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Who’s the worst boss you ever had?

Boss from Hell

We’ve all had tough bosses. Ones that gave us lots of crap, or never seemed happy with our performance. Over my career, I had a multitude of bosses, but it wasn’t until I realized that I was my own boss that I determined they all benefitted me. They even made me a better professional and person.

It was the realization that I and I only was the determiner of my future that I saw those bosses in a different perspective. I even cherished the times they ripped into me, especially in the early learning years of my career. Why, you say? Because I learned from each of them to see things their way, not necessarily mine. This gave me an understanding of different thinking.

A lot of time they were correct. But most importantly, I learned that they were not the important ones to building a complete career, but rather I was. Only me. Continue reading

10 ways to fail in business

You always hear what “TO” do when starting your new business. I am a very positive person, but maybe the best way to state the positive in this case would be to tell you what not to do.

Confused? Let’s begin and you’ll see what I mean:

  1. Never respect anyone! No one will cooperate with you and you will get nothing done. 
  2. Never pay women what you pay men. Even the men will not respect you and the women will leave and maybe even will sue you!
  3. Never be honest or tell the truth; cheat whenever you can. You will have a horrible reputation that will precede you, and you will never get any business.
  4. Never tell your associates what you want them to accomplish. Your associates will not know what to do and will underperform for you. 
  5. Lie on your income taxes too. This way, WHEN you get caught, you will go to jail(!) and will not have to worry about any of the rest of this bull. 
  6. Never plan your activities. Even you won’t know what to do next. 
  7. Don’t do background checks on potential associates. This way, you will be surprised when someone does something wrong.
  8. Don’t keep good records. Maybe even the IRS won’t know what you earned.
  9. Skip out on hard work or long hours. You won’t get done what you need to, and your associates will see your bad example and do the same.

Enough? I think so. A company following these rules would not last very long at all even, if it got off the ground. Obviously, the opposite of all the above is true if you are to succeed. But there is so much more you can do to give yourself the maximum opportunity to succeed.

Did I ever fail myself? I did made mistakes in business. For example, I did’t conduct background checks when I first started my agency, and paid the price when someone I hired embezzled money from me. Heck, I didn’t even hire an accountant in those first couple of years. And sure, I blundered in later times, once adding on more square footage to our offices when the economy was good, even though I really didn’t need extra space. It hurt me later.

You’re going to make mistakes. We all do. Learn from your failures and don’t repeat past ones. NEVER make the mistake of not learning from mistakes! That is a “FAIL” in my book.

Success is never guaranteed, but always learning and doing your best certainly gets you closer. I hope you enjoyed this post enough to share it, and spotted the blatant irony!