The first McDonald's opened it's doors on Grafton Street in Dublin in 1977. This global brand created and pioneered the concept we all now know as 'Fast Food' ... changing the convenience food industry forever.Read More
I was talking to a young actor last week. He's landed a part in his first major firm. "How do actors think about the "Big Break"? I asked.
Breaking through into the big time is what we all hope for?
We ambitious people
each have our concept of what the "Big Break" would be for our business. For one, it's getting the first paying customer. For another, it's landing the EMC account. For another, it's a BBC commission to film "A year in the life of a vineyard - with cartoons."
How do actors think about the Big Break?
My father always said "Be true to yourself". All the great sages say "Know thyself". "Be yourself."
No one says "Copy others - do what they do - believe what they believe. Don't stick your head above the parapet. Conform. Comply. Fit it. Be one of the crowd."
But still social life seems to pressurise us in the other direction.
There's a pull towards following the leader. Not being the odd one out. Not being the "black sheep of the family".
It's good to have the courage of your convictions. It's superb to feel strong enough to be different + proud of your difference. Respect others for their differences. Love your own.
Here's a supporter for you.
A modern sage (he'll kill me for calling him that). A guy who's written a book - so you have help to be different & strong.
In business & life. In live & business. "The Freaks Shall Inherit The Earth."Read More
You know the way it was when you were young...
I didn't waste my life - I simply didn't know anything.
You (I) did things - mainly play: sword fighting, bows & arrows, football, hideouts, probably hitting golf balls with a wooded shafted club. I was active - running around getting dirty. I made a lot of mess.
But looking back, (you) I think I had no "wisdom" at the age of 8. I'd figured nothing out. It probably didn't even cross my mind that there was stuff to figure out. I don't remember ever feeling "I've got a useful guideline for success".
Yesterday my daughter showed me
there is another way - activity is not the only path...
Here's your hint - from now on
Skip your way forward in bite-sized chunks.Read More
This is all about risk-taking. This is also about learning an approach to business that works for you.
"How do I know you'll do the work? If I pay you up front, what guarantee do I have you'll deliver the service on time? How do I know you won't short-change me? Rip me off? Do a runner?"
That's one side of the equation.
Ever felt like that? Ever felt you'd be a fool to pay up front? A fool to trust the supplier to deliver? A fool if you didn't hold back a bit chunk of the total fee - until after the work was completed to your satisfaction?
Meanwhile, in another neck of the woods...
"How I know you'll pay me? What guarantee do I have that you can pay me? How do I know you have the ability to pay me? How do I know you won't take the work, use it & delay payment?
That's the other side of the equation...Read More