I came across this wonderful video where Steve Jobs is delivering his commencement speech to the graduates of Stanford University in 2005. In this talk he gives out three pieces stunningly simple yet great advice by telling three stories from his life and this stories are about getting fired from Apple in 1985, life & death. Don’t miss it!
Today I read a great article of Matt explaining the way he works over at Automattic published at Inc.Com: It is into two versions, Matt’s version and Inc’s one. Inc seems to write your words in first person their way. That is why Matt decided to rewrite it for his blog readers. I like more the Inc version, even though Matt says: “ but it’s a little misleading“. I am bringing bits here:
I go out for lunch whenever I can, which fits well with my preference for no meetings before 11 AM. There’s something very personal about sharing food with someone; it’s a deeper connection than shaking hands in a boardroom. Often when I’m in town I’ll have lunch with Toni Schneider, my CEO. He and I get along super well which is one of the reasons I think the business has worked. He brings gravitas because he’s a digital native but also has great startup experience including being the CEO of Oddpost, a webmail company Yahoo acquired in 2004. Sometimes we’ll go to lunch at 12:30 and stay until 5.
For WordPress we’re trying to set up a community that will be around 10 to 30 years from now, one that’s independent from the whims of the market. My role is somewhat like Linus for Linux or Shuttleworth for Ubuntu, affectionately referred to as BDFL, and it’s my responsibility to meet as many users as possible and direct the software in a way that reflects their interest. Last year I probably met 5,000 or 6,000 WordPress users, about half of them who make their living from it. We want to be like Google, eBay, Amazon — they all enable other people to make far more money than the company captures. That’s ultimately what we’re trying to do, we’re trying to create a movement.
My Mom started a blog a couple of months ago. Six years into this, and we finally made it easy enough for my Mom to use. (She hates it when I say that.)
I enjoyed it very much. All I can say is: thanks Matt for giving us the pleasure.
In the coming weeks and months WPlancer.com will be transforming itself. From its humble beginnings as a Professional WordPress Freelancer’s showcase, the site will become the singular source of information on WordPress Freelancing on the Web. I have joined Baki (aka Banago) as a co-author and will be bringing you articles on how find your niche in the wonderful independent world of Freelancing.
Some things that you can look forward to:
Setting up shop as a Freelancer – How to have your own humble beginnings!
- Finding your niche in the world. You might have expertise on a certain subject or a special talent that is hard to find. We’ll show you how to take advantage of that as a Freelancer.
- Technical How-to’s. Even though WordPress is becoming an increasingly powerful CMS (Content Management System) it can also be quite technical. With articles and step-by-step tutorials we will be able to walk you through even the toughest of tasks.
- WordPress Themes. Our team will also be bringing you customizable themes for you to work with so you don’t always have to start from scratch as well as Premium themes ready to deploy for that time-pressed client.
- Much much more! We are open for suggestions and always welcome constructive criticism to make this the best WordPress Freelancing resource on the web.
To start things off though, we would like to tell you the simplest way to get started with WordPress is: JUST GET STARTED! The easiest way to begin your career as a freelancer is to just begin. By that we mean, get yourself a project, ANYTHING! Find yourself a friend in dire need of a decent website, offer to help him or her for a small fee (or even free of charge!) and then set him up with WordPress and a suitable theme and Ey Presto! You’re a Freelancer!
If you can’t find a friend with that sort of need then just create a need. Create your own WordPress site. Now there’s no need to go crazy and rush out and buy the most expensive hosting and a professionally designed theme. You can check out some WordPress hosting reviews to find an inexpensive but reliable service for you. Than set yourself up and get familiarised with the system if you aren’t already. Start writing about your specific niche and circulate your site around your interest groups. When someone asks who did your site, proudly proclaim that you did it yourself and that you’d be happy to do theirs.
It is actually quite simple to become a WordPress Freelancer, or any Freelancer for that matter! You just have to get started and get yourself noticed. Are you going to be able to charge hundreds of dollars per hour right away? No. But you will definitely get yourself on the path towards your goal, whether that is to be a full-time pro Freelancer or just some extra cash on the side.
Thanks for reading and we look forward to seeing you here!
I came across this great video of Warren Greshes talking very motivationally about selling skills. I wanted to share this with you and I’m sure you’re going to love it the same way I did. Watch the video, you won’t regret it. To learn more about Warren Greshes, just read below this video.
Warren Greshes is one of the Most Riveting Motivational Speakers in the Business. It’s been said about Warren Greshes that his presentations elevate a keynote speech to a form of performance art. Sharpened on the grindstone of New York’s cut-throat garment industry, where he spent 10 years as a national sales manager, his street-smart sales instinct combine with an electrifying style for a session you won’t soon forget.
As an expert in the area of sales motivation and personal and professional development, Warren has addressed corporate and association audiences all over the world. His corporate clients include: Bridgestone/Firestone, Hewlett Packard, Monsanto and Coca Cola. Warren has also spoken in front of some of the largest and most prestigious organizations in the world, including The Million Dollar Round Table, the National Association of Realtors and Sales and Marketing Executives International. International audiences find that his practical “real world” solutions and views on the global economy are right on the money.
His positive and pragmatic message has given thousands the power to overcome obstacles and “conquer the world.” His unique, action-oriented style and customized messages consistently earn him high praise from his clients. Warren hosts a weekly radio show, “Success Talk: So, What’s Stopping You?” heard throughout the world on the World Talk Radio Network. In addition, he has produced audio and video programs in the areas of sales, success and customer service, including the award-winning “Supercharged Selling: The Power to be the Best,” and in early 2006 John Wiley & Sons Publishers will release his first book, “The Best Damn Sales Book Ever: 16 Rock-Solid Rules to Achieving Success!” Warren has served on the board of directors of the National Speakers Association, and in 1998 was awarded their highest designation when he was inducted into the Speakers’ Hall of Fame.
I just finished reading a wonderful, helpful and enjoyable article. It was a well-thought and well-organized list of ways how to learn faster, deeper and better. Please find below the classification of the learning advice:
- Perspective and Focus
- Recall Techniques
- Visual Aids
- Verbal and Auditory Techniques
- Kinesthetic Techniques
- Self-Motivation Techniques
- Supplemental Techniques
- For Teacher, Tutors and Parents
- For Students and Self-Studiers
- Parting Advice
This is the part I liked, enjoyed and learned more of. This piece reminds of the time I was a student and got bored systematically because my teachers had nothing good to say:
Be engaged. Surprise. Sometimes students are bored because they know more than is being taught, maybe even more than a teacher. (Hopefully teachers will assess what each student already knows.) Students should discuss with a teacher if they feel that the material being covered is not challenging. Also consider asking for additional materials.
Teach yourself. Teachers cannot always change their curricula. If you’re not being challenged, challenge yourself. Some countries still apply country-wide exams for all students. If your lecturer didn’t cover a topic, you should learn it on your own. Don’t wait for someone to teach you. Lectures are most effective when you’ve pre-introduced yourself to concepts.
Go and read it here: Hacking Knowledge: 77 Ways to Learn Faster, Deeper, and Better