Why Pope Francis’ Instagram Decision Is A Great Recipe For Entrepreneurship Success!

Greetings and Welcome Back Entrepreneurs! Today’s Post is about Pope Francis’ decision (http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/trending/pope-francis-instagram-1.3499142) to take his Holy Journey to a New Level by joining Instagram. While he may not be what usually comes to mind for Entrepreneurship, The Pope’s new presence on Instagram is a great recipe for Entrepreneurship Success, which you can and should replicate for your own business! Read On to find out How!!

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Image Credit: “#Blessed? Pope Francis begins ‘new journey,’ joins Instagram By Haydn Watters, CBC News Trending” & “Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images”

1) Invaluable Tool For Marketing!

 Instagram currently is a very popular social media platform whose popularity rivals and threatens to eclipse the likes of Facebook and Twitter. Pope Francis though already well known and revered knew this and joined Instagram albeit very recently in order to market himself and keeping in touch with existing admirers while aiming to gain a new generation of admirers.

Hence, Instagram’s popularity means that this social media apparatus is a pivotal tool for online marketing as many people use social media and many of these same people including your existing and prospective clients use Instagram.

So in order to attract more customers while continuing to fascinate existing customers and being able to relate with your tech savvy target market like the younger generation, adopt Instagram as a means to market your business, its product and service!

2) Excellent For Awareness & Discovery!

You may have a great business, a useful product and top-notch service sure to gain a large consistent customer base. Unfortunately, this may not mean a thing as many new businesses sadly fail before they even have a chance at blooming.

One of the reasons for such large business failure rate is an underdeveloped social media presence meaning the said businesses will remain largely undiscovered and obscured from much of their social media based target market of otherwise interested customers.

Hence, to be discovered quickly, get your business on social media and Instagram! From there, your business will be able connect with, market your product and be discovered by a wider range of your target market’s customers as a first stepping-stone for your business’ success and popularity!

3) Global Expansion!

Another great benefit of using Instagram for your business is expanding via social media. This means that your business can virtually expand and connect with a wide range of customers from your target market worldwide, previously a harder feat for new businesses in the pre digital and pre social media age.

Now however, with the advent of social media and one of its most popular variants, Instagram your business can expand worldwide and connect with prospective customers around the globe for virtually no cost. What’s more is aside from getting customers around the world your business will find support and role models to base your future success on all through Instagram!

4) Can Inspire Others!

Another great benefit of Instagram which will help your business gain more support is Virtual Inspiration made all the more simpler and easier through Social Media Platforms! For my Businesses and this Website Blog, I use Instagram via https://www.instagram.com/smartstartuphubhq/ and post various motivational photos such as motivational and inspirational pictures (e.g. A BMW or a Personal Pic like my Laptop) coupled with descriptive captions in order to inspire, relate better with, motivate and support my target market making them more inclined to do business with me!

The result is that I have gained a steadily growing following of Instagram fans and followers, which will be great for the future of a young business enterprise. So if you want to grow your business, make sure that you inspire, motivate and foster better reliability between your target market and your business by using Inspirational Images with Motivational Captions on Instagram!

 

I hope that you found out what was said here useful, keep your eyes posted on this blog and stay tuned for our upcoming post entitled “Why Instagram Is The Best Path To Grow Your Business On Social Media Right Now!”

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Deadly Business Mistakes I Made That You Can Avoid! A Mini-Series Part.2

Hello and welcome back to “Deadly Business Mistakes I Made That You Can Avoid! A Miniseries.” This Post will serve as Part 2 of weekly my miniseries and will continue covering firsthand experiences of detrimental mistakes my first ever business venture Conextus (Website: http://conextus.ca), made while I was one of its leaders. Just like Part.1 did however, I hope that Part.2 of this weekly miniseries will inspire you to take heed and avoid Conextus’ mistakes. Read On!

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Team Inflation

While a solid team is necessary for a successful business in Conextus we made the mistake of taking things to far with team building. As we were desperate to get the ball rolling, we built up a huge team that resulted in team inflation for Conextus! This meant we had too many members making it more difficult to manage the business team. On top of that the team expanded/inflated to quickly that carrying out commitment checks were made much harder. The team expanded way to quickly and this hindered proper management as the inflated business team of Conextus was often confused, disunited in a state of disarray.

As one of Conextus’ top leaders in charge of administration, I accept much of the responsibility in expanding the team too quickly, preventing to create a solidified team and failing to address the issue of Team Inflation until it was too late. While Conextus fortunately has survived as of now, Team Inflation was and still is a huge flaw in our business with the potential to cripple many new businesses! So with your business team make sure you take into consideration the mistakes of Conextus and take caution when it comes to establishing proper team! It is best to start early meaning you should focus on quality over quantity when it comes to building a team! It is much better that you have a few team members who are specialized (e.g. A team of four or if possible less with all members qualified and competent in their respective roles and able to support each other when need be) as this will make a more manageable team.

If your team is already too big you may have to let certain members go and keep the most competent members on your team unfortunately. However, focusing on building a small but quality team of highly skilled and competent members can easily avoid the sad process of letting team members go as a result of Team Inflation and inability to properly manage the business team!

 

When your team is small it is easier to manage and easier to get things done as you can work more intimately as a transparent more equal and fair partnership instead of a top down hierarchical management. A smaller more manageable business team provides more room for creativity, growth, intimate coaching along with trust, bonding and less stress among your business team making progress hence success possible through better team efficiency!

Deadly Business Mistakes I Made That You Can Avoid! A Miniseries

Part.I

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During the Summer of 2015 I started my first business with a few other friends called Conextus (Website: http://conextus.ca), a social media startup aimed at bettering the social lives, bridging the community gap, reduce isolation and help foster great friendships among College/University Students on campus! Unfortunately our business team made a series of fatal mistakes, which is detrimental and are potential causes of failure for many business startups though Conextus miraculously survived to go into overhaul!

As one of Conextus’ key leaders, I am very much responsible for the series of fatal business mistakes, which could have but were not prevented. Ultimately, the point of this miniseries of posts is providing you with firsthand experience of mistakes startups such as Conextus make causing failure or stunted growth. However, your business startup can avoid much of the Success Killing mistakes my team and I made. So read on and take heed of these points beginning with Part.1 below!

 

1) Neglecting Chief Service

A chief mistake the Conextus business team and by extension myself made was neglecting our chief business service. In the case of Conextus our chief service was our social media app, which in a nutshell was to help university and college students foster new social connections. Instead of making it our number one priority to complete and perfect our product we went ahead prematurely with other business activities like marketing, website design, startup contests and the like without having a finished solid first. This mistake the business team and I made deprived us of business legitimacy we could have had if we finished designing our product first.

2) Gun Jumping

Another mistake the business team and I made hinted in the above point was jumping the gun. Too eager to get the ball rolling for Conextus we went ahead of ourselves too much and failed to consolidate ourselves. Yes, we went too much in to the promotional side of things for Conextus too soon before we even had a chance to consolidate our team or have a finished product to show! While planning ahead and moving forward is integral for a new business’ success, this can lead to gun jumping, the end result being an uncertain and unstable business.

End Of Part.1

I sincerely hope that the advice provided so far has been helpful and that you have learned something to apply in your own business start-up career! As an entrepreneur let the mistakes of Conextus Team (Though We Fortunately Survived And Are Now Recovering In Overhaul!) and I be a lesson for you and your team so that your business doesn’t make these same mistakes and if you do learn from them so you quickly bounce back!

If you are a Business Leader or a Team Leader like myself, then utilize your leadership to help your prevent Team these same deadly mistakes from blunting your progress. Stay tuned for Part.2 of this miniseries, keeping in mind these lessons from Part.1 until then!

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Entrepreneurship Lessons From Mars InSight 2018

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Image Credit: nasa.gov, NASA Targets May 2018 Launch of Mars InSight Mission

It has been announced by NASA on their website via http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-targets-may-2018-launch-of-mars-insight-mission that NASA’s Interior Exploration utilizing Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Head Transport mission known as insight has been scheduled for launch on May 5, 2018 with a schedule Mars landing on November 26, 2018. You may be interested to know this Scientific extraterrestrial NASA mission to study Mars’ deep interior has great entrepreneurial lessons for those of us running and/or starting a business/s. Below are three great takeaway lessons from the above URL-article about NASA’s InSight Mission for your entrepreneurial ventures!

1) It’s The Little Things That Matter!

 A great entrepreneurship lesson NASA’s InSight Mission teaches is that in ventures it is the little things that matter! In the case of NASA’s InSight Mission it was a small issue that drastically affected the course of the Mars Geodesy mission. In particular, NASA’s InSight Mission was initially scheduled for a March 2016 launch only to be delayed by a faulty vacuum leak in its prime science instrument. Thankfully despite the delay, InSight’s science is being redesigned and the Mission is scheduled as of now for a May 5, 2018 Launch Date.

Hence, for your entrepreneurial endeavours it is the little things that can have the biggest impact on your plans! Just like a fault in NASA’s InSight Mission’s science instrument resulted in the postponing of the entire Mission, so can little faults in your business (i.e. The exit/entry of a single teammate, a small bug/ correction, the alienation/impressment of a single customer) can effect and change the course of your enterprise/s for better or worse!

Therefore, while focusing on the bigger picture, pay just as much attention to the little things (i.e. day to day happenings and the short term) going on in your enterprise and make sure these little things are addressed to strengthen your chances of entrepreneurial success!

2) Have A Plan To Bounce Back Quickly!

 When failure and/or setbacks strike your enterprise make sure you have a plan to bounce back quickly! Just like NASA’s Insight Mission despite setbacks and delays formulate a comeback plan. This plan was the InSight project management team communicating with NASA and the French Space Agency CNES on plans to redesign the science instrument and gaining the assistance of both these agencies in redesigning the science instrument! Hence, thanks to this bounce back plan Mission Insight has been given a new lease on life!

Likewise for your entrepreneurial undertakings have a plan when faced with setbacks and/or failures so your enterprises have a chance of resiliency/survival. Such plans can even be formed on short notice (i.e. with Mission InSight due to its unforeseen instrumental setback) so be flexible, be constantly planning, cautious and consider the unexpected to better your chances of survival in the event of setbacks!

3) Do Not Operate In Isolation!

As humans being social creatures cannot operate in isolation the same applies for enterprises, which are human and therefore social undertakings! Take inspiration form the recovery of NASA’s Mission InSight so your enterprises may also be resilient and adaptable in the face of hardship. The Mission Team of Project InSight did not operate in isolation but collaborated not only with NASA but also the French space agency CNES, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) along with strong international partnership, with the latter led by Principle Investigator Bruce Banerdt of JPL.

Such collaboration and networks of Mission InSight aided the development of the mission equipment (i.e. German assistance in designing part of InSight’s lander) along with aiding the resiliency and recovery process of Mission InSight despite its setback exemplified by international contribution for the construction of InSight’s new vacuum leak enclosure!

Hence, when working on an enterprise, actively seek help from those outside your enterprise as ultimately these connections will bring valuable knowledge, skills and experience to the table, which can advance the design and popularity of your enterprise along with providing much needed resiliency and better chances for recovery/survival in times of trouble!

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Image Credit: mars.nasa.gov, Mars: Extreme Planet

I sincerely hope that you found this post beneficial for your entrepreneurial endeavours! Please keep in mind the three takeaway pieces of advice for entrepreneurship from the case of NASA’s Mission InSight and apply them for success in your own enterprises. The three above points are some of the main causes for the failure and/or stunted growth of many businesses. Fortunately Mission InSight as of now has overcome these and will hopefully have a successful mission launch to Mars in 2018. So keep your eyes posted on the status of Mission InSight and use the (So Far, Knock On Wood!) success story of Mission InSight as inspiration on your road to entrepreneurial success!

4 Takeaways For Growth & Success From Scott Kelly!

Salutations to NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly who has just returned Home to Earth from his yearlong mission at the International Space Station (ISS)! Astronaut Kelly’s mission and its completion have 4 Great Takeaways for Growth And Success outlined below!

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Image Credit: Nasa Astronaut Scott Kelly, Feb. 6, 2015, nasa.gov

1) Be Ready For The Long Haul!

If you want to succeed, know that success will not happen overnight! Astronaut Scott Kelly’s mission to the ISS lasted one year, setting the record for the total number of days spent in space by an American astronaut. Upon his return to Earth, Kelly’s trek and record has been celebrated in the news. The lesson from Kelly’s successful journey is that success takes time. So like Astronaut Kelly, be ready for the long haul as success is built overtime!

2) Be Ready To Sacrifice!

 Like Scott Kelly be ready to sacrifice if you want success! Just like Scott Kelly sacrificed his time on Earth to become a renowned astronaut going on to set a record at the ISS, you too will have to sacrifice and make time to work on becoming successful. To win a great prize it is said you have to pay a great price and the same holds true for success! If you sacrifice your idle time to invest in yourself, learn constantly and do what it takes to bring about your own success, it will pay off for you in the long run!

3) Be Constantly On The Move!

 Astronaut Scott Kelly is and has been on the move going to space and back as is required of an astronaut! Scott Kelly would not have become the renowned astronaut he is today following his yearlong journey to the ISS if he hadn’t been constantly on the move doing spaceflights since 1999. Likewise you will not be successful if you aren’t constantly on the move doing what’s necessary to achieve your vision/s of success! Hence, if you want to be successful then be on the move and constantly hustle your way to success. 

4) Be Productive Not Busy!

While Scott Kelly was busy he was also productive and was busy doing what required him to directly achieve his goal of becoming a renowned NASA Astronaut. Hence, while hustling your way to success be productive rather than busy! Productivity the key to success is getting a lot done in one hour than working hard for eight hours but getting little to nothing done.

Moreover, productivity hence success is focusing on what will directly contribute to your vision/s of success make it easier to achieve those vision/s of success. To be successful know what you want in life, how to get it directly, avenues to get it and act accordingly so you can be productive and efficient to achieve your goals of success without beating around the bush!

 

 

Use NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly as an inspiration for your own visions of success. Follow the 4 tips I have mentioned above when working your way to success and you will find that your efficiency, effort/s and outcome/s will be greatly enhanced! Be sure to comment or email me at nuwanb@shaw.ca of how helpful you found my advice to be in achieving your goal/s.

3 Lessons For Success The 2016 Oscars Can Teach You!

I hope you all got some time on this Sunday evening to watch The 88th Academy Awards! Below are Three Lessons for success that you can take from the Oscars to use in your personal endeavours!

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Image Credit: BBC News Entertainment & Arts, Oscars 2016: Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins Academy Award

 

1) Engage Your Audience!

A major takeaway lesson for success from the Oscars is the power of Engaging Your Audience! The host of this 2016 Oscars, Chris Rock was great at engaging viewers, keeping them entertained, amused and excited to watch the 88th Academy Awards with his youthful flair and humor which aside from engaging viewers helped shine light on the lack of racial/cultural diversity at the Oscars!

Hence, in your quest for success despite your lack of money or funding, it costs little to none in engaging your audience. Just follow the lead of Oscar hosts like Chris Rock and you should easily be able to engage your audience and draw their attention as a first step to your success!

 

2) Have Emotional Content!

Having content and moments aimed at stimulating an emotional response/s in your audience is another key takeaway from the Oscars, which can also bring you great success if used for your personal endeavors! From the grand red carpet, the musical performances (i.e. performances of Lady Gaga, ex Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl among others), the emotional themes of many nominated movies (i.e. Bridge of Spies, Spotlight and The Revenant among others) and the emotionally arousing speeches of the Oscar speakers, the 2016 Oscar Awards were indeed very emotionally touching to viewers!

In your personal quest for success, use content, writing, imagery effects, techniques or anything appealing to the emotional side of viewers. You will find that your prospects for success will have increased tenfold as emotion is an attention grabbing tool which will captivate and draw viewers to what you’re offering!

 

3) Gain Key Endorsers & Participants!

The Oscars this year gained many key endorsers and participants among them the stellar musical performances of Lady Gaga, Dave Grohl, this years Oscars’ host Chris Rock (Prominent for his role in Saturday Night Live early 1990s, Grown Ups film series, Everybody Hates Chris among others), the onstage appearance of Vice President Joe Biden and Leonardo DiCaprio who won the Academy Award for Best Actor!

All these individuals are beloved by many and their appearances in this year’s Oscars has made the 88th Academy Awards a well talked about, anticipated and exhilarating moment for viewers and fans of these great superstars alike! Hence, just like the Oscars in your own endeavours for success be it your own business, personal brand, blog, page, whatnot strive to gain the support, endorsements and/or participation of popular well-established individuals and brands/companies!

If you can build yourself up to gain the support of popular people and establishments even on a regional or local level you and your brand will have been brought to the public’s attention (Public Then Be Like: OMG My Favourite Blog has endorsed that product! I’ll totally try it out!), tripling your immediate prospects of success!

 

So take these three traits that make the Oscars so popular and use them as lessons/inspiration to further your own chances of success in whatever you may be doing! I hope this post has helped you and given you inspiration for attaining your own success, Carpe Diem!

Four Things This Article Taught Me & Now You About Financial Planning

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Having read this article off Business Insider by Meghan Rabbitt, LearnVest titled “A financial planner helps a couple earning $75,000 a year save an extra $800 a month” http://www.businessinsider.com/a-financial-planner-helps-a-couple-earning-75000-a-year-save-an-extra-800-a-month-2016 2?utm_content=buffer955fe&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer has taught me (as it will teach you) a great deal about Financial planning. While this article about a working but indebted young couple will be useful for youth and college university students, this article will also be of great help for older full time working professionals in better financial planning!

So below are The Four Things Meghan Rabbit’s article has taught me (and will now teach you) about Financial Planning and making better Financial Decisions!

 

1) Get A Financial Planner!

Whatever you do in life, it is extremely helpful to get some professional hands on assistance or mentoring. This also holds true for financial planning! Whenever you’re in financial trouble or in a financially tight situation debt or the like it can be quite complex getting through on your own.

Hence, get a financial planner someone who is well versed in finances and financial planning to help/mentor you with your personal finances and provide you advice/assistance in overcoming your financial predicament! Even for investing, savings accounts, IRAs, retirement accounts and the like, financial planners (who can be found at your bank or private firms) can start you off with advice crucial for making the most of your financial planning!

 

2) Salary Doesn’t Mean Stability!

You can be highly educated, the top professional at where you work, with lots of prestige and on top of it all making a Six Plus Figure Income at your job. However, no matter how high, your salary will not guarantee your financial stability or prosperity!

Rather when working a job paying you a huge salary with lots to spend, it is not your salary but personal financial responsibility that will guarantee your financial stability as Point Three will expand on!

 

3) Be More Financially Responsible!

If you want financial stability in life then it is in your best interest to be financially responsible! This means learn to spend your money responsibly without getting too materialistic or entitled. In order to be financially responsibly, learn/master the art of budgeting, saving away and investing your money instead of spending all/most of your monthly pay check or Six Figure Income! Moreover, when spending try to only spend what you can afford (With Your Own Hard Earned Money!!) and won’t put you in financial peril down the road!

 

4) Be Financially Practical!

Being financially practical is also part of being financially responsible. This means spending your money or the money you yourself earned on things you can afford! Too often we sadly spend our money on things that are financially impractical for us meaning we cannot afford them at the moment.

Taking out loans to move into that dream house, a loan to get your dream car (while you haven’t yet paid off all your College Student Loans!), spending on constant traveling and adventuring, whatnot prematurely is not a good idea.

For one, as blunt as this seems, you can survive in the moment without right away moving into your dream house, getting your dream car or only travelling once in a blue moon. Secondly, cutting back or postponing these expenses will save you lots of money, as you are being financially practical by not taking out loans (Loans=Debt) to finance what you cannot afford while cutting back on constant travelling will save you tons of money for a rainy day/emergency!

Lastly, your financial burden will be lessened meaning you’ll have less debt (less debt=lower chances of personal bankruptcy), more time, money, energy and in the long run your financial life will be more relaxed!

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I sincerely hope this post and its five pieces of advice will help you to plan as well as live a better financial life! Indeed as stated in this post and the article it covers there are simple little changes you can make to live a better financial life. Hopefully this post will spur you on to make such changes! Also be sure to check out my other posts on this blog, some related to this topic! More Posts will be coming your way so keep your eyes posted on this blog, Chow For Now!