The 5 Core Characteristics of Great Entrepreneurs

I’ve worked with and mentored a lot of entrepreneurs over the years. And whilst we all love to analyze the theories and strategies that we can learn from others to make things work better in your business as for an entrepreneur, we often forget that there are also character traits that we could look to develop as well. You can read all the books in the world, but theories are useless unless you learn to adopt some of these characteristics:

Consistent boldness

 

Most entrepreneurs are naturally a little ballsy, but it’s not enough just to come up with a great idea or to start a business — you have to be consistently bold enough to stand by your idea, to keep pushing forward even when it seems like you’re making a monumental waste of effort, and when everyone around you just doesn’t see a happy ending. You also need to be bold enough to realize when you are stuck on a dead end road and it’s time to do something different.

 

You also have to be bold in putting yourself out there. Many people avoid doing this because they don’t want to feel sleazy or like they’re hard selling people, but unless you can get over this, nobody’s going to know about you or care about you.

 

Finally, you have to be bold in asking for what you want. Of course it’s totally terrifying to ask someone for something that you really want, but you will be amazed by how often people actually do help if you tell them how and if you ask the right way. For instance, I needed to raise money to build a vision called Markethive, an online ecosystem of sorts for Entrepreneurs. So I gathered up a couple hundred of my closet friends and associates, showed them my presentation and I raised $400,000 in 2 weeks to build the dream.  But because I was bold enough to put myself out there and because I asked in a way in a way that appealed to them, I was able to raise the money to make it work. A good sense of humor always helps too!

Speed

 

I know I’m surprising absolutely no one when I say that things move fast as an entrepreneur. To be a great entrepreneur, you’ve got to be able to work fast and still keep the quality of your output high.

 

That’s not to say that you can’t do great things if you like to think or act more slowly — but if you are like that, then you’ll probably need to get a partner or a group that will balance you out and force you to act. Otherwise you’ll likely stagnate.

Flexibility

 

A lot of people mix up being flexible with being flighty. I’m not saying that you should just dabble in things or totally scrap a project at the first sign of trouble. You need to be focused and unshakeable on your big goals, but in parallel with that, you have to be able to be flexible with how things unfold day to day.

 

Being too rigid will cause you to lose a ton of opportunities that come up along the way, because you will be too focused on following your planned steps instead of recognizing opportunities that could get you to your end goal even better. So learn to pivot, and be flexible when you need to.

Perspective

 

Having a sense of perspective is absolutely critical, because working as an entrepreneur usually feels a little crazy and because you’re going to fail hideously at least once. If you get so wrapped up in what you’re doing that you can’t take a step back, see the humor in situations, or dispassionately look at your failures to see what you can learn from them, then this probably isn’t the path for you.

Resilience

 

Finally, you’ve absolutely got to be resilient, certainly in the face of failure, but also just in terms of daily life as an entrepreneur. It can be really hard when you’re working for yourself — people don’t really get what you do every day and sometimes they might even think you’re just ‘messing about’. Resilience is what keeps you going, both when you get hit with a big failure or just the everyday crisis, so it’s essential that you learn how to bounce back.

Seeking the motivational quotient

Here is a riddle. Are you, like me, open for a good mentoring session, a video, a speaker an event? Someone or an event that would accelerate your momentum, push you forward to lose that extra weight, discipline you to achieve that goal, turn you on to be extra productive?

Yet the moment comes and then life interrupts, focus changes, and you are right back where you were, quietly frustrated, living mediocre results, and feeling just a bit more depressed and sleeping in just a bit more?

Do you find yourself medicating your lack luster life on Facebook, tweaking on twitter? Mindlessly jabbering with others on Skype? Playing video games knowing deep inside your life is being wasted away?

Here at Markethive, motivation is consistent, it is the culture here, we are entrepreneurs. We share motivational content, help each other. Holding each other accountable, a place filled with 100s of excellent motivational videos, groups and tools that support the eccentricness of the entrepreneur.

Here we are home. We are square pegs in a round world.

The final ingredient, Integrity

Integrity often touted and claimed, rarely do many people really have a deep understanding how deep it goes and how important it really is in every aspect of our lives. Integrity is something you build, it builds in the fires of adversity, it reveals itself in your walk with the Lord, it becomes your foundation as you seek righteousness, it protects you when you are falsely and unjustly accused, it is tested when you experience prosperity. You can not measure it, nor can you hold it in your hand. There is no amount of Gold or money that can buy it. When you ask a crowd of 1000 people, who has integrity, everyone will raise their hands, but you know only a few truly do.

My Mom always said actions speak louder than words. And that is a fundamental truth. Let me explain or ask you a question. Are you willing to sacrifice everything to stand up for the truth, to stand for the oppressed?  To stand for what is fundamentally right? To call out incompetence, deception, corruption, lies, cheats and thieves? Perhaps that is a hard question, but let me ask you the same question from a different perspective. Would you put your life in the hands of a person you knew was willing to lie, cheat or steal if the stakes were high enough? At what point would you draw the line? Now most of us rarely give this much thought and often our good nature prism make others that are corrupt look and seem to be on the up and up.

Actions speak louder than words, and walking that narrow path assures you will have less drama in your life. Less friends too, but they never were friends, they were fair weather friends.

What is my point? I am guilty! I have been that person I want nothing to do with. I have been that liar, that cheat, that thief. I was that person decades ago. Something has changed along the way. The process of learning to surf huge waves contributed to this change. Seeking and serving the Lord is the primary source that has slowly built character and integrity in me. It has been my constant companion now for several decades, yet I still pursue even greater integrity. Why? Because I want to serve the Lord, I want my life to have less drama. I do not want to be a slave to the deception. And I seek to serve others and how can I do that as a practicing liar, thief and cheat and in rebellion with the Lord? I cannot.

I have integrity. I can boldly make this claim because I have reached that point where being tested, I cling to integrity willing to sacrifice everything else, even my life. I have reached that level when I am confronted with a lack of integrity (corruption), where I discover deception, lying, thievery, greed, idolatry, and narcissism and sociopathy, I am repulsed, it is repelled and I have no tolerance for it. None!

I have nothing if I do not have integrity. It is the foundation of my repentance and obedience to the Lord. It is the main and only ingredient required to conduct business based on trust. It is what makes partnerships, marriages and business flourish. Without, all that ensues is disaster, destruction and death.

If you want to be successful, if you want to build a solid business, if you want a solid marriage, you will need this rare element called integrity. Be ready to look in the mirror and to thy own self, be true.

There is a test you can take that asks a ton of offish questions, it will be difficult to game the outcome the first time you take the test. Right off I knew the only way for me to take this test was to be 100% honest in my answers. Why not, you do want to know the level of your integrity right?

It is called the "Integrity and Work Ethics Test", by Psytests.com.  So who is Psytests.com?

http://testyourself.psychtests.com/testid/3090

History

Psychtests.com originally appeared on the internet scene in 1997 and is a subsidiary of Plumeus Inc., a privately owned high-tech company specializing in psychological test development and related products and services. While Plumeus is responsible for research and development of high-quality products and services centered on an extensive battery of psychological assessments, Psychtests was conceived as the delivery system of those same solutions. Since its inception, Psychtests has become a pre-eminent provider of psychological assessment products and services to human resource personnel, therapists, academics, researchers and a host of other professionals around the world.

Management and staff

Psychtests staff is comprised of a dedicated team of psychologists, test developers, researchers, statisticians, writers, and artificial intelligence experts. Psychtests was founded and is led by Dr. Ilona Jerabek, a specialist in the field of psychometric assessments and Vrat Jerabek Ph. D., a researcher and authority in the field of artificial intelligence.

– See more at: http://corporate.psychtests.com/about/company#sthash.Ny2OBc1f.dpuf

History

Psychtests.com originally appeared on the internet scene in 1997 and is a subsidiary of Plumeus Inc., a privately owned high-tech company specializing in psychological test development and related products and services. While Plumeus is responsible for research and development of high-quality products and services centered on an extensive battery of psychological assessments, Psychtests was conceived as the delivery system of those same solutions. Since its inception, Psychtests has become a pre-eminent provider of psychological assessment products and services to human resource personnel, therapists, academics, researchers and a host of other professionals around the world.

Management and staff

Psychtests staff is comprised of a dedicated team of psychologists, test developers, researchers, statisticians, writers, and artificial intelligence experts. Psychtests was founded and is led by Dr. Ilona Jerabek, a specialist in the field of psychometric assessments and Vrat Jerabek Ph. D., a researcher and authority in the field of artificial intelligence.

– See more at: http://corporate.psychtests.com/about/company#sthash.Ny2OBc1f.dpuf

History

Psychtests.com originally appeared on the internet scene in 1997 and is a subsidiary of Plumeus Inc., a privately owned high-tech company specializing in psychological test development and related products and services. While Plumeus is responsible for research and development of high-quality products and services centered on an extensive battery of psychological assessments, Psychtests was conceived as the delivery system of those same solutions. Since its inception, Psychtests has become a pre-eminent provider of psychological assessment products and services to human resource personnel, therapists, academics, researchers and a host of other professionals around the world.

Management and staff

Psychtests staff is comprised of a dedicated team of psychologists, test developers, researchers, statisticians, writers, and artificial intelligence experts. Psychtests was founded and is led by Dr. Ilona Jerabek, a specialist in the field of psychometric assessments and Vrat Jerabek Ph. D., a researcher and authority in the field of artificial intelligence.

So I took the test. I want you to take it as well. Be honest, I am. But of course we already know if you fail miserably and have no Integrity, you will lie about the results. Bottom line though? You know the results.

I scored 100%. I wasn't surprised. If I have a fault, it is I am brutally honest, I will sacrifice it all to be honest and in being this way, many people, even partners and friends of 20 years terminate their relationships with me because of this.

 

My Score:

So there you have it, the final ingrediant to true success in life!

Post your score and comments below. Go ahead, let's have some fun.

Thomas Prendergast
CMO Markethive.com

How Much Sleep Do We Need

As productive Entrepreneurs, it is important to understand the 3 hour sleep curve is not productive. You need at least 7 hours of sleep. As you get older, the requirement is 9 hours. Cheating just ruins your ability to be focused and healthy.

How Much Sleep Do You Need?
Sleep Cycles and Stages, Lack of Sleep, and How to Get the Hours You Need

When you’re scrambling to meet the countless demands of your day, cutting back on sleep might seem like the only answer. Who can afford to spend so much time sleeping, anyway? The truth is you can’t afford not to. Even minimal sleep loss takes a toll on your mood, energy, and ability to handle stress. By understanding your nightly sleep needs and what you can do to bounce back from chronic sleep loss, you can finally get on a healthy sleep schedule.

The power of sleep

Many of us try to sleep as little as possible. There are so many things that seem more interesting or important than getting a few more hours of sleep, but just as exercise and nutrition are essential for optimal health and happiness, so is sleep. The quality of your sleep directly affects the quality of your waking life, including your mental sharpness, productivity, emotional balance, creativity, physical vitality, and even your weight. No other activity delivers so many benefits with so little effort!

Understanding sleep

Sleep isn’t exactly a time when your body and brain shut off. While you rest, your brain stays busy, overseeing a wide variety of biological maintenance that keeps your body running in top condition, preparing you for the day ahead. Without enough hours of restorative sleep, you won’t be able to work, learn, create, and communicate at a level even close to your true potential. Regularly skimp on “service” and you’re headed for a major mental and physical breakdown.

The good news is that you don't have to choose between health and productivity. As you start getting the sleep you need, your energy and efficiency will go up. In fact, you're likely to find that you actually get more done during the day than when you were skimping on shuteye.

How many hours of sleep do you need?

According to the National Institutes of Health, the average adult sleeps less than seven hours per night. In today’s fast-paced society, six or seven hours of sleep may sound pretty good. In reality, though, it’s a recipe for chronic sleep deprivation.

There is a big difference between the amount of sleep you can get by on and the amount you need to function optimally. Just because you're able to operate on seven hours of sleep doesn't mean you wouldn't feel a lot better and get more done if you spent an extra hour or two in bed.

While sleep requirements vary slightly from person to person, most healthy adults need between seven and a half to nine hours of sleep per night to function at their best. Children and teens need even more (see Average Sleep Needs table below). And despite the notion that our sleep needs decrease with age, older people still need at least seven and a half to eight hours of sleep. Since older adults often have trouble sleeping this long at night, daytime naps can help fill in the gap.

The best way to figure out if you're meeting your sleep needs is to evaluate how you feel as you go about your day. If you're logging enough hours, you'll feel energetic and alert all day long, from the moment you wake up until your regular bedtime.

Sleep needs and peak performance

There is a big difference between the amount of sleep you can get by on and the amount you need to function optimally. Just because you’re able to operate on seven hours of sleep doesn’t mean you wouldn’t feel a lot better and get more done if you spent an extra hour or two in bed. The best way to figure out if you’re meeting your sleep needs is to evaluate how you feel as you go about your day. If you’re logging enough hours, you’ll feel energetic and alert all day long, from the moment you wake up until your regular bedtime.

Signs and symptoms of sleep deprivation and lack of sleep

If you’re getting less than eight hours of sleep each night, chances are you’re sleep deprived. What’s more, you probably have no idea just how much lack of sleep is affecting you.

How is it possible to be sleep deprived without knowing it? Most of the signs of sleep deprivation are much more subtle than falling face first into your dinner plate. Furthermore, if you’ve made a habit of skimping on sleep, you may not even remember what it feels like to be wide-awake, fully alert, and firing on all cylinders. Maybe it feels normal to get sleepy when you’re in a boring meeting, struggling through the afternoon slump, or dozing off after dinner, but the truth is that it’s only “normal” if you’re sleep deprived.

You may be sleep deprived if you…

  •     Need an alarm clock in order to wake up on time
  •     Rely on the snooze button
  •     Have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning
  •     Feel sluggish in the afternoon
  •     Get sleepy in meetings, lectures, or warm rooms
  •     Get drowsy after heavy meals or when driving
  •     Need to nap to get through the day
  •     Fall asleep while watching TV or relaxing in the evening
  •     Feel the need to sleep in on weekends
  •     Fall asleep within five minutes of going to bed

The effects of sleep deprivation and chronic lack of sleep

While it may seem like losing sleep isn't such a big deal, sleep deprivation has a wide range of negative effects that go way beyond daytime drowsiness. Lack of sleep affects your judgment, coordination, and reaction times. In fact, sleep deprivation can affect you just as much as being drunk.

The effects include:

  •     Fatigue, lethargy, and lack of motivation
  •     Moodiness and irritability
  •     Reduced creativity and problem-solving skills
  •     Inability to cope with stress
  •     Reduced immunity; frequent colds and infections
  •     Concentration and memory problems
  •     Weight gain
  •     Impaired motor skills and increased risk of accidents
  •     Difficulty making decisions
  •     Increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems

Stages of sleep: REM sleep and non-REM sleep stages

All sleep is not created equal. Sleep unfolds in a series of recurring sleep stages that are very different from one another in terms of what’s happening beneath the surface. From deep sleep to dreaming sleep, they are all vital for your body and mind. Each stage of sleep plays a different part in preparing you for the day ahead.

There are two main types of sleep:

  •     Non-REM (NREM) sleep consists of three stages of sleep, each deeper than the last.
  •     REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep is when you do most active dreaming. Your eyes actually move back and forth during this stage, which is why it is called Rapid Eye Movement sleep.

Understanding the Sleep Cycle

Quality sleep and your internal clock

Your internal 24-hour sleep-wake cycle, otherwise known as your biological clock or circadian rhythm, is regulated by processes in the brain that respond to how long you’ve been awake and the changes between light and dark. At night, your body responds to the loss of daylight by producing melatonin, a hormone that makes you sleepy. During the day, sunlight triggers the brain to inhibit melatonin production so you feel awake and alert.

Your internal clock can be disrupted by factors such as nightshift work, traveling across time zones, or irregular sleeping patterns—leaving you feeling groggy, disoriented, and sleepy at inconvenient times. The production of melatonin can also be thrown off when you're deprived of sunlight during the day or exposed to too much artificial light at night—especially the light from electronic devices, including TVs, computers, tables, and mobile phones.

The architecture of sleep

You may think that once you go to bed, you soon fall into a deep sleep that lasts for most of the night, progressing back into light sleep in the morning when it’s time to wake up. In reality, the sleep cycle is a lot more complicated.

When you chart the sleep stages over the course of the night, the result looks like a city skyline—which is why it is called "sleep architecture"

During the night, your sleep follows a predictable pattern, moving back and forth between deep restorative sleep (deep sleep) and more alert stages and dreaming (REM sleep). Together, the stages of REM and non-REM sleep form a complete sleep cycle. Each cycle typically lasts about 90 minutes and repeats four to six times over the course of a night.

The amount of time you spend in each stage of sleep changes as the night progresses. For example, most deep sleep occurs in the first half of the night. Later in the night, your REM sleep stages become longer, alternating with light Stage N2 sleep. This is why if you are sensitive to waking up in the middle of the night, it is probably in the early morning hours, not immediately after going to bed.

The importance of deep sleep and REM sleep

It's not just the number of hours in bed that's important—it's the quality of those hours of sleep. If you're giving yourself plenty of time for sleep, but you're still having trouble waking up in the morning or staying alert all day, you may not be spending enough time in the different stages of sleep.

Each stage of sleep in the sleep cycle offers benefits to the sleeper. However, deep sleep (Stage N3) and REM sleep are particularly important. A normal adult spends approximately 50% of total sleep time in Stage 2 sleep, 20% in REM sleep, and 30% in the remaining stages, including deep sleep.

Deep sleep

The most damaging effects of sleep deprivation are from inadequate deep sleep. Deep sleep is a time when the body repairs itself and builds up energy for the day ahead. It plays a major role in maintaining your health, stimulating growth and development, repairing muscles and tissues, and boosting your immune system. In order to wake up energized and refreshed, getting quality deep sleep is essential. Factors that can lead to poor or inadequate deep sleep include:

  •     Being woken during the night by outside noise, for example, or in order to care for a crying baby.
  •     Working night shifts or swing shifts. Getting quality deep sleep during the day can be difficult, due to light and excess noise.
  •     Smoking or drinking in the evening. Substances like alcohol and nicotine can disrupt deep sleep. It’s best to limit them before bed.

REM sleep

Just as deep sleep renews the body, REM sleep renews the mind by playing a key role in learning and memory. During REM sleep, your brain consolidates and processes the information you’ve learned during the day, forms neural connections that strengthen memory, and replenishes its supply of neurotransmitters, including feel-good chemicals like serotonin and dopamine that boost your mood during the day.

To get more mind and mood-boosting REM sleep, try sleeping an extra 30 minutes to an hour in the morning, when REM sleep stages are longer. Improving your overall sleep will also increase your REM sleep. If you aren’t getting enough deep sleep, your body will try to make that up first, at the expense of REM sleep.

Paying off your sleep debt

Sleep debt is the difference between the amount of sleep you need and the hours you actually get. Every time you sacrifice on sleep, you add to the debt. Eventually, the debt will have to be repaid; it won’t go away on its own. If you lose an hour of sleep, you must make up that extra hour somewhere down the line in order to bring your “account” back into balance.

Sleeping in on the weekends isn’t enough!

Many of us try to repay our sleep debt by sleeping in on the weekends, but as it turns out, bouncing back from chronic lack of sleep isn’t that easy. One or two solid nights of sleep aren’t enough to pay off a long-term debt. While extra sleep can give you a temporary boost (for example, you may feel great on Monday morning after a relaxing weekend), your performance and energy will drop back down as the day wears on.

Tips for getting and staying out of sleep debt

While you can’t pay off sleep debt in a night or even a weekend, with a little effort and planning, you can get back on track.

  •     Aim for at least seven and a half hours of sleep every night. Make sure you don’t fall farther in debt by blocking off enough time for sleep each night. Consistency is the key.
  •     Settle short-term sleep debt with an extra hour or two per night. If you lost 10 hours of sleep, pay the debt back in nightly one or two-hour installments.
  •     Keep a sleep diary. Record when you go to bed, when you get up, your total hours of sleep, and how you feel during the day. As you keep track of your sleep, you’ll discover your natural patterns and get to know your sleep needs.
  •     Take a sleep vacation to pay off a long-term sleep debt. Pick a two-week period when you have a flexible schedule. Go to bed at the same time every night and allow yourself to sleep until you wake up naturally. No alarm clocks! If you continue to keep the same bedtime and wake up naturally, you’ll eventually dig your way out of debt and arrive at the sleep schedule that’s ideal for you.
  •     Make sleep a priority. Just as you schedule time for work and other commitments, you should schedule enough time for sleep. Instead of cutting back on sleep in order to tackle the rest of your daily tasks, put sleep at the top of your to-do list.

Editors Note: (That would be me) I spent many a sleepness night building Veretekk. 40-60 days non stop work. I was also in a divorce, single parent, I was not exactly thinking clearly and made many mistakes during that time. Albeit, Veretrekk was an amazing system, many people who helped came and went.

It damaged my health. It effected my judgement. These days, building Markethive, I get my sleep, on the average of 9-10 hours a day and I also delegate, take care of the family and find my productivity and quality of development superior than those wild days of yore. Lesson learned.

 

Thomas Prendergast
CMO Markethive

 

7 Daily Habits for a Healthier Work-Life Balance

7 Daily Habits for a Healthier Work-Life Balance

We all have to juggle work and our personal lives. Many times, work takes priority and begins to drown out opportunities for the moments in life that we live for. Here are seven daily habits to help improve your work-life balance.

Most of us wish we had a healthier balance between our professional and personal lives. Too often, we become fixated on our careers, trying to work our way up the corporate ladder, complete some massive project, or just handle everything that comes our way as entrepreneurs, and we lose focus on the luxuries of life that are important to us–our family, our friends, and our hobbies.

The problem is that most of us are plainly aware that our work-life balance is currently unhealthy. We recognize that we spend too much time working and not enough time on ourselves, but there's no simple switch that can lead to a better balance, and at times, it seems impossible for any other scenario to exist.

There are, however, several daily habits you can practice that lead you slowly to a healthier work-life balance. Try implementing these strategies, and see how much better you can live.

1. Take Some Time for Yourself in the Morning

Wake up early. Usually that's a practice reserved for exceptionally challenging days, but make it a daily habit. Take that extra morning hour, or even half hour, and do something for yourself before you plunge into your routine. For some people, that might be exercising. For others, it might be meditating or reading. Whatever you choose to do, do it for yourself–not for your boss, and not for your career. This will help you start the day off correctly. You'll feel better about the rest of your day, and you won't have to worry about squeezing in time for this activity later.

2. Delegate Effectively

Delegation is an important strategy in managing your workload. It's common for professionals to hold onto their tasks, feeling a sense of responsibility or pride in carrying them out personally, but in a team environment, sometimes delegating those tasks is a better long-term strategy for the group than holding onto them. Learn to be comfortable with your employees and your teammates. Hire and recruit people you can trust, and establish a give-and-take process that makes it easy to assign new tasks to others. Then, on a daily basis, find at least one task that can be delegated, and assign it to a party who can execute that task effectively.

3. Communicate When Your Workload Is Excessive

Oftentimes, your work-life balance can fall to pieces simply because your workload increased dramatically and suddenly. Maybe you brought on a new client or maybe you just started work on a massive new undertaking–whatever the case is, you've exceeded your normal work responsibilities and you've set yourself up for an 80-hour workweek. If you find this happening to you, take a moment to communicate the volume of your workload to your teammates or to your bosses. Explain that it's not too much for you to handle, but finding ways to reduce the impact would be beneficial to you and to the company–softening the deadline, bringing on other teammates, and outsourcing some of the work are all potentially effective strategies.

4. Take Lunch

How often do you eat lunch at your desk, or simply skip your lunch break altogether? Every day, make it a point to go outside for something to eat, whether that's stopping in at a sandwich shop or eating your packed lunch in a park outside. Stepping outside the office can help your mind decompress from the responsibilities of the professional world, and can help you work more effectively in addition to relieving some of your work-based stress.

5. Talk to Your Family During the Day

Find a way to communicate with your family members throughout the day. It doesn't have to manifest in the form of an extended conversation; even something as simple as a short text message can help you remember what's important in your life. First, it's a way of showing your family members that you care about them more than your job. Second, it's a way of contextualizing your work life, grounding it with your personal life, so that you don't become blind to everything outside your work responsibilities.

6. Hold Firm With Your Boundaries

When you first start this habit, you'll need to establish boundaries for your job. That might mean never working on the weekends, turning your phone off at 7, or outright refusing to talk about work once you're out of the office for the day. Whatever boundaries you set, it's your job to, on a daily basis, stick to those boundaries. Explain your limits to a friend or family member and have them help you stick to those commitments. Establishing a firm boundary for your job will prevent it from encroaching on your personal life.

7. Do Something Fun When You Get Home

Every day, make time to do something enjoyable when you get home. Rather than doing prep work for tomorrow or focusing on your household chores, kick back by watching a movie or going out to dinner with your family. The key is to do something completely unrelated to work that gives you something to look forward to every day.

You don't have to sacrifice your career or your goals to have a better work-life balance. Instead, all it takes is a bit of reprioritization, and a commitment to the little things that make life more worth living. Any time you feel swallowed up by your workload or distant from your family and friends, use one of these strategies to remind yourself that work isn't everything.

What do the health officials say is the right balance of daily working hours vs eating, rest and sleep?

I work in a wave schedule. 7am to 9am, 60 minute break (breakfast). another 3 hour wave, then a 60 minute lunch break, work another 3 hours then make dinner hang out for a couple hours. Finish up with a 2 hour work, then a few more hours of reading or study then off to bed. Let's see. around 10 hours on average. Saturday off for the Sabbath, then back into it on Sunday the first day of the week.

This is only posible because I am under the spell of vision and often I can hit the after burners and work a 20-24 hour but that does cost me down time later on.

So I believe we can focus 10-12 hours per day on a particular project with great productivity. However, if it is a typical job, fruaght with changes and interuptions, productivity then suffers and the average "job" schedule is 8 hours average with maybe 4 hours actually being productive. What say you?

 

Thomas Prendergast
CMO Markehive.com

 

The Great Wipeouts

Why I will continue building and make Markethive a success! Because I have been trained to stay at it even if it kills me. I am an Entrepreneur! I always have been and always will be. Pain, frustration, and fear are my companions. Ethics and integrity are my foundation. Surfing big made me this way. I am a real surfer and I serve Yahweh our Lord! Enjoy the video.

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I will never quit! I will die first!

Saturday (September 19, 2015) meeting

Another Important Announcment

 

Markethive is alive and humming with new engineering and renewed purpose from recent major changes. We are working feverishly to share with you in a huge conference next week. Alas, we are still driving the new developments and it may be another week before we can really show and tell. But today, we do want to give you a summary and check in with all of you as to what you can clearly expect in the very near future. Such things as the updated Alpha program where we are about to add to that program a 50% commission for all sales and business from everyone you have introduced to the network. In otherwords, if you have 10 Alpha subscribers, and 10 people pay for banner ads this month, your commission will be $1000.00 if you are an Alpha Founder. If you have 1000 Alpha subscriber in your organization (And folks this is easily achieved) your monthly commission from those sales (not the other revenue sharing) COMMISISONS would be $50,000 per month. A livable attainable wage.

We are also working on a state of the art conference room system for every verified MarketHive member (like GoToMeeting but better). Do you use WordPress? If you do, you are going to discover why MarketHive makes WordPress explosively powerful. Why we are moving MarketHive to Amazon servers. Why our email is about to become 100% delivered guaranteed. How we are going to have the most powerful remote submission service to literal 100s of social networks. Giving you the ability to mass private message literally millions of people. OK that is enough for now. DO not miss this meeting

It is hosted online @
https://www.ivocalize.net/#room/TheHive


Meeting @ 10am – 11am mountain time USA

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The brand name MarketHive occurred to me, or I should say came to me after more than a year of chasing brand names back and forth. Nothing was clicking. I researched what was the best way to determine a good brand name, one that a total stranger would remember after spending 3 minutes in an elevator with you telling him about it. It had to have meaning, 3 or less syllables and have many levels of meanings.

 

The concept of "The Network" was born in November 2012 on my 3rd day of prayer. Yes it was prayed into existence, this is a fact. From those early Yahweh inspired blue prints; I was able to raise about $400,000 to build this yet un-named Network. The development is still underway, but we have spent over $220,000 on just one engineer to build enough to get it started and another $100,000 in infrastructure, services, etc. But the brand name? I had spent over $10,000 just buying domain names that eventually did not work, like FreedomFox.com, sounded good maybe at the time, but again was not it. Everything had been taken or so we believed.

 

February 2014 I awoke with the word, MarketHive in my head. It had the two main elements I wanted, a verb and a noun. Market (a verb) and hive (A noun). Both words had deep Biblical roots too, another good thing. That day I discovered there was no usage at all with that name. All the domains (ALL) were available. All social network usernames were available. The name was not encumbered by Trademark or Patent or Copyright either. It was a go. So I acquired the name "MarketHive”. When the name was proposed to the BOD founders it received a 100% thumbs up too. Since then it has been submitted for Trademark, Patent, Copyright.

 

MarketHive's brand was established. The Lord had blessed me again. The Lord had blessed all of the BOD Founders too, again.

 

This blog is really being produced for several reasons. Primarily, to keep fine tuning our social network tools and platforms, but as well, to illustrate to our subscribers and the rest of the Netospher, the power of Markethive's Social Network and blog platform. And to pursue a better understand the Biblical connections the names joined together into a compound word and the meaning of it. I am curious, since I just recently discovered within the name another important Biblical reference ARK is evident:

MARKET; MARKETPLACE; MART
From a Biblical Perspective

mar'-ket, mar'-ketplas, mart (ma`arabh, cachar; agora):

(1) Ma`arabh, from a root meaning "trading" and hence, goods exchanged, and so "merchandise" in the Revised Version (British and American), "market" in the King James Version, occurs only in Ezekiel 27:13,17,19,25, and is translated correctly "merchandise" in both the English Revised Version and the American Standard Revised Version.

(2) Cachar means a "trading emporium," hence, mart, and merchandise. It occurs only in Isaiah 23:3 (see MERCHANDISE).

(3) Agora, from root meaning "to collect," means a "town meeting-place," "resort of the people," so a place where the public generally met to exchange views and wares. No doubt, the central place soon filling up, the people thronged the adjoining streets, and so in time each street thus used came to be called agora, "marketplace"; translated "marketplace(s)" in 1 Esdras 2:18; Tobit 2:3; Matthew 11:16; 20:3; 23:7; Mark 6:56; 7:4; 12:38; Luke 7:32; 11:43; 20:46; Acts 16:19; 17:17; "Market of Appius" in Acts 28:15 means, probably, "street" (see APPII FORUM).

The marketplace in New Testament times was the public open space, either simple or ornate, in town, city or country, where (Mark 6:56) the people congregated, not only for exchange of merchandise, but for one or more of the following purposes:

(1) a place where the children came together to sing, dance and play, a "back-to-date" municipal recreation center (Matthew 11:16,17; Luke 7:32);

(2) a place for loafers, a sort of ancient, irresponsible labor bureau where the out-of-work idler waited the coming of an employer with whom he might bargain for his services, usually by the day (Matthew 20:1-16);

(3) a place where the proud pretender could parade in long robes and get public recognition, "salutations in the market-places," e.g. the scribes and Pharisees against whom Jesus emphatically warns His disciples (Matthew 23:3-7; Mark 12:38; Luke 11:43; 20:46);

(4) a place where the sick were brought for treatment, the poor man's sanatorium, a municipal hospital; Jesus "who went about doing good" often found His opportunity there (Mark 6:56);

(5) a place of preliminary hearing in trials, where the accused might be brought before rulers who were present at the time, e.g. Paul and Silas at Philippi (Acts 16:19);

(6) a place for religious and probably political or philosophical discussion (gossip also), a forum, a free-speech throne; no doubt often used by the early apostles not only as a place of proclaiming some truth of the new religion but also a place of advertisement for a coming synagogue service, e.g. Paul in Athens (Acts 17:17).

The Wisdom of Solomon 15:12 (the King James Version) has "They counted … our time here a market for gain," the Revised Version (British and American) "a gainful fair," margin "a keeping of festival," Greek panegurismos, "an assembly of all." Such assemblies offered particular opportunities for business dealings.

In Summary: Market as defined in the Bible:

A place to play and have fun
A place to loiter and look for part of full time work
A place to strut, show off, ones imaginary or real accolades to others
A place to seek treatment, solutions, prayers, opportunities, knowledge, etc.
A place to discuss social, political, spiritual matters, concerns and truths.
A place to seek and share wisdom in all manners and matters.

Next article will be about the Hive according to Biblical references.

Thomas Prendergast
CMO
Markethive