Archive for August, 2011
It looked like it was built hundreds of years ago – and camouflaged in the mystery of the Appalachian mountains. You have to look closely to see it behind the shrubbery of the area; I pulled over and inside the house, masks lay on side dressers, props scattered all over the hardwood floor, costumes hanging behind doors. I thought I had stepped onto the backstage of a theater. And as luck would have it, this 2-year-old boy just happened to be playing in his room.
My TWiT Photo cohost Leo Laporte is famously known as The Tech Guy and the King of the Internet – but at Sunday’s TWiT Brick House Grand Opening party, he also garnered himself a new moniker – Hef. Leo threw a party that could rival one of the notorious Hugh Hefner parties – and even donned a plush velvet red smoking jacket and was the very epitome of lush decadence in his regal man’s chair. The party was a blast, starting with Revision3 host Brian Brushwood‘s daredevil fire-eating stunt and ending with TWiT employees and guests on the dance floor showing their stuff and letting loose. Check out some photos of me, with my studio manager Trish in tow, along with other TWiT folks, such as Mad Magazine’s “Maddest Writer” Dick DeBartolo, Alex Lindsay, Robert Scoble and Bob Heil.
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In this episode of TWiT Photo, we take a look inside Google+ superstar Colby Brown’s “Dexter kill-room.” Just kidding, Colby! Like last week’s guest Jasmine Star, Colby only picked up a digital SLR in 2006. In just 5 short years, he has not only amassed an impressive client roll that includes National Geographic, the professional photographer has also become a social media leader by sharing his amazing work and helping to grow a vibrant community of photography enthusiasts. The travel and landscape photographer also uses his art to aid humanitarian efforts around the world.
My favorite quotes from Colby? “If you can’t find inspiration in your own backyard, you’re not trying hard enough.” and “I am allergic to flash.” :p What was your favorite quote?
Thanks to Colby for these great tips:
“ Use a tripod as often as you can.”
“Learn how to blend in layers in Photoshop.”
“Find your childlike sense of discovery.”
Have questions, suggestions or praises? Please email email@example.com.
John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing is one of my favorite marketing and business resources – and I love the refreshing and practical insights his articles offer. This article resonates with me as a business owner because running a photography business means I have to take into account calculated risks and balancing effective operations with the creative side of photography. He is spot on that contrary to popular belief, a successful entrepreneur is not a poker-faced risk taker – to succeed, you’ll do well to follow his 7 steps :)
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Post By John Jantsch
I’ve hung out with thousands of entrepreneurs over the last few years alone and I can tell you, they’re not who you think they are.
So much of the popular literature on entrepreneurs portrays them as some sort of gut-wrenching risk takers walking out there on the bleeding edge daring to tread where most fear. A few of those do exist, but more often than not, those are the ones who fail. What I’ve found is that successful entrepreneurs possess and grow a handful of traits that are rarely mentioned and certainly aren’t found in textbooks on the subject. I’m not sure if these traits can be learned to tell you the truth, but I do think it’s helpful if they’re understood.
In my opinion, people who naturally possess the following traits are more likely to succeed as entrepreneurs.
I’m not aware of any MBA programs that teach this, but it’s such a wonderful trait in business. To want, need to know what’s next, how something works, why people aren’t buying, or how to do something just a little faster is a trait I look for in any potential employee and one that successful entrepreneurs are almost plagued with. (Insatiable curiosity is often encumbered with boredom of the routine.)
This one throws people, but successful entrepreneurs are not any more wired to take risks than most, but they are wired to spot opportunities and possess the confidence that something, perhaps not what was originally envisioned, can be made of the opportunity. They are often better at letting something that’s clearly a bad idea go, limiting the ultimate risk.
This goes hand in hand with risk. Successful entrepreneurs enjoy the planning process, not necessarily completing a plan, but this is what makes them averse to taking foolish risks. They often so value the plan for their life that they always hold a glimmer of the vision of the business that can serve that plan.
Successful entrepreneurs are trustworthy. They keep their promises, but more than that, they are trusting. In other words, they extend trust to others and focus on results instead of blame when something goes wrong.
It’s tough to succeed long-term as an entrepreneur when you judge one or most of your actions as failed. Successful entrepreneurs have an uncanny ability to look at every misstep (and there will be plenty) as a learning opportunity. The key question is what did we learn from this as opposed to why did this fail.
I might get some challenges on this one as my research is a bit shaky here, but most of the successful entrepreneurs I’ve worked with view things from a different point of view than the general population. They can do puzzles. This includes seeing how seemingly random sets of ideas fit together in simple and elegant ways. If they excel at math, it’s probably geometry over calculus.
Here’s another one I think is misunderstood. Successful entrepreneurs I’ve met are very realistic about what’s possible and are very practical in terms of getting there. That doesn’t mean that they choke off growth by being overly cash sensitive, but it does usually mean that they have a great sense of how many units they can really move next quarter and what action steps are needed to do it.
So, are you an entrepreneur? Where do you stand on these traits?