Tip for People Working From Home

If you work from home, here’s a LPT (life pro tip) that I came across on reddit. I’m going to try it for 30 days and see if this is something I would want to adopt forever. Anyways:

Since I work from home and I’m often distracted I created a separate user account on my PC that has a bland wallpaper and no video game shortcuts. My browser logs me in as my work-related google account. All of my docked program shortcuts are related to my work. When work is over, I switch users and return to my personal account.

 

It’s almost like working on two different machines.

The separation from work and home are one of the keys to finding an effective work space. Could this be the solution?

25 Videos for Inspiration and Motivation for Up and Coming Entrepreneurs

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There were originally compiled by AntiWantrepreneur.com, but I thought it was a list that everyone should review.

  1. Oprah Winfrey’s Commencement Address – Oprah speaks to the Class of 2008 at Stanford’s 117th Commencement on June 15, 2008.
  2. President Obama’s Inspirational Speech – President Barack Obama talks passionately to students and business minds on why they should keep pursuing their dreams.
  3. The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us – This is a great video on the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.
  4. Vishen Lakhiani & The Bloodhound Model – Vishen Lakhiani explains his step-by-step process in creating one of his highly lucrative websites, by showing his formula called “the bloodhound model.”
  5. First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy – This is a great video on how to start a movement. You will laugh, but you will also learn a ton.
  6. Brits Get Rich in China – This is a documentary that follows British entrepreneurs as they travel to China to find manufacturers for their businesses.
  7. Muhammad Ali on Why Wealth Is Important – The greatest boxer in the world speaks on why wealth is essential to get people to listen to you.
  8. The Joy of a Salesman – This is a hilarious yet factual skit outlining the ups and downs of salesmen in corporate America.
  9. How to Start a Business by Tim Ferriss – The best-selling author of the 4-Hour series gives details on how to start your own business.
  10. Inside the Minds of the NVA Founders – The NVA founders speak on motivation and how they get the biggest clients in the world.
  11. Get Paid Doing What You Love – This is a quick profile of wild boy Jean-Michel Basquiat. It shows how when you follow your passion, you get the life you’ve always dreamed of.
  12. Charles Gordon Interview – This is the story of a British serial entrepreneur that took his hunger and hardships to build a real-estate empire.
  13. Damon Dash is Ready to Make a Billion – Damon Dash speaks about success and becoming a billionaire.
  14. The Weird Rich Brazilian Tycoon – This shows how focusing on giving value to your employees makes you money…a lot of it.
  15. Richard Branson on Marketing & Business – You can’t claim to have received real business inspiration until you get some from business guru Richard Branson.
  16. Steve Jobs Commencement Speech – Steve Jobs speaks to the graduates of Standford University in 2005. This great speech encourages young graduates to stay hungry and foolish while they hone in on professional aspirations and follow their passions.
  17. Money Making – Will Smith gives his tips on how to find success and make money in business and beyond.
  18. 14-Year-Old Millionaire – At the age of 14, Farrah Gray, who was born and raised in a housing project in Chicago, became a self-made millionaire. Truly inspiring!
  19. Do I Look Like a Gangster? – Vance Miller is known as a misunderstood businessman to some and a ruthless conman to others. This video shows how to undercut the British kitchen market and become rich.
  20. Stop Being a P**sy & Start Making Money Online Now – Self-explanatory. Frank Kern is awesome.
  21. Tony Robbins, Frank Kern & John Reese on Taking Action – Two of the biggest internet marketers sit down with Tony Robbins to talk about taking action.
  22. Why Happiness is the New Productivity – Vishen Lakhiani talks about Flow: The Ultimate State of Human Existence. He shares 10 tips on how to master this state and how to bring it to teams, families, and groups you lead.
  23. Are YOU a Wantrepreneur? – Simple question. Watch this video and answer for yourself.
  24. Caine’s Arcade – If this little kid can start a business, you can too.
  25. Shark Tank’s Daymond John on Lessons from His Worst Mistakes – Daymond John, the founder of fashion brand FUBU and an investor on reality television show Shark Tank, discusses his background and business philosophy.

How I Adopted a Quality Assurance Program (Six Sigma) to Reduce Defects, Reduce Expenses and Increase Our Bottom Line – A Movement Towards Lean Manufacturing

How I Adopted a Quality Assurance Program (Six Sigma) to Reduce Defects, Reduce Expenses and Increase Our Bottom Line – A Movement Towards Lean Manufacturing

 

While I worked at JStep, I often spent a good portion of the time at our factory during our development seasons (Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter). Like any new factories, there were still kinks in the cogs and manifold problems that required attention. Given the experience of our factory management team, I assumed that these issues would be resolved both effectively and in a timely manner, but then I realized that they had been operating this way for all those years.

 

These issues could be anything small to significantly large. There were quality issues such as blooming, cracking, over oxidation, color bleeding, mismanaged products, defects, etc. There were even times where the compounding was incorrectly batched. At times, I was baffled at the inability and obliviousness of some of our factory workers. But ultimately understood that things these did happen because we’re human and we inherently make mistakes.

 

Step 1: Immerse yourself in the process.
Because our coworkers would often out me due to my lack of experience and lack of knowledge, my suggestions were unheard, ignored, and overlooked. In addition, Asian culture protects and offers asylum and to the older. You’re required to respect their wishes and their thoughts, even when they’re blatantly wrong.

 

This is why I had to learn from the basics. I threw on ragged clothes and went to work on the factory lines for months at a time so that I could understand how the workers were working and why problems would arise. If I couldn’t find the source of defects, then how would I identify it? And if I couldn’t identify the issue, then how could I rectify it?

 

So I would work 12 hours a day on the factory line with all of those older coworkers. Sure, I was not as fast or as efficient or as experienced as them, but I wouldn’t let that stop me. Within 2 weeks, I matched their pace and produced better products with less defects. This is because employee happiness was at a low and the factory workers didn’t understand the need for this product. They didn’t love it like I did. They saw work as work. Regardless if they made a good product or not, they thought the work would always continue.

 

Step 2: Always think to yourself, how can I make this better?

 

During the process, I was would always make my best attempt to understand why defects occurred and how they could be prevented. As mentioned above, factory workers didn’t really care how the product turned out.
Step 3: Write the process out step-by-step.

I then made a flow chart of what the process looked like, identified which zones had the most occurrences of defects and/or other issues, calculated how much loss these issues were causing, then formulated a solution on how to rectify the process.

 

I would make checkpoints so that products had defects early on would not get processed (and re-processed later). I would encourage factory workers to produce better products because if our quality sucks, then they’re futures are directly impacted. If no one buys our products, then there there would be no need to make products thus eliminating their jobs.

 

Step 4: Propose changes and put them into effect. Test for 30 days and assess its effect.

 

Once you identify the underlying cause of an issue, you need to fix it. However, it’s impossible to tell whether your change has made any difference when you’re batching thousands and thousands (or millions) of products on a monthly basis. The only way you can really assess the changes is after about 30 days of the process. Of course, when you initially put the new process into effect, it will slow the pace down for the first couple of hours because you’re changing the way the cogs moved, but once everyone acclimates to the new process, it will be back up to speed.

 

But this is much easier said than done. Our management was skeptical by my proposals and I ran into a number of obstacles:

 

  1. Fear of change
  2. Fear of commitment
  3. Fear of disruption
  4. Fear of costs
  5. Fear of time
  6. Fear of output
  7. Fear of success

 

Regardless, I remained persistent to my thoughts. If I had too much tension from one member of the management, I had to go behind his back and speak to the superior. Of course, I made every effort to persuade them. I even tried to phrase my proposal in a way where it seemed like it was their idea. But the old remain old and conservative. They are accustomed to such a way and believe that they’ve already optimized the process to the best of its nature.

 

 

Step 5: After 30 days, assess the process and start this procedure again.

 

I researched ways to make ensuring quality assurance and make the manufacturing process more effective. It often takes critical thinking and outside-of-the-box thoughts. But the simple fact is, you can even optimize the way you optimize the manufacturing process. In other words, once you gain more experience, you learn to make changes and adapt more quickly. You are able to identify easily how something can affect your bottom line prior to even making those proposals. Here’s a list of questions you should always ask yourself:

  1. What are a few current problems that we are facing?
  2. What percentage of products is being affected by the problem?
  3. What is the underlying cause of the problem?
  4. What can be changed at this moment in time?
  5. What processes are repetitive during
  6. What checkpoints could reduce the number of affected products?
  7. What variations of the manufacturing process are other competitors or partners currently incorporating into their products?

 

Get a Job! My Tips to Enhance Your Resume

I’ve ranted about this before, but 90% of my friends suck at writing resumes. The sole purpose of your resume is to sell yourself to a company by providing a professional snapshot of you. The person on the resume reviewing end knows nothing about you and will not learn anything about you, especially if your resume sucks. If you read through your resume and discover lackluster description, grammatical errors, etc., the HR manager will be less inclined to offer you a job.

Luckily, I have some tips to spice things up!

  1. Fix those grammatical and spelling errors!
    1. I recognize and acknowledge that grammar nazis are inexplicably annoying; however, these two errors will automatically discount you from being considered because it demonstrates that you’ve spent little time on your resume. If you haven’t invested time in your resume, why should someone invest time in reading it?
    2. Most jobs require communication to coworkers, clientele, etc. in some facet or another. Although it may not be the case, a grammar error will often be perceived as, “this person has little to no education” when in reality, it was just a typographical error.
  2. Descriptions:
    1. Don’t write a list of duties, write a list of accomplishments.
    2. Use power verbs and measure via quantitative and qualitative modifiers.
    3. Use consistent grammar!
    4. Putting these into action in the below example:
      1. Attended group meetings and recorded minutes.
      2. Work with coworkers.
      3. I answered the telephone.
    5. This can be remedied with the following
      1. Increased meeting efficiencies over 25% by administering and moderating the “11 Habits of Highly Effective Meetings”
      2. Supervised a team of 10 coworkers in a high-intensity environment while generating a 10% more revenue annually.
      3. Enhanced productivity for phone operators by creating an phone call infrastructure and a diagram map.