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Getting into your own business (Part 15): The four key ingredients to any opportunity

The process of determining whether an opportunity exists is extremely important to success. Whether any idea is in fact an opportunity depends upon how commercially feasible it is. There are many methods and tools that can be used. Some of them are very complex and all deal with issues in the future, which no-one can accurately predict. No one can ...

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Australia “Do as I say, not as I do” – The ongoing RBA bribery scandal

Although Australia is listed in the top 10 least perceived corrupt countries in the world by Transparency International, an ongoing bribery case involving the companies Securency International and Note Printing Australia, which are jointly owned by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is causing embarrassment to the Australian Government. The RBA is Australia’s central bank and as such is responsible ...

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Getting into your own business (Part 14): How to find out if your idea is really an opportunity

After so many weeks of writing, I hope that some of you may have some ideas in your head about what you may like to do. An idea is an idea. It could be about opening that food stall in a special place you have found, opening up a secretarial temp pool, a new way of producing ice cream from ...

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Australia in the “Asian Century” or is it Lost in Asia?

China and the US – The Australian dilemma. The Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard released a long awaited white paper Australia in the Asian Century yesterday, which has been “wowed” by the Australian media. The white paper basically affirms that Australia’s future lies with Asia and consequently immense economic opportunities exist for Australia to grab. The paper hinges the nation’s ...

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Getting into your own business (Part 13): What’s NOT an opportunity?

Many people mistake their own aspirations for opportunity. For example people put their money and efforts into a boutique, restaurant or spa for the wrong reasons because they like fashion and shopping, food and cooking, or aromatherapy and massage. We have to step back and see what is really an opportunity. Just because I love ice cream doesn’t mean there ...

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Getting into your own business (Part 12) – Finding opportunities from peoples’ aspirations

Oh Lord wont you buy me a Mercedes Benz My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends So oh lord wont you buy me a Mercedes Benz Janis Joplin For the few of you of my vintage the words of the great ballad singer Janis Joplin expresses what we ...

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Has The Nobel Prize Committee Awarded the 2012 Peace prize to the EU Against the Nobel Foundation Charter and Sentiments of Alfred Nobel Himself?

The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize awarded by the Norwegian Peace prize committee to the European Union could prima facie contravene the Nobel character and personal sentiments of Alfred Nobel himself, according to his will. According to the will of Alfred Nobel made in Paris on 27th November 1895 in setting up the trust in his own words, it is clear ...

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