Don't Quit!

There are many business skills that should be learned during your business lifetime. But there are three that must be lived. Perseverance, toughness, and tenacity. In other words, the ability to not give up, despite overwhelming adversity.
Lincoln was a dismal political failure before he became president. Yet, he didn’t stop trying.
What one thing can you do to be succeessful in business and in life? Don’t quit, don’t give up.

Keeping Promises vs Resolutions

Each year some of us make New Years resolutions, very few of us keep them. They get lost in the reality of our everyday existence. If you make them this year, do something different.

Decide what you truly want for your business. What will it take to make that happen? Make a list of what it will take, write a plan, whatever worksvfor you. Now for the reality part. What can you pick from your lists that can be accomplished?

Next to each item on your list , put a date. Keep it realistic.

And now, for the hard part, make yourself a promise. Promise to achieve your goal by the end of the year. A resolutiion says you’ll try, a promise is a committment. Aren’t you and your dreams worth a committment?

Watering the Money Tree

My mother visits from San Bernardino during each major holiday and every couple of weeks. She is an angel to also volunteer to fold clothes, clean up the kitchen, help with cooking, and most importantly offer water to my meager collection of plants. She always notices if my money tree needs watering. I purchased a money tree a few months ago, it hasn’t produced much in the way of money, as it claims to on its label. On Christmas she asked me if it needed water. That struck me, am I watering my money tree? Sure, I give the plant water, but am I giving my business what it needs to survive, probably not.

Am I spending time on producing money or just spending time? How do you water your money tree? By paying attention to what your business needs and how well you feed it. Most practice based business professionsl spend too much time on the wrong tasks. We spend too much time performing our services, watering other people’s trees. Are you paying attention to how much money comes in, how money goes out, how much you keep? Are you watering your money tree?

Is Website Personalization Useful or Useless?

While beginning the design phase for a website project just two years ago, the customer expressed a need for a personalized website. When the need originally came up, personalization was the rage, but my thought was, why? Why would this site need personalization and what would its ROI be for the client? Would more people visit the site because it was personalized? Would more people purchase products because it was personalized? I’m still working on this same project, in the maintenance phase, and the site doesn’t have a personalization engine. It appears the cost of personalization overrides its benefits.

Personalization is Over-Rated
The Personalization Myth
Website Personalization Survey
Forget one-to-one, keep it impersonal
Report slams Web personalization
Does Personalization Do Anything Useful
Personalization and E-Commerce Profiling – From Cookies to Communication

Sites that use personalization
My Washington Post
My Yahoo
My Informit
Amazon

Knitting Blogs

I’ve been blogging away, trying to maintain my topics on business related entries. But I can’t resist mentioning finding Knitting Blogs. Now I’m not a knitter, I’m a crocheter, so I went looking for crochet blogs. I found a few included in the Knitting Blogs webring, but didn’t find a Crochet Blog webring. I found a fiber arts webring at Fiber Arts Webring.

What is remarkable to me is the ever expanding blog universe. There seems to b a blog for everyone to keep and read.

MT Blogging Tools – SharpMT

I”m evaluating an offline MT blogging tool. SharpMT, available at RandyRants. So far, it looks great. It enables me to write my posts while offline. When I’m done, I can choose to post them or decide to save them locally for later. He even has a pocket version.

I posted this entry and it worked great. No glitches whatsoever. Now to edit the same entry and repost it.

Vegetable Brain Soup

My brain resembles soup at the moment. I’ve reached my daily overload limit and am unable to comprehend or process any other information, yet it keeps coming. So, unlike my usual nightly activity of spending yet more time on the computer, I’m going to rest this weary processor (my brain) before it blows its motherboard.

A few sites visited today for your reading pleasure.

UserFriendly.org
Belicove.com
CaveatLector
DanKohn.com
Dribin.org
MetaGrrl.com
Nick.typepad.com
Ravnwood.com
WindowSeat.org