There are how many Candy Crush Users?

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How quickly technologies spread over the past century

Everyone knows that the adoption rate of emerging technologies is accelerating more and more.  But just how fast it has accelerated is surprising. Just look at the number of Candy Crush Users: It took the telephone 75 years to reach 100 million users. It only took Candy Crush Saga 15 months to each 100 million users.

What will the next emerging technology be to gain 100 million users in under 12 months?

Fitness is about discipline, not motivation

When I started to think about getting in shape I would ask people for their thoughts. Every single person told me that the key is motivation. And once you have that you are guaranteed to be successful. I quickly came to realize that motivation is important and that it comes in many different forms:

  • Motivation gets you mentally prepared and ready to get into fitness
  • Motivation gets you pumped up about getting in shape
  • Motivation is the first step of doing anything

I felt a switch flip inside me that led to my current journey of fitness. And while I felt extremely motivated I couldn’t buy myself anything for that. Being motivated is a great feeling and made me want to change my life for the better.

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Motivation is not enough

But, over the course of my journey I’ve come to realize that motivation alone is not enough: Fitness is about discipline. Only discipline will actually change your behavior and lead to real results.

Motivation might get you to the gym for week, or two. But, it’s discipline – consistent discipline – that will get you to the gym or working out day after day.

I’m proud to share that for the last year I’ve gotten up at or before 6 a.m. to workout at least three to four times a week. This discipline is what has lead to great fitness results for me.

Defining discipline and motivation

The definition of the two words gives insight into the relationship between motivation and discipline.

mo·ti·va·tion
noun
the general desire or willingness of someone to do something

The words to focus on here are “desire” a willingness”. Having those makes you want to do something, but does not mean that you are actually going to do it.

dis·ci·pline
verb
train oneself to do something in a controlled and habitual way.

On the other hand, the phrase to focus in on for discipline is “to do something”.

While motivation gives you desire to do something, discipline actually gets you to do it.

And. I’ll even take it a step further. While discipline is good, consistent discipline is great. You need to realize that the journey to fitness is a long and winding road that never ends.

Conclusion

Want to get into fitness? Then, find your own personal reason to get motivated. Then once you are motivated, ensure success by developing consistent discipline.

Death Star Pluto

Death Star Pluto
Confirmed: Pluto is the Death Star

New Horizons, launched over nine years ago, has finally transmitted the first ever photos of the dwarf planet Pluto back to earth. To the surprise of many it’s no moon, but rather a space station: “Death Star Pluto“. We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out.

Be sure to follow the adventures of New Horizons over at the official website.

Support the Nepal Earthquake Relief effort with iTunes

nepal earthquake relief itunesFollowing the record Earthquake with more than 4,4000 confirmed dead and over 8,000 injured it has become clear just how desperate the situation is in Nepal. Apple has rolled out a very convenient way to help the people of Nepal via iTunes on your Mac or iOS device. You can use your credit card already linked with iTunes or use an iTunes Gift Card (which are often on sale) to donate. And best of all, 100 percent of the money collected goes directly to the Red Cross.

If you have the resources to chip in, take a minute and do it now.

My favorite Ratings and Reviews Best Practices

I recently published a weekly #ProTip titled “The more Ratings and Reviews the better. During the six second Vine I shared:
“In the digital world you can never have enough ratings or reviews.”
I have been asked many times to elaborate on this concept. So, I’ve decided to write a follow-up post on Ratings and Reviews best practices. Read on below to learn where to get reviews, how to get reviews, and why they are so important.

Continue reading My favorite Ratings and Reviews Best Practices

Meeting suck – Here’s how to have an effective meeting

If you work in an office you know that meetings suck. They are the least productive part of the  workday and have become the most despised part of working in an office. This can’t continue. To fix this problem I put together some steps on how to to lead an effective meeting. Continue reading Meeting suck – Here’s how to have an effective meeting

Always use the unique features of each social networking sites

#ProTip: Using Social Media? Don’t fail: Take advantage of each Social Network’s Unique Features.

This week’s #ProTip was inspired by a rant a few friends were recently subjected to. In short, way too many brands just post exactly the same content to each and every social network in their portfolio without realizing that the audience and their expectations are completely different from network to network.

Unique features of social networking sites

Here are some of my favorite features that make each social networking site unique:

  • Hashtags on Twitter
  • Photo tagging and engaging photos on Instagram
  • Tagging in updates and photos on  Facebook
  • The Google Maps tie-in on Google+ Pages

Social Networking Sins

While it may seem like an easy solution to some, posting your Facebook updates with a link back to Facebook is a cardinal sin on Twitter. Here a few more of my favorite sins by brands.

  • Posting a link in an Instagram Comment. It can’t be clicked…
  • Sharing a link to your Instagram Photo on Twitter. Even Twitter is discouraging this
  • Using Hashtags on Facebook. Yes, I know they work…
  • Basically sharing a link to a different social network site.

Feel free to jump in below and post your favorite social media fail in the comments below.