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Rob Gordon
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Mario in real life. 
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Sorry sir, your package doesn't cover for video game characters wreaking havoc at your home
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Did I ever show you guys a picture of my pool meeting table?   #robshouse  
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I think you and your team will get a lot done!!
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+Visnja Zeljeznjak is telling us not to read!   Since I am a walking encyclopedia on this stuff, but am hardly a stunning success, this one stung a little.  

I don't care what you say Visnja - I am going to finish that Malcolm Gladwell book I am reading about David and Goliath situations, and even that one about Stoics that you recommended, just to spite you!

What do you guys think?   Are business books a waste of time?
 
Reading (Business) Books as a Form of Procrastination
Watching TV. Socializing online. Reading feel-good business books for inspiration. All of this is one big waste of time if you're not careful.

I tend to agree with the premise of this article. The author,  +Rob Walling, in no way says that you should stop reading books. What he does say is that you should stop seeking motivation and inspiration in them at the moment when you should be working, acting, shipping.

Instead of reading over-generalized, feel-good advice from the likes of Seth Godin and Malcolm Gladwell, choose to read actionable advice which is directly connected to your immediate or short term goals.

For example, if you're writing your first book and you need help, read books with practical, hands-on advice about finishing, launching and promoting a book.

Read whatever you want in your spare time. Just don't mistake reading books for work. I know it's easy to rationalize reading as helpful. 

I make reading time my reward for being productive during the day. I'm a big fan of routine and I'm now happy to report that I've successfully established a routine which helps me ship at least one 2000-word newsletter every week. I'm still a rookie, but a rookie with a routine. Never before have I tried nor accomplished anything similar.

My routine dictates that my mornings are my creative time which belongs exclusively to writing. After lunch I continue writing and / or working on growing my new software product business.

Only after I'm done writing for the day, I allow myself to do everything else like socialize online and read books, email subscriptions, feeds.

This routine enables me to always feel good about myself at the end of the day. Since writing is 80% of what I should be busy with on any day, I accomplish my goals if I have written anything business-related. And because my days start with writing first, I always make my most productive part of the day useful.

I don't read in the morning.
I don't open Gmail in the morning.
I don't touch social media and Hacker News before afternoon.

If you see me tweeting in the morning, it's either a pre-scheduled tweet or one of my strokes of inspiration I get every time I write.

(Right now, I'm operating without a content calendar. I don't need to think about getting ideas to write about. I simply start writing and my mind generates short posts, tweets and updates on my overarching theme on auto-pilot.)

Books, email and social media are drugs. I create special blocks of time when I am allowed to get high on them.  And I don't mistake them for actually working. I know exactly how work looks like. It's me, in my text editor, my hands on the keyboard, and they're moving and typing words.

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I completely agree. Constant learning is so key to entrepreneurs but do it in your spare time. 
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WOW -- too cute!!  :) 
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And it he category of "stuff that Rob can't eat anymore" the winner is. . .

#foodporn  
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If you are missing the taste of bacon, you can try Bacos Chips (not bits). They are soy based and much lower in fat. (unless the issue is the sodium, in which case I have no solution for you)

I use the Bacos chips in sauce recipes that require crumbled bacon, such as the stuff I have been making for years that involves tomato juice, bacon, and elbow macaroni, spiced up similar to spaghetti sauce, with some cayenne pepper thrown in for some heat. I do the sauce in a pressure cooker for about 10 minutes, throwing in a whole package of Bacos, a big can of tomato juice, and the herbs & spices. The results are great, with the Bacos taking on not just the flavor of bacon, but the texture, as well (which is why I use the chips and not the bits)
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How cool is that! Bet they get some double takes...
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I got one of those the other day, with a hand written note, instead of pre-printed crap. The note suggested I spend it on dinner and a movie.
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too lazy for bodyboard =)
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Program Management, Community Management, Entrepreneurship, Startup Acceleration, Content Creation, Content Automation, Small Business Strategy, International Business, Economic Development
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  • World-Startups.com
    Founder, 2011 - present
    This is an community platform designed to enhance collaboration among early stage startups and entrepreneurs. While still under development, it is fully operational and provides a sophisticated matching service that can link entrepreneurs seeking partners and co-founders, as well as match them with the needs of larger organizations. Please see link on this profile for registration or contact me if you would like more information.
  • Project Acceleration Services
    Owner, 2011 - 2014
    Professional service that uses the latest generation of project management and scheduling applications along with collaborative brainstorming to help startups, small business and entrepreneurs accomplish their objectives much more rapidly. This service is an ideal match with my skill set and I would like to do everything I can to help you succeed. Please request a capabilities statement or schedule a Google+ hangout with me if you would like more information There is no charge for any initial consultation.
  • Content Creation Services
    Owner, 2011 - 2014
    Professional service that helps business with their content management, content marketing and content automation needs. I can supply customized content to your blog or website on a regular basis at low cost and with little involvement on your part. Ongoing market research is provided as part of this service and it is ideal as an adjunct to the regular content creation activities of you or your organization. Technical writing and documentation services are also available. Please request a capabilities statement or schedule a Google+ hangout with me f you would like more information There is no charge for any initial consultation.
  • California Trade Network
    Co-Founder, 2000 - 2014
    This is a business portal for exporters and internationally oriented entrepreneurs in the state of California. While this project went dormant for several years, it is currently being relaunched with a new partner at a time of renewed interest.
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San Diego, California
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Lagos, Nigeria - Cairo, Egypt - Lansing, Michigan - Detroit, Michigan
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I'm a friendly and outgoing guy, currently single, living near the beach area of San Diego.    I like meeting smart and creative people and want as much positive energy in my life as I can possibly get.  

There probably won't be much rhyme or reason to the posts I make here.  Sometimes I write about things going on in my life, other times I post business or political material, and sometimes I like things that are spiritual or related to self  improvement and personal growth - and I almost always like things that are funny or off beat.

I grew up in the American Midwest - Michigan, so I have the common attribute of being a little slow to make friends but then doing my best to hang onto them as long as I can.  I am an open book, but it still takes a while to get to know me  Once you have my trust though I will have your back.  I am fiercely loyal to my friends. 

My nationality is Irish so I like a good stiff drink now and again, and have a penchant for dive bars.   At the same time, I am also trying to get more health and fitness oriented and am working on my own personal growth.  I don't think we should ever stop growing.

Politically, I am a progressive libertarian - figure that one out.  I like yoga but also martial arts.  I am shy but outgoing - open minded but skeptical - tough but sensitive.  I am a patriotic American who considers himself to be a world citizen,  I am nonbeliever on a spiritual path.   Yes, I am a contradiction. 

Business Interests

I have a several different business interests, ventures and practice areas.  Since I am self-employed, I have used the "employment" section of this profile to describe my two major practice areas: Project Acceleration Services and Content Creation Services, as well as two of my ventures: World Startups and the California Trade Network.  These are active and current so contact me if any interest you.or if you see a way we might work together.   My other business interests include:
  • Entrepreneurial Collaboration
  • Small Business Development
  • Startup Venture Acceleration
  • Open Source Development
  • Collaborative Technologies
  • International Business & Trade
  • New Economy / Self-Employed
  • California Economy and Politics

Communities

I run several different communities here on Google+ - some are large and well established, some are small and experimental - all are intended to get people working together for mutual benefit.

Entrepreneurs, Self-Employed, and Small Business.  This is a large and growing public community - almost 50,000 members now -  that I founded for entrepreneurs, small business owners, startup founders and the self employed  It provides a platform where entrepreneurs from all around the world can meet, share information, engage in discussions and sometimes cooperate for mutual benefit.   Some have told me it is the best managed business community on Google+. All are welcome no matter how small or humble the business or venture. 

Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative.  We recently relaunched an initiative here on Google+ called the "Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative" where we each volunteer of offer a small amount of our extra "brain power" to help each other advance in our lives, business or careers.  This is being done mostly through the facilitation of small private teams, each dedicated to the success of an individual member.  This initiative is still new, but the response has been really amazing and almost 2000 people are now following our Google+ page where we make our major announcements http://goo.gl/2KCAZ

Personal Growth, Self-Improvement & Life Balance.  An open discussion of personal growth and self improvement in all its aspects, from the pragmatic, to the ethereal.  Includes discussions about self improvement, personal effectiveness, psychology, philosophy, neuroscience and even spirituality - anything that involves growing to our full potential and leading better lives.  This is a private community so you have to request an invitation but all we really ask is that you be your authentic self and not try to impress anyone.  


Favorite Quotes

"He attacked everything in in life with a mixture of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence and it was often difficult to tell which was which".
Douglas Adams, "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy"

"All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you... But first, they must catch you"
Richard Adams, Watership Down

"Your mind. Your slow, plodding, tenacious mind. There has never been one quite like it, in all the history of the world. Perhaps in the history of creation." 
Stephen King - the Gunslinger.

DISCLAIMER:  I use Google+ as my personal micro-blog to post "whatever I want".   If you are offended by unconventional political and business ideas, unpopular opinions that sometimes go against the crowd, irreverent views about religion and morality, or a lack of respect for the status quo, I suggest that you not follow me.  While I am not totally insensitive to cultural norms, I will not "self censor" to accommodate anyone here.  In addition, I occasionally post material that is only appropriate for adults here so don't follow me if you are underage or might be offended by such materials.  See also: photo and image sharing policy: http://goo.gl/U0ICt

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  • Entrepreneur Strategy & Acceleration
    Business Strategy, 2012 - present
  • Michigan State University
  • San Diego State University
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