Drawing the line

March 19, 2009

Currently, I am in my final year of my marketing degree. I have been working very hard to do my best and to be the best. Because of this, I don’t always spend as much time with my friends and family as I would like. I have been telling myself (and others) that it is just because I am studying and I need to focus on this and my studies have to come first. 

I have been thinking though…where do I draw the line? As soon as I am done studying, I will start working. I will be doing my best to be the best and to make a name for my self so I will probably be putting my work first…

And when I get older? Maybe start my own company. Then what? Put that first? 

 

I can’t keep doing this and I am afraid that if I don’t stop now I never will. I need to make more time for those that are really important in my life because what is the point of a life lived, if it is lived alone?

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Believe it – it will be true

March 16, 2009

I am now a firm believer that luck, fate and everything that happens in your life is a product of your own thoughts.

I know, it sounds like a bunch of  airy-fairy oxo-moxo whoo ha but I swear that it is true. All you have to do is set yourself a bunch of goals. Any goals – loose weight, succeed in business or even something odd like my recent goal: win at least one competition a month. 

I just got a call telling me I won a comp to meet the Proteas cricket team…I have never watched a full game of cricket in my life but that is besides the point – I won. This goal was set late last month… 

The way to do it: 

  1. Come up with goals (as many as possible no matter how crazy)
  2. Write them down
  3. Remind yourself of them all the time (putting related pics on your wall helps)
  4. Never doubt that you can reach them
  5. Live as if you already have it (imagine how good it would feel to have etc.)

I have lots of other examples of how this has worked for me but if I put them all here, this would be a very long and boring post.

 

Let me know if this works (or has worked) for you.

Go and watch/read the secret if you have not already!

Big-headed loaner…?

March 13, 2009

I told a friend that I had a blog, his response was this: “I always thought that blogs are for people that either think they know everything or have no friends to share their thoughts with”.

 

Flip I hope that he is not right because if he is, the fact that I am writing this makes me seem pretty sad.

 

He isn’t right though, I (hope I) will never claim to know everything because that would be very hard. Even if you are an expert, you may know a lot but you don’t know everything. You might think that that the inventor of a certain product, a blender for example would know everything about his little blender. What if someone has found a new use for his product (like getting rid of frustrating devices like cell-phones) or could he possibly know what I think about his blender?

 

Secondly, I have friends ok…the guy that told me this is one of them, and I think one of the points of blogging is to make friends, friends with people you would never meet normally from all over the world. It could also make current friends closer as it would give them a window into my head where they could read all my thought that I ever bother to write down.

 

Hope that makes things a little more clear my buddy, and thanks for the inspiration for this post 😉 haha

Against the grain

March 12, 2009

Have you ever just wanted to do something just to be different? I have, and it is not just to be a rebel or to be difficult but rather to just stand out. 

 

Is it possible to stand out and get noticed if we are the same as everyone else? I don’t think so.

 

You don’t want to stand out? I guess that is fare enough. For one thing it is safer, there is after all safety in numbers so it is up to personal preference. I on the other hand am not going to be happy with just being average and like everyone else. I want to stand up and be  noticed and if the world wants to solve a problem one way I will do it another way – and do it well!

 

Sure there is more of a chance that it wont work, but would anything have been invented if people took what they had as the best that there could ever be? Hell no! They fought those that laughed in their face and told them that they could’t do it and proved them wrong! 

 

You could conform but why do you want to? Why not challenge the rules and start to do things your way?

Jump! You might like it…

February 24, 2009

There are so many people that have so many cool ideas and the only reason that we don’t see 100’s more great new companies, fantastic new products or amazing new services every day is because we are too afraid to jump.

I bet if you try you can think of at least one example where you have said to yourself “Man, having a product like XYZ would be so cool” then you basically just sit back, wait and hope for someone to have the same great idea and invent it. Well why not you? Why don’t you do it? 

I know it can be scary. It is not an easy thing to take a risk but why not just try? Take action people and if you think of something great then do it! If you do not do it now then you will lose out. Someone will come along and do your idea in their own way and take the reward that could have been yours.

And if you do it and you fail then pick yourself up, learn form it and do something different!

Adam Osborne said: “The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake – you cant learn anything from being perfect”

What makes my laptop great…

February 10, 2009

I own a Fujitsu Siemens Amilo laptop and here are just a few things that make it super!

 

1. Every time I start it up the fan makes a sound like a machine gun. 

Uses for this: To scare away any wild animals like bears, tigers and your neighbourhood mountain lion.

 

2. The keyboard cover has started to come apart and can be lifted up.

Uses: Useful storage for money and now you can see for yourself how works!

 

3. It has a total of about 6 minutes of battery life (if you are lucky).

Uses: Running in between power points is great training for marathons, triathlons and your next Iron-man event.

 

4. It gets hot…really hot!

Uses: Can keep your hands warm and wont freeze up if you decide to take it up Mt. Everest. Also, by placing your coffee mug by the fan outlet, your coffee stays an even 97 degrees celsius.

 

I take very good care of my laptop, and who wouldn’t? Its awesome!

Building your personal brand

February 9, 2009

Since briefly discussing the reasons why it is important to build your image and essentially create “Your own personal brand”, I thought today we could discuss some ways to do that.

In yesterday’s post I said that you are evaluated according to your actions, therefore – in everything that you do, conduct yourself in a manner that is fitting to your “brand”. Don’t be fake, if you are a certain person, and you are happy to be that person, then don’t change according to who is around you. Decide on who you want to be and live that way.

Secondly it was discussed that your achievements build your brand’s reputation. So if this is true, then why not aim for the top? What is the point in doing something if you don’t want to be the best at it? If you only do the bare minimum, you will never learn, you will never grow and you will never achieve.

Finally your presence. Get your self known. Become actively involved in the things that you are passionate about. Having an online presence is easy – get facebook (as if you don’t have it already), get a twitter account (fantastic for networking) and join online discussions and have a say.

Doing this and more will build your personal brand and in the long run, make it incredibly easy to “sell” yourself, be it for a new job or what have you.

Your personal brand

February 8, 2009

We all know what a brand is, or at least, we all know what brands we like. It might sound like a bit of a strange concept at first but you are a brand yourself and you should be working every day to build that brand.

When you start to look at yourself as a brand you will soon realise that working and improving it will directly influence how others see you, and this will influence a ton of things such as your potential to get a job, the amount of people that want to be around you and be your friend etc.

So what influences the way people view your brand? Your actions – that’s a big one. What you do, what you say and how you respond to situations around you is probably some of the fastest things that people will judge your brand on.

Your achievements – what you have done in the past shows your potential for what you can do in the future.

The last one that I want to touch on is; presence. If you stay hidden away then how do you expect any one to know who you are? Get out there and make your self heard! 

Now, how do we build our brand? Don’t worry, it may not be as hard as you may think. Check in tomorrow for my post on “Building your personal brand” to find out.

 

I would love to know what you think, please leave a comment if you agree, disagree or just want to have a word. Follow me on twitter here http://twitter.com/BradSeatonSmith

Until tomorrow…

You look silly…

January 28, 2009

I often think about my life in terms of what I wear, the products that I use, my hair style, the music that I listen to and think…my word my future grandkids are going to laugh their a$$es off when they see or hear about this!

 

I mean, think about your grandparents. You can’t tell me you have you never looked at photos of them and thought – what were you thinking! Now don’t you think that your grandkids will do the same to you one day? You better frikken believe that they will! Sure, your style looks hot now but give it a few years and you will look about as hot as a David Hasslehoff wearing a moon-bag (at least to them). 

 

So what do I do and wear that could one day be embarrassing to the kiddies? Hmmm… well, I wear brightly coloured baggies to swim in, I put gel in my hair, I drive a VW Polo…come to think of it, just about everything I have will one day be uncool.

 

Perhaps with all the technology that we have now (and are constantly getting), our decline into fashion senselessness will be slowed? I mean we have a far easier time in keeping up with the latest trends than our grandparents once did…

 

Then again, I am only 21 and I already see kids wearing and listening to things that I find ridiculous. It is all going to happen so fast and no matter how hard we try, I doubt any of us will be able to keep up for ever.

The iGeneration

January 26, 2009

There is no doubt that technology has changed the lives of everyone, but is all this connectivity leading to disconnected lives? 

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being connected and it is fantastic to be surrounded by technology. It is great to be able to get my daily fix of twitter, facebook, mxit, check e-mails, blog, go on youtube and listen to my iPod, but I also think it is important to visit the real world once in a while (and I don’t mean merely looking out the window in traffic).

Case in point: at my girlfriend’s house the other day I heard her mom asking her if she had found the iPatch yet. It struck me that I had not even heard of this new offering from apple and my girlfriend’s mom was talking about it. It took me a few seconds to realise that she was not talking about an iPatch, but rather an eye-patch…

The net has done so many things for so many people, all I am saying is don’t let it be all you have. Go camping, go for a run, have a swim in the sea and get connected – with yourself.