Social skills and money

  So I’ve been hooked on HOUSE lately (“it’s not Lupus!”, tee-hee-hee!). Love the show! Now, anyone who's watched at least one episode would know that Dr. House, while a brilliant doctor, is not much of a people-person. In Season 2, a patient comments: Patient: “House must be a great doctor.” Dr. Foreman: “Why would you assume that?” Patient: “When you're that big a jerk, you're either great or unemployed." WHAT ARE SOCIAL SKILLS ? Social skills (people skills) are what you use for interacting with other people. They help you distinguish between when to speak and when to keep silent, what to say and how to say it; they also help you “read” the other person by picking up on hidden signals beyond the verbal. (more…)
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Kill a Darling

“Кill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little heart, kill your darlings.” This advice is well-known among writers (Stephen King, “On writing”), and it means to cut out all “extra” words from your text. To writers, each word is our own flesh and blood, a darling, and killing one hurts like hell. Oh yes it does. The same applies to business. A start-up is made of ideas, the entrepreneurs’ own flesh and blood, their darlings. AND these “darlings” are supposed to make money. But what if they don’t? Killing a business-idea or prematurely ending a business-project – just because it’s not turning enough profit – is a tough-tough job. Yes, business is about money, but come on – your business is your baby! You’ve given it birth, nurtured it, held its infant hand while it took its first steps in the big scary world. (more…)
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