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17 August 2014

Competitive advantage in business

Mostly, it’s work hard. To do so, you generally need to:

  • Be healthy (eat right, do sports, rest well, avoid stress).
  • Do self-improvement on various areas (reading, doing things better).
  • Work when you don’t feel like working (have the power to say “Go! Go! Go!”, when you just don’t feel like this anymore).

But, all-in-all, it’s about work. I’ve been to Năvodari these days, met some colleagues. Some thoughts:

  • You can be the smartest in your generation (self-improvement), and, due to the fact you don’t like to work hard, and only read as pleasure, don’t succeed.
  • You can be less-than-perfect in self-development, but over-compensate by working hard. There’s a big need in the workforce for working hard.
  • You can be a good athlete, do some self-development, but if you don’t work hard, you’ll likely not succeed.
  • Even if you lack a good discipline to do sports, even if you don’t read as much, if you work hard you’ll likely do at least some level of sports, and at least some level of healthy living, and at least some level of reading, at least on your niche business.

All-in-all, succeeding is about hard work. (I might have said this before, I donno)

I have some real-life examples in my head when I say this.

Helmut Hess - Windmill @ work, https://flic.kr/p/hAbgmK
Helmut Hess – Windmill @ work, https://flic.kr/p/hAbgmK

Let’s say you want to join some new social networks for your brand; how to determine which networks are most popular?

Sure, you can find some nice social networks, you can then Google for some user stats, and then aggregate the data.

But wouldn’t it be simpler had a web site dedicated to just showing statistics existed? More than this, wouldn’t it be great had the statistics would be constantly updated with the latest news about the number of users for those specific networks?

Good news! Such a web site exists, and it says:

Here is my monthly, running tally of how many people are using some of the top social media, digital services and mobile apps updated for July 2014 (the best I could find, at least). This list grows pretty regularly. It began with a simple listing of some of the obvious social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Skype, YouTube, WhatsApp, etc; then grew to include digital services like Amazon, Google, eBay, Netflix and Pandora; then the focus turned to APAC social and digital properties like Weibo, WeChat, JD.com, LINE and Renren; and lately, I have been focused on updating current listings, adding in new ones along with smaller niche ones that I may have overlooked at the beginning. This post now includes over 600 listings and more are added almost weekly.

Visit the web site here (the social networks are so numerous, that they need to be divided on more than one page):

Gavin Llewellyn - My social networks, https://flic.kr/p/auYnbr
Gavin Llewellyn – My social networks, https://flic.kr/p/auYnbr