Business Blitz: 3 Lessons a Serial Tech Entrepreneur Learned from Bill Gates

Here at Extreme John it’s time to take a look at what’s going on in the world of small business in the Business Blitz!  Today I’ll cover a number of small business tips which include: Living With Mom and Dad, The Glee Guide to Attracting a Raving Horde of Social Media Fans, Three Lessons a Serial Tech Entrepreneur Learned from Bill Gates, How Achieving Your Goals Kills Your Motivation.

Hot Business News For January 31, 2012

Living With Mom and Dad

First up this morning: Living With Mom and Dad. This article caught my attention and while it may not have much to do with small business per say, it’s still worth a read. With the current state of the economy, the number of adult children moving back in with their parents has sky rocketed and this article covers this current trend by talking with the author of a book named “The Accordion Family.”

Also in news this morning: The Glee Guide to Attracting a Raving Horde of Social Media Fans. As I have said a good million times before, social media is part of the key to building a successful small business following and this article is yet another guide on how to improve your social media following  including tips such as: harnessing the power of the underdog, being undeniably awesome and take risks.

Next up this morning: Three Lessons a Serial Tech Entrepreneur Learned from Bill Gates. Bill Gates had a lot to offer in terms of advice for small business owners and entrepreneurs and this article covers three lessons that one serial tech entrepreneur learned from Gates including: execute flawlessly, hire people who are unlike you and be agile but persistent.

Last up this morning: How Achieving Your Goals Kills Your Motivation.  Everyone always touts the importance of having goals and how they can help you to be successful as a small business owner but very few people talk about the negative side of achieving goals. This article takes a look at the downside of achieving those goals that you set for yourself.

Parting Shots

My favorite article this morning was the article on the serial entrepreneur and Bill Gates, I always love to hear what other people learned from Bill Gates as a business man.

Your Turn

What lesson did you learn from Bill Gates as a small business owner? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts!

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OH NO, My youngest has 3 years til he turns 18. I was counting down the days until I read this post about kids staying at home. I am pushing for the military more and more every day. But seriously, its all good but it sure would nice to have a kiddy free home in 3 years. 1st step, getting a learners permit and jacking up my insurance rates :( OUCH

Honestly Dave, I’m int he same boat. My son will be 17, has no drive to get a permit, job or even get out of school at this point. It drives me fuc%in crazy, this article didn’t make me feel any better. I’m thinking Military is a good option for him as well.

Very interesting articles. The first one hits upon a very real fact nowadays. A lot of my friends who set out to take on life on their own have had no choice but to go back to their parents home till they can get back on their feet after losing their jobs. One of them even insists on paying rent to his parents.

The last one brings up an interesting point that we don’t often realize. I have noticed that I go into a period of lull after achieving a major goal without having any immediate targets to refocus my attention on.


My favorite article from this list is “How Achieving Your Goals Kills Your Motivation”. Sometimes we get too blinded by the goals we set that we fail to see and do the things that we really need to accomplish.

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