Lewd(ER) Life Lessons From 2011. To Be Read With a Fake Italian Accent.

IN: Business 101

  1. When it comes to running your own business, business can be pleasure. Whoever’s telling you different is clearly in the wrong line of work. 
  2. Speaking of work, when you work for money and nothing else, that’s exactly what you’ll end up with:  Money, and nothing else.  Do it for the right reasons. Don’t be shortsighted. You know better.
  3. Think of sex as a business activity with an ROI.  It *will* help your productivity (and profitability) in the long-run. Ditto for naps, massages, dirty romance novels, days of absolute nothingness, and that other guilty pleasure. You know. Reality TV.
  4. If the shoe doesn’t fit, what the fuck are you still doing with it on?
  5. If you’re tired…there’s a reason.  Honor it.
  6. Beating yourself up about mistakes you made, time you wasted, things you said (or didn’t), or deadlines you missed is stupid. Learn from it. Then do a little striptease for yourself in front of the mirror, yank your confidence back, and move on. Simple.
  7. If you don’t want to…don’t, alright?  Too many obligations are the result of you carrying out everyone else’s wishes…and not enough of your own. This is where burnout breeds. And burnout is ugly and will make you lose lots and lots of money. Not to mention all of the other stuff. (Happiness…ahem.)
  8. Have a clear vision for where you want your business to be 1, 3 and 5 years from now…and make decisions that support those goals. You’ll get there much faster. If you don’t know? Figure it out. Trying to build a business without knowing what you’re building is like trying to build a house without having any idea of what you want the finished product to look like. That would just be dumb. And most likely lopsided.
  9. Stop making excuses for yourself. It’s annoying. You might be scared to death, but we all are. SUCK. IT. UP.
  10. Learn to know when you shouldn’t just suck it up. And then tell people like me to kiss your ass.