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There is an old saying; opinions are like assholes, everyone has them. The internet, and especially Facebook groups, make that old saying not only more true, but dangerous.

Why?

Unsuspecting business owners taking bad advice and ruining their business.

I’m a member of Espresso with Dan, a paid group run by the epic bearded one, Dan Merideth. I saw some bad advice and corrected it. Usually, it ends there. But not this day…

Before I get into the actual exchange, which was sheepishly deleted by the poster, I want to discuss something vital.

Personal Accountability

Stop blaming others. Stop blaming your parents for whatever they instilled in you that you believe is holding you back. Sure, it is their fault for instilling that in you. But it is YOUR fault for staying that way.

Stop blaming a business partner for not living up to your perception. Stop blaming an employee for lying on their resume. And stop blaming squatters for holding a domain you so desperately want.

The reality is, you are disappointed in your business partner based on a perception, and not based on reality. Try direct communication and see how that works for a change. Your employee lying on their resume? Guess what, you didn’t catch it. Focus on doing a better job in screening your employees. And for squatters, maybe if you weren’t such a cheap ass years ago and bought the domain when it was available, you wouldn’t be in this position.

Just stop blaming others and take full responsibility for what you do, and more importantly, what you don’t do. The failures in your life and in your business ultimately fall to one person: you.

Off my soapbox and let’s have some fun now.

The epic story begins with someone blaming others (of course) and saying that **Squatters Suck.** Enjoy the exchange…

Lesson Learned: If you are the one calling out bad advice, don’t let up under any circumstances. This is not done to belittle the offender; this is to protect all the business owners who are reading the thread. The majority of people in groups are “lurkers” and rarely say anything, remember that.

If you happen to be a person that gave the shit advice but didn’t realize it was shit when you posted it (and yes, I have done this in the past), recognize that and correct it. You’ll get a lot more respect by doing that instead of holding onto your bad ideas and defending them because you can’t admit you are wrong.

12 Comments

  1. Barry on October 31, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    You really are a cock wad Jerry!

  2. Barry on October 31, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    I still like you though but get some counseling or something

  3. Larry on October 31, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    fucksnack…. awesome! I busted out laughing on that word :)

  4. Pat Marcello on October 31, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Right on! Invest in your business, for sure, and hyphens in domains? Pffffttt!!! Whole lotta nope.

  5. Byron on October 31, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    I need a sign for my store, but i don’t want to spend a thousand dollars, solution, print up 100 business cards and tape them to the window! Either think up another name or dish out the 1000 bucks. Problem solved.

  6. Curtis Randolph on October 31, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    OMG – fucksnack – another new vocabulary word for me to remember. Why is it that most folks think admitting, and correcting, a mistake is so hard? This guy obviously did not know who he was dealing with and got spanked hard. lol ;-)

  7. Bill Taylor on October 31, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Love it. I have no time for people who do not admit their mistakes and who don’t then just move on to doing things better.

    Saw it a lot in corporate life too when I was there decades ago.

  8. todd chism on October 31, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    The best part of this post… Calling someone Fucksnack! Hahahahahah. NOW THAT MADE MY DAY!

  9. Bill on November 1, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Great advice. Sorta reflective of our politics / society right now. Tons of BS advice and no one who will admit when they are wrong. Defend the indefensible.

  10. Don Schnure on November 7, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    LOL!!!!

  11. Anonymous on November 8, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    You were downright rude and just swore at the guy

    Pretty childish if you ask me

    • Jerry West on November 9, 2017 at 4:58 am

      So says someone posting as “Anonymous”.

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