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By Phillip Chichoni

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There are three kinds of people. Those who make things happen, those who watch things happening and those who wonder what happened.

When it comes to business, true entrepreneurs make things happen. And they strive to make a difference in people’s lives.

Nick d'Aloisio

Nick d’Aloisio poses for photographs after being interviewed by The Associated Press in London, Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Last week we saw a 17 year old high school student make headlines on all major international news channels. Nick D’Alosio sold his company to internet giant Yahoo! for US$30 million. His product is an application that aggregates and summarizes online news and articles to make it easily readable on mobile phones.

You probably read newspapers on your phone. I do, but I find many articles too long and skip them without finishing. Now Nick’s app summarizes articles into quickly and easily readable chunks. In this age where time is a scarce commodity with so much data available from all sources, this app brings real convenience.

That is making a difference! And in true entrepreneurial spirit, it’s spotting a problem and turning it into an opportunity. Now the boy is $30 million dollars richer.

We can’t all be wonderful inventors or app developers, but we can use our skills and knowledge to make a difference.

I have uploaded numerous articles and business resources on my website for the benefit of current and future entrepreneurs. Checking the stats, I notice thousands of visit and numerous downloads. But I didn’t know if people were actually using the stuff. Until last week that is.

A young man emailed me thanking me about the business planning guide which he downloaded nearly two years ago. After following the guidance and developing a business plan, he has managed to attract a sponsor to fund his new IT project.

Wow! I was touched.

I have read many online articles and found them very helpful and use in growing my own business, but I’ve  rarely thanked the authors.

This young entrepreneur has just made me realize just how good people feel when they are appreciated. He made a difference to me. I will start sending thank you notes immediately.

What difference do you plan on making? Share on my website or send me an email.

Feedback chichonip@smebusinesslink.com

NOTE: APRIL BREAKFASTMEETING

We are waiting for confirmation from the invited speaker and then we will advise the date.

Phillip Chichoni is the founder of the BusinessLink Community, a network of high performance entrepreneurs who are inspired to accelerate their growth. He is also the author Business Planning Simplified and The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting a Business in Zimbabwe.

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