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The Clever Way to Get Excellent Results

The Clever Way to Get Excellent Results

I’ve donated more money to the driving range than I’d like to admit.

You see, growing up I was told in order to improve or perform something at a high level, the best thing to do was practice. In the context of aspiring to break triple digits on the links, I thought hitting the range and swinging until my hands bleed was the right approach. Sigh.

The distinct memory of those blisters isn’t why I now cringe at that approach. I cringe because I realize I could have used my time much more effectively. When you want to get results faster than you can teach yourself, the best thing to do is seek advice from an expert. In the instance above, I should have taken a lesson with a golf-pro. Would this have required an up-front investment? Absolutely, but by calibrating my practice with their insight and instruction, I would have saved myself hours of time, enjoyed the fruits of improvement earlier, and maybe even spent less money in the long run.

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This notion of expediting results by calling upon experts applies to anything. We can teach ourselves anything, but in order to get results at the fastest pace, we must call upon those who have keen insight into how to achieve them effectively.

Your personal network is a great first place to begin your search for an expert: it’s amazing how many people we already know and trust can help us achieve our goals. But where do you go once you’ve exhausted your network? What happens when your family and friends have never accomplished what you’ve set out to achieve?

Enter a novel new service called Clarity.fm. Clarity provides direct access to a network of over 9,000 battle-tested entrepreneurs and experts who make themselves available for phone calls to provide advice. Whether we’re talking about legal advice, content marketing, or raising capital, site members have the ability to request a phone call with a host of impressive experts who’ve gone before them.

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Clarity.fm

    If you’re after fast results, Clarity might just be your answer. Think about it—you could spend an entire day reading about how to get your company covered in a popular publication. Taking this approach can be attractive because you wouldn’t have to pay anything, but all that dithering can come at a pretty high opportunity cost.

    An alternative approach is to find someone who’s accomplished exactly what you’ve set out to achieve, not only to gain an understanding of how they’ve done it, but also how to approach it in your own scenario.  From an efficiency standpoint, there’s no question the latter appears to be the optimal strategy.

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    Clarity.fm

       

      I recently caught up with Omar Baig, Founder and CEO of Physician Nexus, who frequently calls upon Clarity to grow his business. This is what he said about the service:

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      “What Clarity is doing is leapfrogging the learning process. Nothing I’ve come across in terms of how to learn to accomplish something quickly and effectively compares to clarity. It removes all friction from getting the knowledge and feedback you’re looking for”

      I never really thought about how much friction there is to receiving expert advice outside your network until Omar brought this to my attention.

      Think about how you’d try to connect with a top expert outside your network today. You might approach this by going a conference or event where you knew they would be speaking, but there’s a great deal of friction here: you’d have to spend time traveling; it’s uncertain whether this person’s talk is going to be relevant to you; there will likely be 10 people vying for their attention following their presentation, which makes getting their direct insight within the context of your situation challenging. Seems like a lot of uncertainty for that much effort.

      What about trying to engage experts through online networking like twitter or blog comments? If you’re targeting a busy person, it might require weeks if not months of relationship building before you can convince someone to carve out time to connect directly with you. The fastest way to learn and enhance your performance with anything is to leverage the knowledge and experience of experts. Your personal network and Clarity.fm are two great places to start.

      Where other resources do you use to find expert advice?

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      8 Replacements for Google Notebook

      8 Replacements for Google Notebook

      Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

      1. Zoho Notebook
        If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
      2. Evernote
        The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
      3. Net Notes
        If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
      4. i-Lighter
        You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
      5. Clipmarks
        For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
      6. UberNote
        If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
      7. iLeonardo
        iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
      8. Zotero
        Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

      I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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      In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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