Admitting Failure

Admitting Failure

If you’re a fight fan, you may have watched the much-hyped spectacle of Mayweather – McGregor this past weekend.  If you don’t like combat sports, you probably heard about the big fight nonetheless.  Floyd Mayweather, one of the best boxers to ever step in the ring, squared off with Conor McGregor, the biggest name currently in mixed martial arts.  McGregor fought by boxing rules (no kicks or wrestling), so it was a bit slanted, but the fight was promoted to epic portions nonetheless.

Both men are talented fighters, and egotistic, trash talkers as well.  They spent months promoting what became known as “The Money Fight.”  McGregor had the opportunity to make over $100 million for the fight while Mayweather had the chance to make three times as much.

Following the 10th round technical knockout win by Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor was interviewed in the ring by Jim Gray.  Gray asked him if he was happy with how he performed in the fight even though he lost.

“I’ve been strangled on live TV and came back,” he said.

McGregor was talking about his loss to mixed martial artist Nate Diaz where he was defeated by submitting to a rear naked chokehold.  They then had a rematch where McGregor defeated Diaz by decision.  It was a bloody battle that any MMA fan will tell you was an instant classic.  McGregor went on to drop into another weight class and beat the champion there.  He didn’t let his defeat hold him back; it propelled him forward.

The Money Fight itself was interesting to watch, but it was the lesson in MacGregor’s post-fight statement that stuck with me. 

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Wow! A YouTuber on Tour is Real Business!

Wow!  A YouTuber on Tour is Real Business!

Back on April 6th (that seems forever now, but it was only four months ago), I wrote an article Making Money with the Internet is a Real Business!

The article was about my 9 year-old’s fascination with YouTuber, Dan TDM.  At the end of the article I reported how I had bought us tickets to see his live show.

I couldn’t believe I spent $150 to take a kid to see some YouTube guy.  Well, now that the show has come and gone, I figured it’s time for an update

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On Writing Good

On Writing Good

When I was in junior high school (the early 80s), an English teacher handed out a list of funny writing rules.  The list had been typed and mimeographed.  It didn't attribute any authorship to the work.  I loved these guidelines so much that I later typed them into my computer during college.  The paper I’d been given years prior was badly worn.  

Recently, I rediscovered the list and conducted some research, wondering if there might have been a source to this list.  A different version of it appeared in The New York Times Magazine, November 11, 1979 in the article The Fumblerules of Grammar.  It was written by author and columnist, William Safire.  I can't guarantee it, but this appears to be a possible source for the material.  However, Safire collected suggestions from his readers before creating his list of bad grammar rules .  He did mentioned that English teachers had been doing this for years.

I found a couple other locations around the internet that have added to this list or have variations of it.  However, none of the additions seem as good as the simple list I was originally given.

Therefore, with a nod to Mr. Safire, I’m sharing the basic list as provided by my junior high English teacher.  Hopefully, you enjoy it and learn from it as I have.

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Why Do People Hate Sales?

Why Do People Hate Sales?

I recently watched a video from Chris Ducker on how to not sound like a sleazy salesman in your blog content.  Chris then made the audacious claim that content marketers are worth more than a salesperson.  While the actual content of that video was very good, the video's hook grated me due to the characterization of salespeople.

You see, we’re an easy target.

When people say these types of negative statements, they’re usually overly simplistic.  They’re normally poorly thought out and based on emotions.  It’s like saying “I hate dentists” or “I hate Canadians.” (I apologize to my neighbors up north for this example, but it will make sense in a moment).

People normally don’t hate all dentists.  Hating them all is completely irrational.  They’d surely want one around one around when a tooth is hurting.  They may dislike a previous dentist they had, but that shouldn’t color their opinion of the whole job sector.  That’s a childish view of life.

The same could be said of Canadians.  Maybe Justin Bieber isn’t to their liking but let’s not blame an entire country for him.  Again, it’s completely irrational, especially for a country that birthed the inventor of basketball and gave us the McKenzie Brothers.  Canadians are awesome!  (see, guys, I redeemed myself!)

My second example might be silly and slightly extreme but it really is no different than the dentist illustration or the salesman example at the start.

Yet, a kind portrayal of the salesperson isn’t shown in the media.  Everyone that paints a picture of the salesperson, does so essentially with the same characterization of Kurt Russell from the 1980 movie, Used Cars.  In it, Russell was indeed a sleazy salesman.  While an incredibly funny movie, it did nothing to help the image of trade.  

Everyone can portray a salesperson as sleazy and it’s assumed to be fine.  However, this depiction is inaccurate and dangerous in what it teaches people. 

Why should that matter?  I’ll give you a couple reasons why the I believe the image is damaging.

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What I’ve Learned in My First Four Months of Blogging

What I’ve Learned in My First Four Months of Blogging

Until now, I’ve been hesitant to write about my blogging experience.  This is for a couple reasons.

First, I’m new to this genre.  My blog went live on February 19th, 2017 with Let’s Start Talking About Real Estate, a post that essentially said nothing more than “Hey, here’s my blog.”  So, it’s been a little over four months that I’ve been at this.

Second, it feels like I’m pulling back the curtain.  I’m going to reveal some things that I haven’t talked about with anyone.  I’m not sure why that feels weirder than talking about my personal finances, or my business failures, or anything else I feel rather free to address on this site.  I guess I want the site to present a certain image of success and professionalism. 

Discussing this subject is a bit humbling, sort of like opening the books on a new business.  Hopefully, these revelations will benefit others in their blogging experience as well as continue to point me in the direction of further success.  

So without further ado, let’s get rolling …

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