In honor of one of the newest additions to the Oxford English Dictionary - selfie - I have gone ahead and created a photo album by that name. I think you should do it too!
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Friday, December 06, 2013
It can be argued the world of social media is helping us gradually bring down the number on the famed six degrees of separation that separates everyone from everyone else. If people connect and share more, among people they know, among people they don't know yet, as shared interests and activities are discovered, as people interact more, that number goes down. Right? I think so.
One thing I have noticed on Highlight is when you come across a "stranger" the app tells you have so many common friends and shared interests, data it pulls from your Facebook profiles. The shared interests part is intriguing to me. I still wish AirTime had taken off, because people would talk more. A Skype based "AirTime" might be a better idea than the video based attempt. But is Skype giving API issues?
There are downsides. You can end up with flame wars. People can act nasty online. I am so glad the game Ingress a few days back added the capability for you to be able to block users in the COMM, the Google game's public chatroom, if you will, (although I have uninstalled the app from my phone, but there are still close to 150 portals in the city that bear my name.)
Social media taken to new heights could do for world peace what heads of state holding summits could not. Trade and travel are major peace moves. More people interacting more often leads to a general increase in welfare overall. I think that statement is but common sense.
Facebook Groups should add elements of democracy to it. A group should be allowed to elect its leadership, and vote on issues. I am surprised that feature has not showed up yet. A lot of organizations would thus engage in Facebook voting. Heck, that feature would get really interesting for groups with a million members or more. Skype enabled conference calls for Facebook Groups would be another positive addition.
You have Snapchat for friends. What about Snapchat for strangers? Or a public Snapchat? Photos still destroy themselves, but the world saw it first. And a board for the most popular snaps perhaps?
Thursday, November 28, 2013
|Cover of Robert T. Kiyosaki|
|Cover via Amazon|
The Concept Of Residual Income
By Paramendra Bhagat (www.paramendra.com)
There is a famous book called Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. Most financially literate people have heard of it. In it he pushes forth the concept of residual income, not his original idea. It is a difference in worldview.
There is the job mentality, and that is perhaps 99% of the people out there. You get a good education to get a good job with a good company. The income might be 20,000 dollars or 200,000 dollars, but that income is still linear. If you don’t show up for work, the money stops coming.
Nothing wrong with jobs. Jobs are how most people pay their bills, put food on the table. Jobs are wonderful things, but there is something beyond jobs. One has to be open to possibilities.
There is business ownership. Upendra Mahato might be flying around the world on NRN activities, but he is still making money at that time, because he is a business owner. Nobody says, but he did not even show up for work, let’s stop paying him. Why? Because he built something and put it into motion.
But then Upendra Mahato might be a bad example with which to highlight the concept. Because pretty much everybody would dismiss that example. How many Laxmi Mittals can the planet produce? Only so many. Even launching a restaurant with an initial investment of 200,000 dollars is beyond the reach of many people.
But then you might have seen small business owners who quite literally are always working. That can also put off some people. Where is the residual income in that, you might question. Also, it is not easy to start a business, it is not easy to sustain and grow a business, it is not easy to keep the lights on. A lot of businesses end up folding. People with the job mentality point that out. But look, they say.
Residual income is money showing up even if you don’t show up, because you built something and put it in motion. Residual income is you making money even when you are fast asleep because you put something in place and put it in motion. Residual income is being able to pass a business to your next generation. You can’t pass on your job to your son or daughter.
With a job you have only 24 hours, and chances are you are working eight, 10 or maybe 12 of those hours, some even manage 16. But it can never be beyond 24. That probably is the biggest limitation of linear income. Also, one person can acquire only so many skills. One person can only become so good with the skills he or she has.
But if you build a business team that has 10 people on it, you have 240 hours in a work day. If your average team member puts in 10 hours, you have a 100 hour work day. Chances are 10 people will make more money than one person. And 10 might not be your ceiling. Maybe you will take your team to 100, to 1,000, perhaps to 10,000. A job owner’s hours in the day are limited. But there is no limitation to how big a business owner’s team can be. And the 10 people on your team might have complimentary skill sets. Person A can do what person B cannot or does not have the time for.
Beyond residual income is a related concept: the concept of financial freedom. You have attained financial freedom when there is no longer a connection between what you do with your time and the money you make. You could be playing golf and still be making money. You go on vacation whenever you want, as often as you want. You spend a ton of time with your family, because that does not hurt your income stream anymore. Business ownership does not guarantee you financial freedom, but it is a vehicle that can take you there if you work hard and smart.
I feel like everyone who makes that conceptual jump and understands the residual income idea will go ahead and get started with network marketing. Robert Kiyosaki is a huge fan of network marketing. It beats job ownership, he says, and it beats small business ownership. But it has been amazing to me to see how easy it is to misunderstand this very simple business. People’s minds fly off on tangents. To many people to go from a job ownership mentality to a business ownership mentality is almost like changing religions. There is this huge inertia. They resist. They fight back. They come up with excuses. They rationalize their choices. You mean all that schooling I did was a waste? No, it was not.
Every time you watch an ad anywhere for products you buy and services you consume, know that you are paying for those. You just don’t see it that way. All network marketing does is it takes all that ad spend and give it to people like you who build a network to generate business volume. That is a hugely empowering concept. Sometimes I wonder if it took 10,000 dollars instead of 500 more people would do it, more people would take it seriously.
Those good at it have bothered to put in the effort to go through tremendous personal growth. I know someone who after a year of work is making 10,000 dollars a week. He has a good year every month.
With Patrick Maser And Rahman
The Appeal Of Network Marketing
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Ingress: The Same Territory Seven Months Later
Ingress: Hit 8,000,000 AP In Times Square
Ingress: My Stats
Ingress: Four Grant's Tombs In Jackson Heights
Ingress: New York City: Top City
Ingress: The Creators Of The Game Are Unimaginative About Its Use Cases
Ingress: Portal Submissions: The Glitch
Ingress: The Squad: Values
Ingress: Taser Green Agents
Ingress: State Of The Game: New York City (4)
Ingress: And I Am Back
Ingress: Enjoying Not Playing
Ingress: I Will Be Back
Ingress: Many Many Teams But Only Two Global Teams
Ingress: Temporarily Banned
Ingress: Imagining 10,000 Agents In NYC
Ingress: Home Territory: I Need My Green Agents
Ingress: Swatting Houseflies On The COMM
Ingress: Unity Portals: Elmhurst
Ingress: 105 Strong Home Territory, Shooting For 200
Ingress: Jackson Heights Past Midnight
Ingress: How To Build A Home Territory
Ingress: Jackson Heights Stacks Up Pretty Good Citywide
Ingress: More Portals Are Needed
Ingress: Tri-State Resistance Should Attempt Complex Fielding
Ingress: Bus 5
Ingress: 12 Keys To One Portal At Once
Ingress: 7,000,000 AP
Ingress: Happy 4th From A Home Territory 100% Blue
Ingress: Jackson Heights: The Most Happening Place In Queens
Ingress: New Scanner: Version 1.30.2 Update
Ingress: Governor's Island
Ingress: Home Territory
Ingress: Team Momentum: What Gives?
Ingress: The Cross Faction Squad
Ingress: State Of The Game: New York City (3)
Ingress: Could The Squad Be Cross Faction?
Ingress: 5 Times More Players, 10 Times More Portals
Ingress: Reporting tomhuze
Ingress: I Can Retire Now
Ingress: Open Source Organization And Organic Leadership
Ingress: State Of The Game: New York City (2)
Ingress: Linking And Fielding Types
Ingress: Jackson Heights Mysteries
Ingress: The Squad: Racially Coded Language
Ingress: Pendulum Swings In Team Momentum
Ingress: The Squad
Ingress: Portal Submissions Are The Bomb
Ingress: Portal Building, Field Building, Farm Building, Team Building
Ingress: State Of The Game: New York City
Ingress: Legitimate Secrets
Ingress: That Dosa Thang!
Ingress: L8 Farms: Getting 8 People To Show Up
Ingress Suggestion: Portal Enhancements
Ingress: 300K In 2 Hours 15 Minutes
Ingress: L8 Farm Types
Ingress: Team? What Team?
Ingress NYC Resistance "Secrets"
Ingress: The Game Changes
Ingress And Complex Strategies
Ingress: Phase 3
Ingress: Is Victory Possible?
Ingress: High Level Stuff
Ingress: A Great Game For The Knowledge Worker
Ingress: Trending At This Blog
Level 8 In A Month
1,000,000 Action Points
Nexus 4: The Top Phone In The Market
How I Just Made Two Purchases
An External Battery As Big As The Phone
Ingress Can Be Modified For Grassroots Organizing
Ingress Tips (2)
Would Like An Ingress Invite
The Nexus 4 Is A Beautiful Thing
Happy New Year
- Ingress for iOS coming in 2014
- Google Niantic's Ingress augmented-reality game grows with real-time events
- Ingress: Four Grant's Tombs In Jackson Heights
- Behind the Agent: Jorge Pedrero
- Google's Ingress Augment-Reality Game Coming To iOS Next Year
- Google is Working on Ingress for iOS, But It Won't Be Ready Until 2014
- Be Careful, This Message Is Being Monitored - Ingress Is Here
- Google's Multiplayer Augmented Reality Game 'Ingress' Launching for iOS in 2014 [iOS Blog]
- Ingress Update 1.36.0 Bring Agent Avatar Creator And UI Tweaks
Monday, October 21, 2013
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
|August 2000 Issue of Yahoo! Internet Life (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Getting only relevant mail and 1 TB of free storage surely gets me to give Yahoo Mail a second look. There is no way I am walking away from Gmail. But we all can use a good second email address. I know I need one. Heck, I could use three. Let Hotmail compete.
I could use a Yahoo version of Google Drive for free online storage.
- Yahoo Mail Gets Cross-Platform Themes, 1TB of Storage, 'Mail Plus' Features For All And Better 'Conversations'
- Yahoo unveils total email redesign inspired by Flickr and Tumblr
- A Whole New Yahoo Mail: Flickr Themes and Storage Boost
- From Sender with Spam
- Yahoo Mail Gets Cross-Platform Themes, 1TB of Storage, 'Mail Plus' Features For All And Better 'Conversations'
- Yahoo's Mail App Gets a Major Redesign for Its 16th Birthday