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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…

10 Things To Never Apologize For Again

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(all illustrations by Jessica Hagy)
“I’m so sorry, but—” is the introductory phrase of doom. Apologizing when you haven’t made any mistakes makes you look weak and easy to dismiss, not polite.
Still want to say sorry? Then just don’t say it in these 10 situations.
1. Don’t apologize for taking up space.
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You’re three-dimensional in many powerful ways.
2. Don’t apologize for not being omniscient.
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If you really were psychic, you’d be out spending your lottery winnings already.
3. Don’t apologize for manifesting in a human form.
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You require food, sleep, and you have regular biological functions. This is not being high-maintenance. This is being alive.
4. Don’t apologize for being intimidatingly talented.
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Do you detect a wee bit (or a kilo-ton) of jealousy? Good. You’re doing something more than right.
5. Don’t apologize for not joining the cult du jour.
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If you don’t believe in the life-changing magic of the brand synergy matrix (or whatever the slide-show is selling), you’re more aware than you realize.
6. Don’t apologize for being bound by the laws of time and space.
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Need to be in three places at once? Actually, no, you don’t.
7. Don’t apologize for not assisting the more-than-able.
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Get your own stupid coffee, Chad.
8. Don’t apologize for not being unimpressed by mediocrity.
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Work that gets praised gets repeated. Stop clapping for things you don’t ever want to see again.
9. Don’t apologize for trusting your gut.
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Don’t walk down the dark creepy alley or into that closed-door meeting with the predator, okay?
10. Don’t apologize for standing up for people you care about. 
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Because you’re tired of hearing them apologize for doing everything right.

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