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Saturday Musings - New Market Vertical

Last year, some of you may remember that I set myself the challenge of launching a new business. Although it was a significant challenge I managed to attract enough customers to make it worthwhile and it’s continued to expand with a whole flock of repeat clients.

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For the past week or so I’ve been working diligently on opening a new market vertical. Attracting new clients from a different market vertical is taking a much bigger investment than I thought but I’m determined to reach them.

If you remember from previous blog articles, the first incarnation of the business involved positioning a bird bath in the garden outside my study window. It took quite some doing but after moving it around and laying out some bread crumbs I’ve managed to attract a number of bird families as my first clientele.

The photos below can testify to the success of my existing venture….but I wanted the business of me enjoying watching the birds from my study window to expand.

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vanclute
FYI, Parrots (and most tropical birds) tend to love fruit. You might have much better success laying some fruit slices out in a d... Read More
07 January 2018
Rawgi
After all you have drilled about doing research to make attracting new clients easier and more cost effective, I would be surpris... Read More
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The Best Christmas Gift...

I would like to wish all the readers of Whizzbangsblog, members of the Domainers Network and sponsors a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. I can’t believe another year is over and NamesCon 2018 is just around the corner.

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Both Roselyn and I were just so proud and happy for our son Timothy marrying his wonderful bride, Ruth, on her mother’s farm. It was an incredibly joyous occasion that caused me to reflect on three words that are very appropriate to the Christmas season and principles I try to abide by in my own life, “truth, trust and learning”.

You can’t have a relationship, whether it’s with your wife, kids, business partner, colleagues, or other companies without being truthful. Taking the more difficult road of telling the truth in a manner that it can be received will pay massive dividends in your relationships over the years to come.

If Roselyn never knew whether I was telling her the truth, then what would my marriage of 30 years be built upon? It’s exactly the same with business relationships. There needs to be a level of transparency where the other party is confident you are telling them the truth.

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Rawgi
I think you have a very good philosophy about how to have the best relationships with all the people in your life, immediate, fri... Read More
22 December 2017
mgilmour
A Merry Christmas to you as well Rawgi. BTW - hopefully we can find a game to play together again like Firefall :-)
23 December 2017
Rawgi
I would like to find another game like Firefall, that would be fun. I have been looking , but nothing yet. Mark Kern has a gam... Read More
24 December 2017
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Saturday Musings - Who Are You?

Ask yourself a simple question, “Who are you?” It’s one of the most unnerving things you can ever do. It’s one of those questions that forces you to look in the mirror of your own life and face the reality of who you are.

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The Star Wars movie trailer, “The Force Awakens”, had a voice over that asked the main character the question, "Who are you?" Not surprisingly, it was never answered but with any luck it will be in the next installment of the blockbuster franchise.

So many of us define ourselves through external factors such as our job. When asked “Who we are” we respond with, “I’m a lawyer or teacher or even a domain investor”. These may be what you do but they certainly do not define “who you are”.

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Unfortunately in America Black people will still be judged by their color in the south by bigots that still are everywhere. Thank... Read More
10 December 2017
mgilmour
Well done Rawgi. It's great to look in the mirror and like what you see.....there is no greater reward in life.
10 December 2017
Rawgi
Thank you Michael, that means a lot. I feel blessed that i had the opportunity to meet some really nice people, like you. I appre... Read More
11 December 2017
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Saturday Musings - What's in an Apology?

I would like to start with saying a big apology. Yesterday I discovered that my consulting emails for those people asking me to provide them some assistance with their domain portfolio have been going to my SPAM folder.

I found this out when I logged into my clarity.fm account (great system for managing consulting btw) and found a whole host of people had requested some time with me…..whoops!

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I strictly limit the amount of time I allow for consulting but not replying was plain rude. I’m very, very sorry that I didn’t respond back to you. If you are wanting some help with your domain portfolio then please feel free to click on this link and I’ll make sure I get back to you in a timely fashion.

This brings up an interesting point. I’ve found many people believe that saying sorry is a sign of weakness and it’s the last thing they’ll do. It’s almost like they’ve been scripted by their lawyer to never admit any sort of liability in any situation….including their relationships.

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mgilmour
LOL! It's actually a small picture but when I use it for the top of a blog post it gets massively blown up. You have highlighted t... Read More
04 December 2017
Rawgi
I will also agree with the sentiment. Empathy is something lost in our world. I think some are afraid of , like you said , sho... Read More
05 December 2017
Rawgi
I will also add that I look forward to your Saturday Musings. Reading about happenings, concerns, and what your outlook is on ou... Read More
06 December 2017
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Saturday Musings – We are Surrounded By Opportunities

There is one thing that I’ve realised in my travels….there is opportunity everywhere you go. I find that too many people journey through life with their eyes closed rather than take in the wonder all around them.

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I’ve found the secret to opening your eyes to the opportunities all around me is to be perpetually curious. Engage others by asking questions and then listen with both ears wide open…..remember you have one mouth and two ears….use them in those proportions.

For example, I’m writing this while staying on a farm right now (it’s a stunningly beautiful place) and after talking with the owner I’ve learned a LOT about cattle. More importantly, the importance of data, GPS and managing the land to get the highest yield. It was fascinating hearing him describe some of the advances in geo-fencing that would allow him to control where his cattle roamed.

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Michael, Have you seen JVDeals.com once developed in 2002 as a business matchmaking site I recently rekindled the site. The prem... Read More
18 November 2017
mgilmour
Completely agree with you Jeff. Many domains are in the wrong hands and branding experts need to be educated on the value of a gre... Read More
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