Archive for February, 2010

As time goes by I realize the importance of self-education and how valuable it is to have the passion to learn.

I have never achieved my full potential in school but I might well achieve it in life earlier than the average student because of the way I have educated myself.

I don’t have the credential that a major school has to offer, but in those disciplines that I’m most passionate about—the ones that matter, I have not only the skills but also the experience.
Students shouldn’t wait to be unemployed or “bad-employed” to start learning the practical skills and acquiring the experience that could get them a real job—the one they truly want.

Actual experience beats any credential.
While a diploma tells your employer what you supposedly can do, a business or professional experience tells him what you have done. We all know that rehearsing something is far different from doing it for real, I believe the marketplace is where this rule is the most strictly applied, with the greatest consequences if you end up doing it wrong.

The closer you’ll grow to the marketplace, the faster you’ll find your way in this tough environment.

School is necessary and essential—without education we are merely animals, but school is not enough. It provides the foundation but that is only part of the edifice. The rest is yours to build the way you want, with your own hands, by your own ideology.

Jim Rohn said, “work harder on yourself that you do on anything else”. I believe this is especially true in school because that’s when you are most willing to learn—when you have the passion, the dreams, and the energy. It only gets harder as you get older.

However, you shouldn’t focus only on the technical and practical side of things. The day I started studying personal development, or how to achieve success, wealth and happiness, was one of the most defining moment of my life. These are the basics that we all need to master.

If you are to climb the ladder of success, the society will help you take the first step by providing schools that can get you your first job, but you have to take all the other ones.

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I’ve just finished reading The Richest Man in Bablyon by George Samuel Clason. This is a simple book, 145 pages long, with life altering abilities.

The book was written in the 1920s and is packed with parables set in ancient Babylon (the wealthiest city of the ancient world) more than 6,000 years ago, yet its lessons and wisdom still apply today. The laws of money are universal and unchanging.

Through the inspiring stories of ancient craftsmen, merchants and money lenders you will learn how to repay your debts and achieve financial success with nothing to start with (most of these men started as slaves). It explains the basics of money, how to acquire it, keep it and make it earn more money.

I won’t summarize the principles of the book because that would be counter-productive. These principles are simple and one might even find them obvious, but to be reminded of them the way George Clason has presented them is of great value.

It is said that the book is “beloved by million”, I certainly liked it and would recommend it to anyone who hasn’t read it yet.

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It has now been a few months since I incorporated Nixint, LLC and I can’t tell you how much I have learned during that period of time. This blog hasn’t seen much activity since I wrote the first article but that’s certain to change now that I have something to say.

Setting up a company couldn’t be more easy, you just have to fill out some paperwork or ask someone else to do it. Building and maintaining a business, on the other hand, is a completely different thing.

Even for a web-based startup, there is a lot of things to do on the business side. As a software developer I enjoy designing and developing products, but building a working (and eventually nice) product will only get you halfway. Unfortunately for the developer, the other half requires a completely different set of skills.

The kind of business that Teamly does, known as Software as a Service (SaaS), puts you on the front line. With real customers who use your services daily, all mistakes are magnified many times. It’s a much tougher experience than going freelance with your own services.

The acquisition of a payment gateway / merchant account also proved to be very complicated and time-consuming, for I’m a foreigner living outside the United States. I still haven’t managed to get one.

Nothing is impossible and one might very well overcome these issues as I thought I could—with a great passion and determination. My advice would be to find a mentor who can provide you with guidance throughout your growth.
But what happens when you’re not here? What happens when the fruit of your labors gets to live on its own while you’re unavailable? It is a huge responsibility to maintain a SaaS product; I think it’s unrealistic to try to do it all by yourself.

The main challenge is finding the right partner(s). If you can’t seem to find a cofounder at school, work, or in your circle of friends (as I did), you may want to check out the Cofounder Wish List.

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