Top Comments from November

We had some great commentary in November. This truly is what makes this blog so awesome…your comments. Your life experiences and reactions shared with everyone, for the benefit of everyone. Thank you for sharing!

Here are some of my favorite comments from last month. Each of them below has an excerpt but I highly recommend you read the full comment in the link.

Todd Liles (@ToddLiles) on Business Debt is Dumb

My business is debt free. I did it by sacrificing the first year. Very low pay, 100% of retained earnings went back into the business. This year will start the 3rd full business year. We are debt free, blessed, and growing. My family is also now earning a wonderful living on the income of our debt free, cash flow positive business. Praise God.

That is the full comment. Proof that you can live like no one else, so later you can run a business like no one else!

Lulu on Go Fetch: Lessons from a Dog

I’ve learned lessons from my dog as well.

1. Forgiveness – dogs don’t usually (abuse aside) hold a grudge. Each day is a new day. If they didn’t get the beef bone they wanted or the car ride they were hoping for they don’t hold it against you or bring it up when you want something. “What? You want me to come to you? Bite me! You didn’t take me for that car ride yesterday. Why should I do something for you?” Sounds childish from a dog – how much more from us??

Read her full comment with all four of her lessons here.

Dan Erickson (@DanErickson8) on Four Ways to Shut Up a Gossip

Great ideas to stop gossip. But another question comes to mind: what is gossip? Where do we draw the line between talking about others and situations and gossip? I think we’re all guilty of talking about others while they’re not present. Is that gossip? Or does t have to be malicious?
Read his full comment and my answer here.

Jim Ryan (@jryan48) on Things For Which I Am Thankful This Year

Question – is it cool to use dude when addressing a women?

Great question Jim. See the responses here. Great conversation and a hilarious response by Lily Kreitinger (@LilyKreitinger).

Bret Wortman (@BretWortman) on The Number One Interviewing Mistake Small Business Leaders Make

More times than I care to think of, I’ve spent the majority of my interview being sold, and if it’s one of those afternoons when I’m interviewing for an hour with four different people, then I get sold four different times with the same pitch, which I have to be polite and sit through. Yikes!

About the only exception was my interview at Amazon.

Read Bret’s full comment here. It is an awesome example of how TO do an interview.

Jon Stolpe (@JonStolpe) on Business Debt is Dumb

Good question. I’m not 100% sure…the risk…the pressure…the added pressure to perform. But I could see how this could easily be reversed as well…the freedom…the opportunity to be creative…the challenge…the chance to break away from the handcuffs of corporate America. Maybe I’ll have to reconsider. What reasons would you give for owning your own business?

Read his full comment here and the back and forth between he and I. It is worth the read for any reluctant business owner.

Lulu on Language Lessons from Orwell and Luntz

I’ve entered a writing contest where you had to tell your story in 300 words. It was called Postcard Writing. Challenging! Edit, edit, edit – and visiting the Microsoft Word stats repeatedly. Good exercise though. So often we have a case of “verbal diarrhea” and need to cork it! Ha ha.

This was the full comment. “Verbal diarrhea” is a perfect, albeit kind of disgusting, word picture of what we many of us do when writing or speaking, rather than carefully choosing our words.

Lily Kreitinger (@LilyKreitinger) on Mid-Week Motivation: Handling Downtime and Loss of Focus

You still have 24 hours a day and a to-do list that’s a mile long. Choosing “what not to do” may be the best way to kick off feelings of depression and anxiety.

Read Lily’s full comment here.

Dan Black (@dbonleadership) on Breaking Bad Mind Habits

I think being intentional in what we think s essential when it comes to our mindset. The things we think will show through our actions, attitude, and behaviors, either good or bad. So choosing to think good and positive thoughts is important.

Read Dan’s full comment here. He provides a link on how to get a free copy of James Allen’s classic As a Man Thinketh.

Carol Dublin (lcdublin) on Leadership Lessons from my Koi Pond

You’ve done it again Matt. Surprised me with your starting point, and inspired me with your suggestions. The point that resonates most with me is delegate – and really, another bonus of training your team to do your job by delegating is that when you are promoted, there will be a pool of replacements to choose from. Also, the more you empower your team the happier they will be and the harder they will work.

Read Carol’s full comment and follow ups. Her great comment was the one that led me to yesterday’s post!

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  • I dig this. Maybe because I’m being quoted, but I like it.

    • In general, 4 out of 5 people I quote like it. The 1 is usually someone who I take out of context or use that one Freudian slip to haunt them into eternity.

  • Cool feature. Joe Lalonde does a first of the month comments and stats review. I give away a book per month to the top commenter. I might need to do a promotional review at the beginning of each new month, too. Great work, Matt.

  • I really like how you highlight some of the comments. Also thank you for mentioning my comment, even if it does have a typo:)

    • Took me two minutes to find the typo. Didn’t even notice :)

      There is a lot of wisdom…and humor in the comments. I think it’s a great way to not only say “thanks” but also “hey look at these awesome nuggets from others.”

      • Oh good, it’s mainly just me then. I’m more careful about typos in my posts but don’t watch it as much in the comments.

        I totally agree. Great points. I really like how you do it, your the first person I know who highlights different comments. Keep it up!

  • Thanks Matt – honored to be included.

  • Lulu

    I hope the “verbal diarrhea” comment doesn’t trail behind me – because that would be equally disgusting. Ha. Thank you – I’ve never been “top” at anything. No – that isn’t true. I won a coloring contest when I was 8 years old. This is almost as good. :-)

    • I consider that a high compliment. Coloring contests are big deals!