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I have this idea of integrating work and games together. I’ve told some people about it. 1/10 said it’s interesting. Another 1/10 told me to go for whatever i believe in. 2/10 said i’m crazy and 6/10 just said that it’s impossible.

They actually made me believe that it’s impossible until i found this article in Entrepreneur.com. Apparently, there’s someone in the US who is researching on the same thing.

So my dear readers, do you think this is a good idea? I know it’s not going to be easy especially to some people who are anti-games.

Here’s the link.

Are You Game?

Let’s admit it, most of us do not like to face the ‘cruel-looking‘ customers or the ‘ridiculously unreasonable‘ client. But if you are in a business or profession where customer-facing is a must……there’s no escape no matter how much you hate or dislike it. This is sales to you. It can be very rewarding…but it’s never easy and it’s most probably one of the most challenging jobs in the universe.

Recently, i’ve just finished reading the famous book “Rich Dad Poor Dad“. In this book, Robert Kiyosaki talked about the importance of sales and marketing. How the ability to sell will impact our daily life.

To be honest, I used to hate all these sales things. I don’t like to go out and sell stuff…or maybe even to the extent of ‘begging’ someone to buy something from you. I don’t like this idea at all.

However, i’ve come to realize one important thing……i can never escape from doing sales, from selling things (services/products or anything) especially if i plan to start my own business. True, some of you might argue with me that you can find the right people to do sales while you concentrate on the company’s operation.

Valid point. I’ve had the same idea before this. But i soon realized how wrong it was to think that way when I witnessed something which happened to 1 of my previous employers. The CEO and other board of directors were concentrating too much on the operation of the company and they left the entire sales department to a lady staff. She did very well for the company….but she found a better opportunity after that. She left. The CEO and the board of directors were stuck…they have no proper knowledge in terms of sales…..they did not know how to sell for their own company! Well, as expected…the company went downhill after that and I left. 😛

If you are thinking to start your own business…..then always remember that you should be your own salesman. Maybe not the best salesman, but you should at least be able to sell your stuff. You’ll need the skill to sell it to the customers, the potential investors, business partners, etc.

If you still think otherwise, then feel free to post up your comments here. 🙂

First of all, I must apologize for being away for so long from this blog. Been pretty busy with work….and i’m still busy actually. 🙂 Just taking a break.

So here i am again…throwing this question to all of you who want to start your own business.

Let’s face it. Most people, especially in Asia, want to start their own business. But why? What’s the reason of you, wanting to start your own business? Is it for fame? To build an icon like Microsoft or Google? To pursue your dreams and ambitions? To work for yourselves rather than relying on someone else? Or is it you just want to be rich and become financially independent?

I’ve asked this question to a lot of people…..not just you. Most of the answers I’ve received, well…it’s quite disappointing. Most people gave me answers such as “I just want to be my own boss” or “I want to be rich”. And none of them actually say something like “pursue my dreams/ambitions”.

If you seriously want to start your own business….have you heard of people saying that 9 out of 10 startups will fail in the first 5 years? The 1 will actually survive the first 5 years….but after that, 9 out of 10 surviving companies will struggle and perish. The survival rate is actually 5-10%….and that’s only for the first 10 years…and jst to survive.

If your main objective is to get rich quick or be financially independent, then don’t start your own business. You can do that by using your money wisely – investing in the right place, generating money from money….etc. You don’t need to start your own business to be rich. You can use other people’s business to be rich. And also…even if you start your own business, there’s a very high possibility that you won’t get rich.

For myself, I still insist that i want to start my own business. Not to get rich from it….but more like to pursue my dreams and do what I want AND, be successful with it. 🙂

What bout you? 😀 Ask yourself….and answer the question honestly. 🙂 Hopefully, you’ll find the answer you seek.  

Here’s an interesting article from Entrepreneur.com.

Do check it out when you have time 🙂

I think it’s a MUST READ for all entrepreneurs-wannabe.

Countdown to Startup

Have you ever have someone standing next to you, telling you why you shouldn’t do this and do that? I’m sure you do ! I have, my parents. 😀 They’re concerned, I’m sure. That’s why they are telling me that just because they are more experienced in certain stuff than I do.

Look, being inexperience (or to some people, naive) does not mean you are going to do poorly in whatever you plan to do. You might and might not do well – whether you’re naive or not.

Why? Here are some reasons:

  • Being naive means you are not exposed to the failures of other people who happened to do whatever you plan to do. If you don’t know about the failures, you won’t get demotivated that much. The bad thing is, you won’t know much of why they failed either. Well, everything has its own pros n cons.
  • Being naive means you dare to enter unchartered water. Imagine if you’ve been working for 30 years in a banking industry and you know how many people failed in doing A that you’ve set this particular mindset – doing A is impossible no matter how good you are. If you are naive, you will be stubborn enough to venture into this A since you don’t have this “impossible” mindset. If you don’t dare to try, then how could you prove that A is indeed impossible?
  • Being naive also means you have the hunger for success. To work hard and strive for whatever you are doing, ignoring whatever the doomsayers are saying. Remember that sometimes, not knowing 100% of the field you are entering is a bliss, not a curse.
  • Imagine that you are an expert in real estate industry. Starting your own business based on this industry will definitely boost your chance of survival since you have adequate experience in this field. However, it might get a little boring, no? What if you are entering a field which you are interested in but you are not an expert YET? You will most likely be thrilled by the unexpected things hiding in the corner. 🙂

Again, there are pros n cons to everything. What I would like to say here is, being naive and inexperience do not put you at a disadvantage – to a certain extent. You might not have the cunningness or the insider information in certain stuff, but you will have the urge and motivation to be successful. 🙂

Hope for the best and work hard! I know I will. 😉

p/s… do check out this link, good article – http://blogs.theage.com.au/startupstories/archives/2007/05/staying_naive.html