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How To Become A 21st Century Technopreneur

How To Become A 21st Century Technopreneur

In the world today, technology and innovation are changing the way we live and create jobs in the 21st century. Before moving any further, let us look at the definition of technopreneurs. According to Google, “a technopreneur is a person who sets up a business concerned with computers or similar technology.”

Technopreneurs combine the power of technology with the spirit of entrepreneurship. They create new products that can be sold by new businesses. They find high-tech ways to keep us informed, entertained, and connected every day. Here, we go through the in’s and out’s of being a technopreneur and, in the end, how you can become one too:

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Who are technopreneurs?

Technopreneurs are different from inventors. Inventors come up with ideas, but technopreneurs put them into action. Their businesses provide jobs and challenges and opportunities for new workers. They have a much larger impact than inventors, as the inventors are the only ones benefiting monetarily from their inventions, whereas technopreneurs provide job opportunities to the common man and benefit the whole society.

The end of the 20th century has seen rapid advancements in technology and creative innovations, and informed us of the unlimited potential of the internet. Now that we are in the 21st century, it is clear that these advancements and innovations have caused an evolution in the way we live. Leaders of this change are technopreneurs who are at the forefront of our current world economy. These are people who dared to dream big, seized opportunities, and flexed their creative muscles to bring innovations of value to the masses.

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What do they do?

Technopreneurs are people with vision who look past the norms and see opportunities where most do not. They combine technology with entrepreneurial endeavors in the hopes of creating something with a positive impact on society. They do this even at great risks of failure and with an abundance of uncertainties. For those of you with technopreneurial ambitions, this might just be the course for you.

How to become a successful technopreneur

To become a successful technopreneur, there are a few guidelines, or rules, that you need to keep in mind:

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  • Technopreneurs need to be visionaries. They need to see things that other human beings fail to see, the most important of which is opportunity. They think about how to make a system work rather than complaining about how the system is failing to work.
  • They need to be active learners and should be able to assess the situation in real time and make timely decisions.
  • They must be systematic. This is accomplished by trial and error. They need to work out different systems and decide which one works and make sure everything follows a certain path in accordance with that system.
  • They need to know how to reframe mental models to think positively and not get sidetracked by the challenges they face, rather they should view those obstacles as pathways to opportunities.
  • Before they embark on the technopreneurial journey, they need to learn and study the methods and techniques, such as the lean startup, in order to function efficiently.
  • They need to learn the art of technopreneurship while, at the same time, maintain the strength of their communication skills. They should avoid using fancy words that would puzzle a normal person and explain in such a way that it is understandable to all.
  • They should be well aware of the importance of building a conductive technopreneurial ecosystem and the importance of choosing the right team. A team should be constructed so that their qualities complement one another without getting overshadowed. They should be able to apply the CDIO (conceive, design, implement and operate) framework to manage a crowdfunding project.

Technopreneurs are successfully gaining traction in the Middle East. Take the example of the websites, which shows news in all languages and the news is centric to that specific region.

It is a simple enough idea and yet has gained a lot of traction and is working better than anyone expected. The website owners choose simple topics that are the requirements of the local people and make them easily available for the people. One simple example is the price of dollars in Egypt. This saves the business men trips to local money exchangers.

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It is simple ideas like these that the technopreneurs need to focus on instead of making big promises which they find hard to deliver later on.

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16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

The same old motivational secrets don’t really motivate you after you’ve read them for the tenth time, do they?

How about a unique spin on things?

These 16 productivity secrets of successful people will make you reevaluate your approach to your home, work, and creative lives. Learn from these highly successful people, turn these little things they do into your daily habits and you’ll get closer to success.

1. Empty your mind.

It sounds counterproductive, doesn’t it?

Emptying your mind when you have so much to remember seems like you’re just begging to forget something. Instead, this gives you a clean slate so you’re not still thinking about last week’s tasks.

Clear your mind and then start thinking only about what you need to do immediately, and then today. Tasks that need to be accomplished later in the week can wait.

Here’s a guide to help you empty your mind and think sharper:

How to Declutter Your Mind to Sharpen Your Brain and Fall Asleep Faster

2. Keep certain days clear.

Some companies are scheduling “No Meeting Wednesdays,” which means, funnily enough, that no one can hold a meeting on a Wednesday. This gives workers a full day to work on their own tasks, without getting sidetracked by other duties or pointless meetings.

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This can work in your personal life too, for example if you need to restrict Facebook access or limit phone calls.

3. Prioritize your work.

Don’t think every task is created equal! Some tasks aren’t as important as others, or might take less time.

Try to sort your tasks every day and see what can be done quickly and efficiently. Get these out of the way so you have more free time and brain power to focus on what is more important.

Lifehack’s CEO has a unique way to prioritize works, take a look at it here:

How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

4. Chop up your time.

Many successful business leaders chop their time up into fifteen-minute intervals. This means they work on tasks for a quarter of an hour at a time, or schedule meetings for only fifteen minutes. It makes each hour seem four times as long, which leads to more productivity!

5. Have a thinking position.

Truman Capote claimed he couldn’t think unless he was laying down. Proust did this as well, while Stravinsky would stand on his head!

What works for others may not work for you. Try to find a spot and position that is perfect for you to brainstorm or come up with ideas.

6. Pick three to five things you must do that day.

To Do lists can get overwhelming very quickly. Instead of making a never-ending list of everything you can think of that needs to be done, make daily lists that include just three to five things.

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Make sure they’re things that need to be done that day, so you don’t keep putting them off.

7. Don’t try to do too much.

OK, so I just told you to work every day, and now I’m telling you to not do too much? It might sound like conflicting advice, but not doing too much means not biting off more than you can chew. Don’t say yes to every work project or social engagement and find yourself in way over your head.

8. Have a daily action plan.

Don’t limit yourself to a to-do list! Take ten minutes every morning to map out a daily action plan. It’s a place to not only write what needs to be done that day, but also to prioritize what will bring the biggest reward, what will take the longest, and what goals will be accomplished.

Leave room for a “brain dump,” where you can scribble down anything else that’s on your mind.

9. Do your most dreaded project first.

Getting your most dreaded task over with first means you’ll have the rest of the day free for anything and everything else. This also means that you won’t be constantly putting off the worst of your projects, making it even harder to start on it later.

10. Follow the “Two-Minute Rule.”

The “Two-Minute Rule” was made famous by David Allen. It’s simple – if a new task comes in and it can be done in two minutes or less, do it right then. Putting it off just adds to your to-do list and will make the task seem more monumental later.

11. Have a place devoted to work.

If you work in an office, it’s no problem to say that your cubicle desk is where you work every day.

But if you work from home, make sure you have a certain area specifically for work. You don’t want files spread out all over the dinner table, and you don’t want to feel like you’re not working just because you’re relaxing on the couch.

Agatha Christie never wrote at her desk, she wrote wherever she could sit down. Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up. Thomas Wolfe, at 6’6″ tall, used the top of his refrigerator as a desk. Richard Wright wrote on a park bench, rain or shine.

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Have a space where, when you go there, you know you’re going to work. Maybe it’s a cafe downstairs, the library, or a meeting room. Whenever and wherever works for you, do your works there.

12. Find your golden hour.

You don’t have to stick to a “typical” 9–5 schedule!

Novelist Anne Rice slept during the day and wrote at night to avoid distractions. Writer Jerzy Kosinski slept eight hours a day, but never all at once. He’d wake in the morning, work, sleep four hours in the afternoon, then work more that evening.

Your golden hour is the time when you’re at your peak. You’re alert, ready to be productive, and intent on crossing things off your to-do list.

Once you find your best time, protect it with all your might. Make sure you’re always free to do your best uninterrupted work at this time.

13. Pretend you’re on an airplane.

It might not be possible to lock everyone out of your office to get some peace and quiet, but you can eliminate some distractions.

By pretending you’re on an airplane, you can act like your internet access is limited, you’re not able to get something from your bookcase, and you can’t make countless phone calls.

Eliminating these distractions will help you focus on your most important tasks and get them done without interruption.

14. Never stop.

Writers Anthony Trollope and Henry James started writing their next books as soon as they finished their current work in progress.

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Stephen King writes every day of the year, and holds himself accountable for 2,000 words a day! Mark Twain wrote every day, and then read his day’s work aloud to his family to get their feedback.

There’s something to be said about working nonstop, and putting out continuous work instead of taking a break. It’s just a momentum that will push you go further./

15. Be in tune with your body.

Your mind and body will get tired of a task after ninety minutes to two hours focused on it. Keep this in mind as you assign projects to yourself throughout the day, and take breaks to ensure that you won’t get burned out.

16. Try different methods.

Vladimir Nabokov wrote the first drafts of his novels on index cards. This made it easy to rearrange sentences, paragraphs, and chapters by shuffling the cards around.

It does sound easier, and more fun, than copying and pasting in Word! Once Nabokov liked the arrangement, his wife typed them into a single manuscript.

Same for you, don’t give up and think that it’s impossible for you to be productive when one method fails. Try different methods until you find what works perfectly for you.

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