9 things we can learn about Blogging from Edison

9 things we can learn about Blogging from Edison

(Photo courtesy of The New Yorker)

I know the reputation of Edison has taken a beating in recent years.  He was not very good at giving credit where credit is due to his employees, and he was quite the ruthless businessman, not the laid-back genius as he was formerly portrayed. 

He did have, however, have words of wisdom, some of which can help us to better understand blogging. Let's put aside his recently tarnished reputation for a minute.  He did set up his laboratory here in NJ where I live, in both Menlo Park, and East Orange, so he had that going for him.

 

1) “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”  You don't have to have something great to start, you just need to imagine what it is you want to create, whether it is a physical product or a piece of software, even if you start with nothing at all.

2) “To have a great idea, have a lot of them.”  This is how brainstorming works. You need a great number of ideas, most of which will be thrown out, but out of one hundred or one thousand different ideas, there may be one which is truly great!

3) “I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others… I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”  This is an essential principle of any good business. You either need to substantially improve on an existing idea, or discover something that people need but do not yet have a good solution to solve their problem. 

4) “Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.”  If you can work seriously with a given purpose on goal-oriented work, that is likely to bring good result.  The difficult part is deciding where to focus to achieve the best possible result.

5) “Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.”  Edison was blessed with unbridled ambition. It took Thomas Edison superhuman feats of biology to fuel his astoundingly ambitious to-do list. He reportedly slept a mere three to four hours at night, “regarding sleep as a waste of time, 'a heritage from our cave days,'” as James Maas tells us in his 1997 productivity bestseller Power Sleep (public library). You may not have to deprive yourself of sleep as he did, but there is no substitute for hard work as any successful businessman or businesss will tell you.

6) “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”   This is one of his most famous quotations, and one I have always liked. You may have great ideas for a blog or a business, but unless you put in the sweat equity to make it work, you will not have the success you desire.

7) “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  Many people lose inspiration or hope when things do not go well at first.  You probably know the answer to this question, "What does it take to get into Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.

8)  “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Many bloggers give up after only a month or two.  Anything worthwile will take time to find success.

9)  “I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.”  In the middle of your struggle, you may not feel this way, but in looking back, Edison may have envisioned that his work was fun in looking back at his life, but I am sure in large measure he did view his work as fun.

Best of success in all your endeavors.

Let's make Markethive great!

 

John Lombaerde – Markethive Entrepreneur One

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Quantum Computing huh yeah What is it Good For?

Motown had a big hit with Edwin Star's song "War" in 1970 at the height of opposition to the Vietnam War.  I understand where this sentiment came from at the time, and some may be wondering the same thing about quantum computing today.

What is it good for anyway?  There still is no viable commercial quantum computer on the market as of 2021.  Yet we hear about quantum computing as though it was the solution to all our scientific problems that have held humankind back for generations. 

Here are some facts about quantum computing that have helped to raise some healthy skepticism. 

  1. No equivalent of a classical computer terminal to read and display data.
  2. No ability to read and write text or data files.
  3. No ability to access a database to read, write, update, or query data.
  4. No ability to access data over a network.
  5. No ability to send or receive data from web services over a network.
  6. No real-time sensor access.  (courtesy of https://jackkrupansky.medium.com/what-applications-are-suitable-for-a-quantum-computer-5584ef62c38a)

Well then, what in the world is quantum good for anyway?

A post on quantum computing research at https://research.aimultiple.com/quantum-computing-applications/ suggests that these are possible applications for quantum computing.

  • Automotive:
    • 1- Optimizing large autonomous fleets
  • Energy:
    • 2- Utilization prediction
    • 3- Grid optimization
    • 4- Weather forecasting
  • Finance:
    • 5- Automated trading (e.g. predicting financial markets)
    • 6- Risk analysis
    • 7- Portfolio optimization
    • 8- Fraud detection
  • Insurance:
    • 9- Valuation of instruments, premiums in complex cases
  • Logistics:
    • 10- Supply chain optimization
    • 11- Inventory optimization
  • Manufacturing
    • 12- Design optimization (e.g. batteries, chips, vehicles, etc.)
  • Pharma:
    • 13- Drug interaction prediction
    • 14- Personalized medicine taking into account genomics
  • Technology/software
    • 15- Machine learning

These are very specialized and highly focused types of applications far from general computing needs.

So in the end, it turns out that there are a number of very useful applications for quantum computing, but we are still 5-10 years away from mainstream quantum computing.  In the meantime, we have plenty of options for fast computing using traditional microprocessors to solve today's problems.

This is a photo of a Google Quantum computer under development. Admittedly, today's quantum computers look a bit more like fancy heaters or AC units than computers.

Find and Use the Best Free Tools

Find and Use the Best Free Tools

When you have a small business you can delegate and distribute the work load among your employees.

When you are a solo entrepreneur you do not have any such luxury because of course, you have to do everything yourself. It kind of irks me when solo entrepreneurs act as though they had all the time in the world, and waste their time.  These are some suggestions that can help overcome this problem.

1) Find the best free business tools you can and take advanatage of as many of them as you can.

Here is a website with over 40 free business tools and more.

https://bestfreebusinesstools.com/referral?ref=jonlomb

2) Find tools that can automate mundane tasks such as your efforts on social media. Social Media can be a huge waste of time if you are not careful. For example, I am very active on LinkedIn with 16,000 1st level connections. (This represents better than the top 5% on LinkedIn).  I also have a group on LinkedIn with 1500 members that is growing on a daily basis.  Without some kind of automated method of contacting and inviting on LinkedIn I would have spent thousands of hours trying to accomplish this, but I now spend only 15-20 minutes per day.  If you visit the following link you can find free tools to automate your social media activities.

https://bestfreebusinesstools.com/referral?ref=jonlomb

You will notice it is the same link.  There are both free social media software programs to automate your social media efforts as well as many free business tools.  So what are you waiting for?  Just use your cell phone number and you will be given a text message with a code to login.

Be smart and take advantage of these free tools.  Be patient, this is a brand new site, and there are only 40 tools there now, but soon there will be over 100, and training as well.

Best of success in all your endeavors.

 

John Lombaerde – Entrepreneur

https://markethive.com/jonlomb/page/jonlomb

 

 

 

Why should you market on LinkedIn?

Why should you market on LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is the world's largest business network with an astonishing 722 million users now in 2020. Most of the people on LinkedIn are business professionals.  Only about 1 percent of LinkedIn users post content on a weekly basis.

That means of the 9 billion impressions every week on LinkedIn, only 3 million users are taking advantage of this type of marketing.

To see additional mind-blowing statistics about LinkedIn, visit – https://kinsta.com/blog/linkedin-statistics/

Through a combination of unique content creation and repetitive posting, your reach on LinkedIn can be considerable.

The best method to reach LinkedIn subscribers is to create a group with your offer or a sales / squeeze page.  You do not need to change the post there.

You can create a post with the best original content you can come up with that you feel will interest professionals on LinkedIn. 

The best time to post on LinkedIn is between 8AM and 2PM EST on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. You can repost and change the time from Eastern to Central and then Pacific time. Always make sure your post is relevant, helpful, and informative, and include an image every time you post.  (Only post images without copyright, of course).  A creative commons license is fine. You can repost the identical content 5 times using this method, and also wait one week or more between posts to get the best exposure.

Post on Markethive as well, with a link to LinkedIn asking people to like your post on LinkedIn.

Since March of 2020, LinkedIn has revived the ability to sent at least 200 messages each day to anyone who shares a group membership with you.

You do not go through a 2-step process to invite and then send your message to them.  Of course, it is not recommended to send promotional links in your first message.

It is better to send an invitation to join a group of your own.  You merely say that you share membership in a particular group and then explain a bit about your group and ask them to join your group.  Once they join your group you can freely message them at any time.

Here is the link to my group on LinkedIn. 

https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12308041/

and here is my profile ink.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/leadsonline

I have built a group on LinkedIn of 1500 members (at a rate of 5-10 per day) this year on LinkedIn, and there seems to be no end to this activity. At a slow but steady rate of 1500-2000 per year this will yield over 10,000 members in 5 years. That is a substantial group and many of these group members have joined Markethive.

When the Markethive wallet is released, no doubt this will be one of several substantial and consistent income streams from Markethive.

This can be done manually, but it would certainly take a substantial amount of time every day.  I have found a way that automates message sending which takes less than 5 minutes per day.  I spend an additional 10-15 minutes per day answering the responses I get from these messages, and also invitations that people send to me on a daily basis.

Here is a link to the software I use to do this on a daily basis.  I will personally train you how to use this software for maximum effectiveness.

https://linkedsuccesscourses.com/GB/index?a_aid=jonlomb

I have been working on LinkedIn for nearly 10 years now, and I have nearly 16,000 first-level connections.  

Once you reach a certain number of connections, people will automatically send you invitations because they understand how reach works on LinkedIn.  I do not send out invitations any longer, I just respond to connections for anyone who has a profile picture to identify themselves.

If you have any additional questions about how to market on LinkedIn, comment below, or send me a message here on Markethive and I will respond right away.

 

Thank you.

Best of success in all your endeavors.

John Lombaerde – Markethive Entrepreneur One member.

 

 

A friend in me

Sometimes in life, you find a special friend;

Someone who changes your life just by being part of it.

Someone who makes you laugh until you can't stop;

Someone who makes you believe that there is good in the world.

Someone who convinces you that there really is an unlocked door just waiting for you to open it.

– Unknown

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog post.

Sincerely,
Fitz & Red O'Malley-Zibluk

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Red comes out and we support him


I am Red O’Malley-Zibluk and I approve of this message.

I am Alan Zibluk, and I support my guy.  He has the kindest soul.

I am Fitz O’Malley-Zibluk.  I continue to look up and support by big brother.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog post.

Sincerely,

Fitz & Red O'Malley-Zibluk

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Use emojis in your text to improve your effectiveness

Why Should You Use emojis in Your LinkedIn Messaging?

Here is a quick recommendation. Why should you use emojis in your LinkedIn messaging?

Answer:

1) No one else is doing it, so it makes you stand out from the crowd

2) It helps to personalize your messages, like a mobile text message.

3) It shows a lighter and friendlier side to doing business.

For men on LinkedIn, I use the thumbs up emoji, and for women, I use the smiley face. It just seems better to me to differentiate like that. I think messages seem more friendly using emojis, but no one it seems has discovered this.

I have never received a message on LinkedIn using an emoji, but when I send out a message with an emoji, I often get a response with an emoji. This shows me that people are kind of digging it on LinkedIn. If people like it on a business network, they probably will like in on other social networks as well that allow messaging with emojis.

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree?

smiley

 

Please let me know

John Lombaerde

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What is the Purpose of the Markethive News Feed

 

What is the purpose of the Markethive News Feed?  Let me get philosophical for one minute. This is the way I look at it.  

The Markethive News Feed should be used:

To inspire, To uplift, To encourage, To bring joy, To inform, To educate, and To promote. 

If you only focus on promotion, promotion, promotion, you will not find many friends here and may actually lose more friends than you gain.  
If instead, you focus on the first six items, and only after that on the seventh, (promotion), you will gain many friends and everyone will 
be happy to read your promotional post when it comes along.  What do you think of this News Feed philosophy?  Please let me know.

 

Thanks.

 

John Lombaerde

Entrepreneur

To podcast or not to podcast – that is the question

To podcast or not to podcast – that is the question

Now I am writing this post, fully aware that I have told myself a hundred times that I need to start podcasting, but I have yet to get the ball off the ground on this.  I even have a podcasting group here on Markethive with suggestions on how to start a podcast, and I even have purchased books on the subject. 

Here is my group, btw. https://markethive.com/group/originalpodcasting

What is the reason?  It is not for lack of content.  I have plenty of blogs here on Markethive I could use for podcasting, so lack of content is not the issue. I could say that I am not ready to put up a companion website to go along with the podcast. I guess that is partially true because it is very helpful to have that along with a podcast.

Is it a lack of fancy audio equipment? No, because although it might be nice to have, it is really not necessary to start out. You can get started with the most basic microphone and headphones and get more "techy" later on.

Pure and simple, I confess it is simply due to a lack of initiative. That is a polite way to say it is due to laziness.  Yes, I admit it.  Maybe with that confession, I will come closer to getting it off the ground. 

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In any case, I would like to make the following comments about the state of podcasting.  Today, 9/16/202 Amazon announced that you can now find podcasts on Amazon Music. 

This is a good move, since I think every streaming music service should have podcasts as part of their offering.  Even Pandora has podcasts for goodness sake. Apple Music is one of the few streaming services that still separates the two. Come on Apple, let's get with the program and stop doing things your own way.  Well that is kind of their motto after all, right?  Who should be surprised?

Okay, I will take a vote.  Who thinks I should start at least a weekly podcast?  If I get enough votes, I may just breakdown and go ahead with it.

Thanking you in advance for your support.

 

John Lombaerde

Markethive Entrepreneur

https://markethive.com/jonlomb/page/jonlomb

 

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