After 10 different manufacturers and 9 versions, We have decided to introduce our first product in our HAND-Crafted Line. Hand-Crafted is OKTYABRI’s leather and felt products for Men (and women).
From the beginning we wanted to create stuff we wanted to own ourselves. Luxury, quality and limited edition were some of our main criteria. This in itself was a tough task.
While working with our team and deciding on the design, stitching, corner radius, color, leather finish etc…. we faced many decisions. Anybody who is trying to create a winning product, would like to be able to say exactly what it is they need. But in reality, many unplanned factors and the process itself can make the process quite tough. Often people go back and forth changing their product features! So when is “Enough is Enough?”
While building NGOs, School, Strategy for other companies, and finally OKTYABRI products – I have come to consider few criteria to be crucial on this process. Often these helped me push the product forward and gave me opportunity to test the market and still activate the brand! these include:
*MVP: Minimum Viable Product – A product that has features that allow the product to be deployed. We will more likely further develop our offering.
*Cost – In many cases, this is one thing that can be controlled and has the real impact on your business model.
*Customers – Without clearly defining your customers, you wouldn’t be able to get a honest feedback on your product.
What do you all think? I will continue to share our story as we try to create a successful men’s lifestyle brand!
After 3 years, we are finally rebranding and relaunching “OKTYABRI“
OKTYABRI is a personal evolution brand for men
providing honest values to its members and the society.
Evolved Men: We refuse to accept the norm and will shift the
paradigm. We won’t just indulge what life has to offer but will actively add
value to the society. We still open the doors for women.
Care about the future of the world and will standby when
bullshit is being said and acted. We give the only thing we have unlimited:
An epiphany (from the ancient Greek ἐπιφάνεια, epiphaneia, “manifestation, striking appearance”) is an experience of sudden and striking realization.
Generally the term is used to describe scientific breakthrough, religious or philosophical discoveries, but it can apply in any situation in which an enlightening realization allows a problem or situation to be understood from a new and deeper perspective. Epiphanies are studied by psychologists and other scholars, particularly those attempting to study the process of innovation.
Epiphanies are relatively rare occurrences and generally follow a process of significant thought about a problem. Often they are triggered by a new and key piece of information, but importantly, a depth of prior knowledge is required to allow the leap of understanding.
After analyzing my timing and place- I figured that this when I am not distracted by other people, I am alone and while my muscle memory takes over. I remember the CEO of Linkedin was able to create a 1 hour in his daily schedule to do just this.
Try to find when you seem to be most cognitively active!
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You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
C. S. Lewis
Being creative isn’t just for artists, authors, and musicians. All of us can, and should, think about our careers creatively – working with the raw materials at hand to make something unique. In the context of career development, these raw materials might include your education and training accomplishments, past working experiences, interests and hobbies, volunteer service, as well as skills and abilities.
While there are contradictory reports about how frequently we tend to change jobs or even careers over the span of our working lives, it’s safe to say that working for the same employer for 20 years is not as common as it might have been for our parents or grandparents. The economy and jobs market fluctuations force us to think outside the box, as it were, at a range of possible career directions, which include emerging fields and job titles we may not have considered before but in which we are qualified to perform.
Several weeks ago I attended a lecture featuring local artist Nathan Durfee and his presentation of a new collection of paintings. The theme of the show was the story of a dog, Bartholomeux, trying to find his place, his passion, as a musician. A fantastical story, it’s true, but I was struck by the messages for modern career development in Durfee’s reflection on his own process, and this dog’s tale of trial and error and ultimate triumph with an unexpected instrument and audience.
CREATIVE CAREER DEVELOPMENT LITERACIES
What follows is my list of competencies inspired by Durfee and Bartholomeux. Relevant messages can be found in other artists’ work as well, to guide us in the many decisions related to career development and planning in general.
- Constructive Thinking and Efficiency: Durfee said of his technique that “I stick to what I’ve made up and build on it.” This applies well to career changers. Once you are headed down a particular path, if you find the need or desire to pursue a new field, you don’t have to start over from scratch. Evaluate what you’ve experienced and learned so far – and build on the pieces that work, taking them in new directions.
- Resourcefulness and Flexibility: Pablo Picasso, whom many consider the greatest artist of the 20th century, reportedly said of his creative process, “When I haven’t any blue, I use red.” This speaks to both efficiency and moving forward, even if you don’t have all of the ideal resources. When you hit a career wall or job search limitation, take a closer look at what you have available in terms of raw materials. Remain open to the possibilities and don’t box yourself in.
- Persistence and Focus: Steve Martin’s career advice is more direct. He said, “be so good they can’t ignore you.” This quote is included in a recent Lifehacker article that tells us how to build careers we love. The author suggests you “stop worrying about what your job offers you … put your head down and focus on becoming valuable.” Honing your skills takes time. Martin found no easy or quick route to becoming experienced, and is an example of someone whose career has taken many different paths as a musician and writer, actor and comedian.
EVALUATING YOUR PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE
So, how can you reframe your own career development with a creative approach? Beyond inspiring speeches and quotations, there are a few steps you can take. Start with your current resume:
- Cross out the job titles so you can focus on tasks and accomplishments. What was your favorite assignment in each position you’ve held? Where were you the most skilled? Try this for your education and training entries, too. What did you like best about these programs?
- Look for common themes in the items you identify across jobs and learning opportunities. You may also see your work values emerge with greater clarity. Did these tasks involve specific skills, materials, equipment, contexts, work environments?
- Honestly assess your tech skills in each position. Technology is no longer a separate field and almost all of us will encounter it on-the-job at some point. One key to taking off in a new direction may be your ability to learn and apply new technology-related skills. BigThink.com’s 12 Certainties that Will Transform Every Career and Create New Ones are firmly focused on “getting ahead of the curve” to prepare for the workplace of the future.
It continues to be critical that you match your interests, skills, and values with the workplace, but the lines are not as clearly drawn as they once were. Work with your Career Center’s advisors to dig a little deeper into your own experience and learn how to translate what you’ve done and what you have the potential to do in a variety of employment situations. Be ready to evolve along with the changing world of work, preparing to fulfill multiple possible roles across industries. You may even end up going in a new direction.
Have you applied a creative approach to your career development and exploration? Share your successful strategies with us here.
The longer I am doing the “Full Time” gig – the more I am thinking about how someone can get their business “mature” from the start-up stage. “Mature” meaning stable business with constant cashflow, corporate culture and proven products or services. We often have intrinsic want to start our own business but refuse to do it by what I think is non-accurate fear. The fear of not having enough finance and life style of self-employment are real and profound.
Yet, the one excuse that I can’t agree with is the lack of confidence in one’s ideas. The more people I meet who have “made it”, the more I understand that only few of them had true innovative ideas (discontinued) and most of them end up creating incremental improvements. As Waren Buffett had said, timing and environment can be of great importance when you are trying to win the race. Creating a business in frontier market can be much easier and one can find themselves to be innovative just for the mere fact that the idea hadn’t been implemented THERE PRIOR<
I am getting ever so confident that the “Innovation” is not as crucial to be successful. But right team, motivating culture, sustained energy and consistent effort can guarantee a successful business. it might sound harder this way – but these factors are much easier to duplicate than “innovating”.
Of course the “IDEA” needs to have some true value. Often start-ups find their sustainable uniqueness(product or service) after pivoting and/or accidental discovery afterwards.
What makes an entrepreneur successful?
Some people believe it’s the ability to innovate. However, many startups are refinements of existing business models or improvements on how everyday products and services are delivered. Being innovative helps, but it’s not the deciding factor.Staying curious and staying consistent for a prolonged period seems to be the key.
The video is a great insight into how Steve Jobs carried meetings with his team. It really highlights how he is able to “Push and Pull” and be both detail oriented yet visionary leader.