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For me, it is hard for the one man band to critique the dotting of the i at THE OSU..
are just imperfect men like the rest of us... as reflected in the challenges of our ever day life.
"That's a fact Jack".
When I had my golf shop in Hudson, OH, I was surrounded by dozens of Entrepreneurs and so-called "self-made" successes, many millionaires.
Being a Question Oriented Person, I often traded lessons, equipment for their business 'SECRETS', which they all had.
Didn't take this QOP long to figure out, some of these guys were just in the right place at the right time, they sold their companies to a bigger company. Sure, they were making mid six figures a year, but they became millionaires only by having what a deep pocket company wanted. Good for them and buying and selling businesses is a strategy we often discuss here.
So, I had to delve deeper and learn to discern which of the 'secrets' were useful to me, including their personal philosophies.
I'm more suited to a Gary Halbert/Harvey Brody strategy of NO employees or limited number, and I like the one man band approach they have offered as ONE template to follow. Also, family was very important to me, which gives me a tendency NOT to spend a lot of time on the strategies of the child free 'guru'. There are scores of IMers who don't worry about a family, some could (and have) lived in a tent. They never had the responsibilities of a family, so they were free to fail faster, which often led to faster success.Then this: as 4 examples; Ben Suarez, Rick Suarez, Rod Napier and Burt Morgan became some of the largest non hospita//university employers in Northeast OH.
Literally BILLIONS of dollars have been circulated because of the JOBS they offered. They had employees. NOT a good thing for ME and other one man bands...
But hundreds of employees. Combined, several thousand employees.
Ben built his company for friends and family. SCI has been a life saver to hundreds of people who were employees of the company.
MILLIONS of dollars were spent in the Akron-Canton area and hundreds of businesses were glad of it. Burt Morgan put thousands of people to work with the businesses he founded or co-founded. The affluent area of Hudson, OH was made even more so thanks to Burt.
When I walked the plush fairways of local country clubs LISTENING to the successful men and women, I maintained a perspective.
At THE Ohio State University, they have one of the Preeminent bands in college. The ritual of dotting the i, is a gift often bestowed upon successful alumni.
Perhaps, the one man band can see ways in which he would do it differently, maybe even more efficiently or effectively...
but then, the halftime shows would look pretty, pretty, pretty silly if we only watched the one man parading around the field, banging his own drum and tooting his own horn.
As a Question Oriented Person myself, a trained observer, keen on winnowing the best of all strategies which suit me...I often will listen, but may put some of the ideas up on the shelf, because they don't suit me...
nor my imperfections.
Gordon Jay Alexander
PS. If you are conversing with Harvey, why are you asking us questions?
Last edited by GordonJ : May 15, 2016 at 11:34 AM.