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Amanda Palmer 1, Naysayers 0

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An ideal guest post for America’s Independence Day, Tech Dirt’s coverage of Amanda Palmer’s use of Twitter for grassroots marketing of her music (and other stuff). I hadn’t heard of her until reading the article.

Note: This is not a G-rated article, but it is instructive all the same.

The point of this is to think, much less think unconventionally, consider the resources you have available and most importantly, to communicate with your fans (even plumbers have fans, so don’t think that your business doesn’t).

Regarding naysayers: There will *always* be people who tell you you can’t do it, you can’t sell for that price, you’ll never make it, etc.

They might be partly right: perhaps they couldn’t.

The question isn’t what they can or can’t do, it is…  Can you?

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Hugh’s advice for entrepreneurs

If you strongly prefer a G or PG post, this isn’t going to be your favorite guest post.

Or maybe it will.

Today’s guest post comes from Hugh MacLeod, and in fact, it’s part of his upcoming book (June 2009).

You may know him from his cartoons, which he pens under the name Gaping Void.

What I will tell you is that even if a few four letter words bother you, you’ll be better off reading and discarding them because quite frankly, this is a pretty important read to any entrepreneur or wanna-be entrepreneur.

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Eighty percent of success is NOT just showing up

Years back, Woody Allen supposedly said “80% of success in life is just showing up”. 

I wonder how many people truly understood what he meant.

I suspect there are some who assume that simply by falling out of bed in the morning, they are 80% of the way to success.

I don’t think that’s what Woody meant – unless your idea of success is to live to another day and prove to yourself that gravity is still present. 

To get a better idea of what Woody really meant, take his comment and filter it through the lens of Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED speech (below) and I think you’ll have a better idea of the real meaning behind the quote.

In 20 minutes, there’s a little bit of rabbit chasing, but the first 5 and the last 5 really make it worthwhile. 

It isn’t just about “showing up”.

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Cold and Timid Souls

A quote from Teddy Roosevelt for all the business owners out there battling their market conditions:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face in marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

I enjoyed this and thought I’d share it with you. I found it over on Mark Nickolas’ blog. He used it in a political context, but I think it fits just as well in a small business owner’s mind.

Consider it a soothing mug of hot chocolate for your mind before you go back to battling the beast.

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15 things you gotta be, small business owners

Taking Labor Day off, blog wise. So…today’s guest post comes from Wendy Piersall over at, where she talks about the 15 qualities/things you have to be/have/etc to get out of the rat race, which also translates to being successful entrepreneur or small business owner.

Check it out over at