The Roles of Attitude and Aptitude in Success

Aptitudes come hand in hand with your attitudes. Everyone is born with a basketful of aptitudes we usually call talents.

Aptitudes are our potential to learn skills which we develop and hone through time. We call it growing up. When you learn and begin to utilize your talents to take control of your environment, you begin weaving a particular set of aptitudes. What works, you continue using. What does not, you strive to change. However, aptitudes alone cannot take you all the way through the path to success. It is fully dependent on the very nature of the attitudes you have. This is mainly why your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude.

Run your attitude with humility and you can achieve your highest goals and dreams, use pride and don’t hope to even see a glimpse of them.


Written by Dominique Brown |  //www.pickthebrain.com

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar

Success is something that every individual strives to achieve.

Every single person in the world has their own goals and dreams. Young or old, male or female, black or white, rich or poor, all have the same drive and desire to live life in the best way they see possible. Trying to succeed is an integral human behavior that pays no heed to superficial and emotional factors. We are built to want something more, to improve ourselves, and to be a better person than who we were yesterday. How does one succeed in life? This is a common question that one asks countless times. The answer depends on how you view yourself. You know yourself more than anybody else. This means that you can have the most precise answer from within you; and no one else can come as close to the correct answer than you can. However, there is always something you can do to ensure that you do find the answer. Leer más “The Roles of Attitude and Aptitude in Success”

ALERT: Nearly 3 Million Malicious Fake YouTube Pages Indexed on Google

According to in-the-cloud security leader Zscaler, Google is currently indexing nearly 3 million malicious fake YouTube pages leading to fake anti-virus (AV) downloads. The fake YouTube pages appear when users do a Google search for the term “Hot Video”. Clicking on the links lead to something that looks like a YouTube video page before an invisible Flash layer directs viewers to a fake AV page.

According to Julien Sobrier at Zscaler, “The fake YouTube video page is covered by an invisible layer and the Flash object automatically redirects the user to a fake AV page. If the user has Flash disabled, the page becomes harmless. The URL of the Flash file, hosted on a different domain, is obfuscated with Javascript.” Sobrier says that several different domains are being used to host fake AV software. These domains include www2.soft-analysis79.co.cc and www1.selfprotection20.co.cc.

The fact that nearly 3 million of these malicious pages are showing up in Google results shows that they are virtually undetectable. In fact, only 11% of anti-virus vendors are detecting these pages at this time, according to Sobrier. Therefore, if you are searching for “Hot Videos” you should beware of the URLs in Google before you click on them. Also, if you see search results that look like those below when you search for videos in Google, don’t click on them.


Posted by Megan O’Neill

AlertAccording to in-the-cloud security leader Zscaler, Google is currently indexing nearly 3 million malicious fake YouTube pages leading to fake anti-virus (AV) downloads.  The fake YouTube pages appear when users do a Google search for the term “Hot Video”.  Clicking on the links lead to something that looks like a YouTube video page before an invisible Flash layer directs viewers to a fake AV page.

According to Julien Sobrier at Zscaler, “The fake YouTube video page is covered by an invisible layer and the Flash object automatically redirects the user to a fake AV page.  If the user has Flash disabled, the page becomes harmless.  The URL of the Flash file, hosted on a different domain, is obfuscated with Javascript.”  Sobrier says that several different domains are being used to host fake AV software.  These domains include www2.soft-analysis79.co.cc and www1.selfprotection20.co.cc.

The fact that nearly 3 million of these malicious  pages are showing up in Google results shows that they are virtually undetectable.  In fact, only 11% of anti-virus vendors are detecting these pages at this time, according to Sobrier.  Therefore, if you are searching for “Hot Videos” you should beware of the URLs in Google before you click on them.  Also, if you see search results that look like those below when you search for videos in Google, don’t click on them.

Google Hot Video Search Leer más “ALERT: Nearly 3 Million Malicious Fake YouTube Pages Indexed on Google”

How to Get More Web Design Work With a Great Prospect List

Many web designers or small web design businesses are lost when it comes to gaining new web design clients. It’s true, many web designers get much of their business through repeat clients, but what happens when you don’t have much for referral business at all? This can definitely be the case when one is just starting out, or if you’re changing your niche and business model.

Get More Web Design Work with a Great Prospect List
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When there is not a lot of past work leading to new work, it is the responsibility of the designer to go out and actively search for new clients. A great prospect list is the place to start. In this post we’ll look into what prospects are, how to define a good one, and how creating a good list can help any web design business.
What is a Prospect List?

In the world of marketing, there are a number of phases prospective clients go through before actually becoming paying clients. A prospect is a person, usually a business person, who meets the requirements for being an excellent client in a specific niche. In other words, a person who meets the definition of the target audience perfectly for a product or service.

A prospect list is simply a detailed list of great prospective clients. Each prospect in the list can include the name of the individual, their company, and any direct contact information. A list like this can be extremely beneficial to finding clients, as it is the starting point for marketing effectively.


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Many web designers or small web design businesses are lost when it comes to gaining new web design clients. It’s true, many web designers get much of their business through repeat clients, but what happens when you don’t have much for referral business at all? This can definitely be the case when one is just starting out, or if you’re changing your niche and business model.

Get More Web Design Work with a Great Prospect List
Image credit: MrTopf

When there is not a lot of past work leading to new work, it is the responsibility of the designer to go out and actively search for new clients. A great prospect list is the place to start. In this post we’ll look into what prospects are, how to define a good one, and how creating a good list can help any web design business.

What is a Prospect List?

In the world of marketing, there are a number of phases prospective clients go through before actually becoming paying clients. A prospect is a person, usually a business person, who meets the requirements for being an excellent client in a specific niche. In other words, a person who meets the definition of the target audience perfectly for a product or service.

A prospect list is simply a detailed list of great prospective clients. Each prospect in the list can include the name of the individual, their company, and any direct contact information. A list like this can be extremely beneficial to finding clients, as it is the starting point for marketing effectively. Leer más “How to Get More Web Design Work With a Great Prospect List”

Teams innovation – cognitive bias and over-optimism

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Why design thinking is good for innovation?

According to Tim Brown “design thinking” is to participate in a dance of four mental states :

Divergence – Is the path to innovation, not an obstacle.

Convergence – It is time to eliminate options and make choices.

Analytical – Without analytical forms of thinking would not be possible to understand complex problems.

Synthetic – is the act of extracting meaningful patterns of the totality of information collected.

These four states are not presented in a logical and predetermined sequence. Here is the intuition that is privileged.

When this dance is performed carefully consider that design can help solve many problems, however, Alan Van Pelt says people are predisposed to cognitive bias and to be led by emotions which can contribute to bad decisions.

In other words, not minimizing these cognitive biases dance is like to trod the foot of your partner.

When we are prone to the pitfalls of decision making, when uncertainty is large, this is where design thinking is more useful.

Often what looks like a useful thing becomes an auxiliary of discomfort. The automotive industry is one example as shown Jeffrey Henning by pointing to research by observation as a key to innovation.

The issues highlighted here reveal not only the need for careful observation and allows an analogy not superficial, but also clearly reveal the existence of excess optimism and its consequences.

Being over-optimistic allows innovation to happen.

The delusional optimism makes us cling to ideas more than we should.


por jabaldaia

Why design thinking is good for innovation?

According to Tim Brown “design thinking” is to participate in a dance of four mental states :

Divergence – Is the path to innovation, not an obstacle.

Convergence – It is time to eliminate options and make choices.

Analytical – Without analytical forms of thinking would not be possible to understand complex problems.

Synthetic – is the act of extracting meaningful patterns of the totality of information collected.

These four states are not presented in a logical and predetermined sequence. Here is the intuition that is privileged.

When this dance is performed carefully consider that design can help solve many problems, however, Alan Van Pelt says people are predisposed to cognitive bias and to be led by emotions which can contribute to bad decisions.

In other words, not minimizing these cognitive biases dance is like to trod the foot of your partner.

When we are prone to the pitfalls of decision making, when uncertainty is large, this is where design thinking is more useful.

Often what looks like a useful thing becomes an auxiliary of discomfort. The automotive industry is one example as shown Jeffrey Henning by pointing to research by observation as a key to innovation.

The issues highlighted here reveal not only the need for careful observation and allows an analogy not superficial, but also clearly reveal the existence of excess optimism and its consequences.

Being over-optimistic allows innovation to happen.

The delusional optimism makes us cling to ideas more than we should. Leer más “Teams innovation – cognitive bias and over-optimism”

The Ups and Downs of Being a Perfectionist


Almost everyone out there knows someone who’s a perfectionist, if they aren’t one themselves.

Some people are perfectionists in only one aspect of their life (such as school or work) while others apply their perfectionist tendencies to every aspect of their lives.

Perfectionism is often looked at by those who don’t share the same obsession as a negative personality trait. In reality, perfectionism has both positive and negative impacts.

Learning to work within the constraints of being a perfectionist can lead to much higher productivity, but not working with those traits can lead to much lower productivity.//

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What is Perfectionism?

Your average perfectionist believes that not only is perfection achievable, but that it should be achieved whenever possible. They always strive to make their work better, and often derive pleasure from investing time and effort into their projects. They enjoy paying attention to detail and are often hard to please.

The Upside of Being a Perfectionist

Perfectionism has a lot going for it. For one, it’s common to have perfectionist clients, and that can be a huge headache if you’re not also a perfectionist. Working with someone who insists on getting every single detail the absolute best it can be is easier if you share the same outlook. But there are also other benefits.

Higher Personal Standards
With high personal standards, it’s easier to meet the expectations of others. If you have low standards, you’ll always have to push yourself to meet what others expect from you. If your standards are already high, you’ll likely have a much easier time meeting the standards of others. After all, a perfectionist almost always has nearly-impossible standards for themselves, much higher than what outside parties would generally impose.

A More Streamlined Work Process
Most perfectionists are also hyper-organized. They’ve perfected their work process along with everything else in their life. This means, in many cases, that your work is more efficient than that of many non-perfectionists. You have processes and patterns for handling virtually anything that comes your way, from email to new project and clients to bookkeeping. It can definitely add up to a more effective workday with less wasted time and effort.

A More Polished End Result
If you’re a perfectionist, it’s likely that by the time a project makes it to the client (or is made public), it’s as polished as it can get. Your designs are always pixel-perfect and your development projects always work flawlessly. Others often look at your work in awe, wondering where you find the time and patience to perfect your work in such a way. It’s a definite plus, as it can lead to more work and more respect.

Better Attention to Detail
In addition to an overall feeling of being polished, your work often has all those extra little details that set it apart from the crowd. You go the extra mile to add details to your work that others wouldn’t even think of. This applies both to design and to other aspects of your business. Things like making your clients and others you do business with feel appreciated and valued can go a long way toward improving your business, and are often overlooked by many. A perfectionist will often have systems in place to make sure things are done to improve client relations above and beyond expectations.

Fewer Fixes Are Necessary Later On
One of the biggest direct advantages of being a perfectionist is that there are generally fewer bugs in your finished projects. Because you’ve examined everything in minute detail and tested every possible scenario you could come up with to make sure everything looked and functioned flawlessly, it’s much less likely your clients will find anything you overlooked. This means not only do you have fewer bugs to deal with (which are often unbillable), but also that your clients and users will be happier. Leer más “The Ups and Downs of Being a Perfectionist”

Customers and Innovation: Not Only Advantages


by Stefan Lindegaard
I recently did some research that once again led me to this great report by Vinova; Managing Open Innovation – Present Findings and Future Directions.

Here I found some interesting insights from Enkel, Kausch and Gassman who states that there are not only advantages, but also negative sides of integrating customers in the innovation process. This is the abstract from the Vinova report.

Loss of know-how — Involve trustworthy customers, chose the moment and develop IP agreements.

Dependence on customers’ views — Chose the ‘right’ customers and work with a mix of customers.

Dependence on customers’ demands or personality — Avoid exclusivity agreements, work with HR to understand customers and their culture and apply open communication.

Limitations to mere incremental innovation — Work with lead users and indirect users, use the right method to include customers and chose an intelligent timing.

Serving a niche market only — Use different customers in different stages of the innovation process and pay attention to the search field process.

Misunderstandings between customers and employers — Develop solid relationships with customers, use the right tools and develop suitable incentive systems.

I found this to be good insights worth sharing with you.

P.S. – Thanks to Ralph Ohr you can find the full report by Enkel, Kausch and Gassman here: Managing the Risk of Customer Integration

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