Friday, April 24, 2015

35 Early Signs That You’re an Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs are a very different breed of human beings. They don’t just act differently; even their thought processes are different. They are constantly drawing from their personal habits, traits and dispositions to generate ideas that are purely genius or simply insane, at first.

However, just because you have crazy ideas doesn’t mean you’re built for a life of entrepreneurship. Neither is it for those who just want to ‘be their own bosses’ or don’t want to work 9-5 every day. If you’re thinking about being an entrepreneur, find out how many of the following skills you have. You don’t have to have all of the traits or skills; but the more you have, the more likely you are to succeed at being an entrepreneur.

1. Your family is made up of entrepreneurs – your parent(s) is/are in entrepreneurship because they just can’t imagine working for someone else. And neither can you.

2. You abhor status quo. In any setting, you’re the one always questioning why things have to be done the way they are done. You’re not scared to be different if you think it’ll improve things, and are ready to act on your thoughts.

3. You are a confident person – you believe in yourself and in your abilities. As an entrepreneur, you’ll be selling yourself, so without confidence in your ideas, how can you succeed. You’re also every optimistic about general life things.

4. You’re a passionate person. Sometimes, you will invest hours in some project without realizing much gain from it. Only passion will keep you going in those times.

5. You’re relentless, you never give up and you never take no for an answer.

6. You have an uncanny ability to build relationships from thin air because you know how to join the dots. People are drawn towards you, sometimes because of your passion, but mostly because people like to be around you.

7. You spend more time with your business partner than you do your significant other.

8. You dropped out of college: see Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates (As a disclaimer, they dropped out of Harvard, not the local community college).

9. Your home to work commute consists of a journey from your bedroom to the sitting room.

10. You suck at being employed. You’ve probably been fired a couple of times. Don’t worry; you’re not the only one. About half of all entrepreneurs get fired more than once in their lives. Sometimes it’s just in the DNA; you’re not a bad person.

11. You cannot hold down a day job for too long a time, mostly because you’re always resisting authority and don’t take orders very well.

The Boss at Your Old Job

12. You believe that job security can be defined in more than one way: for instance, working in a job where you’re in control and therefore secure about your future, rather than working for someone who can ruin your entire career in one move because of some mistake, or because they can.

13. Your wardrobe is primarily made up of T-shirts, which were probably purchased at SXSW. If you’re more advanced, you’ve printed out a couple with your business name and/or logo.

14. You’re naturally competitive, but you take losses in stride. You know that you can do better next time.

15. The first thing you do when you get up is check out GitHub.

16. You’re unemployable; but that is not necessarily a bad thing. You’ll be better served by acquiring life skills than being privy to the office politics that characterize most 9-5 deals.

17. Your work week comprises more than 60 hours, but you make less than you did when you were holding that per-hour job at the local diner in high school.

18. You want to have control and final say over a company of your own. Therefore, you’re hands-on about most things that are taking place at your business.

19. Everything you see gives you an idea, you see opportunities everywhere you look. When you get in a building for instance, you’re more interested in how much it’s worth and what businesses/companies it hosts.

20. When you hear the word ‘pitch’, your mind does not go to baseball.

21. The last personality test that you took branded you as a ‘reformer type person’ – purpose-oriented, self-controlled with perfectionist tendencies.

22. You know how many power outlets there are in your favorite coffee shop, and every time you walk into a new place, that’s the first thing you notice.

23. You have a logical thinking brain and can find methodical ways to assess the overall situation, and create solutions to an existing problem.

24. While we’re on the subject, you’ve tried to find an app for problem-solving. Finding none, you proceeded to create business models and software architectural plans just to find out whether it’s really workable.

25. Your communication skills are off the charts. You can connect with people and they with you.

26. Your mantra for success and keeping it together was drawn from something Steve Jobs said.

27. When you were a kid, you probably sold stuff from lemonade stands. Anytime there were class sale projects, you were among the highest sellers.

28. Majority of your SMS alerts are from Twitter about your followers rather than the people who are actually in your contact list.

29. You are a self-starter – you start projects and work on them until you’ve seen them through.

30. Everything you do every day is measured in terms of delivery of returns on investment.

31. Your suits are in the closet gathering dust. You like to dress shabby chic or smart casual. You’d pick jeans and a t-shirt over suits any day.

32. You’re not bound in by reality. This is a good thing for innovators or inventors, and entrepreneurs have a better chance at succeeding if they’re both.

33. You’re always thinking outside the box. You’re not bound by rules or norms. If you were, how would anything ever change?

34. You accept various forms of payment because ‘some things are way cooler than money’ –game tickets, devices, baseball cards, shoes and other things that tickle your fancy.

35. Your definition of holiday is that working day where nothing interferes with all the stuff that you want to do.

Entrepreneurship is not just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. More than that, it’s who someone is. Entrepreneurs have an interesting combination of insanity, rebellion and obsession. If left unchecked they would probably be on the frontlines of a coup, with their innate brilliance, inquisitiveness and a healthy dose of foolhardiness.

All indications are that it should never work, but for some reason, for this unique group of people, it’s the perfect recipe for success.

Resource: Emory Rowland @Clickfire

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) written proposals had acted to its most deadly venom against CJHDevCo’s locators, lessees and tenants that if they assigned their rights to lay claims against CJHDevCo, BCDA would not evict them but reward them with continuing lease over their properties under the original period agreed upon with CJHDevCo. It’s really happening to them that their actions moved by BCDA’s Deed of Assignment. The ploy of BCDA has greater effect to the businesses inside the Camp.

BCDA’s threatening locators, unit owners and sub-lessees who entered into contracts for a 50-year lease that they could be evicted if they do not assign their contracts with BCDA. The proposal clearly exposes the parties concerned to graft and corruption since once the properties of locators, lessees and tenants are returned to BCDA, BCDA cannot dispose them without the proper public bidding to these properties. Thus, giving their rights to the BCDA whims could create another level of legal battle against each other. Sad to say, that Camp John Hay’s image as tourist destination’s damaged by this never ending drama of Arnel Casanova.

By the way, locators, unit owners and sub-lessees that entered into contracts with CJHDevco before are all strangers to the BCDA-CJHDevco controversy and not parties to it. Under the law, they are possessors in good faith and cannot be deprived of their property under the Constitution. The Deed of Assignment the BCDA is seeking - is actually a ploy to evict locators, unit owners and sub-lessees from their properties, since they will be confirming the legal position of the BCDA. Aside from this, BCDA cannot ensure fulfilment of their promise not to evict locators, unit owners and sub-lessees.

Through the dirty ways of Arnel Casanova, the locators, lessees and tenants sued CJHDevCo according to their Deed of Assignment employed by BCDA. The BCDA should be suednot the CJHDevCo because of not honouring their rights to their properties and possessions in the camp.

The leadership of Arnel Casanova of BCDA caused unnecessary tension and uncertainty, which is bad for tourism and for business in general. It caused the negative element in pushing up the development of Baguio City and its people. Moreover, his propaganda to pin-down Robert Sobrepena with this case caused so many bad elements in the name of the government. Likewise, his actions with nothing to be considered from the court or other leaders meant for his uncharacterized personality to manage the government institution.

His arrogant behaviour and dirty tactics are more pronounced through the Deed of Assignment which nullified the rights of locators, lessees and tenants. They were subdued to their own understanding because BCDA had done the new beginning of Camp John Hay.

The tribunal decision states CJHDevCo will return the property “in good and tenantable condition in all respects, reasonable wear and tear excepted” interpreting it as a clean slate of property ready for occupancy. The agreement with CJHDevCo was terminated, 3rd party lessees contracts were also automatically terminated with the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. having no mention of lessees?

Of course, with this case, it started to create another gigantic problem to all especially the investors inside the Camp John Hay. Right now for sure, they are subjected to uncertainties while Arnel Casanova fought with all his weapons at hand. He is not a good example to all Baguio residents and its visitors. His arrogance bounds no limit within the framework of his job as government employee.

Lawmakers and Senate should mediate to this case as soon as possible so as not to heighten the squabbling inside the Camp. The development of the Camp is needed immediately for the good of all concerned.

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