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January 29, 2007 in Happy Quotes

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”

- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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WorkHappy One Month Challenge: Cheaters Post

January 19, 2007

Juggernaut Ok Cheaters (those of you who launched before Dec 2006) - as promised, now's the chance to tell us about your venture. Comments are open.

Only one rule: it has to be educational for those of us reading, so I'm requiring more details.

Here's the format (all fields required - copy, paste fill in values to right):
Project Name:
Date it was launched:
How many signups/customers so far:
Your most effective means of getting them:

If you didn't make the 1/15 cutoff for your new app, I'm extending the deadline 1 month. Finish up then get back and post here, comments close 2/16.

Ok - this is the final post about the WHOMC, back to more signal and less noise after this.

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Happy Quote

January 16, 2007 in Happy Quotes

I get asked this a lot and I have a pretty standard answer which is, a lot of people come to me and say "I want to be an entrepreneur". And I go "Oh that's great, what's your idea?". And they say "I don't have one yet". And I say "I think you should go get a job as a busboy or something until you find something you're really passionate about because it's a lot of work". I'm convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. It is so hard. You put so much of your life into this thing. There are such rough moments in time that I think most people give up. I don't blame them. Its really tough and it consumes your life. If you've got a family and you're in the early days of a company, I can't imagine how one could do it. I'm sure its been done but its rough. Its pretty much an eighteen hour day job, seven days a week for awhile. Unless you have a lot of passion about this, you're not going to survive. You're going to give it up. So you've got to have an idea, or a problem or a wrong that you want to right that you're passionate about otherwise you're not going to have the perseverance to stick it through. I think that's half the battle right there.

- Steve Jobs in 1995 (whole interview here). (via)

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WorkHappy One Month Challenge: Results Show!

January 15, 2007

ApplauseToday marks the conclusion of the WorkHappy One Month Challenge, issued (not surprisingly) one month ago. The idea of course was to kick us all in the collective backside and use the turning of the new year (and a free advertising offer from MSN) to motivate us into finally getting our entrepreneurial venture out there. The MSN advertising offer provided some challenges, but nothing we couldn't handle.

Did you make it? If so, the comments are open,  let's hear about it!

Here's the format (copy, paste, fill in the values to the right):

Project Name:
Date it was launched:
Brief launch story:

If you have a project that was launched before the last month, or you didn't make it by today - hold off posting - I'll put up a cheaters post later where you can come clean and/or flog your existing stuff.

Hope this launches you all toward a prosperous and successful 2007!

*Your links will be auto-linked, no HTML required (or allowed).

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