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Lots of random people give me advice. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because:

  1. I really do try very hard to listen to other people openly and,
  2. I go out of my way to meet new people.

Neither of these traits come naturally to me and I have to put a lot of effort into it. I’m not an extrovert by nature. Given a choice between sitting at my computer writing a new macro to automate reporting and going to a meet-up I would pick the former 10 times out of 10. It turns out, though, that to meet people who will hire you, invest in your company or work for you, that you first have to meet people. I tried the alternative of staying in the office, waiting for someone to drive by and throw a bag full of money through the open door and it didn’t work out for me.

Here then, in no particular order, for those of you still sitting in the office, is some of the advice I have received.

GOOD ADVICE

BAD ADVICE

You can’t afford not to …  almost anything that begins with this phrase turns out to be bad advice.  We can’t afford not to update our website, invest more in marketing, hire an attorney, increase our business insurance, etc. Actually, we’ve done pretty well keeping overhead as low as possible. I’ve written my own contracts for 27 years. I think I lost $500 once because a client didn’t pay. I wrote them off as people never to work with again and went on. I think we’re more likely to get in trouble by running in the red. Bad decisions are made in desperate circumstances.

USELESS ADVICE

Google/ Microsoft/ Facebook did – almost everything that starts with that is useless. First of all, maybe they did and maybe they didn’t. Often I have no evidence other than the fact that the speaker says so. Even if they did, so what? Maybe Google gave free lunches  to all of its employees, but so did eToys and Pets.com and they both went bankrupt. (Actually, I have no idea whether any of them did or not, see how that works?)

I know I’ve been given a lot more bad and useless advice, but it’s the good advice that has stuck with me. If you had any advice of any kind to contribute, please do.


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  1. Code monkey wanted: Must work for bananas : AnnMaria’s Blog on November 18, 2012 4:05 am

    […] of his points, “spend as little money as possible”, is the opposite of the BAD advice I mentioned previously of people telling us “you can’t afford not to do […]

  2. Monica on December 1, 2012 2:31 am

    Good Advice –
    1. “When you buy someone’s opinion, you buy their lifestyle.”

    2. “You can’t influence those you offend.”

  3. AnnMaria on December 1, 2012 3:57 am

    Interesting. That IS good advice.

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