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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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Tanvir Zafar

The founder of ISU Technologies, passionate in writing about entrepreneurship, work and technology.

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Published on April 16, 2019

How Self Care Can Help You Live Your Best Life

How Self Care Can Help You Live Your Best Life

When was the last time you did something for yourself?

Whether it was deciding to treat yourself with a little something or travel for some R&R, how often do you practice self-care?

Well, as good as above sounds, there’s a common misconception that many of us have about self-care: that it’s only about indulgence and enjoyment.

However, self-care goes far beyond indulgence. It’s actually about respecting your mind and body, understanding its limits, and being able to take care of every part of yourself, in a holistic way.

And, you really don’t have to go to extreme measures or do anything specific–like meditating or following a plant based diet–in order to practice self-care. You just have to make sure that what you’re doing is in your best interests.

So how can you make that happen?

Below are a few proven methods that will help you become a better version of you. Follow through with these regularly and you’ll be well on your way to living your very best life.

Listen to Yourself

The bulk of self-care is knowing yourself.

This means knowing your body’s limitations, and being in tune with your feelings, emotions and thoughts. So it’s important, then, to know who you are and what you want to do in life, in order to truly say that you know yourself. 

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What is your purpose?

Have you ever thought about this question?

Your purpose doesn’t have to remain the same throughout your life. What you found a purpose in at age 19 would likely be different at age 49.

In your current situation, think about the different roles that you have – as a working professional, a spouse, a partner, a parent, etc.

Do you feel like you are fulfilling your purpose through any of these roles?

All you have to do is ensure that what you’re chasing is meaningful to you; this will bring focus and motivation as you strive to achieve your goals.

If you have your purpose defined, then that’s awesome! You know what drives you and why.

But, if you don’t feel like you have a purpose nailed down, it’s good to start by asking why.

For example, why are you working in your particular job or industry? If the reason is vague or unclear, then your motivational energy will be the same. In which case, you may find yourself not having a direction for where you’re headed in life.

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If you’d like to learn more about finding your purpose, then I recommend you check out this article:

How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up

Seek Out Continuous Education

Now, this may seem less common when you think of self-care, but lifelong learning is incredibly useful and an important component of taking care of yourself.

It’s Super Practical

Lifelong learning is extremely practical these days and does not require as much effort as it may have in the past. Long gone are the days when you could only find information on something by visiting a library. In this day of the internet, anything you can imagine is at your fingertips.

You don’t need to physically go to a learning institution to learn. You can watch Youtube videos to learn new skills, take online courses to earn a degree, and scroll through an endless amount of articles, books and journals from reputable news and informative sites.

When you’re constantly pushing yourself to learn and take up new things, your mental health also improves. Research shows that an active and engaged mind is responsible for diminishing age-related memory loss and improves overall cognitive abilities.

Your Confidence Will Skyrocket

You’ll also have improved self worth as it teaches you to step outside of your comfort zone, which will undoubtedly improve your confidence.

You’ll also connect better with others by expanding your knowledge base. Learning exposes you to a multitude of new ideas and perspectives that you may have otherwise never considered. This also increases your adaptability. Whether it’s at work or just wanting to adapt to society, your peers, and loved ones, life long learning prepares you to take on new challenges.

You’ll Be More Desired in the Job Market

Another obvious reason for continuous education, is that your employability will also increase.

With the ever changing economy, and huge influences from technology, social media, science etc., job descriptions today are moving targets. Assignments and roles change so quickly in response to changing business demands, it becomes a Herculean task to keep a job description database current.

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In years past, stability was a characteristic of the world of work. Procedures, information, jobs, and organizations were established and provided continuity. Education was completed in the first 14 to 22 years of one’s life, followed by a long career occasionally punctuated by short-term job training.

Today, however, jobs, companies, and technology are disappearing and being created simultaneously. To remain current and maintain a competitive advantage in the human capital marketplace, an individual is challenged to continually learn.

People return to school at every age to enrich their skills and knowledge for their current positions. Some even prepare themselves for new jobs or career changes, moving them forward into new opportunities and technology.

We can be assured that we will be challenged to continue to learn new tasks and information throughout our lives. Successful careers belong to flexible, curious learners who are prepared for opportunities because they know themselves and where they make their best contribution. As Peter Drucker, the father of modern management stated,

“Knowledge is choice.”

Lifelong learning also increases social awareness and perspective. To genuinely understand and empathize with others, increase social awareness, and foster strong interpersonal relationships, it’s important to seek out new perspectives. Enhancing the skills that positively impact emotional intelligence can bring even greater happiness and success, both personally and at work; and, this is all part of self-care.

Improve Your Habits (Both at Work and at Home)

Now, the last piece of advice I want to introduce to your self-care regimen, is to improve your habits.

Habits define who you are, and are built up over time. You are what you eat is a great example of this. If you make it a habit to eat foods that nourish your body, rather than make your body feel bad, then you will be much healthier overall.

Good Habits Allow You to Reach Your Goals

Since habits dictate your days and nights, such as waking up every morning to get to work before a certain time, or brushing your teeth before bedtime every night, they play a major role in whether we do or do not reach our goals.

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When you form habits that allow you to progress towards your goals, you’re automatically living a purposeful day, everyday.

Habits Make Your Time a Priority

How do you spend your free time? Do you opt to lounge on the couch watching Netflix passively, or do you engage in activities that support your purpose in life?

It’s natural to waste a lot of time during the day, but fostering good habits will make you set a pattern for how you spend your time and give you the choice of what you choose to spend your time on. By improving your habits, you’ll find that you can be a LOT more productive. When you create good habits, you become more efficient with your time and a lot less is wasted.

This in essence creates an overall positive influence on your life, allowing you to treat your mind and body well, which is why improving your habits are so important to self-care.

Your Well Being Comes First

We live in such a fast-paced society, where we are often so caught up in our work, families, maintaining our social lives, our studies and everything in between. It’s an understatement to say that life can get a little overwhelming at times.

If you’ve ever watched the safety video onboard a plane, you’ll know that they always ask for a parent or adult to put on the safety mask first, before tending to the child. This may sound selfish, but the fact is that if you truly want to ensure the child’s safety, then your safety needs to come first so that you can protect and care for the child without complications from your end.

The same goes for self-care. We need to ensure that our well being is priority, so that we can be the best for the people around us.

Listening to yourself, practicing lifelong learning and improving your habits are steps that you can take to ensure you’re constantly in the best state of mind, alongside the indulgence and rest that you reward yourself with.

Featured photo credit: Photo by Raychan on Unsplash via unsplash.com

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