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5 Lessons Every Entrepreneur Must Learn: Inspired by The Legend “Essam El Hadary”

Essam El-Hadary is one of Africa’s most respected goalkeepers. El-Hadary fans have dubbed the ‘High Dam’ owing to his tremendous…

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Essam El-Hadary is one of Africa’s most respected goalkeepers. El-Hadary fans have dubbed the ‘High Dam’ owing to his tremendous talent and amazing goalkeeping skills.

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Yesterday, the 43-year-old Essam El-Hadary “a four-time Africa Cup of Nations winner” was influential in the Pharaohs 2-0 win over Ghana which put the Egyptian team on top of Group E with six points. A victory for Pharaohs that extend a five point lead over the Black Stars after the Egypt’s victory over Congo.

Business Lessons Every Entrepreneur Needs to Learn

Entrepreneurship is really a journey of self-transformation so you really need to be working on yourself more than your business.

The list of physical, mental and emotional demands on entrepreneurs is a long one. We collected some eye-opening entrepreneurial key lessons inspired by the legendary Essam El Hadary. Our hope is that it will enhance your startup journey and enable the success you deserve.

1- Build Your Entrepreneurial Stamina:

The legend of El-Hadary grows with every passing day. Aside from his exploits with Egypt, he is still very much on duty with his club side Wadi Degla, with whom he is hoping to reach the CAF Confederation Cup this year and challenge for the Egyptian title next season. Whatever happens in those competitions, Essam El-Hadary will remain an iconic figure in Egyptian and African football.

Every entrepreneur is encountered with the option of giving up. Starting your own business will take a lot of mental and physical stamina. Many start-ups are afraid of the critics but in order to build your entrepreneurial stamina, you need to respond to criticism very well.

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You will work long hours and will likely spend many days and nights away from your family and friends, marketing and building your business from the ground up.

A wise man once said “The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat.” Experienced entrepreneurs perform at the level they do because they have years of training.

2- Build your personal brand:

Many entrepreneurs make the mistake of focusing on building their startup brand to the exclusion of building their personal brand.

Your personal brand will differentiate you from your competitors, give you authority and credibility in your field, and stick with you in the event your company ultimately experiences failure.

The 43-year-old has been at the core of all of the Pharaohs’ last four Nations Cup victories, being named the tournament’s best goalkeeper during (2006, 2008, and 2010).

El Hadary, made a habit of celebrating each title win by climbing on to the crossbar of his goal and dance while fans chanting his name. The celebration is now considered as El Hadary’s signature after every big win!

3- Build a Strong Team Spirit:

Teams are not born, they’re built. Team spirit already expresses a willingness to work as a team. Egypt first choice goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary has attributed the team’s recent surge to the glowing team spirit.

“There are no stars in our team. The team is the star,” El-Hadary said.

The human spirit is a powerful force that exists within each of us. An enturpurner should always trust his squad and and be confident in his team abilities to win.

Encourage ownership (and the responsibility that comes with ownership) as a team tradition. Don’t let team members hide in the shadows.  Everyone has to step up and own some piece of the team’s eventual success.  Then shower the team with jewels when they do in fact succeed.

4- Respect Your Competition:

Former Chelsea striker and Ivorian player Didier Drogba once said El-Hadary is the best opponent he ever played against.

Gianluigi Buffon of Italy and Essam El Hadary of Egypt gesture during the match between Egypt and Italy played at Ellis Stadium on June 18, 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Gianluigi Buffon of Italy and Essam El Hadary of Egypt gesture during the match between Egypt and Italy.

18 June is a special day in the Egyptian football calendar. It was seven years ago today, in their second group match of the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009, that El-Hadary and his national team colleagues secured a 1-0 win over the then reigning world champions Italy at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park Stadium. Egypt had lost their opening game 4-3 to Brazil, while the Italians had beaten USA 3-1.

El Hadary told FIFA.com: “How could I forget a game like that? It was a match that has gone down in our history. We didn’t deserve to lose to Brazil and we were more determined than ever to put in a heroic performance against Italy and to show the true face of Egyptian football. Beating the world champions felt so special. I kept my kit and my gloves as souvenirs of that game.”

Though the Italians had 19 goal attempts in that match, seven of them on target, the legendary custodian managed to keep them at bay. “I can remember every save I made.

I was up against two great strikers and I haven’t forgotten who was in the opposing goal that day (Gianluigi Buffon).

El Hadary told FIFA.com: “Every time I stopped them from scoring, I saw this look of disbelief on their faces. Another thing I won’t forget is the singing of the Egyptian, Arab and South African fans.”

5- Follow Your Dreams:

Essam El Hadary, who is arguably Egypt’s best-ever goalkeeper, should be proud of his long career but playing in the World Cup is something special for any player.

Essam El Hadary is aiming to become the oldest player at a FIFA World Cup by appearing at the 2018 tournament in Russia. The winner of no fewer than 37 trophies in his club and international career, the 43-year-old El-Hadary still following and working hard to archive his dream of playing at the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018.

El-Hadary became the second oldest African player to take part in an international match, behind Kersley Appou of Mauritius who played when he was 43 years and 361 days old. A record El Hadary could make his own in a few months’ time. And should Egypt make it to Russia 2018 and El-Hadary is still in the national team set-up, he will become, at the age of 45 years and five months, the oldest player ever to appear in the World Cup.

If we can learn anything from this successful man: There is no limit to your ambition and always be determined to achieve that objective. Never give up on your dreams.

Sources: Entrepreneur.com , Fifa.com

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When and how to start outsourcing your business?

There is a reason why freelancing and outsourcing is becoming a popular trend with many international companies. With a tough…

There is a reason why freelancing and outsourcing is becoming a popular trend with many international companies. With a tough local and international economy, companies have to do what it takes to maintain a steady profit, and find ways to reduce costs.

Outsourcing is becoming a big trend in many industries, due to its many advantages and low costs.

For small and big businesses alike, there comes a time when a decision must be made. Do you build a new team or primary service, buy certain tools or do you outsource for a short time?

That is another way that outsourcing can help.

 

So, when should you start considering to outsource?

Do you procrastinate when faced with a particular task?

Is it a one-time task? Is it a primary service that your business offers, or something for a specific client or project?

Is it a once a month task? Such as Legal duties, or financial accounting?

Are you still saving up for an expansion? Could you afford an expansion for this task?

Is it a non-essential function of your business?

If you’ve answered all by one of those as yes, then that is when you should be outsourcing.

A definition for outsourcing is “the strategic use of outside resources to perform activities traditionally handled by internal staff and resources.”

The reason is simple, because it can be advantageous most of the time.

Your business is saving money, effort, time and energy, making it more efficient on that tasks that truly matter.

 

Why should a business outsource?

So, you know when you should be looking into it, or maybe you’re interested.

The thought still lingers in your mind, it might be a good idea but why should I?

There are many things that you can consider that could make outsourcing a great opportunity for your business.

 

1. Employee costs and non-productive hours

Office space, cafeteria benefits, hospital visits, insurance, and lunch breaks are things that cost the company profit per full-time employee.

These are also things you can save on when outsourcing.

These make a full-time employee more than twice as expensive as a short offer for a freelancer.

 

2. Efficiency

Freelancers and outsourcing give you a special opportunity, an opportunity to capture and use talented people that you may not have been able to afford otherwise.

Talented graphic designers, high-end lawyers, highly-organized accountants, and smart assistants can be found as freelancers, and at a lower-price than full-timers.

They tend to be more efficient as they have stricter deadlines than full-timers, and may be able to do the job better than you or any other current employee.

 

3. Frees up internal resources

Getting freelancers doesn’t only work as a way to do unrelated or menial tasks, they also function as a way to lift weight off of your shoulders.

Using a content marketing freelancer to prepare content calendars, or receiving content from freelance content creators, can help free up internal resources.

Freeing you and your employees up for other important tasks, tasks that they can handle more efficiently with less of a work load.

 

What are you waiting for?

As you can see, outsourcing could be a very beneficial strategy for you and your business.

It does come with its own issues, such as communication and delivery of work, but if you plan it right, it will help you and your business thrive.

So, what are you waiting for?

Have another reason why outsourcing won’t be a part of your business strategy? Let us know in the comments below.

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What did Egyptians Google this year? Most Trending Searches of 2017

For years now, internet-giant Google has been releasing its annual “Year in Search,” which chronicles the year’s most trending topics….

For years now, internet-giant Google has been releasing its annual “Year in Search,” which chronicles the year’s most trending topics. Twelve months’ worth of topics are categorized and rated, showing exactly what the world feels or is searching for during the year.

This year’s Year in Search displays a lot of heart and self-expression worldwide.

The video shows some of the world’s biggest fears in 2017, but also show us the hope and faith that people had in times of horror and strife.

The video shows the world coming together, to become fearless, strong and helpful.

While the worldwide results have categories such as Global News, Losses (celebrity deaths), and recipes, Egypt’s list was a lighter and less serious list.

 

Egyptians Googled

Search

  1. Results of Primary Schools
  2. World Cup Draw
  3. Selsal el Dam Series (مسلسل سلسال الدم)
  4. El Keaf song by Cairokee (اغنية الكيف)
  5. Professional Academy for Teachers
  6. Egyptian Knowledge Bank
  7. Football Match Egypt Vs. Cameroon
  8. Despacito
  9. Al Ahly Club Elections

 

Events

  1. World Cup Draw
  2. Al Ahly Club Elections
  3. The Funeral of artist Shadia
  4. The new Egyptian Ration Supply card
  5. Oasis terrorist attack (حادث الواحات)
  6. Results of Draw for Hajj (نتيجة قرعة الحج السياحى)
  7. Hurricane Irma
  8. Zamalek Club Elections
  9. Warraq Island
  10. Tiran and Sanafir

 

Songs

  1. El Keaf song by Cairokee (اغنية الكيف)
  2. Despacito
  3. Elab Yalah (مهرجان العب يلا)
  4. Abd El Salam (مزمار عبد السلام)
  5. Btnadeny Tany Leeh (اغنيه بتنادينى تانى ليه)
  6. Ya Amm Ya Sayad (اغنية عم يا صياد)
  7. Dala’ El Takatk مهرجان دلع تكاتك)
  8. 3 Dakat (3 دقات)
  9. Mady El Nas (معدي الناس)
  10. Amr Diab’s new Album

 

Public Figures

  1. Mahmoud Al-Khatib
  2. Ahmed Shafiq
  3. Elissa
  4. Gamila Awad
  5. Abd El-Salam
  6. Wafaa El Kilany
  7. Mahmoud Taher
  8. Nader Ahmed
  9. Essam El-Hadary
  10. Mohamed Salah

 

Matches

  1. Egypt Vs Cameroon
  2. Al Ahly Vs Al Tarji
  3. Egypt Vs Ghana
  4. Egypt Vs Mali
  5. Egypt Vs Burkina Faso
  6. Egypt Vs. Uganda
  7. Egypt Vs Tunisia
  8. Al Ahly Vs Al Wadad Morocco
  9. Egypt Vs Morocco
  10. Al Ahly Vs Étoile Sportive du Sahel

 

TV Shows

  1. Selsal el Dam Series (مسلسل سلسال الدم)
  2. Kafr Dalah (كفر دلهاب)
  3. Ramez Ta7t el Ard (رامز تحت الارض)
  4. Kalapsh (مسلسل كلبش)
  5. Adly Allam (عفاريت عدلي علام)
  6. El Ostora (مسلسل الاسطورة)
  7. Shakshak Sho (شكشك شو)
  8. Heba Regl Al-8orab (هبة رجل الغراب)
  9. Lam3y Al-2ot (لمعي القط)
  10. Hany Haz El-Gabal (هاني هز الجبل)
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Google reveals 2017’s top YouTube ads

It’s December, and that means end-of-year reviews are coming up! Keep up with us as we upload content on the…

It’s December, and that means end-of-year reviews are coming up! Keep up with us as we upload content on the year’s best and top things, just like with this article.

Starting off is YouTube’s biggest global ads, showing us that although 2017 was filled with a lot of heartbreak and hurtful events, admen and women around the world continued to try and lift our spirits.

This year’s global ads have been filled with a lot of heart, care and goofiness. Surprisingly, a surprise entry this year shattered the competition, coming out of the blue and into our hearts.

 

10 –  Mr. Clean | 2017 Super Bowl Ad | Cleaner of Your Dreams

With over 17.6 million views, this video starts off the list and lifts the mood for the rest of the list.

The cleaning brand not only shows off its brand’s “assets,” and famous Mr.Clean, but also enjoys making light of the housewives’ dream of a man who cleans.

 

9 – Levi’s® “Circles” Commercial l Full

At 22.3 million views, this fun dance-filled video shows off the brand’s lifestyle and message to youth across the world.

 

8 – iPhone 7 — The Rock x Siri Dominate the Day — Apple

At over 25.2 million views, The Rock continues to be a media darling with his fun and easygoing personality.

Read more at The Rock and Siri go crazy; The Rock dominates the day with Siri

 

7 – adidas Originals | ORIGINAL is never finished

Right above iPhone’s 25mill is adidas’s 25.3 million viewed ad.

As adidas was one of the originals, original sneaker creators and sellers, the brand aims to remind people that Originals (and their original sneakers which are super popular right now) are still desirable.

The brand created a similar video later in the year with well-known celebrities.

 

6 – 2017 Kia Niro | “Hero’s Journey” Starring Melissa McCarthy

You don’t need to save the Earth on your own, but you can always provide in the little ways.

With their 2017 ad for the Niro, Kia shows that you don’t need to be saving the world all the time, but you can always do your part with their new Eco Hybrid car.

This funny and goofy ad has been viewed over 25.9 million times.

 

5 – Budweiser 2017 Super Bowl Commercial | “Born The Hard Way”

In a year where America has seen a lot of heavy criticism due to issues with racism and etc., Budweiser, which is one of America’s most iconic Beer brands looked to put its hand in the ring.

The ad depicts the hardship that one of the company’s founders went through to come to America, showing that America is still the land of dreams for many immigrants, and that dreams can come true.

The ad comes at number 5 with 28.5 million views.

 

4 – MISS DIOR – The new Eau de Parfum

Dior has been in the industry for years and know just how to reach their audience.

With beautiful visuals and a popular celeb focus, this ad has reached over 44.5 million views.

 

3 – Ping Pong Trick Shots 3 | Dude Perfect (Oreo)

Oreo decided to go a bit different, using content creators and Trick Shot Aficionados Dude Perfect (with over 24 million subs), the brand was able to reach their audience with fun and engaging content.

At 94 million views, here is number 3.

 

2 – Clash Royale: The Last Second (Official Commercial)

2nd on our list comes mobile game application Clash Royale, which has been an advertising powerhouse for a while now.

The brand’s ad continues to gather fans and views even though it was released back in 2016, at 111 million views, here is number 2.

 

1 – Samsung India Service (SVC) – We’ll take care of you, wherever you are. #SamsungService

Coming in at Google’s YouTube’s top ranking, comes a surprising and endearing video all the way from India.

Although American ads have dominated YouTube, the winner goes to Samsung India with their beautifully crafted video.

This heart-wrenching ad breaks out of 2017 with a whooping 150.3 million views.

 

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‘What The Font’ You’ll never need to ask with this app

One of the most annoying things that can happen to a designer, or even a business owner, is looking for…

One of the most annoying things that can happen to a designer, or even a business owner, is looking for a font. Especially when an old designer leaves and you are left trying to figure out what font they used for your branded content.

Well for you, and those who simply love a good font, there is now What The Font.

The What the Font app is the new mobile app/version MyFont’s successful desktop font finder. This is the first mobile app with this function, although there have been many websites that do the same thing.

The application is able to recognized any font that your phone’s camera is aimed at, and includes similar fonts as well. All you have to do is point your camera to the text, and wait.

 

 

The application is powered by a powerful deep learning Artificial Intelligence (AI), making it faster and more accurate than its desktop version.

The AI also gives bonus options, such as identify connected scripts and identify multiple fonts in the same image.

According to Seah Chickering-Burchesky, Senior UX Designer at MyFonts, the app can identify 130,000 fonts with the help of machine learning. The latest version of the app can spot multiple fonts in one image, as well as connected scripts.

The app was created in order to help designers, font enthusiasts and others who want or need to figure out the fonts used in text.

What sets the app apart from the websites that have dominated this function for years is its instant answers, and offline applications.

Now you can find out the fonts used around your daily life. Like that menu’s font? The ad on the Metro? The cool font on this website? What The Font has you covered.

 

What do you think of the app? Interested in using it? Click Here to get it.

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