I’m back in Malta, in the office that overlooks the building that may once have been the Libyan embassy (but nobody’s really sure).
The last three and a half months have been a forced sabbatical of sorts, juggling optimism and anguish and the logistical improbabilities of living in one room, a thousand miles from home, alongside a 4-year old with behavioral quirks, three suitcases and a baby on varying degrees of life-support.
Edward (4 months) was admitted to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital on 31st December for right ventricular obstruction relief with muscle resection, valvectomy and transannular bovine pericardial patch.
(That’s heart surgery.)
This is my story of addiction. It is the most difficult thing I have ever written. In sharing this with others, I hope I can help those with similar problems.
The year was 2005, a little over eight years ago, and it started off innocently, as these things always do.
I was at a party with some people I didn’t know very well. Not friends, not acquaintances, just some folk who I’d met in a bar. They seemed OK.
After drinking a few more beers at somebody’s house, an older guy cornered me and pushed a small brown envelope into my hand.
“You’ll like this,” he said, as he winked at me.
“No thanks, I’m not interested,” I said.
“Just try it once,” he said. “A little bit won’t hurt, and you might even enjoy it.”
I was drunk and my resistance was low. I took the envelope into the guest bathroom, sat on the pan, and carefully opened it up.
Relationship-building is the most important investment of your time if you want to make things work for you.
Here’s a video I recorded with the team at Contactually to teach you how to do it more effectively.
Find out more about Contactually.
Evernote recurring reminders are on the way, according to this interview with Evernote CEO, Chris Philbin.
In the meantime, here’s how you can set up recurring reminders in the next few minutes. It’s a solution that continues to work very well for me. The usual disclaimer that your mileage may vary applies, of course.
Evernote Recurring Reminders Hack
FIRST: You’ve got to have a system for using Evernote that borrows from something like David Allen’s GTD. (Although you might know I’m not a huge fan of the bells and whistles and prefer a more simplistic approach.)
Simply put, the system you’ll need to have in place is one that uses a single Evernote notebook as your default dumping ground. Let’s call it @INBOX (the @ symbol means it will stick to the top of your favorites list in your Evernote sidebar.)
Nothing should ever remain in your @INBOX once you’ve reviewed it. Where you put it is up to you, but don’t leave it in your default notebook. That’s for processing only.
Building strong professional relationships is one of the most important daily activities you should be doing as a small business owner. Here’s a guide.
Professional Relationship Building 101
It’s not what you know, but WHO you know, right?
And further: it’s not WHO you know, but who knows WHAT you know.
(Hat tip to Michael Port for that one.)
So before you start the tough slog of marketing to unknowns, how about you start by plucking the low-hanging fruit of building better relationships?
Because when it comes to “marketing”, you might well be running before you’re ready, and there’s some gentle course correction needed.