Businesses in all industries should be constantly striving to develop methods for improving the efficiency of their relevant professional practices, as there is simply so much to be gained simply by focusing on drastically improving any existing inefficiencies while also identifying areas in which incremental gains can be made. According toBoldLeads, the industries that encompass real estate, construction and custom design could all benefit from an increased focus on efficiency.
Efficiency is just one of many areas of expertise for a company like BoldLeads, which has assisted real estate agents all over the country by streamlining and improving the entirety of the lead generation process by a significant margin. BoldLeads is not alone in seeking methods for enhancing the efficiency of practices associated with real estate, as one GIS analyst in Boston created a map of the city’s property values for quick and easy review and analysis.
In terms of construction and custom home design, many professionals are taking a cue from builders who are capable of providing comprehensive services that encompass everything from the initial building plans right up to the most minor interior design elements. Instead of working on coordinating the custom build with disparate contractors and sub-contractors all operating on different and often conflicting schedules, comprehensive custom building services are far more efficient in terms of the time spent on the project as well as the ease with which it is completed.
One of the most interesting developments in investing and entrepreneurship that has taken place over the last few years surely has to be the rapidly increasing number of socially-conscious investors and entrepreneurs. While there has always been entrepreneurs working diligently to ensure their business endeavors also accomplished or contributed to some sort of social good, it seems that there is now an entire sector of investors and entrepreneurs whose sole focus is on generating a positive social impact while using the leverage they are able to wield through their business operations.
Luke Weil has been involved in a number of social entrepreneurial endeavors, including one in which his company is diligently working to preserve indigenous Amazonian medicines. In each one of his endeavors, Weil has found it incredibly valuable to assemble a team of like-minded individuals with the goal of ensuring the success and long-term viability of the project. This is of particular importance when one considers that the social good achieved through entrepreneurship may be viewed as unsustainable over the long term if the team is not able remain productive and on the same page throughout the entirety of the project.
In addition to these team-building principles, corporate philanthropic efforts should also be discussed and agreed upon during the course of assembling a team. This will allow team members to be fully invested in whatever model is ultimately selected, which will result in a greater likelihood of team members championing the model they adopt in the same way the Salesforce Foundation has championed the 1-1-1 model of philanthropy.
Michael John Mally, a.k.a. Michael J. Mally is a San Diego artist who was kind enough to send over a few shots from his most recent photo shoot. A self-styled SD native, Michael Mally is a bit eccentric but you quickly grow to love his quirks. Namely, his is extremely aware of his surroundings. While we talked at a restaurant along a busy walking street, someone dropped their wallet and without missing a beat, he said, “Excuse me, you dropped something,” and continue his conversation with me!
Michael Mally is truly a class act and I can’t wait to see what he does next!
Arturo Alvarez-Demalde was recently interviewed by Mario at IdeaMensch. Arturo Alvarez-Demalde’s interview can be summed up by saying, if you haven’t read it yet, you’re missing out!
Alvarez-Demalde begins by talking about his childhood. Where he is from, what he has been through and who he knows. After his childhood, he starts talking about one of his passions, fresh food. It might seem strange but Arturo loves fresh produce! Talking about his high bush blueberries is a mouth-watering treat. His newly planted vineyard of Thompson seedless grapes will surely set the table for the final course, a dozen hens laying fresh eggs daily.
When talking about these various enjoyable endeavors he repeats that these are not about money but about the enjoyment he gets walking in the cool of the vineyard, watching the chickens come running when he takes them food each day and picking fresh blueberries in the heat of the summer. He talks about freezing blueberries in a 0 degree freezer so he will have fresh-frozen blueberries all year that don’t have to be imported from another country.
Arturo Alvarez-Demalde is clearly a man who has many talents but also many passions. At his current company, a brand management company, he has helped not only place them on the map, but point them in the right direction. Without his leadership, the company might not be around today!
While there is good reason to feel that more progress could have been made had the warnings of the scientific community been heeded much earlier, it is nonetheless impressive to see the advancements that have been made as a result of innovative professionals like Marlon Kobacker, who have all worked so hard to develop new technologies aimed at enhancing sustainability while reducing carbon emissions. Rather than look back at the critical junctures in which even greater progress could have occurred with the appropriate action or level of investment, the only thing to do now is to continue to look forward in order to build on the progress that has already been made.
According to Kobacker, a great deal of that progress has been made as a result of the successful reduction or removal of the capital cost barrier to sustainable design implementation. While these cost barriers have been largely removed due to the increased focus on early involvement on the part of sustainability consultants, Kobacker believes that even greater progress can be made through increased educational efforts aimed at delineating the short- and long-term benefits of a focus on sustainable design right from the earliest stages of any project.
When those in charge of a project are able to recognize the short- and long-term value of the kind of sustainable design that goes beyond the minimum requirements set forth through legislation or building codes, it is far more likely that progress will be able to continue on at an exponential rate. This is especially the case if the full range of benefits can be thoroughly outlined, as there are many instances in which the economic benefits are so significant that there is no rational argument to be made against the comprehensive utilization and implementation of sustainable design.
With so many varied influences on academic success, students enrolled in the same classes in the same educational setting can still have incredibly unique academic experiences. It is therefore important that students adopt a comprehensive approach to education that includes strategies that can be implemented both inside and outside of the classroom. According to Scott Groza of the Groza Learning Center, a comprehensive approach to education should at least begin with the development of practical and productive study habits, and students should consider the inclusion of tutoring, test preparation and peer study groups.
Practical Study Skills Must Be Taught
Even students who are already performing well academically can benefit from improved study habits, especially since there are a number of simple strategies that can be employed to enhance overall efficiency and productivity. For students who have fallen behind or who have been struggling in a specific subject area, the cause may very well be related to the manner in which they approach their studies. Since this is an area that can be very easily improved, students should strongly consider taking advantage of any opportunity to learn about the methods available for enhancing their study skills.
Tutoring, Test Prep and Peer Study Groups
When students are exposed to information in varied settings, they are far more likely to retain that information over a long period of time. Through the use of one-on-one tutoring and peer study groups, students encounter and process this information across several different circumstances, helping to improve their academic performance in both the short and long term. This is particularly beneficial when this information appears on end-of-year exams or standardized testing, so it is of particular importance for students to pursue a variety of strategies that contribute to a comprehensive educational approach.
Some of the wisest people I have met in my life have shared the common belief that there is a lesson to be learned in every circumstance and that a blind eye should never be turned to any potential source of a valuable lesson. As a writer, I have applied this belief as often as possible and have learned a great deal as a result, all coming from a diverse array of mostly unexpected sources. While searching for maintenance services I came across several 1 stop maintenance reviews, and I was impressed by the praise the company had received for its detail-oriented efforts in preventing issues from arising in the first place.
After reading more about 1 stop maintenance, I began to recognize that writing involves a great deal of preventive maintenance as well. In fact, some of my best work has been the result of what you might call preventive maintenance due to my habit of first creating a basic outline or sketch and adopting a set of writing rules designed with the specific assignment in mind. This helps keeps my work focused and structured in a way that eliminates the need for heavy editing or other time-consuming corrections to be completed after the act of writing. Doing things this way is a kind of preventive strategy, and reading about one stop maintenance really reinforced the importance of this particular strategy.
Since coming to this realization, I have tried to take a more focused and detailed approach to prevention and feel that this has benefitted my work tremendously. While there are some types of writing that require a bit more flexibility and creative leeway, I still believe that my work has improved significantly due to a simple lesson I took away from a company providing facility maintenance. If a writer can apply a lesson learned from the facility maintenance industry, it seems clear that there are lessons to be learned all around us and in the least likely of places.
I have always been committed to generating the best possible results for the clients I work with. I think the clients recognize that I am genuinely interested in securing their financial future, and this has helped to generate further interest in the services the company provides.
As a published author, I love to read. I’m sure that’s not surprising to most people. If you love to write you probably love to read. Brandon Colker is another one of those people like myself and it’s obvious in his writing.
Big Bucks from Big Blogs features the following chapters (with my notes as well).
An Introduction to Passive Income Through Blogging – Blogging can give you not only more income, but time for what you love to do most. That’s why the focus on “passive” is so important. If you’re spending 10 hours a day you basically bought yourself a job.
Outlining the Appropriate Use of Branding and Self- Promotion – Self promotion is very easy or very difficult depending on your temperament. If you’re outgoing and the life of the party it’s not going to be a problem. If you’re a wall flower (many writers are!) then this chapter will help you identify ways that you can brand yourself without appearing to be narcissistic.
Identifying a Central Subject or Concept – What is your blog going to be about? This chapter helps figure out what your blog topic should relate to.
Establishing Trust Through Expertise – The previous chapter helped identify a topic, that topic is hopefully something already in your wheelhouse and this chapter will give you the ability to relate your expertise and experience.
Understanding the Importance of Consistency, Clarity and Quality – A consistent voice is very important for your readers. If they can’t relate to you and don’t feel a connection, they’re just a reader, not a follower or a fan.
Building the Blog and Attracting an Audience – This is one of the most critical and difficult steps you’ll find with blogging. Now that you’ve written about a topic, how do you get people to come and read your writing? Colker will give you practical steps for building a readership that will share your content with their network.
Passive Income Explained – Income is what makes your big blog worthwhile. You’ll read about how to create various passive income streams.
When and How to Monetize (Passively!) – Most bloggers immediately put advertising all over their website and that’s not the best way to go about making money! When and how are two very important aspects of monetizing and (I won’t spoil it for you) Colker lays out a gameplan.
Expanding Reach Through Additional Mediums – Social media, friends and other areas are all covered.
Leveraging Expert Status to Generate Added Opportunities – This is my favorite chapter. After you become an expert the doors will be open to you. This will give you practical advice on which doors to walk through.
Colker has seen a lot of great reviews come in about his book. One of my favorite reviews comes from Miss Jena who says the following.
In this concise and to the point novella by Brandon Colker, he explains the many ways to make real, long term money utilizing the blogging platform. This is not the get rich quick and easy, rather the tried and true built up success. He covers very particular points, gives examples and points out potential pitfalls.
Right when I begin to think being asked into an interview with ideamensch.com couldn’t be more exciting and I couldn’t be more honored, I am then asked in for yet another interview with inspirery.com! Words can’t begin to express my gratitude to the fine people at inspirery.com who have dedicated much of their time and their lives into, obviously, inspiring their readers. The people invited in for an interview are considered to be some of the most inspirational people having taken their struggles and turned them around into victories and inspirery.com wants to learn more about them.
As most people have asked for, I will tell my experience with inspirery.com and any questions I have received will be addressed. Where to begin? First of all, the interview process isn’t at all stressful and you don’t have to know how to ace a ton of nearly impossible questions. The questions are about you and what you have accomplished. They are interested in who you are and what you have done. Where ideamensch.com asked me different questions dealing in different areas that were scattered around different topics, inspirery.com was very focused on me and my business, Slaske Building Company, which thankfully is a topic I know so much about!
As I have mentioned before, individuals who have done what others dream of, such as starting a business or even conquering poverty and homelessness and have a story of a victorious battle against the odds of this world are usually the ones inspirery.com calls into interview. While I didn’t have a super impressive story, I have a super impressive business that was started from the ground up and it showed everyone that if it is possible for me, it can be possible for you. This was good enough for the fine folks at inspirery.com.
As for questions about the interview, the most interesting question I have received was, “What was your favorite question inspirery.com had to ask?” It was a simple answer. My favorite question was, “What is the most important lesson you have learned as an entrepreneur?” The reason why this is my favorite question was because it asked me what I learned. When I would get in trouble as a child, I would be punished and near the end of the day, my dad would ask me, “What have you learned?” He knew that if I didn’t know, there would be a great chance that I would need to be disciplined again because I didn’t understand why I was punished and I never learned anything. In the same sense, the lessons I have learned as an entrepreneur serve as wisdom for anyone else. It is, to me, a high honor when asked what I have learned just as inspirery.com has asked. It tells me they are interested in my knowledge and they look up to me as a business professional.