One Entrepreneur’s 2008 Goals
Jan 1 2008

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I don’t really like making New Year’s resolutions.  However, I’m making an exception this year because I figure I’ll try something new.  Maybe I’ll even make quarterly resolutions!  This is the first year I’ve had a blog which means I can now write them down and let my readers hold me accountable.  So here it goes. 

Business Goals

Raise funds for Babble Soft.  I will finish the business plan, refine the pitch, and set up meetings with angel investors.

Establish additional nanny partnerships and other corporate partnerships that lead to increased revenue and revenue opportunities.  I have to make hundreds of calls, send hundreds of emails, set up meetings, and close deals.

Identify and become a member of at least 2 organizations that will help build my network to reach our customers.  If you have any suggestions on what organizations to join I would love to hear them!

Convince some great companies to advertise with us.  If I can demonstrate a significant increase in users (SEO please work!) of our applications, I believe those advertisers who want to reach new parents and caregivers that are breastfeeding, bottle feeding, changing diapers, taking medicine, pumping, and trying to get some priceless, precious sleep would be *extremely* interested.  Plus with our planned new applications that audience widens and deepens.

Find great people to help make it happen!  Must find great people.  Must find great people!  Key team additions needed are 1) Experienced Senior Product Manager with strong technical skills to manage products from design to implementation to market and 2) Experienced Internet Partnership, Social Media & Ad Sales Manager (does such a person even exist?).  Must find great people!

Personal Goals

Lose 5 pounds.  I will eat less and exercise more.

Take Yoga classes.  I will locate, sign up, and attend classes.  Anyone have any recommendations for instructors in the Austin, Texas area?

Laugh more.  I will find more funny and fun people to hang out with. :-)

Be less concerned with what other people think.  This will probably be the hardest one for me to accomplish and the hardest to measure.  Worrying about what people think of me, my decisions, my company, my appearance, my parenting, my words, etc. sometimes unduly stresses me out and takes up way too much energy that should be devoted elsewhere.  I’m not alone in this issue.  I’ve seen many bloggers write about it but more women than men which may be a result of our society or more likely Oprah.  I will work to drastically reduce the negative self talk in my head.  I think Yoga will help me with this goal.

My Personal Goals are mostly in my control.  I decide what to eat.  I decide when/how to exercise, etc.  I decide when to pick up the phone and sign up for a Yoga class.  

Achieving the Business Goals, on the other hand, are less in my control.  I can do everything right but if the angel investors don’t understand or care for the market or market need I’m addressing then funding sources might not be available.  If the stock market crashes and everyone quits investing then, c’est la vie.  If the funding doesn’t come through then I won’t be able to hire great people, etc., etc.  I believe I have the most control over establishing additional partnerships and joining organizations but that’s what I believe right now on January 1, 2008.  As the Internet has proven, things change at the speed of each new thought!

What are your goals?  Feel free to leave a comment here and/or leave a link back to your blog to where you posted your 2008 thoughts.

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Happy New Year Blogosphere!

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8 Comments on “One Entrepreneur’s 2008 Goals”

  1. 1 Gloria Bell said at 3:21 PM on January 1st, 2008:

    Great goals. Specific, brief and definitely doable. Best of luck! Envision the success and it will come.

  2. 2 Jason L said at 3:38 PM on January 1st, 2008:

    Have you thought about using Joe’s Goals (www.joesgoals.com) to keep track of your consecutive goal “chains?” I use it for some of my goals and it’s great.

  3. 3 Neena (NeenMachine) said at 5:24 PM on January 1st, 2008:

    Setting goals without action plans makes them more difficult to achieve. You have clearly thought your resolutions through and have set up the framework for success. Here’s to a happy, healthy, and successful 2008!

  4. 4 Aruni said at 9:18 PM on January 1st, 2008:

    @Goria Bell – thanks for the positive thoughts!

    @Jason L – had not heard of Joe’s Goals before. I like to track things so it looks very cool!

    @NeenMachine – thanks. it is hard to set up the action plans. let’s hope the framework doesn’t break. :-)

  5. 5 Char said at 11:18 AM on January 2nd, 2008:

    I like your goals! I have a feeling 2008 is going to be amazing.

  6. 6 Aruni said at 8:26 AM on January 3rd, 2008:

    Hi Char – I think 2008 is going to be amazing too! Since our thoughts help create our future…here’s to a great future!

  7. 7 shane said at 9:39 PM on January 6th, 2008:

    As for new people to hang out with – drop me a line come march – a few of our crew is heading out to your neck of the woods for sxsw – you going to be there?

  8. 8 Aruni said at 10:06 PM on January 6th, 2008:

    Hi Shane – Yes, I am planning on going this year and so is half of twitterverse it seems! Hope to meet up with you or your crew then.