Karolis Rimkus on Running a companyCEO @ Caption, a Social Media Marketing Agency2 months ago
Just before quarantine, we finished up a pretty long process of choosing main company values. Empathy is one of them. I think it's an essential step to making marketing more human. How will we apply it in our day-to-day? 🤲 Active listening. Not to just start talking after the other has finished, not to jus hear what they're saying, but to understand. 🤲 Communicating empathy. When you understand how someone else feels (colleague, client) or at least when you're trying to - let them know. Feeling heard makes a big difference. 🤲 Honest help. Nothing is someone else's problem. 🤲 Personal well-being first. To do great work and enjoy life, taking care of physical and mental health is a priority. Not to mention, empathy is an essential part of producing captivating content - you can't appeal to audiences if you don't have a deep understanding of their needs, feelings, wishes and desires. And this my 5 min take on illustrating empathy. Anyone else have empathy as their company value?

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Antanas Bernatonis on Designing the impossible ListHead of Business Development @Montonio |Fintech|POS|B2BSales|BD12 days ago
Couple of weeks ago Justas Janauskas asked: “Antanai, it’s impressive to see how much you have achieved at your age. Tell me how you see your life in 10 years, and what is the secret of your professional success? “ First of all, thank you Justas for recognising! Much appreciated 🙂 For starters I would like to replace the word “Achieved” to “Experienced”. To be honest, I achieved almost nothing: I’m not a founder of 9-digit company yet, I haven’t started world-wide movement, I did not win any global competition or award. BUT I have experienced a lot. Ever since I have started my career in business at the age of 15, my goal was to learn, live and be through happiness. And experiences are exactly what allows you to be in the constant feeling of joy. 🔹That’s why being a teenager I was voluntarily going different tech companies for unpaid internships (Total of 5 internships in Lithuania and US until graduating from high school). 🔹That’s why when living in the countryside I have participated in scary competitions of public speaking/economy/entrepreneurship, challenged students from the best schools in Lithuania and won those competitions. 🔹That’s why I remained helping people and startups (up to date I was mentoring and lecturing at 30+ events), even thou the first company I have raised money for left me on ice. I have always invested in experience, and this mindset brought me money, opportunities, friends, companies, trips and everything one could ever dream of :) Really, I wish such happiness for everyone! :D Talking about my future, in 10 years I see myself as a dad and a husband with the main life project of a family on the track:) According to my Impossible list (visit my profile to learn more about wtf is The Impossible List :D) by that time I should already have a solid exit from the startup I’m working with, running my own consulting company on the side, and preparing to start my dream of growing a vineyard 😊 So the open secret of my professional career - always learn, work and do things that brings you best experiences, everything else will come along and you will live a life-long adventure :) (Hopefully that doesn’t sound too cheesy :D) . What were you drivers that led your professional career to where it is now? 😉

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Generally, by the time the media begins featuring a particular investment, individuals have already missed the major part of the move. By that point, the probabilities of a decline began to outweigh the possibility of further rewards. It is a well-known fact that the market works in what is called a “herd mentality.” Historically, investors all tend to run in one direction at one time until that direction falters, the “herd” then turns and runs in the opposite direction. This continues to the detriment of investor’s returns over long periods and this is also generally why investors wind up buying high and selling low. In order to be a long-term successful investor, you have to understand the “herd mentality” and use it to your benefit – which means getting out from in front of the herd before you are trampled. 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@Povilas Godliauskas good point!
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