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2012-06-27 01:31:35 PM  
1. Be born loaded. Money fixes everything.
 
2012-06-27 01:47:26 PM  
As a (fairly) successful entrepreneur, I can also tell you that it helps to have thick skin. I get rejected EVERY SINGLE DAY by potential customers that I call upon. So what? Move on. It's just like being single at a bar:

ME: Hey, what's up?
Attractive Young Lady 1: Get lost loser.
ME: Ok. Next. Hey, what's up?
Attractive Young Lady 2: You suck.
ME: Ok. Next. Hey, what's up?
Attractive Young Lady 3: Let's go to my place.
ME: Check please.

Being an entrepreneur means failing over and over again, but knowing that with each failure you are that much closer to success. It's not for everybody, but for those that can take the rejection, the rewards are pretty amazing.
 
2012-06-27 02:23:29 PM  
Yes, brave risk-takers. Throw caution to the wind and remove all self-doubt. Take out massive loans against everything you have and cash in your retirement to chase your probably retarded dreams. Nothing can possibly go wrong as long as you don't doubt for one second that the part of your brain saying this is a bad idea is your enemy.

Fear and doubt exist for a reason.
 
2012-06-27 02:24:38 PM  
seeing as how most alcohol consumed by folks nowadays are digestifs, the munchies that follow the alcohol consumption may lead them back into a state of fear and self-doubt.
 
jgi
2012-06-27 03:10:40 PM  

imontheinternet: Yes, brave risk-takers. Throw caution to the wind and remove all self-doubt. Take out massive loans against everything you have and cash in your retirement to chase your probably retarded dreams. Nothing can possibly go wrong as long as you don't doubt for one second that the part of your brain saying this is a bad idea is your enemy.

Fear and doubt exist for a reason.


How's your cubicle, bro? Quick! Minimize Fark before your boss sees.

Per the article:

I'm going through this exact thing right now. I'm ready to leave my job to focus on my entrepreneurship. I spoke with a great career counselor the other day who helped immensely. It's just the fear of quitting the steady paycheck that keeps me wavering. Anybody have a success story to help inspire me? I'm at the precipice, I just need to be the one who leaps.
 
2012-06-27 03:22:42 PM  
I am an AMAZINGLY successful entrepreneur, and I will share the secrets of my success with you:

1. Always give 110%
2. Think "outside the box"
3. There doesn't have to be winners and losers. Always think win-win.
4. The customer is always right, except when they're not (like the way I put a spin on it at the end? tee hee hee!)
5. Did I already say give 110%? Well, I'll say it again, because it's THAT important.

Follow these steps and you'll be paving the road to riches. Mark my words, good friends, success is within your grasp! Now reach out a little further and grab it!
 
2012-06-27 03:23:36 PM  
1. Those aren't 4 different ways to "break through fear" those are 4 different ways to say, "Man up Nancy and go sell some shiat."

2. If you coach and mentor "thousands" of entrepreneurs, how the hell are you doing it effectively? If you work 50 hours a week, that is 3000 minutes. If we take "thousands" to mean 2000, that means you are spending an average of 90 seconds a week with each person you are mentoring, which does not include any time for actually running your business or writing "articles". If you are working more than 50 hours a week to spend more time with your mentorees, then you are giving much less thoughful advice due to burnout or are providing cookie-cutter answers from a framework you developed and wrote about before/as you got into this business, which, again, is less helpful and more time and money intensive than recommending that I just read your book.

3. People either develop early/are born with the confidence to ignore fear to pursue goals or develop it by trying and succeeding before they fail. That is the whole idea behind the self-esteem movement, get kids excited about trying despite failing so that when they truly do fail, they will continue to try. Unfortunately, shrewd groups figured out they could use this notion to sue people who didn't do it their way and make money off of a distorted reality. Now we have participation trophies and Farkers biatching about snowflakes.
 
2012-06-27 03:24:25 PM  

8 inches: As a (fairly) successful entrepreneur, I can also tell you that it helps to have thick skin. I get rejected EVERY SINGLE DAY by potential customers that I call upon. So what? Move on. It's just like being single at a bar:

ME: Hey, what's up?
Attractive Young Lady 1: Get lost loser.
ME: Ok. Next. Hey, what's up?
Attractive Young Lady 2: You suck.
ME: Ok. Next. Hey, what's up?
Attractive Young Lady 3: Let's go to my place.
ME: Check please.

Being an entrepreneur means failing over and over again, but knowing that with each failure you are that much closer to success. It's not for everybody, but for those that can take the rejection, the rewards are pretty amazing.


I call that the law of 90%. "90% of everything is crap, so have 10 things going."
 
2012-06-27 03:36:21 PM  

jgi: imontheinternet: Yes, brave risk-takers. Throw caution to the wind and remove all self-doubt. Take out massive loans against everything you have and cash in your retirement to chase your probably retarded dreams. Nothing can possibly go wrong as long as you don't doubt for one second that the part of your brain saying this is a bad idea is your enemy.

Fear and doubt exist for a reason.

How's your cubicle, bro? Quick! Minimize Fark before your boss sees.

Per the article:

I'm going through this exact thing right now. I'm ready to leave my job to focus on my entrepreneurship. I spoke with a great career counselor the other day who helped immensely. It's just the fear of quitting the steady paycheck that keeps me wavering. Anybody have a success story to help inspire me? I'm at the precipice, I just need to be the one who leaps.


linuxmafia.com

///Sorry, had to be done.
 
jgi
2012-06-27 03:42:18 PM  

roc6783: ///Sorry, had to be done.


No no... you're absolutely right.
 
2012-06-27 03:52:20 PM  

jgi: roc6783: ///Sorry, had to be done.

No no... you're absolutely right.


It's the Fark way...baseball bat...morgue...grumble...grumble...

In all honesty, I wish you luck. As someone who is completely bored and unhappy with their current job, i would love to start my own business, but I lack useful ideas and skills. Really, I just want to be paid for browsing Fark, farking around with my kid, and farking my wife. Haven't found a taker yet...

If you do not mind my inquisitiveness, would you be willing to share what you are looking to start a business doing?
 
2012-06-27 04:04:30 PM  

roc6783: jgi: roc6783: ///Sorry, had to be done.

No no... you're absolutely right.

It's the Fark way...baseball bat...morgue...grumble...grumble...

In all honesty, I wish you luck. As someone who is completely bored and unhappy with their current job, i would love to start my own business, but I lack useful ideas and skills. Really, I just want to be paid for browsing Fark, farking around with my kid, and farking my wife. Haven't found a taker yet...

If you do not mind my inquisitiveness, would you be willing to share what you are looking to start a business doing?


I hear that amature porn is becoming a popular career choice, you could try that.

/wish I was joking
// At work, can't google for the article, but I swear it was news a few weeks ago.
 
2012-06-27 04:11:41 PM  

WaitWhatWhy: roc6783: jgi: roc6783: ///Sorry, had to be done.

No no... you're absolutely right.

It's the Fark way...baseball bat...morgue...grumble...grumble...

In all honesty, I wish you luck. As someone who is completely bored and unhappy with their current job, i would love to start my own business, but I lack useful ideas and skills. Really, I just want to be paid for browsing Fark, farking around with my kid, and farking my wife. Haven't found a taker yet...

If you do not mind my inquisitiveness, would you be willing to share what you are looking to start a business doing?

I hear that amature porn is becoming a popular career choice, you could try that.

/wish I was joking
// At work, can't google for the article, but I swear it was news a few weeks ago.


home.comcast.net
 
jgi
2012-06-27 04:12:41 PM  

roc6783: If you do not mind my inquisitiveness, would you be willing to share what you are looking to start a business doing?


Thanks for the well-wishes. I've got a few businesses I'm starting up simultaneously. One business already pays for itself and just needs me working on it daily to reach the tipping point. And that business is a bath and body products company called Maple Rowe. If you want high end soap, I'm your guy. Seriously, it's awesome soap. Please buy it from me. Not just you, roc6783, but any Farker reading this. Help a fellow Farker out!

I've also got a few other projects that I don't really want to talk about because they're new. However, the career counselor I recently had a meeting with had very positive things to say about my other ideas so I was really excited. It's all just coming to a head; I come up with new ideas all the time, bounce them around for a while, and see if I can make a go at it.

I'm just tired of working for someone else so I've spent a couple years reading books, thinking hard on it, saving money, and going for it. The hardest part is getting started. But the truth is, there are so many successful businesses out there that are successful despite their owners. If you care, have talent, and work hard, I think anybody can do this. Now that I've gotten a taste of entrepreneurship, it boggles my mind that most people don't try it.

If you're seriously thinking about starting a business, even if you don't have a concrete idea yet, I urge you to start down the road. Check out the book The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau that just came out. It's mostly examples and case studies, but I think it's very helpful for the budding entrepreneur.
 
2012-06-27 04:38:10 PM  

jgi: roc6783: If you do not mind my inquisitiveness, would you be willing to share what you are looking to start a business doing?

Thanks for the well-wishes. I've got a few businesses I'm starting up simultaneously. One business already pays for itself and just needs me working on it daily to reach the tipping point. And that business is a bath and body products company called Maple Rowe. If you want high end soap, I'm your guy. Seriously, it's awesome soap. Please buy it from me. Not just you, roc6783, but any Farker reading this. Help a fellow Farker out!


So let me propose this:

Make this: Lush Wicy Bar

without all the little red beans in it, and I'll buy them by the crate.
 
jgi
2012-06-27 04:51:21 PM  

Rent Party: So let me propose this:

Make this: Lush Wicy Bar

without all the little red beans in it, and I'll buy them by the crate.


Interesting. It looks like it's just peppermint and cinnamon oil. I'll keep that in mind. Thanks!
 
2012-06-27 04:52:55 PM  

jgi: Rent Party: So let me propose this:

Make this: Lush Wicy Bar

without all the little red beans in it, and I'll buy them by the crate.

Interesting. It looks like it's just peppermint and cinnamon oil. I'll keep that in mind. Thanks!


For sexy time, it is the best thing, ever, except for the little red beans which get all over everything. Hence my desire to remove them.
 
2012-06-27 04:53:32 PM  

jgi: roc6783: If you do not mind my inquisitiveness, would you be willing to share what you are looking to start a business doing?

Thanks for the well-wishes. I've got a few businesses I'm starting up simultaneously. One business already pays for itself and just needs me working on it daily to reach the tipping point. And that business is a bath and body products company called Maple Rowe. If you want high end soap, I'm your guy. Seriously, it's awesome soap. Please buy it from me. Not just you, roc6783, but any Farker reading this. Help a fellow Farker out!

I've also got a few other projects that I don't really want to talk about because they're new. However, the career counselor I recently had a meeting with had very positive things to say about my other ideas so I was really excited. It's all just coming to a head; I come up with new ideas all the time, bounce them around for a while, and see if I can make a go at it.

I'm just tired of working for someone else so I've spent a couple years reading books, thinking hard on it, saving money, and going for it. The hardest part is getting started. But the truth is, there are so many successful businesses out there that are successful despite their owners. If you care, have talent, and work hard, I think anybody can do this. Now that I've gotten a taste of entrepreneurship, it boggles my mind that most people don't try it.

If you're seriously thinking about starting a business, even if you don't have a concrete idea yet, I urge you to start down the road. Check out the book The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau that just came out. It's mostly examples and case studies, but I think it's very helpful for the budding entrepreneur.


Thanks for the tips. I will check out the soaps and give you a holler on your site, if wouldn't mind.
 
jgi
2012-06-27 04:59:28 PM  

Rent Party: For sexy time, it is the best thing, ever, except for the little red beans which get all over everything. Hence my desire to remove them.


Ding! I get it. So it's not just a muscle soother, it's a sex thing. I'll definitely look into this, Rent Party.

roc6783: Thanks for the tips. I will check out the soaps and give you a holler on your site, if wouldn't mind.


Feel free to contact me through the site. Entrepreneurship is really all I think about these days, so if you want some places to get started, suggestions, whatever, I'm happy to help. If you're serious about breaking out of the status quo of how one is expected to live their life, I definitely recommend starting now. No concrete ideas necessary, just start thinking and reading.
 
2012-06-27 05:39:35 PM  

jgi: imontheinternet: Yes, brave risk-takers. Throw caution to the wind and remove all self-doubt. Take out massive loans against everything you have and cash in your retirement to chase your probably retarded dreams. Nothing can possibly go wrong as long as you don't doubt for one second that the part of your brain saying this is a bad idea is your enemy.

Fear and doubt exist for a reason.

How's your cubicle, bro? Quick! Minimize Fark before your boss sees.

Per the article:

I'm going through this exact thing right now. I'm ready to leave my job to focus on my entrepreneurship. I spoke with a great career counselor the other day who helped immensely. It's just the fear of quitting the steady paycheck that keeps me wavering. Anybody have a success story to help inspire me? I'm at the precipice, I just need to be the one who leaps.


Advice: Tone back your lifestyle and only pay yourself what you need to. Cycles happen and you will be happy to have the extra in savings for those lean times.
 
2012-06-27 05:51:50 PM  

imontheinternet: Yes, brave risk-takers. Throw caution to the wind and remove all self-doubt. Take out massive loans against everything you have and cash in your retirement to chase your probably retarded dreams. Nothing can possibly go wrong as long as you don't doubt for one second that the part of your brain saying this is a bad idea is your enemy.

Fear and doubt exist for a reason.


I've worked for small companies my entire life that have delivered over half a billion dollars in value to their founders. They all share one thing in common: They were nuts enough to believe in the infallibility of their idea.

If you don't have that, you should stay in your cube and hope the next round of layoffs don't get you.
 
2012-06-27 05:59:23 PM  
jgi

imontheinternet: Yes, brave risk-takers. Throw caution to the wind and remove all self-doubt. Take out massive loans against everything you have and cash in your retirement to chase your probably retarded dreams. Nothing can possibly go wrong as long as you don't doubt for one second that the part of your brain saying this is a bad idea is your enemy.

Fear and doubt exist for a reason.

How's your cubicle, bro? Quick! Minimize Fark before your boss sees.

Per the article:

I'm going through this exact thing right now. I'm ready to leave my job to focus on my entrepreneurship. I spoke with a great career counselor the other day who helped immensely. It's just the fear of quitting the steady paycheck that keeps me wavering. Anybody have a success story to help inspire me? I'm at the precipice, I just need to be the one who leaps.


I don't know how much of a success story I am because my small business didn't make me rich. That said, it has paid me very well and allowed me to get paid to do what I enjoy doing and to fit work around life and not the other way around. I have owned and operated a ski service and repair shop since 1996. I specialize in back-country gear and install bindings for avalanche techs, search and rescue personal, ski patrol personal, professional guides as well as recreational athletes. I can do the work in the evenings so I do get time to ski during the day. Pro-form (below wholesale discounts on gear) and a free ski pass are sweet perks, too. I get paid by "piece-rate", thus instead of an hourly rate I get paid per task
so if I install 10 sets of bindings @ $40.00 each I get a percentage of each task. I operate out of a retail ski shop so part of the money goes to them to deal with giving people their gear or taking in jobs for me during business hours. Problem is it is seasonal so I wind up having to find casual employment for my summers, which really isn't a problem.

As much as the article states the absolute obvious it is true. The one thing I have noticed is the people who are successful are the ones who are hands on and control every possible aspect of their business they can.
 
2012-06-27 06:24:24 PM  
As the owner of a craft beer store, I can't imagine being an entrepreneur without alcohol
 
2012-06-27 09:30:52 PM  

jgi: imontheinternet: Yes, brave risk-takers. Throw caution to the wind and remove all self-doubt. Take out massive loans against everything you have and cash in your retirement to chase your probably retarded dreams. Nothing can possibly go wrong as long as you don't doubt for one second that the part of your brain saying this is a bad idea is your enemy.

Fear and doubt exist for a reason.

How's your cubicle, bro? Quick! Minimize Fark before your boss sees.

Per the article:

I'm going through this exact thing right now. I'm ready to leave my job to focus on my entrepreneurship. I spoke with a great career counselor the other day who helped immensely. It's just the fear of quitting the steady paycheck that keeps me wavering. Anybody have a success story to help inspire me? I'm at the precipice, I just need to be the one who leaps.


I've thought about doing my own thing several times but until we have health care reform there's no way I can do it. My meds cost me 1100 a month without insurance and I can't miss. Therefore I'm tied to a business that has insurance until things are changed.
 
2012-06-27 11:18:43 PM  

DarkLancelot:
I've thought about doing my own thing several times but until we have health care reform there's no way I can do it. My meds cost me 1100 a month without insurance and I can't miss. Therefore I'm tied to a business that has insurance until things are changed.


You must be a liar, because I have it on good authority that socialize health care is gonna kill jorbz and stuff.

You must not have the appropriate bootstraps.
 
2012-06-28 03:33:38 AM  

8 inches: ME: Hey, what's up?
Attractive Young Lady 1: Get lost loser.
ME: Ok. Next. Hey, what's up?
Attractive Young Lady 2: You suck.
ME: Ok. Next. Hey, what's up?
Attractive Young Lady 3: Let's go to my place. Why are you so drunk? And why are you grinding your boner into my leg? Backoff or I'll call for the bouncer.
ME: Check please.


FTFM
 
2012-06-28 03:36:58 AM  
Tried once already, nearly wound up on the street and living out of a cardboard box.

Gonna stick with alcohol.
 
2012-06-28 08:05:23 AM  

jgi: Feel free to contact me through the site. Entrepreneurship is really all I think about these days, so if you want some places to get started, suggestions, whatever, I'm happy to help. If you're serious about breaking out of the status quo of how one is expected to live their life, I definitely recommend starting now. No concrete ideas necessary, just start thinking and reading.


Congrats on breaking out of the cubicle and into the exciting career of spamming comment sections of forums with more products that no one really needs. Can't wait to see you post in threads about the microbrewery you've always wanted to own.
 
jgi
2012-06-28 08:26:05 AM  

SockMonkeyHolocaust: Congrats on breaking out of the cubicle and into the exciting career of spamming comment sections of forums with more products that no one really needs. Can't wait to see you post in threads about the microbrewery you've always wanted to own.


Oh SMH, you've been around far too long to still get pleasure out of these sort of comments. Haven't you been through the Fark wormhole and back again? I mean, trolling the Business tab? It just doesn't strike me as where you should be in your Fark journey.
 
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