There are always other things that get in the way of working on our businesses, but I believe that working on a business in the early morning or right when you get home from somewhere is the best time to work on your business. This is because there will be less things to stop you from working on your business. Any other free time is good as well, but remember that you only get out what you put in.
Just before the New Year, I wrote a post about the benefits and horrors of Social Media. Since my last post, a lot on Social Media has changed while some of it has remained the same. Now I will access more things on Social Media that are good and bad.
Hackers have gotten really good at damaging the reputations of some Social Media networks and stealing information. Facebook phone numbers and personal information have been attacked, and Facebook is not alone. I got an email from Pinterest telling me to change my password, and Twitter accounts such as Burger King and Donald Trump have been hacked as well. Social Media is new and inexperienced to sophisticated hacks and cyber attacks. For Social Networks to survive, they have to act fast against hacks and cyber attacks.
One of the accounts hacked was Burger King, and during the hacking, a lot of people started to create blog posts about Burger King getting hacked. Many others including myself also sent out tweets telling our followers that Burger King got hacked. Since then, Burger King went from around 80,000 followers to over 110,000 followers in just two weeks at a rate of gaining over 2,000 followers almost everyday. If you want to see what I am talking about, you can look at @BurgerKing’s Twittercounter Statistics (look at the statistics from January 1, 2013 to March 1, 2013) which clearly show a dramatic increase in followers during the hacking. The fact that Burger King got over 2,000 new followers per day shows that either people are only following Burger King because of the exposure the fast food restaurant has gotten over the hacking or people are supporting a Twitter account that got hacked. I personally hope the second reason is why a majority of people followed Burger King, but ever since news of the hacking have gone away, Burger King is at a steady decline of losing over 100 followers everyday since February 21. With these hacks going on, privacy is a serious concern on Social Media.
There must be some good things about Social Media as well. The people who use Social Media are the ones who informed us about the hackers that are doing a lot of damage. Social Media is making us aware of today’s world. There are many users on Social Media which include professionals from virtually every industry imaginable. There are some Social Media accounts that tweet about very meaningful quotes that can be very inspirational. I often retweet the best quotes I can find. Social Media can be effectively used in the classroom by teachers and coaches. By texting Follow “Twitter Username” to 404-04, you will get text messages each time that user sends out a tweet. The text doesn’t say “So and so sent a tweet,” but instead the actual tweet appears with links if there are any.
Social Media has also provided a lot of real-time humor which has now become very important in Social Media. Oreo’s tweet about dunking in the dark that was tweeted during the famous Super Bowl blackout got over 15,000 retweets and over 6,000 favorites. Well what did that tweet do? Well, I think that getting an extra 10,000 Twitter followers in a couple of hours isn’t so bad considering Oreo was only getting a couple of hundred followers per day. Bravo, Oreo, bravo. There’s one example of how Social Media keeps on changing.
There are many benefits to Social Media that can result in a booming business or you getting more information about something quicker. However, there are some serious problems in Social Media that are not being overlooked. Hacking is becoming a serious threat to Social Media. This could very well be a do or die moment for Social Media because with personal information at the risk, why is it worth taking a risk for a newbie? The last thing a newbie should worry about is getting his or her account information stolen.
Are you really doing everything that you could to make your business even better. Your family and friends will almost always say yes unless there is a serious issue because they don’t want to be offensive. The only person you might be able to honestly ask about your business is yourself. You must be able to be honest to yourself if you want to see your business succeed. If you’re not being honest to yourself, you need to quickly change that.
What do you see and what do you want? They should be the same thing, and what you become should be positive. A positive future is a positive life.
Visitors mainly want something that will help them out with something, teach them a lesson, give them a nice laugh, or find the lowest prices. If you can somehow put all four of these things together in your business, you will have a very successful business. An example is GEICO which has a lot of humor, low prices, teaches you some lessons with some of the comercials, and helps you out if you are looking for car insurance. GEICO has been around for a long time, and if you want to be successful for a long time, I recommend putting all 4 of these ideas into your business plan.
In a guide on how to do good on exams, a common suggestion that may appear is to study for a long time. When midterms come up, everyone tells me to study for hours. A majority of people study for hours which would make someone think this is the best method, but is it? I thought that over-studying would result me in losing interest in the material and ultimately thinking about what else I could possibly be doing. I ended up studying for only 30 minutes a day (even for midterms). When people see 30 minutes a day for exams and midterms, it is easy to think that 30 minutes isn’t enough time. I don’t even study for 3 straight weeks, but instead I only study a couple of days before the test (at least 3 days before). There weren’t too many people who liked my plan of studying before I took the test because the motto is “Study, study, study!” When I followed that motto, I got a really bad grade on a Global Test (I’m not going to say what it was. We have all had bad grades). With my plan of studying, I have been getting A’s on my Global exams and the midterm as well (the Global Tests are not pushovers).
What is the lesson we should all learn today from my studying habits? Just because everyone is doing something doesn’t make it the best practice, even if everyone says it is the best practice. You must be ready to jump out of the boundaries of expectation and do what you feel will affect you in a positive way. There is more than 1 way to peel a banana.
What is the lesson we should all learn today from my studying habits? Just because everyone is doing something doesn’t make it the best practice, even if everyone says it is the best practice. You must be ready to jump out of the boundaries of expectation and do what you feel will affect you in a positive way.