Probably a million or more things I could say, “this is the most important thing I learned about business.”
This is one of those million things. Anyone in business, long enough will agree… talk is cheap. This is true in life as well of course. We’ve all heard this saying.
I think of sooooo many times where someone said they were gonna do this or that and nothing happened. Heck I can say the same for myself. I get an idea and go after it for a bit but then realize, bad idea, or lose interest and walk away. Which I think is good. When you lose interest, that means it wasn’t meant to be. Best to walk away from anything in life you lose interest in, before you grind away at something that you don’t love.
It’s when someone says, hey I’m going to start the next Microsoft and pounds away at really nothing, just tells people all day long they are gonna do this and that. With no real progress. Maybe a domain or a site that was slapped together but nothing more. It is further worse when you reach out to competition and say you will be doing this business to compete with them without really having a footing. This goes back to the thought of the wantrepreneur. There is actually a guy I was chatting with the other day about this business he started and how he’s proud to be a wantrepreneur. I don’t know about you or anyone else reading this but I will say, striving or being proud to be a wantrepreneur, means a life of constantly building something to only, get no where. Or really building nothing. I.E. talking for the sake of talking … talk is cheap.
I think of all the times, I got an email from a guy saying. “Hey I see you doing this business. You seem to be doing well. I’m gonna start a business just like yours and I’m gonna out compete you.” Shockingly I’ve gotten that email a lot. In fact more than I ever thought was possible. I can only imagine how many people that have really killed it in business, how many of those emails they have received. The best was when I was in a business that wasn’t really that good of an idea anyways. Then I get and email saying “I’m gonna build something better than you and put you guys out of business.” Then and now, I’m like, “go for it.” I think out of all those moments, only once did anyone ever actually sort-of follow through. They were in business for about 2 months. Beyond that, everyone was all talk. Even better was the guy that emailed me, messaged me on linkedin, a bunch of times. He was convinced he could build a better mouse trap. Wrote long emails about how much better of an idea he had. Years later, still no business to his name and still working for someone else.
I get people asking me a lot lately, can I ask you a question? Can I talk to you about something? Yes you can, but don’t ask me. I don’t respond to any of those kind of messages. I want clear, concise, direct messages. You want to ask me or anyone else something, just ask, tell me, just go for it. Worse case I don’t respond to that either. But asking me, just tells me its not important enough to just say it or its probably not something I want to hear anyways.
This all ties in, when someone just asks me, “can I ask you something”, it goes back to the talk is cheap. If you can’t get to the point right away, its no different the guy saying, “hey I’m gonna be better than you.” I don’t have time for it, and honestly no body should. Just go for it. If you are gonna be better than me, do it already. I don’t care. Like I know there are people way better than me in so many different ways, but I don’t send emails to them saying they are. And I don’t message them to tell them, I’m gonna out do them. What is the real point in that? I don’t loose a bit of sleep over this. And the millions of times someone said they were gonna start a business to compete with me, go for it, competition is good, makes me work that much harder. As for those not getting to the point with questions, I have no issue deleting those emails, text or whatever medium. In fact I have an automated method to this that does delete a lot of questions like that, so I never even see them.
Moral of the story folks, axe out all the stuff that is just waste of time, don’t listen to anyone that can’t get to the point or is just talking because they want to feel special. Every minute, second, counts. You only have one life to live, you are gonna die. If that doesn’t motivate you, I don’t know what will. With all this data and people in the world, we have to be very selective how we use our time, who we share it with, who we communicate with. I highly recommend automated tools to automatically delete emails, calls, texts, messages on all platforms that are just going to slow you down. In fact try to automate as much of your life as you possibly can.
I want to talk to the people that tell me what they want, or just ask that question, or get on a plane to meet me because all that shows me, this is important. When someone is sacrificing their time and money to come talk to me or go out on a limb and just ask me something, then I know, this matters. They care, they really want to work together, they really want me in there life, they really love me, whatever the case may be. Keep those people close.
My Amazon Echo experience and review.
In five words: Pure Awesome but not perfect.
Key features I use and needed:
- Setting alarms and timers
- Calling people (recent feature and great for conference calls)
- Control of lights (TP-link lights)
- Music player (Amazon Music)
- Audiobook player (Audible)
- Adding calendar events (Google calendar integration)
- Local business information
Where it fails a little:
- Sometimes it just doesn’t understand exactly what I say. I would say though its about 90% accurate, rough guess.
- Adding calendar events can be interesting. I say, add event for tomorrow at 8AM, Call Bill about invoice. And I’ll get, the right time and date, but the memo is something like Call Bill about flowers. Or something random. Normally just adding it is enough for me to remember what to do, regardless of the actual memo. Still interesting when it happens.
- There are a few times where I will say, Alexa… and get no response. It hasn’t happened in a while. There has just been a few times, where the room is silent, I say Alexa and it just doesn’t hear me. Even being a few feet away. I’ll say Alexa a couple times and then at some point it responds.
- Local searches aren’t perfect. Doesn’t always find the place I’m looking for.
- The lights control sometimes doesn’t work, I just say turn this light on again and it works on the second attempt. No real big deal.
Amazon Echo is a huge time saver and I recommend it to everyone looking to have a few extra minutes in the day. I won’t say it saves me hours but I bet it saves 20-30 minutes a day. All on random things but it does save time. Makes life easier and with more integration of IFTTT, it can do a lot more. If you want to add some time to your day and convience, get a Amazon Echo. There is a new version now, the Echo Plus and then the Echo. This is the 2016 model, or generation 1 in the picture.