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GoogleReading: Sharks with Frickin Laser Beams, Entrepreneurs in China, Marketing as Curling

I’m following 257 blogs on my  GoogleReader account – yes, I’m fascinated by the diversity of ideas out there in business, marketing, leadership and success. Here are some articles that caught my eye recently:

Is Your Marketing Aggressive Enough?
Walt Goshert
http://waltgoshert.com/is-your-marketing-aggressive-enough/

Walt asks: “Is your marketing “sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads” aggressive? ” The subtitle was enough to catch my attention. The message is a wakeup call for me!

If You Want To See Entrepreneurs, Go To China
Scott Shane, BusinessWeek
http://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz/content/mar2010/sb20100311_996919.htm

In China, the rate of self-employment is 51.2%, compared to the US 7.2% (I assume it’s similar in Canada). Why the difference?

Is Selling Somehow Unprofessional?
Geoffrey James, BNET Blogs
http://blogs.bnet.com/salesmachine/?p=8449

Too many solos resist letting their friends and colleagues know what they’re doing.

A Curler’s Guide To Marketing
Jackie Adkins, The Curbside Marketer
http://www.jackieadkins.com/2010/02/18/a-curlers-guide-to-marketing/

Three interesting insights why marketing is a lot like curling.

How To Make A Living Out Of Your Obsession
Jonathan Mead (guest post), Productive Flourishing
http://www.productiveflourishing.com/how-to-make-a-living-out-of-your-obsession/

As a solopreneur, why are you still looking for “balance”?

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Now for the fun stuff…

The scene from “Austin Powers” where Dr. Evil makes his request: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh7bYNAHXxw

And where Scott grants Dr. Evil’s wish: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pozlp_wnkRk

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