Winning With An Imperfect Product And Failing With A Perfect Product

I recently read an article about the biggest technological products flop of the decade. Amazingly, products from Apple INC, Microsoft and some great companies were on the list. These products failed despite the huge investment the companies made into them and great launching concepts.

Most of us are aware of products like iPod, iTunes, iPhone and iPad but are you aware that there are products like Newton Message Pad, Portable Macintosh, and Apple Pippin? The first set of products represent ultra successful products that every company would want to own while the second set of products had woeful failures that no company would want to be associated with.

The common denominator among the two sets of products is that Apple incorporated made them all under Steve Job.

I also was privileged to read an article on Bloomberg.com about the iPad. The article was saying something like why the iPad will fail because for one, its name was derogatory to women who used sanitary pads. They even advised Apple to make a name change before launching the product which they referred to as a thin piece of glass on aluminum.

So, why does every great company with great products also have a long list of products that failed and what lesson can we learn from this?

This is key for anyone that wants to succeed in business whether online or offline. If you do not learn this lesson your business will either never take off or the business will be a one year wonder then fizzle out.

The secret behind this action can be found in an advice King Solomon gave during a banquet in his palace. The king was once surrounded by princes from other nations who noticed that Gold and silver, which were very precious in their countries, were treated like ordinary sand in Jerusalem. They asked King Solomon to explain the secret to acquiring so much gold and silver to them.

Solomon told them what every great company has learnt and which everyone that wants to achieve greatness must also learn. The king said “Sow your seeds in the morning and in the evening do not withhold your seeds from the field because you do not know which one will grow or if both of them will produce fruits.

Some of the princes got what he said while others did not. Some of my reader would have gotten the secret but for those who have not; this is what he was saying. If you start a company, never rely on one product even if it looks like it will be your path to prosperity. You must keep on making new products and delivering new services.

Some of your products will do very well while some that seem to have great potentials will fail woefully. The only way to find out the products that will sell and those that will not, is to put them out into the market place.

Never sit down on your desk and conclude that a product will not sell. If you are not sure about a product, do a trial marketing of it for some time and let the market help you decide.

Also do not be ashamed if a product you had so much faith in fails in the market place. As a writer, I have written articles I felt people will love but less than twenty people read it. I have also written articles which I felt reluctant to publish because I felt they did not meet what readers will like, only to have hundreds of people reading it.

My principle now is just to keep writing and posting. I now allow the readers to decide which of my articles are great. This though, does not wipe away my disappointment when people do not like what I think they should like.

So, let us learn from Apple under Steve Jobs. Let us keep making products and services despite the success or failure of our last project. Only our customer will reward us. They might pick none of our products, one product or all our products. You never know which it will be if you stop at one product.

Commercial Loans – Take All Aspects In Consideration

As the saying goes, taking a loan is easier than surviving with it. A shrewd businessman is one who borrow but with an eye to repay it as soon as possible. Sometimes, business requirements arise because you get a new business order hat is hard to manage within your own business funds. You obviously cannot afford to lose big business opportunity only because the funds are not there.

These and other similar situations force you to take help of external sources of financing. These sources may be temporary or permanent, depending on the nature of funding. Large body corporate often have huge financial needs, and therefore, they resort to public financing by inviting deposits or going for a ‘rights issue’ meant for the existing shareholders. On the other hand, a new business concern or sole proprietorship undertaking would obviously not be able to take benefit of that sort – neither are these meant for them.

Before applying for commercial loans, first of all decide the type of debt financing that your business firm will be comfortably able to get. If you do not own any property in the name of firm, secured commercial business loans are out of question. You will have to rely on loans that do not require any security. These loans will offer you a limited amount – upto £25,000. The interest rate is likely to be little more than what you can get by pledging some property. The amount of loan that you can qualify for can be increased by involving some property in the loan transaction.

Unique Trick to Stop a Headache Fast

Headaches are caused by many things. One of the most common causes is stress, not just the mental kind of stress, but stress to your body as well. Stress can cause tension in your face, neck, and shoulder muscles. This will often lead to headache. This is commonly known as a tension headache. If you slept wrong, pulled a muscle in your upper body, or you’re dealing with a lot of stress in your life, you’ve probably experienced this before. The unique method below will help get rid of that headache fast!

1. Begin by using your dominant hand’s forefinger and thumb. Locate the area between your forefinger and thumb on your non-dominant hand. This is a very fleshy area. In the junction you will find a firm knot-like tendon. This is a pressure point.

2. Once you’ve located this pressure point, use your dominant hand to firmly massage the area, You don’t want it to be painful, but do maintain firm pressure to the area. This works best if someone else can massage the area for you, but it’s not necessary.

3. Close your eyes and continue to massage the pressure point. You may notice some relief after a few minutes, but continue to rub the area. The headache can come back quickly if you stop too quickly.

4. Continue the massage for approximately fifteen to twenty minutes. This method will stop your headache fast, but if you don’t continue to rub the area, it can come back, Once you’ve finished, the headache should be gone for good. It will at least gone for a long time.

Now that your headache is gone, it;s time to fix the source of stress. The tension will continue to come unless you take measures to relax those muscles. You might try taking a nap, as lack of sleep can sometimes be the cause. A hot shower to relax your neck muscles can help as well. You might prefer trying a heating pad to your shoulders.

Your eyes might be sensitive from the headache. Turning all the lights down or off can sometimes help as well. If you suspect your headache is sinus related, you may have to resort to medication. A decongestant helps to relieve pressure in the sinus cavities. An antihistamine can help with allergy related symptoms.

Identifying the cause of your headache and taking measures to correct the issue will keep the headache from returning. If you haven’t found a source of the headache, but continue to experience it, a trip to the doctor is likely needed. Headaches can be caused by a multitude of things. They are generally not serious. However, on occasion there can be a serious underlying cause for the headache. If you have frequent or very severe headaches or migraines, seek medical attention.