Monthly Archives: September 2012

Mobile Phones and the Rise of the Microentrepreneurs

(HuffingtonPost)

Mobile phones are having a transformative effective on developing countries. While developed countries race to get the latest tablet or smart phone, simpler technologies are improving the lives and economic well-being of millions around the world.

The mobile phone — is creating substantial impact in the developing world, changing the lives of low-income individuals, especially in rural communities. Cellphone use has experienced its greatest growth in emerging markets, where much of the community has bypassed traditional land-line telephones. Today, six billion mobile phones are being used throughout the world, with approximately 75 percent of users living in developing countries. Mobile technology provides unparalleled opportunities to break the cycle of poverty by providing access to markets, information, financial services and viable business opportunities that were previously unavailable.

Read the full article on the Huffington Post, Mobile Phones and the Rise of the Microentrepreneurs.

What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day

(FastCompany)

Some great advice to make the most of your work day from some of the top productivity and motivation experts.

Productivity

Don’t Check Your Email for the First Hour. Seriously. Stop That.

Gain Awareness, Be Grateful

Robbins suggests setting up an “Hour of Power,” “30 Minutes to Thrive,” or at least “Fifteen Minutes to Fulfillment.” Part of it involves light exercise, part of it involves motivational incantations, but the most accessible piece involves 10 minutes of thinking of everything you’re grateful for: in yourself, among your family and friends, in your career, and the like.

Do the Big, Shoulder-Sagging Stuff First

Brian Tracy’s classic time-management book Eat That Frog gets its title from a Mark Twain saying that, if you eat a live frog first thing in the morning, you’ve got it behind you for the rest of the day, and nothing else looks so bad.

Ask Yourself If You’re Doing What You Want to Do

Feeling unfulfilled at work shouldn’t be something you realize months too late, or even years.

 

Read the full article on FastCompany.