StartupGuy

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April 20, 2018 StartupGuy0

Buying products online has become second nature to us all. Gone are the days when we are restricted by opening hours, parking fees, congestion and having to be in crowded shopping centres. The online world of consuming has opened the world as a shopping marketplace, but with this newly discovered shopping landscape, new levels of frustrations and restrictions that were previously unheard of have been created. Here are 3 top online customer grievances, and the solutions you can provide for your business.

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1. When will it be delivered?

With the digital age, people want things immediately, and at a time that suits them. You need to have a very clear message of when your customers can expect their goods to be delivered. It is essential that you use reliable courier companies to deliver your goods, and that you are in close contact with your suppliers so that you are up-to-date with their lead times. This is especially important around key calendar dates that may be relevant to your products such as Christmas, Valentine’s Day or even school holiday dates.

Solution: prominently display your last order cut-off date for guaranteed delivery for a certain date. Never make promises to customers that you can’t keep – honesty is the best policy.

2. Is the website safe and company genuine?

Online fraud and security breaches make big news. The data that companies can potentially mine from their customers is vast. You need to take every step you can to reassure your customers that you are legitimate. If your website is regularly crashing and unavailable to consumers, you will not be instilling the customers with a great deal of trust for your company. Your IT needs to support you in being able to deliver to your customers what you say you can, you may be a start-up or a young enterprise, but that does not mean that you can’t have the IT infrastructure of larger corporations.

Solution: clearly display on your website your company’s contact details for your customers to get in touch with you – a landline number is a great sign of authenticity!

3. What if the product isn’t what I wanted?

Consumers shy away from buying online if they feel that returning the goods is going to be a hassle. People inherently want an easy life, and returning goods, either because they are unsuitable, damaged or faulty, can feel like a mission. A solid returns policy will reassure concerned consumers that they can easily return goods to you, and at no cost to themselves. Obviously, some products such as intimate products or those sold as clearance cannot be returned, but as long as you have a very clear policy, consumers will be placated.

Solution: you must spend time clearly describing the products that you are selling. If you give a product description that accurately portrays the product (measurements, colours, best use for, etc.) and include images where appropriate, you will reduce the number of returns that occur.



April 20, 2018 StartupGuy0

When you read entrepreneurial success stories, the consensus seems to be that all you need to start a business is a laptop and an internet connection. While this may be true to some extent, ordinarily you need some capital behind you to turn your ideas into a profit-making reality.

The first port of call to access funds may be to friends and family, to see whether they can invest in your business. However, this option can be problematic, and you risk damaging the relationship if things don’t quite work as well as you had forecast. You could also try obtaining a bank loan, but if your credit history is a little chequered, you will not be granted this opportunity. So how can you pull together some funds for your fledgling business? Here are 3 unlikely ways to gain some money for your start-up.

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1. Angel Investing

You will be familiar with the concept of Dragon’s Den; angel investing is a way of obtaining funds in exchange for a stake in your company. This may not be what you had envisaged when you first thought about starting your own company, but there some very attractive advantages to angel investing that you may not have considered. The investors bring with them industry expertise that they will share with you through mentoring, and they will have a network of contacts that will benefit your business.

2. Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is an online method for gaining a collection of investors into your business. You will need to be able to explain your business idea in a captivating way that will appeal to potential financiers. You may feel that you don’t want your idea to be published in the public domain, especially if it is particularly innovative, but there are benefits to crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding provides a gauge as to how successful your business idea is before you have committed funds. If you have limited interest, you may want to review your business plan and the direction you were intending to go in. You will have numerous investors who will all be keen to promote your business’s products or services, and marketing wise, you have a ready-made fan base keen to help your venture succeed.

3. DIY

You may be scratching your head as to how you can fund your business yourself, but that reality is that you may just have to. You may have to sell the possessions you no longer want on OLX, Takealot or BidoBuy, or even sell your worn out vehicle to We Buy Cars, but to get your venture off the ground, it will be worth it.

When entrepreneurs start a business with little or limited funding, it is known as bootstrapping; this may be what you were hoping to avoid, but bootstrapping has its own merits. The skills that you will pick up and develop will stand you in very good stead for future successes. Every penny counts, and you will become a shrewd businessperson understanding the value behind every pound.

You have the idea, and you have the energy to pursue your business venture, but you must also develop your resilience. Being an entrepreneur is not an easy route, but with hard work and determination, you will make it a success. Good luck.



April 18, 2018 StartupGuy0

The primary goal of most new business owners is to see their fledgling venture enjoy rapid growth and recognition. Although there is no one formula to follow to catapult your enterprise to success in the first few months of years after it is launched, there are a number of tips you can follow to give you the best possible chance of achieving the maximum growth in the smallest possible time.

Create a solid financial base

If you want to take advantage of upcoming trends in the market, you may need to increase your working capital or take on new staff in a short space of time. If traditional sources of finance such as high street banks or venture capitalists are taking too long to make a decision or decline because they fail to share your vision of the future, you might want to look into financing your business through peer to peer lending instead.

Take on new staff

In the early stages of a business, most entrepreneurs want to be as hands-on as possible across all areas of company activities. However, it is only by being willing to give your employees a greater degree of autonomy and responsibility that you can put aside enough unnecessary tasks to allow you to move forward and expand your business.

Although taking on new employees involves an element of risk and you may be concerned about a wide range of potential hassles, it is unlikely that your company will be able to move forward and expand until you do. Depending on the stage your business is at, you might want to consider taking on an apprentice. This can provide you with an additional member of staff, subsidized by the government, and enables you to put something back into society by giving a young person a great opportunity to develop their own business skills.

Become an Influencer

Social media is a great way of expanding the reach of your business and finding new customers, but users dislike the idea of being sold to in a way that seems direct. The key is to ensure the information you put out on social networks is of genuine use to those who see it, and in this way, you will benefit from a higher profile through increasing numbers of shares and likes.

If you can become an expert in the field of your business, all the better. Use platforms such as Twitter to further boost the profile of you and your company by issuing statements that add to the debate on key issues. You can then leverage this influence to make appearances on more traditional forms of media, such as radio and television, further boosting your profile.

Reduce the risk

No matter how well you plan, there will always be external and internal threats to your company that have the potential to stall growth. If you want to be sure your business enjoys expansion, it is vital to take steps to mitigate such risks as early as possible.

Having the right business insurance policies in place to cover everything from intellectual property theft or a data breach to an office break-in or public liability claim is essential. Should the worst-case scenario happen, you will be far better placed to continue moving forward.



April 18, 2018 StartupGuy0

When we’re faced with doing something that’s outside our comfort zone, whether it be making the jump into starting a business, or literally jumping out of a plane to do a sky dive, most of us have a tendency to overthink before we act.

It’s a perfectly natural response. In these situations, our limbic system, i.e. the part of our brain which controls things like our fight or flight response is screaming at us to move away from danger, while at the same time, the more evolved, conscious part of our brain (the part which makes us human) is trying to reason that what we’re planning to do is actually a good thing. The end result is we end up going round and round inside our heads, thinking but never actually doing.

Because our limbic system is very powerful, it has a strong influence on our behaviour. This defence mechanism worked really well back when we had to fend for ourselves in the jungle… it kept us alive! But the problem is, in 21st century life we face a very different set of challenges which often conflict with what our primal instincts are programmed to tell us.

In order to succeed in business, we often need to do things that the primitive part of our brain interprets as dangerous.

A prime example here is public speaking. For most people, the thought of standing up in front of a room full of people to give a speech sends their limbic system into a full on panicked flight mode, even though we know it to be completely irrational.

So how do we overcome this inner struggle and get on with taking action?

The answer is simple…

The faster you act, and the less you deliberate something, the less likely you are to be halted by your emotions, and the more likely you are to get it done. It’s just like ripping off a plaster.

So next time you want to do something that scares you, don’t overthink it. Just empty your mind, count down from 5, and do it.

You’ll be amazed at how well it works!



March 16, 2018 StartupGuy0

According to Forbes, the average age of starting one’s own businesses is 29 years. However, in our country, almost every entrepreneurial venture is looked at with skepticism. Maybe it is because we don’t believe in the success of such initiatives and opt for the safer route of working for a company that is already in business? Or maybe we doubt that a youngster, with a brilliant idea and the determination to take it forward, can’t execute it properly?

But why is there such a prevalent disbelief in the entrepreneurial skills of our youth? One of the reasons can be that in our society, we don’t often share success stories. We usually ascribe success to the likes of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates or Warren Buffet, while completely overlooking the success stories around us. We don’t even know our local heroes. We never hear or read about them. We never promote them. We never teach their stories to our kids.

And even when these budding entrepreneurs are able to breakthrough, their efforts often go unnoticed. Currently, you may find the likes of Primedia, one of the largest media groups in the country, promoting some initiatives and the likes of Destiny Magazine publishing some success stories, however, majority of the success stories never get told. Telling these success stories and turning entrepreneurs into heroes will only inspire others and produce more entrepreneurs. Therefore, it is high time we realize the importance of bringing forth such stories, otherwise success will become an obscure concept, and all we will be left with is failure!

Another reason for this prevalent disbelief in our youth’s entrepreneurial abilities is the absence of breeding grounds for them, where they could test and subsequently prove their abilities. If you look at the current trend of the budding entrepreneurs, a vast majority of them come from prestigious institutions like UCT, Tuks, UJ, Wits, etc. One hardly sees a student coming from other institutions. What is it about these institutions that inculcate this entrepreneur spirit in the students? What is it about these institutions that they become the breeding grounds of the young, fearless entrepreneurs? Is it the curriculum? The faculty? The pedagogy? The environment?

Maybe it is the combination of them all. While the curriculum of these institutions maybe similar to that of others, it is the practical experience that the students get along with the theoretical knowledge that makes them different from their peers. The students are encouraged by their professors (who, by the way, are often experienced practitioners themselves) to implement the theoretical knowledge they gain in the classroom to the world around them in the form of industry-based practical projects. The entire environment is focused on encouraging the students to engage with the world around them and understand the industry trends. However, such institutions are limited; therefore not all aspiring entrepreneurs get the chance to prove their mettle and earn the support for their entrepreneurial endeavors.

As a result, in our society it is generally observed that for youngsters coming from a family of salaries professionals it is very difficult to present his/her business idea and get unconditional support from them. Therefore, if you have any entrepreneurial idea which you want to take forward, prepare yourself for a long road ahead and know that there are going to be doubters and skeptics along the way, but keep in mind that for a startup to start is a great success itself!



March 16, 2018 StartupGuy0

Imagine 20 people waiting in a queue for a bus or to buy a ticket, or on a cash counter in a bank, and suddenly the last one of them, moves out, comes to the counter and says, “Keep standing there all day. I am just buying the ticket right away. My world, my rules”.

I don’t have to write what might have happened to that person. An Entrepreneur is just like that guy. When everybody is going to get a good salary, officially given a car, home allowance, free tours, medial insurances, pension and a fair amount as gratuity fund, the entrepreneur is talking about taking risks, spending money, taking loans, hiring services, paying rent and utility bills – isn’t that person crazy?

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Out of box thinking and breaking the egg shell are 2 very different tasks. But before that, aspiring entrepreneurs must learn and develop a few things which can prove to be vital for survival in the open market. An “about to become” entrepreneur must learn resilience, professionalism, self-confidence, leadership, team work and effective ways of communication and presentation. But it isn’t something beyond human capabilities. The rule is simple – Higher risks, higher profits. It’s sometimes stressful but at times, it can be highly rewarding and can give a sense of accomplishment. So it isn’t as hard as it seems. I would suggest the following points to consider before jumping into the market.

1. Prioritize things

First decide what you want to become. Then rank different things you have and also the things you want to have. What is important to you and what are you willing to sacrifice?

2. Personality Match

Some are good at being the boss, while others are better at following instructions. Are you comfortable with a lot of responsibility? Can you take full responsibility for success and failure? Can you accept failure as well?

3. Skills

Are you an innovator and a creative problem-solver? Do you have the ability to tolerate uncertainty and unexpected change of events? Do you have a clear picture of your strengths and weaknesses?

4. Be idealistic

Do you believe in yourself? Do you have the determination and courage to keep climbing until you reach the mountain top? Will you be able to jump over many hurdles continuously?

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5. Be realistic

Can you be realistic enough to face rejection and comments which are directly against the idea dearest to you?

6. Be flexible

Adaptation is important to survive. It’s actually the “survival of the fittest” kind of logic. Do not be over-obsessed with your plans. Always be flexible to accept and understand changes in market and consumer behaviour.

7. Be Prepared

Situations can either be like an “elevator pitch” or “detailed essay”.. It’s expressing your idea according to the situation. You must know every aspect of your business to avoid pitfalls.

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8. Analyse

Market research and analysis is vital before entering a market. You can fail easily or succeed easily depending on how strong your research is. Jumping into the water without knowing its depth is actually a huge risk.

9. Expand Network

Keep networking. You will never know who can be critically helpful in your business. More networking will give you more options and more ways to keep on moving.

10. Team Up

You don’t have to do it all alone. Keep it legalized and written, and add partners without any fear.

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In short, it’s all about analyzing your personality, skills and keeping your idea acceptable for the market and the consumers.



March 16, 2018 StartupGuy0

All successful entrepreneurs are hardened believers in the idea they want to bring to market. They have a hands-on understanding of every aspect of their startup from the outset. They are avid learners and don’t fear making mistakes. They know of the unmet needs in the market through direct research and study of trends; they have a good idea of where to find their potential customers; they network actively and are aware of the competitors in their chosen industry; they are mindful of their ideas’ USP (unique selling proposition) and communicate the same effectively; they are financially astute and disciplined; and they start off by doing most of the stuff themselves, relying on outsource partners, where needed.

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They roll up their sleeves, work days and nights, by getting into the nitty gritties of organizing the business, making of products and/or delivering of a service. All this while, they know that they cannot go at it alone. It is when the game plan is clear in their head that they start looking for people who will become part of the dream they are pursuing. And this is why they lead by example, to inspire others to join them as partners or associates in their mission.

Here’s an example of what happens when you don’t lead by example. I have known an investor in Johannesburg, who received R500000/- as a startup fund from one of his wealthy contacts. This young gentleman had friends who were interested in starting their own businesses. One was keen on launching a real estate venture, the other, a recruitment business, and the third, a corporate finance advisory/consulting practice. The investor set up a holding company, which later took equity in these three businesses in return for providing capital. Approximately R100000 was invested in each enterprise, with the balance R200000 kept as a contingency fund.

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The investor remained hand-off from the outset and relied entirely on his friends to make a success of their respective ventures. The early days were exciting. New offices came up in different parts of the city and people were hired. Projected revenues did not materialize in the first six months, and more funds were injected to cover overheads. Within a year, two of the business collapsed, and only one managed to break even and survived for a while. The investor relied on this third entity – the real estate business – to make profits in the ensuing months and years. This too didn’t materialize. Instead, the business continued to struggle for a year more, barely managing its monthly overheads, and not having funds to invest in much needed technology and promotion. In his progress review meetings with his friend, all he would hear is excuses. Sadly, the investor didn’t know enough about the market and the nature of business to make a useful contribution, other than rely on what he was told and the promises he was given. Within the space of two years, the half a million rand seed capital came to naught.

The investor failed because he was unable to lead by example. He had no idea of the intricacies involved in each type of business and the key factors that would have led them to success. His friends were well meaning and had knowledge of the businesses they started through experience with their previous employers. However, they had never run a business on their own. The investor did not have the ability to assess the competence and commitment levels of his friends in terms of the tasks they were undertaking. Instead, he relied on their word and confidence alone.

Success in any entrepreneurial venture comes from    leadership – both personal and business. To lead by  example, any aspiring entrepreneur needs to be self-aware  i.e., he should have a good sense of his strengths and  weakness; must be self-motivated and self-disciplined to go  the distance; have the essential competencies – functional,  strategic and managerial with which to turn his passion to  serve, into a resounding reality.The good news is that most of these competencies are  acquired on the job by learning from mistakes.  Experiencing setbacks in the initial years is a common  feature among startups of all kinds. Being aware of such  risks and having plans to mitigate them is of the essence.

Only when you lead by example, can you build credibility. Through credibility you attract talented individuals who share in your dream and have needed skills to strengthen your enterprise.



March 16, 2018 StartupGuy0

Entrepreneurship is suddenly the coolest thing around. Even children who once wanted to grow up to be engineers, doctors, pilots and policemen, now want to become entrepreneurs who can “revolutionize” the world with their “innovative” products and services. Students are “pivoting” on their homework assignments and “A/B testing” the sports they want to excel at.

My nine year old daughter is part of this rabble as well. Last night, we had some family friends over with their kids. About twenty minutes into their visit, I caught her pitching to the young visitors with intent to “crowd source” her ice-cream sundae. Her kisses are based on a “freemium” model and are immediately followed by an offer for a hug in exchange for me “sponsoring” the next trip to McDonald’s. I suppose that makes me her “angel investor.” And here’s the real kicker; she’s a great online marketer too and knows how to make the slightest parental intervention in her affairs the most “viral” topic of discussion in our family circle on Google Plus!

Oh, and last but not the least, her grandmother can speak “Entrepreneurese’”as well. Just this morning, I got a stern lecture on how a “paradigm shift” in parenting is “disrupting” the whole parent-child relationship (read “customer relationship management”) landscape.

Literally everyone around me, and their grandmother, appear to be walking and talking like entrepreneurs. And I don’t like that! One of the reasons is a selfish desire to ensure the continued survival of the human race. I don’t want a future where there are more hospitals and fewer doctors. I don’t want an entrepreneurial engineer A/B testing a new bridge design in production. And I certainly don’t want to fly cross-Pacific in a crowd sourced airplane.

Secondly, and more importantly, not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur. Some people just add more value to the world as engineers or scientist or doctors than they would if they keep having a repeated bout with entrepreneurship. At the end of the day, isn’t that what it’s all about? As much as I generally love to inspire people who have the potential to take on entrepreneurship, I have compiled below a list of the wrong reasons to be an entrepreneur. I hope it will compel some work-in- progress engineers and doctors to remain steadfast in their paths and continue to save lives and build dams and bridges.

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Please note that I don’t mean entrepreneurship in the philosophical sense here, which is usually referenced when implying that every human being is an entrepreneur, because life itself is such an uncertain entrepreneurial challenge. I am talking hardcore, capitalistic, big business entrepreneurship.

So without further ado, here are seven reasons why you will most likely not be a successful entrepreneur if the singular reason you are treading the path is because:

1. You are ‘inspired’ by Facebook’s $1 billion acquisition of Instagram (substitute your favorite insane, outlier, M&A precedent here).

Forget it. That and similar deals are not the norm. More importantly, entrepreneurship is not about getting rich, it’s about delivering substantially more value to the world than you take out of it.

2. You are a rock star programmer, engineer, marketer or whatever.

In order to be successful, you will need a rock star team. Entrepreneurial monologues usually fall on deaf ears.

3. You are inspired by your favorite entrepreneur role model in the community.

There is absolutely no correlation between your role model’s success as an entrepreneur and your ability to be one. True, community mentors can be a big help and can be used as course corrector, but you will need a lot of passion, drive, perseverance, skill and energy of your own to fuel your entrepreneurial journey.

4. You scored an ‘A’ in a course on entrepreneurship at your college or university.

The theory or practice taught at universities is either very general knowledge or very specific practice as relates to a case study of a particular venture or business problem. True, you will be better equipped to handle common pitfalls after studying the topic, but what makes or breaks a new venture are issues or opportunities that are very unique and personalized to that particular business. Your own ability to learn from the mistakes you make (and you WILL make them) will determine your fate as an entrepreneur.

5. You have had a tough childhood and you persevered to become a valuable member of your society.

Great, you are a tough cookie and a fighter, that’s all good. It’s a key ingredient of the entrepreneurial cocktail. But know that persevering and fighting to survive against all odds is different from staying the course at a business venture. In the former case, you can’t afford to quit or you will perish. In business, alongside your fighting spirit, you will need a sharp sense of judgment that can guide you when it may be more prudent to pivot or quit instead of pressing on.

6. You have either a brilliant idea and/or access to a lot of capital.

Well, that’s just great! You have overcome just one or two of the hurdles in launching a big business. All you need now is an untapped market, a stellar team, masterful execution, an ace product, right pricing, outstanding marketing, high quality partners, loyal customers, unmatched customer service and a successful exit to succeed against all odds from competitors and changing market dynamics. Piece of cake, isn’t it?

Last of all, the number one reason why you should not be an entrepreneur is if you are deterred, or even shaken, by an article like this!



March 16, 2018 StartupGuy0

Time is life and vice versa. In order for us to learn how to live a good life, we must remain alive to the fact that we can die at any moment.

We are, after all, mortal beings. Death is the flip side of life, and it will visit us all, one day. Since we don’t know when we shall depart from this planet – this dimension of space, matter and time, it’ll be wise to live each moment, each day, as though it were our last, by giving meaning and significance to everything we   do and say each day. By all means, include moments of fun and adventure in   your repertoire.

Caution: While it is important to remember death at all times to guide our daily decisions and actions, we must never seek it. We get the complete picture only when we keep both life and death in our minds at all times, and this helps us make the most of each day and what life has to offer.

The habit of procrastination leads us to wasting precious time. It has its roots in our ignorance of the fact that our life can come to an end any minute. Being alive means we are able to make a difference in our lives and those of others. We are rendered helpless upon death, even though our legacy – good or bad, endures long after we are gone. How do you wish to be remembered after you die?

Most of us are unconsciously caught up in the ‘circular’ paradigm of time, which suggests that the sun will rise every morning; tomorrows will keep coming. This leads to a thought which says, ‘So what if I miss doing something today, it can always be done later. What’s the hurry?!’ As a result, complacency sets in, and we keep on postponing things we need to do today, believing in an endless series of tomorrows.

To make the most of your day, adopt the ‘linear’ concept of time, which emphasizes: Time that has passed shall never return. So make the most of the time you have NOW. Do today’s work, today.

I came across an article on the net by Joshua Becker, titled: 10 Simple Steps to Make the Most of Every Day. It is reproduced below:

10 Simple Steps to Make the Most of Every Day 

Our lives are a large collection of single days one right after the other. The sun rises, the sun sets, and it rises again. And in the end, the lives we chose to live will be determined by how we choose to spend each day. Unfortunately, for most of my life, I embraced little intentionality in my days. I survived each new day, but made little effort to make the most of it. Instead, they simply just came and went… and many were wasted.

But over the past few years, my views have changed. I have begun to view each day as an important gift. I have sought to embrace each one individually and discover the potential that it holds. After all, some may get more days than others, but each of us have been given this one. And we ought to be making the most of it.

Here are 10 simple steps I have personally found helpful to make the most of every day:

  1. Rise early. It was this article about becoming an early riserthat motivated me to make thissignificant change in my sleepingAnd I’ve never looked back. Earlymornings are quiet, peaceful,productive, energizing… and myfavorite part of the day.
  2. Eat right. The food we put into our bodies becomes the fuel on whichit We are wise to make sure it is theright kind of fuel at every meal. Justbe sure to include some protein inyour breakfast, your mind will besharper and clearer because of it.
  1. According to recent studies, people who exercise regularly report to be happier, calmer, and better equipped to handlewhatever the day decides to throwat them. Interestingly enough, thestudy seemed to indicate these benefits were experienced on a day-to-day basis, which means you can begin to experience them today by choosing to exercise just 20 minutes.
  1. Accomplish one big We all haveprojects, work, and requirementsfor our time – things that we need to accomplish. Likely, your to-do list is longer than you can accomplish in one day. But to make the most of this day, choose one big thing on your list and do it first. If you finish, move on to the next.
  1. Do one thing that you love.Apart from the day-to-day requirements of living life, you have dreams, goals, and hopes. You have hobbies that you love and activities that breathe life into who you are. Embrace these life-giving opportunities. And do one thing every day that you love.
  1. Rest Rest is as essential to our bodies as food and water and air. Our bodies need to be refreshed ona daily basis and a weekly basis. Don’t neglect to schedule rest. And don’t feel guilty about it when you do.
  1. Be present with others. Put away Engage in conversation.Ask questions. Give time for answers. And look people in the eye when you do. Their eyes reveal far more than their words.
  1. Give to someone Your fullest joyin life will not be found living itselfishly for yourself. Rather, theperiods of greatest joy andfulfillment are found in themoments and motivations when we are choosing to give to others. Invest your life in someone else everyday. Mentor a child. Help a co-worker. Fund a local charity. Or just make that phone call to a friend who needs to hear from you.
  2. Nurture your soul. Our lives are more than flesh and blood. They are also mind and heart and soul. Find time each day to feed your soul by embracing gratitude, laughter, hope, and faith.
  1. Reset. Tomorrow is another day with great potential and opportunity. You’ll want to begin it with a clear slate and a fresh start. Take 10 minutes each evening toclear the clutter and refresh your home for the next day. Tomorrow’s self will thank you for it.

Today is among the greatest gifts we have ever been given. Let’s use it wisely and refuse to waste a single one.