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5 Ways to Validate a Business Idea, Right Now

Don't let your day job or lack of capital stop you from finding and testing a business idea. Here's how.
Last year, I embarked upon a personal challenge to validate a business idea in 30 days. To make it even more difficult, it was a random idea chosen by my readers. They asked me to do it without using my existing website, traffic and business connections and without spending more than 20 hours per week on the project. On top of that, I limited myself to spending no more than $500 validating this idea. The experiment was a success.In just two weeks, I built an email list of 565 subscribers without having an actual website. Then, I reached out to a handful of those subscribers and pre-sold 12 copies of a book that didn't even exist yet, all in less than 30 days. I wrote about the experiment in real-time with in-depth weekly updates, successes, failures and lessons learned along the way, right here in my validation challenge. Today, I want to share with you the five most effect…

Oklahoma City University Declares Indigenous Peoples’ Day (USA)

The words "Oklahoma City University" in brick on a building facade.
Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry declared today Indigenous Peoples’ Day during a ceremony at the Chickasaw Warrior Garden on campus.

Henry made the declaration in support of Native American culture and campus diversity on a day that is traditionally observed as Columbus Day. The ceremony included a Choctaw hymn sung by Rev. Sharon Yeahquo of the Mary Lee Clark Memorial United Methodist Church in Del City, a drum song performed by Cortney Yarholar of the Sac & Fox and Creek nations and a speech from Henry. Rev. David Wilson provided the opening remarks.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day
“It’s important that we realize this isn’t just something to celebrate today, then forget about Native American contributions the rest of the year,” Henry said. “That is not what this campus is all about, and that is not what this day is all about.”

Henry discussed a story from the book “Winona’s Web” by author Priscilla Cogan about how the Lakota Sioux tribe encourages its people to organize their lives, learn new things and listen to the opinions of others.

“There’s something to be said that we need to sacrifice individually for the good of the whole. There’s no one who can teach us that better than our native peoples,” Henry said.

by Rod Jones