A daily challenge series from the Business Therapist himself Robert Martin. Everyday Monday though Friday Robert gives you a new challenge to improve your business, career & life. Are you ready to challenge yourself?
Tonight we talk about getting dressed for work, outdated technology, and reputation management.
A quick Google search turned up a lot of articles geared towards women, but there were a few men’s articles sprinkled in. My general rule of thumb is if you wouldn’t wear something to a special occasion (or church) you probably shouldn’t wear it to work.
Hacking a car isn’t as trivial as we probably made it sound, but there’s still the possiblity, as per this article. Take a gander. The realization that over a million vehicles could be affected by this is staggering.
Speaking of hacking things, here’s the article covering the smart watch hacks by HP.
Another quick Google search is quite revealing about online reputation management. The fact that a 2 year old Forbe’s article is still the first result is indication that this problem has been around for a while, and there’s still no good solution to it other than having more common sense than posting incriminating photos online/going on hateful, racist, sexist rants on your wall/feed.
In an earlier post I talked about losing your passion, but what about finding your passion in the first place? Finding your passion is different for everyone. Some people know what they were born to do from a very young age. For the rest of us it takes time to really find our true passion. As children we often play “fireman” or “cops and robbers,” and as we grow older some of us stop dreaming. But a few dreamers remain, and thus entrepreneurs are born!
The story doesn’t stop there, though; what about those people who try several “career” paths just to decide they aren’t happy or feel unfulfilled? I know many people who started their adult life as a banker, lawyer or in the nine to five business world, but one day something tugs at the heart strings and another entrepreneur is born. What about those people who know they could do better or feel unappreciated that decide to become their own boss?
But what about the entrepreneur whose true passion was simply a byproduct produced by the business they’ve formed? Let me explain. I started in the technology field many years ago, and I loved working on computers. Solving problems for my clients made me feel amazing. Then I started hiring people to help with the overwhelming response, and I realized I was looking for people who were looking for a mutually helpful relationship.
After twenty years in the technology industry I had a revelation: fixing tech problems was actually a bi-product. My true passion was helping people. I enjoyed helping others be successful. When I started my first business at just twelve years old, (a bicycle repair shop) it was to help the neighborhood kids keep their bicycle going. Did I make money? Of course I did, but I also helped the people I cared about! I used the money I made to help my family pay bills and treat my mom to dinner from time to time. Remember, success is not always about the money you make, it’s about the lives you touch.