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antifragile

While I was doing some stock and financial research, I came across an article that interested me. It was about Apple. Apple the company. In the past calendar year, Apple has been through ups and downs. Companies and people always go through peaks and valleys. Apple was no exception.

There were stories, from reliable sources, that blasted Apple’s market share and their lack of new products. If that wasn’t enough, here came news of Apple’s lack of innovation. Now, remember that this is while Apple is constructing their “mothership”. This is the nickname of their new research facility which resembles a big flying saucer. To me, Apple is always a model of innovation. Apparently, not everyone thought that way.

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But while the negatives that were coming out on Apple, some major “players” were buying the stock like investment houses and hedge funds. Warren Buffet was a big buyer of Apple stock and always spoke highly about the company.

Well, the post I came across specifically mentioned Apple as being “antifragile”. As I read on, it was brought out that antifragile was incorrect as to describing Apple and should have mentioned Amazon as being antifragile. Antifragile is described as:

“Some things benefit from shocks. They thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty. Yet, in spite of the ubiquity of the phenomenon, there is no word for the exact opposite of fragile. Let us call it antifragile.”

This original definition is from Nassim Taleb. Antifragile is assigned to entities which are small companies, companies that can pivot, companies with embedded options, investments with open-ended outcomes and companies led by owners/operators and/or aggressive tinkerers.

“If the designation antifragile is rather vague and limited to specific sources of harm or volatility, and up to a certain range of exposure, it is no more and no less so than the designation fragile. Antifragility is relative to a given situation. A boxer might be robust, pale when it comes to his physical condition, and might improve from fight to fight, but he can easily be emotionally fragile and break into tears when dumped by his girlfriend.”

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The term “antifragile” is vague. Perhaps it should not have been applied to Apple, but instead to Amazon.

Think of antifragility in terms of “a thing” and volatility. Antifragility isn’t what you should be under all circumstances. Sometimes you have to accept being on top and perhaps consequently vulnerable.

Apple: Antifragile it is Not was the source and inspiration for this post.

 

 

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building real engagement

Is “the human factor” neglected in Social Media?

There are humans on the other side of the computer.

  • Customers
  • Prospects
  • Colleagues

Too much automation? Think about real engagement. Think on this:

We talk about:

  • the news
  • weekend activities
  • how our children are doing

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You get the picture.

Even if we don’t reach the personal level, we discuss work in a much more casual way so that productivity does not suffer. This makes the work discussion more enjoyable.

On Social Media, we want to connect. We want to develop relationships by discussing topics in a casual way. This is the first step to building real engagement. Friendliness and warmth are essential for developing relationships and creativity confidence.

 

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entrepreneurship

Get started. Take that step. Pave your way towards success.

Find someone who likes what you’re doing. They’ll support you.

BOLD WORDS. WHAT DO THEY MEAN?

They mean leaving our “comfort zone”. The safety of zones can be dangerous to our personal progress, individual success, and fulfillment of potential. We have to be willing to encounter the unknown.

When we become willing to take on the unknown, we’ll find our conviction about why this task is important to us. Sometimes we may have to fight through the fear to take the leap from our comfort zone.

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We have the power to personalize our behavior outside our comfort zone. This personalization makes any surrounding more comfortable. We’ll connect with authenticity. To reach this goal, we’ll need to customize our approach to each appropriate situation.

This lifts the weight of fear from our beings. We no longer need be afraid of what could go wrong to focus on what we’ll do right.

 

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easy and good

Be easy with yourself, and find discipline from an approach where you’re your own friend.

Within ourselves, we have the ability to be our own boss. Self-doubt can get in the way of connecting with others.

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To get better with ourselves, we need to decide on one improvement that will make us better as a leader than yesterday. Do it. Do it to rid ourselves of the doubt.

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in the “write” direction

Good blog posts don’t happen without growing pains. Get into the step-by-step routine.

Good writing resonates with both the reader and the writer. Touch them both.

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How to do this? Follow your normal style. Find your writing style first. Then find the readers whom it resonates with.

  • THINK in bullet points
  • WRITE in bullet points

This is the first step in the “write” direction.

 

 

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develop, understand, make

Develop a plan for your blog.

Put yourself ahead of the curve by preparing a marketing plan for your blog. This harnesses your inspiration. This gives your blog value.

Understand your audience.

Create content that engages and talks to your audience. Speak to your audience to create interest and impact.

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Focus your blog and produce meaningful content. Blog with purpose and strive to make a difference.

Make a plan for your job.

Continue to publish content to see the benefits of increased traffic.

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body language

It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.

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Body language habits are hard to break because we hardly ever notice them.

 

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influencer reach out

Finding influencers is important.

Take time to observe how truly good influencers are at influencing. Assume any consumer is an influencer. Keep an eye on who your audience likes to follow. Keep track of this information. Slowly engage with them.

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Ask what your motive is for reaching out to any influencer. Know if you want more visibility, credibility, or make more sales before contacting them. This lets you frame your message accordingly.

Share more content.

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sales and marketing

Sales and marketing are two different ideas.

They are usually used interchangeably and are somewhat similar. But we can determine what each is.

Marketing is the method of attracting and keeping clients.

Sales is the actual selling of the product or services to the clients.

Business models should have a structure of sales and marketing working together. Each department needs to be aware of what the other is doing. They need to work together. The organization can’t miss out on growth opportunities. When the sales department works in tandem with the marketing department, we’re sowing the seeds of growth.

 

 

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our calling

Two things are needed to reach the finish line.

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The first thing is to connect with your calling. Our calling is whom we’re meant to serve. What we stand for and stand against.

Once we understand our calling, we’ll gain power and a place of purpose.

The second thing is perseverance. Most people quit too soon. Act with conviction. Have a willingness to keep going.

Discovering our calling is a great foundation.

It’s soul-searching work. Serve people with unique perspective. Be diligent in uncovering your calling.

This is the difference between success and failure.

 

 

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