gates or Jobs. We can create something meaningful. We can turn all the reasons not to to do a start-up into an exploration of our positive qualities. Why not give it a try? You can do it! I don’t see anybody stopping you from starting a start-up, but you!

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Find Your Fuel and Burn It Wisely

Find your Fuel

Find the fuel that works for you

One thing I’ve found hard in life has been finding that single thing which powered me in my all of my pursuits. I am referring to that passion — that love for what we do, and the reason behind it all.  To understand it, you must find your fuel.

After years of operating technology , web development shops, and working for corporations, I have found that it can all be boiled down to “creating stuff other people use”. Over the span of the last 10 years I’ve been unconsciously creating systems, designing, servicing,  and feeling great when others enjoy my work. It is that satisfaction that makes me move forward. There are thousands of ways to make stuff others can benefit from or use. It can be anything. The key is to find what makes you feel good about making others feel good. It may take some time, but you will find your fuel.

Jeff Bezos once said:

I imagined himself as an very old person, then thought about how it will feel if I didn’t execute his dream (his idea), would I regret it when I have years to live…….

So, what is your FUEL?

What makes you feel good?

If you could do one more thing in life, what would it be?

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Francis Suarez
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Start Ups – You Are by Yourself

Start ups - Choose Your Own Path

When it comes to start ups, you must choose your own path

I often stress that when we go into new adventures and step into the unknown, as with start ups, we sometimes think the world around us will notice and will come to help magically, as though our first steps will amaze everyone around us.  It doesn’t happen like that. When we have a bunch of ideas we would like to pursue, the desire for validation and assistance from others becomes even more amplified. This is especially true with entrepreneurship. There is risk involved with start ups, and it is up to the individual to get through it all.

We like to have our ideas and business ventures validated, confirmed, tested, and proven by others. It provides an explainable sense of satisfaction when others tell us “That’s right! What a great idea! You can do it!”

The problem I see with this approach is that we wait to actually start up. We have a hopeful expectation for something that may not arrive. This can effectively hold your ideas and would-be implementations hostage (indefinitely). It can be compared to an endless loop in programming,  where the ideas continue forever because the condition for execution is never met.

I have come to realize that having expectations that others are as excited about your business is good — to a certain level, but is not good to have the idea that you cannot move without that pat on the back, or that extra push forward. When you do this for too long, your ideas will fall by the wayside. When it comes to start ups, it all begins and ends with you.

My advice is to work towards your vision by yourself instead of focusing on garnering unclear expectations from others about what the your ideas, products, and ventures should be. Start ups require you to get moving by yourself.

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Out of Your Comfort Zone

Get out of your comfort zone

I’ve read lots of motivational, business, and leadership books.  I truly enjoy a variety of subjects. To me, books and other sources of good content should provide at the  minimal, a different perspective. They should require you to get out of your comfort zone.

Interestingly enough, I have come to realize that change can’t be directly influenced by any content (books, audio, blogs, etc). Although these help to give us ideas and reasons for motivating ourselves, our best comes when we make up our own recipe — that secret sauce, or custom program,  and decide what feels best for ourselves.

There is really no guide to success or failure….stop looking, It doesn’t exist. Instead, build your own as you go, learn it well and execute it.

In other words, think for yourself and step out of your comfort zone.

During  2001-2006, while running an outsourcing information technology business for small companies, colleges, and government entities, I didn’t had time to look for content on improving or taking operations to the next level.

However, I did  learn something valuable, and it shapes my thoughts,  execution of ideas, and business ventures. I have found  that every time I step outside my comfort zone (routine… the usual… that safe place…), take controlled risks, and pull away feeling SAFE, I execute ideas faster and better. I recharge myself with certainty and have tons of fun.

Successful entrepreneurs, big thinkers and others have mastered staying away from that safe place, challenging themselves and charging up their certainty every day. They take the idea of stepping out of your comfort zone very seriously, and experience serious benefits from it.

Are you creating your own custom recipe for success?

Very nice article by Owen Greaves on The Future Of Business Is Not Playing It Safe

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Negative Feedback Does Not Exist

Negatives

We often hear others write or say “I got negative feedback”, or “I only heard bad things” when ideas are shared. I believe there really is no such thing as negative feedback. Any advice you get can be used for positive purposes.

I’ve come up with a basic way to go about explaining how I view positive and negative feedback.

Imagine you have the task of running a survey across 200 people at a conference. Your purpose lies in finding out what they like, what they believe needs to be changed, and seeking out any issues that may have been avoided. When you are done, it is unlikely that you’ll go back and ask each of the survey participants for the reason they selected survey answers the way in which they did.  It doesn’t work that way. Surveys are a one-way collection method and they are meant to be utilized with  a purpose. A survey has the primary purpose of collecting both positive and negative opinions from a group of people on specific topics.

Asking individuals or a group for feedback should be treated in the same manner:

feedback = opinion (points of view) = mini surveys (two way)

When we form ideas and ask opinions of things we’d like to execute or conceptualize, we need to understand our goal is to

Ask => Retrieve It => Clarify => Repeat

Clarifying why we get negative feedback is more important than defending ourselves by trying to diminish the source of the feedback. Apply what you learn from negative feedback, and you will end up with more positive feedback when you run another survey.

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A good article on negative criticism:
What is the best way to handle negative criticism?

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The Death of an Idea

The death of an idea is not always a bad thing. You most likely have at least 20 ideas that you strongly believe could succeed if you could only figure out how to implement them. Some of these do become a burden. You may even endlessly ruminate on your own unproven theories without stopping to realize that your theories may not be built on good ideas. If you evaluate objectively, you will start to find ways your idea could fail. Rather than giving in to the endless evaluation, you might consider that it is time to kill it.

The death of an idea - hit the killswitchIf you are not able to invert thoughts towards thinking of ways these could succeed and how you’ll best execute, kill the idea. I mean scratch it; delete it; overwrite it… just get over the death of an idea and move on. I have done this many times.

Your time is precious, so you better use it on ideas that have a chance at life.

Hint: I apply this iteration method to just about any thought. It WORKS.

 

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Form Ideas Without Trying to be Nostradamus

You probably aren't another NostradamusWe all form ideas around how we can make or improve on things.  I probably have 200+ ideas for creating web applications on my list, some of which are new, unproven concepts. The cold truth is that we think too much about consequences when we form ideas. I call these the “What If’s”.

I am not saying that we shouldn’t plan, contemplate, compare, analyze competition, or take time to be sure of what we’re embarking on.

My point is simple: Doubt and uncertainty will always exist to some extent. The key is in training yourself to trust yourself more, follow your gut, and believe that every successful idea ever created started the same way — as a simple thought.

Unfortunately, most of us cannot predict the future, but we can decide where we want to go. In my case, I’ve decided I wanted to dedicate my life to working with computers, programming, technology, entrepreneurship, family life, ideas, helping people…

Don’t try to predict the future….when you form ideas, you can’t be Nostradamus!

 

Think Less of these:

  • What if it doesn’t work?
  • What if people don’t like it?
  • What if I run out of money?
  • What if I’m completely alone?
  • What could happen?
  • What will it take?
  • What if others think I’m crazy?

Do more of this:

  • Gather feedback, good or bad.
  • Figure out how you’ll explain your idea to others in less than 150 characters.
  • Decide what you want to pursue in life (or which ideas to execute).
  • Measure your passion about what you’re doing.
  • Find out what’s holding you up and overcome this (fear,past experiences of failure,innovation,perception or the What If’s)
  • Trust yourself when you form ideas

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Quit Your Day Job – Nuts?

This is not intended for us as a guide which could ultimately lead you to quit your day job and/or abandon your daily responsibilities.

I’ll try to explain my reasoning behind the decision to leave a very cool day job as an Information Technology professional where I really was pulling in enough money. Some would say that making the decision to quit your day job when it offers financial security is completely nuts.Is it nuts to quit your day job to become an entrepreneur?

There are a few things to point out before we dive into story mode…..

  • I’m not a professional blogger (please bear with me).
  • I do like to write and share my experiences (good or bad).
  • I didn’t have tons of money saved or ready to burn (enough to reset, I’ll explain more).
  • I didn’t have anybody suggesting I should quit my day job. (really…).
  • I had previously run a small business for 5-6 straight years (with both good and failures).
  • I like telling you about my story.  I think you’ll get something good out of it.

I have to admit that through the years while operating a small consulting / web design office,  I became addicted to working on stuff I created, conceptualized, planted, built on so much that it’ has become a part of me.

Interestingly enough, I’ve found out that what I appreciated  the most about running the business was not the freedom or the money, it was the relationships I was able to build with people. I’ve come to realize, after being five years out on the entrepreneur wagon, those relationships are what I’ve missed the most ,and of course the building blocks part (custom web, systems, design, etc) which was the door or medium to start those relationships.

You see, I was good at web design and computer consulting, but it was the passion behind it that made the business work and the relationships grow.

I still use my passion. I may be nuts, but still, I  was able to quit my day job.  If you think you might be nuts to quit your day job, consider this: If you have that gut instinct — that passion, you can make a go of your ideas without feeling that you have sacrificed too much.

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Stop the idea frenzy!

On the idea boatA few days ago I found myself with thoughts in my head which where becoming more painful as time went by. I was generating so many ideas that I could not even track them all, let alone write them down before I had forgotten them. It bothered me that I was forgetting some of these almost instantly. Some of those I had forgotten, I had believed were very good (really bad concepts in reality).

Why was I worried about writing down ideas (good or bad)?

I had even perfected idea note writing to multiple scenarios. I kept a piece of paper ready in my pocket, I had my mobile notes @evernote,  and even had photos of random pieces of paper I used to write down anything I liked to do — after all, those ideas might just change the world… . I couldn’t stop!

I started reading books on how to stop this idea frenzy and start creating.

  • Why didn’t I execute any of the ideas I had collected over the years?
  • Was it because of  previous failure?
  • Am I afraid to be successful?
  • Am I afraid of having too much success? Is there such thing?

After long nights without sleep an reading until words were blurring on the page, I learned that 100 ideas later (most of them really bad ones),  I WASN’T STARTING ANYTHING! Every thought I wrote down was pushing the success wagon farther away from me. Each new idea kept me from acting on the ideas I already had.

How did I get out of the idea frenzy?

After reading a handful of good books from “Making Ideas Happen” to those authored by Seth Godin , I noted that they all said the same thing: Just DO it!

Start! Start! Start!

This is what worked for me:

I stopped the idea frenzy. I picked the three that made the most sense, scratched two, and executed one!! It is time to start something — anything! Just move in one direction (forward) and have fun while you do it.

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Jason Freedman’s @JasonFreedman Wrote on this blog “Don’t plug leaks when you got no boat” :: “As an entrepreneur starting from scratch, you’re not maintaining a battle ship; you’re inventing a new type of raft while on the verge of drowning.” http://bit.ly/mLiP9w

I get lot’s of inpiration reading @JasonWomack (The Womack Company) tweets, blog and direct messages. Never get tired of looking at what Jason has to say today. Thank’s Jason!