What Baseball Can Teach You About Business

Baseball is an allegorical play about America, a poetic, complex, and subtle play of courage, fear, good luck, mistakes, patience about fate, and sober self-esteem.
—Saul Steinberg

Watching Major League Baseball’s All Star game last night I couldn’t help but think about all the lessons baseball teaches us that can be applied to blogging, marketing, business, and life in general. No other game (at least none I’m aware of) truly translates its teachings beyond the game.
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Are You Sure You Own Your Domain?

Legally, the registrant of a domain owns it. If you’re listed as your domain’s registrant you do own your domain. However for all practical purposes it’s the person listed as the domain’s admin who has all the control. A quick story will illustrate the point and show the danger of not being listed as your domain’s administrative contact.
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Remarkable Is…

  • Anything worth remarking upon.
  • Remarkable is better, different, unique, opposed, original – to the nth degree.
  • The further away you get from the standard, from the accepted, from the norm, from the status quo, from the ordinary, the more remarkable you are.
  • You can be remarkably good and you can be remarkably bad.
  • Remarkable doesn’t mean success. Success doesn’t require remarkable. But both often come hand in hand.
  • Remarkable is not easy. Remarkable is not safe.
  • Remarkable gathers attention to itself.
  • Remarkable stands out, stands in front of, and stands apart from.
  • If no one is talking about it, it isn’t remarkable.
  • Remarkable is only remarkable in comparison to that which is not remarkable.
  • A black and white cow is not remarkable. A purple cow is remarkable. A purple cow in a field of purple cows is not remarkable. A black and white cow in a field of purple cows is remarkable.

Are you remarkable? Is your blog remarkable? Can you become remarkable? What do you find remarkable? What does remarkable mean to you?

Last Chance To Join Teaching Sells For $1

Last October I signed up as one of the initial members or Teaching Sells. The course has been a valuable and eye opening experience for me and I’ve learned a lot during the past few months. For awhile now Teaching Sells has been offering a one week trial for $1, which is a great bargain given the usual $97 for three months of access. However, the trial offer is coming to an end tomorrow (April 17th, 2008 at noon eastern time) so if you’ve been wondering what’s inside and thinking about joining there’s no better time than now.
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How Small Things Make A Big Difference

About 12 years ago I worked in a one of the large chain bookstores. Part of the job entailed working at the information desk, answering questions and directing people to where they might find a book. On one particular day shortly before Christmas a customer came in and when I looked up the book she wanted it was out of print. The customer might have gone home disappointed, however, as luck would have it that day there was a win-win-win situation that resulted in the customer, the bookstore, and myself all coming out ahead.
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