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Definitive Advice

Posted in entrepreneurship by Steve Sammartino on October 22, 2012

Advice is an interesting thing to give because by it is opinionated in nature. It is influenced more by the previous experience of the giver, more than it is by the taker. Because advice we give is usually one of many possible courses of action, there will always be doubt in the recommendation. The only way of really knowing what advice to take, only becomes evident after it has been taken.

Where doubt is an omnipresent reality, the best advice we can give is definitive advice. Advice which is acted upon quickly and fervently. When advice increases self belief in the receiver, it is often more valuable than the advice itself.

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Digital Mentors

Posted in entrepreneurship by Steve Sammartino on March 18, 2009

It’s never been easier to be mentored on a specific subject, from experts, for free. There are even live feedback mechanisms from other interested experts. It’s called blogging and you may think this is a ridiculous entry giving you’re reading one right now.

It’s only ridiculous if we fail to leverage the blogosphere to it’s full potential. Many of us don’t. We’ve got to get involved. Not be passive, ask questions, link, re-post and share with our crew.

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The real power of such social media is dialogue. My favourite blog has 25,000+ readers a day. The publisher has his email address listed on it. When I email him a question he gets back to me within a day or two with an answer, a link, a blog entry or if I’m really lucky a free PDF copy of his latest book.

In fact some of my most valued mentors are colleagues I know in a similar space, or mind frame who write excellent blogs in their own right. I trust and value their opinion and so they are mentors to me also – even though – better that, they are half my age. Like Ross, Steve and Ben. Who are all as good or better than any celebrity business blogger you follow.

Go on, ask me a question!

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Constructive Criticism

I choose to take Constructive Criticism Advice with thanks. I do this because my goals are way more important than my ego.

Free advice – from the world greatest thinkers

Posted in blogging, business, entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, internet, Marketing Insight, school, Seth Godin, startups, web 2.0 by Steve Sammartino on August 8, 2008

It’s never been easier to be mentored on a specific subject, from experts, for free. There are even live feedback mechanisms from other interested experts. And most of the amazingly cool and informative stuff comes from blogs – just like this one.

But are you really taking advantage of this mentoring revolution?

Do you have a digital mentor?

Have you emailed the writer of your favourite blog?

Asked for advice / help, given them advice or help?

Are you passing on your skills by blogging for others?

My favourite blog has 25,000 readers a day. The publisher has his email address listed on it. When I email him a question he gets back to me within a day or two with an answer, a link, a blog entry or if I’m really lucky a free PDF copy of his latest book. The real value comes from the interactions, not the reading.

Smart entrepreneurs get involved in the conversation, they don’t just listen to the lecture.

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