Outliers: The Story of Success is the third non-fiction book written by Malcolm Gladwell (around 2008). In Outliers, Gladwell examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success. To support his thesis, he examines the causes of why the majority of Canadian ice hockey players are born in the first few months of the calendar year, how Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates achieved his extreme wealth and how The Beatles became one of the most successful musical acts in human history.
Pride & Joy aims to create a movement around our quest to make a significant impact on the Youth Unemployment crisis facing the world. For the last two years we have been working towards our plan of delivering meaningful employment opportunities to those less fortunate that are either unemployed or underemployed. We have started that journey by using ice cream as the vehicle. The next step in our journey is to deliver the JBA (Joy Business Academy) which will provide learning opportunities linked to employment pathways underpinned by a collaborative and supportive community.
I love this quote by one of my mentors and friends - Robin Sharma from Toronto, Canada.
As a kid, waking up early used to be really tough. Especially for school. I went to boarding school from a very early age and I recall the matron coming into our dormitory and flicking on the lights, when I was in a deep sleep. It was never my favourite time of day! When you grow older, things change. Especially as an entrepreneur.
The life blood of any business is its customers. Unfortunately too many of us forget this at times and get to caught up in our own operational challenges and completely forget about creating value to our customers. Here are some ideas on what you can do today to ensure that your customers love what you do and reward you with their business.
It surprises me how many people don't spend enough time thinking about their legacy – what they will leave behind for the organization and the people they serve. Webster's dictionary defines legacy as, “anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor.”
Here is some great insights from one of our generations pioneers - Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. Jeff and his team have changed the way we read and buy our books and is working hard to develop new technology that will change the way we receive our books as well.
Several amazing things happened in my life over the past few weeks which reinforced a strong belief I have of pushing through your challenges and finding solutions to your problems. It doesn't matter how hard or tuff things might get for you, but as long as you keep your belief of your vision and your passion for your purpose, anything can happen. I know that sounds very cliche - but it is true. Try it!
We all have those moments that are truly memorable - they make your hairs stand on end and give us the feeling of floating as we walk. But we also have hard times. Times that test our courage and tenacity and make us question what we are doing. Although these times feel like hell, they also are our greatest learning moments.
We thought you might like to read an article that was published today in the NZ Herald...