Posterous

July 8, 2008

I’ve signed up for an account over at Posterous. I’m not sure yet if I’ll stick around or not, I love how easy it is to post but this is my blog. I could place the RSS feed from Posterous in my side bar, but most of the time if I bother to email a post there, then I will also make a post here so it seems a bit redundant.

Either way I’ll keep tinkering and see if I can think of a use for it, it’s definitely a cool service. I am going to the reatil expo in August over in Sydney so perhaps I can provide a live stream of posts from our booth.

I’m officially no longer a twitter user. I don’t think it was really benefiting me in any way. I was using it to network with people in Perth and the rest of Australia. I realised though, that I am can attribute all of the new contacts that I have made not to twitter, or facebook, or any other online service. I can attribute them to in person networking, through people I already know.

Engagement

April 21, 2008

It was my sisters engagement party this weekend, my parents flew over from Sydney for the occasion. Spending time with my family over the weekend was great, and makes me wish that my parents still lived in Perth.

Congratulations to my sister and her fiance!

I’m referring to the following story over at news.com.au: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23541782-2,00.html.

This quote surprised me, “…supplies of basic commodities have dwindled in the face of soaring demand, triggering riots and outbreaks of violence from Haiti to Indonesia”. Indonesia is not too far from home for us Australians. I’m not sure of all the details so perhaps the follow on effects of the food crisis are reaching our doorstep and not the food crisis itself, however the story still caught my attention.

I feel a certain sense of personal responsibility here, I’m not a religious man but the old adage “do unto others as you would have done unto you” seems appropriate here. If we were the people starving right now, would we be wondering why some of the richest countries of the world weren’t helping?

I guess I do not know enough about the underlying issues here, so I need to do some research, though I can’t help but think that there HAS to be a solution out there to all of this.

Beware the Believers’

April 4, 2008

Previously I had owned the domain “quietprogress.com” however about 6 months ago I let it lapse because I wasn’t posting to this blog anymore and I couldn’t see any reason to keep paying for it. I bought this domain back again today and this blog, although still hosted by WordPress is now visible by pointing your browser to http://www.quietprogress.com.

Why this domain name? Whenever I’ve been successful at something in my life, it hasn’t been something I or anybody else has ever made public. I’ve slowly been learning, and making mistakes, and growing. I’m quietly progressing toward my dream of financial independence and a good life not just for myself, but for my family also.

A friend of mine is battling with the idea of starting his own business. He has had a lot of experience at developing property through subdivision and has a knack for spotting great deals that others might miss. I consider myself somewhat of an entrepreneur, perhaps very immature, but still an entrepreneur. So I wanted to try and give him some advice which would help him to get past his fear of losing the stable income, and anything else he might be concerned about.

The way I see it, he has two options facing him, he could come up with a brilliant idea which is very innovative and creates value for people, develop it as a product or service and reap the rewards of having a low marginal cost of sale for each additional client. The other option is to be a consultant and charge people for his time and advice on an hourly, or per project basis.

I’d love to find out if anyone out there has some advice for my friend. He is 24 years old, has a wife and a job that suits his skill set.

  • How do people our age get over the fears that face us when thinking of starting our business?
  • Is it best to start small, keep your day job and grow your business on the side?
  • What are your experiences?

I look forward to reading your advice!