26

Sep

What is entrepreneurship?

I was recently asked the question, ‘what is entrepreneurship?’ After thinking about it a bit, I came up with the following response:

Entrepreneurship is a road to self discovery. It is a journey to self-enlightenment dependent upon planning, hard work, and execution. The winding and rewarding path is paved with perseverance and cleansed with the tears of defeat. Even with the odds of success against you, the risks can be mitigated with passion, vision, teamwork, and a bit of luck. The character of an entrepreneur comes from fully understanding these unavoidable hardships and making the appropriate sacrifices to fulfill your dream and find your purpose. Stay positive, never quit, and empower those around you.

Be passionate. Be fearless. Don’t be afraid to fail. Make things. Love lots. Have fun.

15

Sep

Re-designing How We See Takes BALANCE
Over the past year I’ve had the privilege of working to change the eyewear industry with my startup Frameri: the first interchangeable Rx glasses and sunglasses company.  
As we approach our Indiegogo (starting this Tuesday, Sept. 17th) we are already getting so much support from friends, family, and those who share the same frustrations of buying eyewear that we have. Thank you all so much for your kind words and encouraging emails (we need them)!
As any startup can attest, the first year is a VERY difficult time filled with rejection, long work schedules, and little or no pay. But it’s the passion to create something great that will actually make lives better that inspires many of us to take the plunge.
While every day is like a never-ending roller coaster, I can thankfully say we are starting to get into a groove. If I could share just one piece of advice for entrepreneurs their first year, it would be this: STAY BALANCED.
It’s so easy to get stuck behind your computer for 16 hours a day, forgetting to eat or eating unhealthy meals, blocking out the world to bring your vision into reality. But be CAUTIOUS because balance is the key to success. Get up early, workout, eat a good breakfast, work 8-12 hours, call your friends, call your family, go outside, have fun, and don’t let your product take over your life.
As someone who has been both the exact opposite of balanced and who is now slowly become much more balanced, I have found that everything gets easier and more focused with balance. In fact, I’ve actually gotten more work done, been less distracted, and been healthier physically, mentally, and emotionally by managing my life better. And sure it isn’t always easy to be balanced. It takes discipline. A lot of it. What worked for me was accepting that being disciplined is not easy. It takes courage. But becoming disciplined and balanced will help you out immensely in your entrepreneurial ventures. You’ll be happier, and you’ll really begin to put your heart into your work. I know it sounds crazy, but just try it.
That’s all I’ve got for today! Just a little motivational pep talk. Don’t forget that YOU CAN DO IT. And even if you fail, are you really failing or are you finding a way not to do something? Believe in yourself and as my favorite fish would say, “Just keep swimming!”

Re-designing How We See Takes BALANCE


Over the past year I’ve had the privilege of working to change the eyewear industry with my startup Frameri: the first interchangeable Rx glasses and sunglasses company.  

As we approach our Indiegogo (starting this Tuesday, Sept. 17th) we are already getting so much support from friends, family, and those who share the same frustrations of buying eyewear that we have. Thank you all so much for your kind words and encouraging emails (we need them)!

As any startup can attest, the first year is a VERY difficult time filled with rejection, long work schedules, and little or no pay. But it’s the passion to create something great that will actually make lives better that inspires many of us to take the plunge.

While every day is like a never-ending roller coaster, I can thankfully say we are starting to get into a groove. If I could share just one piece of advice for entrepreneurs their first year, it would be this: STAY BALANCED.

It’s so easy to get stuck behind your computer for 16 hours a day, forgetting to eat or eating unhealthy meals, blocking out the world to bring your vision into reality. But be CAUTIOUS because balance is the key to success. Get up early, workout, eat a good breakfast, work 8-12 hours, call your friends, call your family, go outside, have fun, and don’t let your product take over your life.

As someone who has been both the exact opposite of balanced and who is now slowly become much more balanced, I have found that everything gets easier and more focused with balance. In fact, I’ve actually gotten more work done, been less distracted, and been healthier physically, mentally, and emotionally by managing my life better. And sure it isn’t always easy to be balanced. It takes discipline. A lot of it. What worked for me was accepting that being disciplined is not easy. It takes courage. But becoming disciplined and balanced will help you out immensely in your entrepreneurial ventures. You’ll be happier, and you’ll really begin to put your heart into your work. I know it sounds crazy, but just try it.

That’s all I’ve got for today! Just a little motivational pep talk. Don’t forget that YOU CAN DO IT. And even if you fail, are you really failing or are you finding a way not to do something? Believe in yourself and as my favorite fish would say, “Just keep swimming!”

21

Mar

The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.
Arthur Koestler

03

Mar

UX should fit into your everyday life and not complicate it.  It should be a thought out process that goes beyond its superficial use.  If we can look into making use of the metaphors of experiences without simply imitating them, our products will reflect a more in depth understanding of our desired outcomes as well as who are customers really are.  If you have an interest in this field, innovation, design, or entrepreneurship, I would appreciate a follow.  Also, feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

Konrad

14

Feb

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Steve Jobs

12

Feb

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

04

Feb

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Mark Twain

23

Jan

fastcompany:


The 5 rules of happy employees.
Happy employees don’t stay in one role for too long. Movement and the perception of improvement create satisfaction. Status quo, on the other hand, creates burnout.
There is a strong correlation between happiness and meaning; having a meaningful impact on the world around you is actually a better predictor of happiness than many other things you think will make you happy.
A workplace is far likelier to be a happy place when policies are in place to ensure that people regularly get acknowledgement and praise for a job well done.
Recognize that employees are people first, workers second, and create policies that focus on their well-being as individuals.
Emphasize work/life integration, not necessarily “balance.”
Is your company a happy company? If so, why? 
Fast Company and Workplace Happiness:
How To Make Your Employees Happier
The Corporate Pursuit of Happiness
The Formula for Creating Happiness at Work
The Sharp Drop-Off In Worker Happiness—And What Your Company Can Do About It



[Image by the Minimalists.com][Post by M.Cecelia Bittner]

fastcompany:

The 5 rules of happy employees.

  1. Happy employees don’t stay in one role for too long. Movement and the perception of improvement create satisfaction. Status quo, on the other hand, creates burnout.
  2. There is a strong correlation between happiness and meaning; having a meaningful impact on the world around you is actually a better predictor of happiness than many other things you think will make you happy.
  3. A workplace is far likelier to be a happy place when policies are in place to ensure that people regularly get acknowledgement and praise for a job well done.
  4. Recognize that employees are people first, workers second, and create policies that focus on their well-being as individuals.
  5. Emphasize work/life integration, not necessarily “balance.”

Is your company a happy company? If so, why? 

Fast Company and Workplace Happiness:




[Image by the Minimalists.com][Post by M.Cecelia Bittner]

22

Jan

Work hard. Work smart.

Work hard. Work smart.

(Source: airows)