If everyone is on the same page, what’s your edge?

How many news feeds do you consume daily basis? News can come from various forms such as news paper, prime TV news show, blog, email, or even trendy Twitter. Though, what we take as “major news” are quite similar to everyone in a sense that there is no (or little) barrier to information access if you live in the information age. People who are equipped with news delivering technology and connected to the Internet don’t see any discrepancy of news consumption compared to others. Also, there is a technology that has dramatically reduced time of getting words-out between news-able events to news production & delivery. That’s why people who live in a condensed city like New York or Seoul won’t have any problem to sync with most up-to-date news by noon.

Now, if everyone is on the same page in terms of news and if you’re in the market where you don’t add much value from what you know as news, what would you do? General news syndication and news release mainly caused by press release with a certain purpose wouldn’t count much to create your edge. Often times, those articles wouldn’t weigh as much as their headlines, either.

I respect those people who can analyze situation and give an editorial touch to factual events or hot issues. In order to do so, you have to have historical knowledge of certain events and also get access to so-called “insider” type information source. News achieving can be one tactic, but more importantly, having a more active face-to-face connection with people who know the matters most would be an answer. Great tools like Twitter, Google, iPhone, or Facebook often make you hiding behind the scene. You may justify yourself that you’re digging news from your online social network. However, you’d better pick up your phone and knock the door of people who can give what you want. People who have had great success in their personal or corporate lives were always very personal and getting to the access point to any mutual relationship, not sitting behind any vale.

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Can you count your days?

If we live up to the age of 80, we have about 30,000 days (more precisely 29,220 days.) If we could work for 50 years, that counts about 18,000 days (more precisely 18,262.5 days.) No one really knows when he dies. So, how many days you can spend on something you highly value or love to do is still uncertain. Time is most valuable resource and it won’t come back. That’s why old wisdom always emphasize on importance of using time wisely and setting priority. Someone told me that priority can’t be plural (like priorities.) Priority has to be always one most important thing in your life. @ Jin-won, thanks for sharing great thought the other day!

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73 things that I want to accomplish

Recent visit to a local bookstore, I’ve picked up an interesting book to skim through. Suyoung Kim who currently works at Shell in the U.K. has had a quite dramatic life. She didn’t take so-called traditional route to get where she is now at.

She went to vocational high school, and won a famous TV quiz show for high schooler. She made it to Goldman Sachs after she went to Yonsei University, one of most prestigious private colleges in Korea. Though, she had to quit due to cancer. Though, what brought her back to a fast moving life again was her “73 goal list.” Some goals looked quite funny but many of them were very truthful and also achievable if she were consistently putting efforts.

Having a clear goal helps you to get on track and focus. Entrepreneur is often surrounded with many different tasks. If you live on a clear goal, chance of achieving more would definitely increase. It may sound odd, but often times, some entrepreneurs don’t even know what they talk about. Razor-sharp focus on your personal and corporate goals would take you to the next level of building great venture.