In a little
over 6 months this is only my 39th Blog post. With the exception of a few
posts, most are meant to be read a chapter at a time. There is a common thread
of trying to explain how domain names fit into the Internet equation. The other
common thread is to be motivating and look at things through different
viewpoints. In over 35 years in the business world I am under no illusions and
either should you. There is a thin line between success and failure. So many
just give up on the brink of success, while others waste time on the impossible
and get nowhere. Knowing the difference is everything.
I fail more than just about anyone that is going to read this. I fail every
single day of my life. Sometimes I fail many times in one day. I actually look
forward to failure. Reason being that FAILURE is a stepping stone to SUCCESS.
Babe Ruth struck out more than any other baseball player of his era. No failure
worse in baseball than striking out. Unless you hit into a double or triple
play. But he also hit more home runs than anybody of his era. Had he been
afraid to strike out, NOBODY would have ever even heard of Babe Ruth.
everything is based on success. If you are into boxing, they promote and revere
the undefeated. However the greatest boxers all time lost many times. Joe
Lewis, Joe Frazier, George Forman, Muhammad Ali. There are no undefeated boxers
of today that could match those 'Losers' in their prime.
gets back to me being a PROUD failure. As I stated above I actually look
forward to failure. But I view failure as a success as long as you learned
something from that failure. Something that you can apply and create a success.
If you work for corporate America
you are TERRIFIED of failure. Failure may mean your paycheck. Failure is not
tolerated so those in Corp America are paralyzed. Scared to fail they are then also scared to succeed. It is a
hope tomorrow I fail a dozen times. If I did that tomorrow working for Corp America they would toss my ass out quicker than I can finish this post. In my failures
I just want 1 or 2 successes a day. That adds up to hundreds of successes a
year. One success can wipe out a year of failures.
why others want to remain undefeated.....I don't care what my record is as long
as there are a lot of wins along the way. Lots of accomplishments. Success is
IMPOSSIBLE without failure. Absolutely impossible. So those that are scared to
fail also are scared to succeed. Don't EVER be afraid of failure. Don't ever pay attention when others laugh at your failure. They are the ones that have failed, not you! Ignore the naysayers. They sit on the sidelines, do nothing and can't wait for you to fail. Fail....and be PROUD to fail. Use their laughter as fuel to succeed. That is what pisses them off the most. YOUR success!
Have a GREAT day!
Team of domainers score a touchdown after the Dallas Cowboys
fumbles the domain.
I was in the back of the room at TRAFFIC EAST
when the phone bid came in
and the Dallas Cowboys bought cowboys.com for $275,000. The room erupted in
applause. The celebration was short lived.
In a stunning development yesterday the 'Attorney' for the Dallas Football
team said days later that he thought the price was $275 and not $275,000. That
just does not pass the laugh test. I could not take my family to the Dallas
Cowboys football game for $275. The cost to BID was more than $275. I am sure
there is more here than what meets the eye. Time tells all.
As domainers learned about this yesterday,,,,,disbelief was the keyword
followed by laughter as the story circulated through the entire industry and
then the news media.
Discussions began and then Eric Rice who has been interested in the domain
and associated business for the past 6 months made a post on my private
chatboard shortly after noon and began the process of putting a group together
in just HOURS to buy this spectacular domain name. By 7:30PM it was ours and the
new team of 20 investors had won the prize. The folks involved may or may not identify themselves. I just did with a
stake of a little more than 11%.
The talent the domainers have will make Cowboys.com
a premiere site on the
net. An opportunity thrust into our laps and being the entrepreneurs we are, we
jumped on it. The rest is history and it will be written about for years to
come. The site comes with the trademark for cowboys.com which has been a western
wear site for the last 10 years.
Congrats to this new team of investors. They saw opportunity and seized it.
The American dream is alive and well and this will go down as one of the worst
decisions in corporate history.
The blogs are going wild with this story. Bill Hartzer
of Dallas who was at the auction has loads of info as do many other blogs like Sahar's
Have a GREAT day!
My Dilemma may be your dilemma.......
I own Candy.com. I spend no time on the Candy.com project. I
am distracted. However even with those realities Candy.com earns enough to place
it in the upper 5%-10% of all candy stores. And when we talk about customers
walking in to your store, candy.com places in the highest category of candy
stores anywhere. My problem is I have no focus. I have too many distractions. Do
I want to make more with Candy.com and invest my time here or do I move on to
Now Property.com has its' own story. I spend no time on the
Property.com project. I am distracted. However even with those realities
Property.com gets more daily customers than dozens or maybe hundreds of real
estate offices combined. In addition with me being distracted and spending no
time developing or taking care of it, Property.com still manages to produce an
income that most real estate agents don't make. My problem is I have no focus. I
have too many distractions. Do I want to make more with Candy.com and invest my
time here or do I move on to Property.com but yet others believe I should
Now Widgets.com has another story. Purchased a decade ago to
explain the most generic of generic domain names and the power they have and why
something like Widgets.com would say something to the world and have value. I
spend no time on the widgets.com project. I am distracted. However even with
those realities evolution has stepped in and as you might imagine Widgets.com is
one of my fastest growing domain names. My problem is I have no focus. I have
too many distractions. Do I want to make more with Widgets.com and invest my
time here or do I move on to Property.com or Candy.com or listen to others that
believe I should develop Porno.com?
Now Porno.com is another interesting story. I spend no time on
the Porno.com.com project. I am distracted. However even with those realities
Porno.com earns enough with PPC to place it in the upper ranks of all adult sites that make 7 figures annually in profit. My problem is I have no focus. I have too many distractions.
Do I want to make more with Porno.com and invest my time here or do I move on to
Property.com or Candy.com or Widgets or listen to others that believe I should
Now I can go on and on all day today and all day tomorrow and
then some with similar circumstances just different domain names each with a
story of success waiting for my time and attention. I have a load of choices how
to invest and spend and enjoy MY TIME. I choose to put my energy in explaining
the power and the value of domain names and why they will play such an important
part in everyone's futures. The challenge presented and the historical
significance are just things that I can't seem to ignore. How do you ignore an
opportunity that truly shadows the gold rush? How do you ignore something that
is changing the way we sell things? Market things? Listen to things? View
things? Learn things? Interact with each other? The list goes on and on and on.
When HISTORY writes about this period it will be clear. Until then, look at all
this through an historical eye to the past and you will see the vision I have of
the future. The vision that has so far unfolded like numbered milestones on a
I have no focus. I have too many distractions. But I would not
have it any other way. Imagine the possibilities and opportunities. Never have
so many had a chance at so much.
Have a GREAT Day!