Results vs No Results. Fear of Failure is Also Fear of Success!

Morning Folks!!

Some people don't like talking about results. Don't like to measure results. Don't take the time to see if there was a good result or a bad result. And of course many are busy excusing results and therefore all their energy is consumed by that.

For all the work effort and talk it all boils down to results vs no results. Even a failure should produce real and tangible results you can use. Matter of fact those results are often the most important and the most overlooked and ignored. I study 2 things. Success and failure. Hopefully I can change a variable of failure to produce a success. A success is simply a step forward. A failure can often be a LEAP forward or a complete collapse. Depends what you do with it. Or if you fear it. Or took the time to see if there was a good result or a bad result before proceeding with the next decision.

That's the 1 over 2.

Results vs No Results. No result is the only pure failure. And even that is not a pure failure if you eliminate something or learn something.

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,

Results vs No Results.

From that you either get new info to act on or just walk away.

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,

If you walk away, nothing further to say or do. But if you stay:

Results vs No Results.

From that you either get new info to act on or just walk away.

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,

If you walk away, nothing further to say or do. But if you stay:

Results vs No Results.

From that you either get new info to act on or just walk away.

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat.

And everything else is bullshit.

And of course you have those that ignore results. Excuse results. Put lipstick on results. They can't handle the reality of results. So they forget about results and that results in failure at every level for all time. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day and for many that is enough to claim victory.

One moves forward all the time and takes the slings and arrows of progress and one moves in a circle all the time. The path is by choice. Those that are scared to fail are also those that are scared to succeed and they spend a lifetime stuck in that circle. Many slinging their arrows towards those moving forward.

Rick Schwartz

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Success, Failure, Fear, Progress. No Guts No Glory! Happy 4th!!

Morning Folks!!

It was July 4th 1996 that I picked as the day to make a provocative post about domains and their value. There was no aftermarket back then. But I would share what I learned including the domain names and the earnings. Few of course even believed it. But those that were informed knew. I did that again in 1997, 1998 and 1999 and it became my annual July 4th post. That along with a post every morning and banter back and forth throughout the day and sometimes all night before opening my own board using the exact code that ynot used in 2000. I was surprised anyone even joined in the conversation. But they did. The landscape has certainly changed since then. So my perspective is different from many.

Ynot was one of the first globally active collaboration forums in which folks were doing TENS of millions of dollars in business and competitors working together is what fueled much of it. It was focused on adult because there was yet to be a mainstream for the most part. There was a pond but the ocean had yet t appear.

Here is an illustration that 1000 posts could never put into words. Some folks think they are "Progressive" but somewhere along the way they fear progress. It's like an all or nothing for them each and every time and more often than not that type thinking leads to nothing. A loss. A loss with nothing to show. No progress. So it is defining to see where folks come down on the following illustration. I have said for years and you see it all the time, if you are afraid to fail that means you are terrified to succeed. Here is how I see it.


Winston Churchill said: "Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm".

Have a GREAT Day!

Happy 4th of July and Enjoy the Summer!

Rick Schwartz


Nothing to Fear other than our Own Shadows and Stupidity!

Morning Folks!!

There is FEAR in the domain Industry. That is the only word that can describe what I see. But it is unfounded fear the way I view the universe. Fear created by others because they WANT what you have.

Fear of a “Shadow” that can never duplicate a phenomenon even though they will try. They still talk about the Hula-Hoop. That was SIXTY years ago and they are stil looking for the second coming. Problem is the second coming did not look like a hula-hoop. It looked like a ”Pet Rock”.

For the last 2 years I have said during this economic turmoil that Ron Jackson would get on stage at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. and report a record setting year of domain sales. I have been WRONG both times. But I believe in just 3 weeks I am finally about to be right. My timing was off, but the event unfolded as seen. Record setting domain sales in a tough environment.

Quite interesting to see fortune 500 companies buying WAVES of domain names just at a time where so many domainers are giving up. Are you folks CRAZY??

Pete Rose was great because he ever gave up. And by never giving up he squeezed another 10% out of himself each and every time. That 10% extra effort would result in a 50% success rate. Point is MOST give up just before the finish line. Too bad for them. They had victory within their reach and FEAR of failure made them give in. Passion lost out to fear. Persistence lost out to fear. The ONLY thing to fear is not giving it 110% each and every time. That is the only failure to fear.

How do you describe something not visible to the naked eye? An event about to unfold? Some see ghosts and I see opportunity. Some see shadows and get driven by fear.

Some are worried about the new gTLD’s. I still only see opportunity. Whatever downside that can happen is nothing more than the tide coming in and going out. Inhaling and exhaling. I just see much more upside than downside.

But, that is what makes a “Market”. That is why they have 57 flavors of ice cream. That is why markets go up and down. As businesses you job is not only to “Whither” the storm, but it is to “Thrive” during the storm or directly after the storm.

Don’t believe how things will unfold? Tell me that in 4 years from today. Can you survive for another 4 years? Steady as she goes. Fear makes bargains. There are bargains out there. There are deals out there. There are terms out there because there is more “Circumstance” out there than in most of our lifetimes.

Point is it is times like THIS that fortunes are made. The worst times provide the largest opportunity. My suggestion to those core domainers is to be in a strong cash position so you can buy FEAR! So you buy the unknown at a deep discount. Fear is driving the market when really nothing has changed. The power of your knowledge will more than offet anything the future can throw at you. These are the best of times because there is finally light at the end of the tunnel.

Have a GREAT Day!

Rick Schwartz


Failure or Success is up to you

Don't be part of the 98% of the masses that GIVE UP! They give up, throw in the towel and often when they are at the brink of achieving their goals. 98% just give up. They lose. They lose not by some outside force. They lose not by some force of the marketplace. They lose because their MINDS just gave up. Lost patience, collapsed. That allows the 2% to come along and scoop up YOUR success with little or no effort. You did YEARS of work, they get rewarded for YOUR work in minutes. All because you gave up.

Imagine you are 5 years old and you are on a 20 hour trip to Disneyland. It is 11 hours into the trip. Instead of focusing on the reward for putting up with the 20 hour trip, you feel dejected. You are tired and cranky and you want to turn back before you get your reward. That is a TRICK played by your mind and it is YOUR JOB to outsmart your mind. Outsmart the feeling that can only sink you. Now imagine the same scenario after 18 hours. All pain no gain if you quit and turn around. The result, 36 hours of driving with no results to show for your time. But guess what?? 98% of all people do exactly that when it comes to business goals. They quit just before they realize their goal. Instead of the great feeling you get after a great success, they get nothing but a sick feeling every time they look back. Instead of getting fuel for the next task, they added an anchor to their leg and their minds. That automatically makes the next task even harder to have a success with because instead of exercising their “Success muscle” they have exercised and made stronger their “Failure muscle.”

The main KEYS to all this is TIME, PATIENCE and TIMING. If you picked the wrong TIME to do something your results may not be the same if you had chosen the RIGHT TIME. Unfortunate as it is, when the RIGHT TIME comes, many are so battle fatigued that they are ready to give up at the PRECISE MOMENT they should do the exact opposite and work their hardest as their GOAL is right over the next horizon. They just ran out of patience and a great victory has been snatched by the jaws of defeat.

Don't even think about being part of the 98% of masses that embrace failure and fear success. Don’t feed failure and starve success. Don’t be one to achieve failure because you give up on the doorstep of success. And more importantly, don’t fear failure unless you give up and don’t learn anything. Failure on the journey is an opportunity for success unless you give up. If you make a wrong turn on the way to it is only a failure it that is the point you decide to give up. For the 2%, that “Failure” is no failure at all. It is a CLUE to your next success!

Have a GREAT day!

Rick Schwartz

Mark Cuban: Does Not Matter How Many Times You Fail

Morning Folks!!

Don't listen to me and all I have said about failing over the years. Listen to what Mark Cuban says: “It doesn’t matter how many times you fail—you only have to be right one time.”

Bingo, Bongo!! So simple. Yet MOST people on this earth are SCARED of failure which means they are terrified of success.

Here are my posts with the keywords, "Fear of Failure". I write about it a lot because it is so true!

“It doesn’t matter how many times you fail—you only have to be right one time.”

That really is the key. So those yapping on the sidelines are so scared to even get in the game all they can do is what they do best, just make noise.

So those idiots pointing their finger at failure may as well be pointing their finger at themselves. Pointing to their own failure to even try.

A true failure should include a leap of knowledge as the residue of that failure.

There is a fork in the road and there are 2 paths.

80% won't go down either path as they will be stuck, confused and unable to make a decision.

20% will try one way or the other. 10% will get it right the first time. That leaves 10% and 8% of them will try one road and give up and the 2% will go down one road, see it is the wrong road, turn back and correct the mistake. That 2% even trumps the 10% that got it right the first time. They may have gotten it right by sheer luck The 2% that failed, actually learned something that led them to a success and they know WHY they succeeded.

I did an entire post about this:


Rick Schwartz


What, ME Worry?? I Worry for a Living.

Morning Folks!!

I am a worrier. I worry about this and I worry about that.
But worry is also my greatest single motivator. The fear of failure. The fear
of losing. The fear of things not going properly. That fear is my motivation.
It’s almost like a self contained energy and power plant. Fear leads to worry
and worry leads to motivation. Motivation leads to paying particular attention
to all the small details because the fear of failure makes me worry and the
worry makes me pay acute attention to the smallest of details and paying
attention to details lead to an increased chance of success.

So I love times like this. I am more worried than normal.
But that worry is my energy plant and as long as I am worried, life is just
dandy! But there is a negative biproduct of all this. People think I am
controlling. But is that really the right word? As a worrier, I see failure or
those things that slip thru the cracks that may lead to failure when many
others don’t. So I have the choice. Standby and watching things go south, or
not. If I am not involved, well maybe no need to care. But if I am on the ship,
I am going down too, so I do worry. I do take control when I see that stuff
fall thru the cracks. That is how I am wired. We are all wired a bit different.
So we all need to identify and celebrate our strengths and weaknesses because
we never know which weakness is actually our greatest strength.

Have a GRAT Day!
Rick Schwartz

Thanks Mom! I Got the Message!

Morning Folks!!

In the month since my mom passed I have been keenly aware of things. I believe the spirit is very stong for a certain period after one's death. So without going into it I follow certain paths to their ends. I am guided to these paths by pure accident. Or so it would seem.

One such path led me to an interesting blog post and I am going to paste it below. Great words of wisdom.

If you truly want to change your life, you must first change your mind.  You must free it from the restrictive thinking that holds you back.

Here are 50 thought-provoking quotes gathered from our sister site, Everyday Life Lessons, and from our blog archive that will help tweak your thinking and set your mind free.

  1. You are only destined to become one person – the person you decide to be.

  2. Do good and feel good.  Do bad and feel bad.  It’s that simple.

  3. You are what you do today, not what you say you’ll do tomorrow.

  4. We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us.

  5. Ultimately, it’s not what you do every once in a while; it’s what you dedicate yourself to on a regular basis that makes the difference.

  6. Stay true to yourself.  Never be ashamed of doing what feels right.  Decide what you think is right and stick to it.

  7. If you don’t stand for anything, you will remain forever on your knees.

  8. No amount of money will make you happy if you aren’t happy with yourself.

  9. You know you’ve made the right decision when there is peace in your heart.

  10. Don’t worry if your goals seem crazy to other people; oftentimes the crazy ideas are the ones that have the greatest impact.

  11. If you’re thinking like everyone else, then you aren’t thinking.  (ReadThinking, Fast and Slow.)

  12. Control your own destiny or someone else will try for you.

  13. Sometimes standing up to your friends can be just as difficult as standing up to your enemies.

  14. The unhappiest people in this world are the people who care the most about what everyone else thinks.

  15. When people undermine your dreams, predict your doom, or criticize you, remember, they’re telling you their story, not yours.

  16. There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally.

  17. No one in the world was ever you before, with your particular gifts and abilities and possibilities.

  18. Your greatest task isn’t to find love, but to discover and destroy all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

  19. A loving, happy person lives in a loving, happy world.  A hateful, miserable person lives in a hateful, miserable world.  The world around you reflects YOU.

  20. Worry gives small things a big shadow.

  21. Focus your conscious mind on things you desire not things you fear.  Doing so brings dreams to life.

  22. It’s not the mistakes and failures you have to worry about, it’s the opportunities you miss when you don’t even try that hurt the most.

  23. It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one over and over again.

  24. To get something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done.

  25. The harder thing to do and the right thing to do are usually the same thing.

  26. Our problems are really our blessings if we use them to grow stronger. (Read 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)

  27. Anyone can run away; it’s super easy.  Facing problems and working through them, that’s what makes you strong.

  28. When you have two good options, always go with the one that scares you the most, because that’s the one that’s going to help you grow.

  29. Courage is being scared to death, and then taking the next step anyway.

  30. Sometimes our greatest insight comes from our failure, not from our accomplishments.

  31. You need to screw up to learn.  You need to experience it all to create greatness.

  32. Just because you don’t understand something now doesn’t mean the explanation doesn’t exist.

  33. Not knowing everything about your future is a good thing.

  34. Don’t worry about what you can’t control and you may liberate yourself.

  35. People of average ability often achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit.  Most people succeed simply because they are determined to.

  36. Temporary happiness isn’t worth long-term pain.

  37. Patience can be bitter, but the seeds you plant now will bear sweet fruit.

  38. The less you expect, the more pleasant life gets.

  39. The more you are in a state of gratitude, the more you will attract things to be grateful for.

  40. The things you take for granted, someone else is praying for.

  41. It usually isn’t what you have or where you are or what you’re doing that makes you happy.  It’s how you think about it all.

  42. Do not dwell so much on creating your perfect life that you forget to live.

  43. You are not in competition with anybody except yourself; plan to outdo your past not other people.

  44. To admit that you were wrong is to declare that you are wiser now than you were before.

  45. Humans see what they want to see.

  46. If you spend too much time judging yourself, you won’t have any time to love yourself or anyone else.  (Read The Mastery of Love.)

  47. At the end of the day, you can either focus on what’s tearing you apart or what’s holding you together.

  48. Look through the front windshield and not the rearview mirror.

  49. You don’t get to choose how you are going to die, or when.  But you canchoose how you are going to live, right now.

  50. Be done with regrets; they are an excuse for people who have failed.  You still have a chance

Rick Schwartz

Do you have Faith in Yourself?

Morning Folks!

I have more faith in people then they have in themselves and that truly makes me sad.

See, I believe that each of us has a gift and unlocking that gift is the key to everything else in life. But for whatever reason folks either don't think about it or afraid to follow their dreams and make it a reality.

In face of all the historical evidence of those challenged by much more, they are paralyzed by fear. Bound in chains by their mind. Afraid of failure like it was worse than death. Some make the leap, but oh so few. Once you figure it out, the rest is just a matter of time. It's easier the second time because you know the path. That path less traveled.

You have to develop a thick skin to let rejection roll off of you. To know that one door slamming in your face will result in 2 doors opening if you don't let it defeat you right there. Every baby falls down but imagine what the world would look like if they feared getting up?

That's why there are waitresses and waiters at Denny's making $50/day and working their asses off and those at the high-end restaurants with busboy and runners and hosts and others to support you and make $500/night for 33% of the work.  IT WAS A CHOICE FOR EACH! And likely the guy at $500 at Chez Max was working at Denny's at one time and learned how to CLIMB the ladder and the way up one opportunity at a time. And he was GOOD on every step of the ladder and that was the passport to climbing it to begin with. The ladder starts at the bottom and anyone that laughs at the guy at McDonald's or Denny's could not last a day doing what they do.

The earlier you harness and control your own human nature is the day you will CHOOSE to work or not. To be productive or not. To try to reach higher and higher goals and achievements or not. Learning that excellent is just 2nd place to perfect. And while perfection can never truly be achieved, it still has to remain the goal. And there are PERFECT answers to questions. There are PERFECT decisions for any decision to be made. It fits perfectly and it is the right thing to do. And even if it does not work out perfectly, excellence as a runner-up and anything above good and very good and you are in EXCELLENT company!

And even if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, you can still choose to do the right thing. That my friends is the birth of Karma. And if you have faith in yourself,  you will find it easy to always do the right thing. And that has the power to propel us as a person to bigger and greater things if we choose.

Look, we are people and we are flawed. But when we have a chance to rise to the occasion, the challenge, the obstacle, then we have a duty to rise and do what has to be done. And that is the TRUE difference between $50/day and $500 or $5000 etc. and everything in between.

Rick Schwartz


BIG Week in Domaining!! Very BIG!

Morning Folks!!

I guess nobody told anybody that it is in the middle of summer and the stock market is supposed to be asleep and business is supposed to be delayed until September or later. Well as we wrap up the second week of July, I think things are going full blast.

Big Sales, big lawsuits with some big names and just big things starting to happen. We have indeed entered into a different period. A different orbit.  I believe things will just continue to get stronger for the foreseeable future. There will be some incredible business failures still to come but now there are folks with cash standing by to step in.

Point is we are getting EVIDENCE daily that things are changing and the horizon looks pretty bright regardless of headwinds and other challenges. Those that got out of the business because of fear will eventually see they just bought in to a scenario that was short-lived.

Business out there still sucks. But an express lane of opportunity is opening up and there is no excuse for anyone reading this not to see it and be able to take advantage of it. The worst is over. It took me many YEARS to be able to say that. A long way from the "Business Fog" I wrote about in early 2009. Flying with zero visibility. Today there is clarity. CLARITY! Does not mean there are not tough times ahead, but clarity is a HUGE difference. Don't believe it? Just read that 2009 post.

Have a GREAT Day!

Rick Schwartz


The Big .CON Becomes the Big .Gamble and WE can make the BIG .Money!?

Morning Folks!!

The Big .CON Becomes the Big .Gamble and that brings into play winners and losers. Those that will make .money and those that will lose .money.

To many it is obvious that this is poised to have a lot of losers. But only losers focus strictly on the losers. There WILL be winners. I expect most if not all will be surprised by the headwinds they face and the challenges we as investors and marketers KNOW they will have to deal with.

"This is sht and this is gold. Now you know everything." From the movie "The Jerk" with Steve Martin. That's domaining. Shit and Gold.

The marketplace is going to pick those winners. It won't pick the losers. They will die on the vine all by themselves.

Folks, this is the fun part. It takes 20 years to get to the fun part. History taught me that. Life taught me that. I think the extensions poised to do the best may be the ones around for a while. This breathes new life in .TV, .US, .info, .Org, .Me, and maybe even a .biz.

Funny how I am the out of touch one when it comes to some. But I deal in what is and in facts and many of them are using the unknown and hopes as a way to compete with a market that already EXISTS as opposed to one that MIGHT materialize. Some are always chasing shiny objects like dogs chasing a car. So with 1900 and an unlimited amount of dogs the first question you would ask is which one could really breakaway and be meaningful? None? 1? 10? 100? 1000? Which ones? Any?

There may be some limited gold in each of those. Maybe not. Flipping quick may be the best bet if .mobi, .xxx, .biz, .whatever are any historical examples.

.Travel has been trying to break out for a long time, their window of opportunity is in jeopardy as I see it. They have had a hard time getting this thing going when there was virtually no competition, how does it work now when 1900 others join him?

I have bought into many .whatevers. I have several hundred. But they don't pay the bills. They ARE the bills! But each year I weigh the new information and see how each domain fits into the future. Some I keep investing and some get cut loose. I would have been much better off flipping these domains, but flipping is not my game. Holding long-term is. I think .whatever is a flipping game and those that buy into the hype are your marks. I mean customers.

And with dozens or maybe hundreds of companies flailing to stay alive, there will be employment opportunities the likes of which this industry has never seen before. Lawsuits will be flying for many years to come just as the dust is starting to settle over .com land. A few MAJOR .whatever losses can expose another weakness that .whatever may have to face as folks get "Cute" about picking new names and infringe on others. It's all coming.

The calm before the storm. 1900 barkers barking. Some may know what they are barking about. Most won't. But they will have to spend money marketing or they will not break through all the noise. Like I said, MANY will die on the vine. Some will die because their .crap extension just stinks and has no commercial or social value. Some will die because their marketing sucks. Some will die because they have no marketing plan at all. But most will die because they will be buried before they even start. Smothered to death by the shear size and magnitude of what is coming and the timing that comes with it.

So while I see many failures, I also see so many ways to make money as things unfold. Those with cash will have investment opportunities. Those that have advertising space and visitors will have advertisers. In time those advertisers will be many more than the advertising outlets and things like that drive prices  and profits back up.

So while we have been at ebb tide for a very long time, that period is coming to an end and it dovetails perfectly as the economy starts regaining some of its umph. That's why I see things improving and possibly improving dramatically. Quickly. Strongly.

So while FEAR seems to be the driving force in this industry today, I only see opportunity in the unknown of what is to come. It .whatever craps out, .com goes thru the roof. If an extension breaks out, we all get to do what we know all over again. So where exactly is the downside other than confusion? Heads we win, tails we win. And if the coin lands on the side, we win. And if the coin gets lost, we win.

Need, want, desire. Those that keep that in mind are going to have a better time dealing with reality than those that want to ignore it. And you can have all 3 and still have a disaster. Like going on a blind date. The need, want and desire are all there, then the person walks in and need, want, desire headed out the back door.

Have a GREAT Day!

Rick Schwartz