Is your business methodology influenced by short term gains? Whether you’ve identified it or not you have a preference and over time that dictates your public persona. Everyone’s heard the saying:
“You can shear a sheep many times, but you can only skin him once.”
Well, lets get down to it. Do you shear or skin?
I don’t believe in the latter and I’ll tell you why. The stock market proves the 99% wrong when the overly hyped IPO goes flat (North of 50%). The American housing market demonstrates 12-15yr cycles that says when confidence turns to arrogance you’re in a bubble. Domain industry veterans have not only taught us to acquire, but also to develop and monetize premium domains because the gains are located in increasing the value of your domain assets over time.
Perhaps you’ll say, “Nima, you’re a fool. Money today is better than money tomorrow.” I can tell you from experience a quick buck almost always turns into a quick headache. Be unique (read: strange). Go against the grain. Invest heavily in your future. Pride yourself on more than just money. You’re better than that.
The 99% take shortcuts. The 99% do not think big enough. The 99% skin. It’s not about the paycheck! The majority want you to buy in on their propaganda because in numbers it’s harder to single them out.
Positive values, high morals and professional ethics earn admiration. Honesty and transparency are rewarded. Take your time and have faith in yourself. You’re better off with slow long term gains than a quick rise to the top followed by a nose dive to the bottom.
Learn from the 1%. Try to emulate their methodologies. Better yet, become the 1% and pay it forward.
Some people will think you’re missing out. Some people will envy you for outperforming them. Regardless of which path they’ve chosen you’ll be their go-to person on speed dial.
I’m thankful you read this and hope one day I make it on your go-to list. Until then follow me on Twitter @DomainAdvisor and post your thoughts below.