Of all the financial advice I’ve ever gotten in my life, one particular quote about money stands out more than any other. It wasn’t advice from a financial planner, or banker, or stock broker, either. It came from a plumber I know. The roughest, red-neckest plumber I’ve met. We were talking about money one day and he said “You know, Ron, it ain’t hard to become a millionaire. Just make something that’s worth a dollar, and sell a million of ‘em.“
I think about this comment every day, because he’s right. To make it completely accurate, we’d have to modify it a bit to say “make something with a profit margin of a dollar,” but that’s really just semantics. The point is, it really is that simple. It’s a wonder why people (myself included) don’t think about life in these simple terms: I’m sure there are millionaires out there who made their money one dollar at a time just like this, who aren’t surprised at all at how simple it was.
I’ve used this blog over the past couple years to write down random thoughts from time to time, as well as much more involved, bigger pieces.
I usually spend several hours doing research, taking screenshots, writing, rewriting, rewriting again, and then finally publishing a post. Of course, the problem with that is, you wait for perfection and have to find a period of time where you can dedicate a couple hours to undertake something like that. Which means it almost never happens, since my life is so busy.
I’m going to try something new, in late 2014 and starting in 2015, which is dictating blog posts to Siri as I get little pockets of time, and intentionally not polishing or editing them and publishing them. This is the very first one. (Hat tip to Seth Godin for the inspiration).
I’ve decided to start trying this today, since I usually Think of interesting thoughts for blog posts or just general conversation all topics as I’m driving to and from work or various appointments I have. So I want to capitalize on that time that I have available, I giving us a shot.
We’ll see how this goes. Hey, at least I’ve tried it once now.
I have some happy news to share—if you haven’t seen many blog posts here recently, there’s a reason. I’m now a featured blogger at the Colorado Springs Independent. I’m still posting the same kinds of things as before: info about websites, technology, the Internet, and more. So I’ll probably not post here as often since that’s taking the time I would normally use to write here. Come check out what I’ve written on the CS Indy blog here: The Web Guy. Thanks!
I’m a big fan of conquering my weaknesses and fears. I like to identify what they are, finding out why I’m afraid of them, and then do whatever it takes to overcome them.
There’s one fear I’m working on these days is the fear that’s often cited in surveys as the biggest fear of all for most people: the fear of public speaking. A few years ago, I did a quick online search to find a Toastmasters club near me, and I’m happy to report that I found a great little club in downtown Colorado Springs (where I work) called, simple enough: Downtown Toastmasters. I joined in late 2011 and have been a member ever since.
Sometimes when I meet new people, if they know that I’m in Toastmasters, they’ll ask me what it’s like, what we do, and whether they should join. So here’s a simple overview of those three things, as simply as I can put them. The best way to find out for yourself is definitely to just come Continue Reading →
QR Codes are the best thing that’s ever happened to the Internet, if you believe the hype. What do I think of them? Just check out this side-by-side comparison to see how much easier using QR codes can be than using the Internet the “old fashioned way,” using URLs. Continue Reading →
[This is a guest post from my Uncle Mike. He’s a great man, a great Uncle, a retired Marine, and a huge fan of Baseball. He’s also the man I know as “Uncle Fun.” -Ron]
Baseball was, is, and always will be the one dependable bastion of camaraderie and commonality amongst Americans of all stripes, for it is this great game that Democrats, Republicans, Moderates and Extremists all turn to for a respite from the rigors and grind of daily life.
What adult among us does not still experience a childlike excitement Continue Reading →
When I left my position as the Marketing Director for Infront Webworks earlier this year, I was asked to help hire my replacement. I was happy to do so, because I knew they would probably have a challenging time hiring, for two specific reasons:
First: I was the only employee who’d had years of solid experience and expertise with the nitty-gritty hands-on aspect of SEO and Internet Marketing (which is why I’d been hired in the first place) …and I was leaving. So it was going to be hard for them to find the right candidate because they might not know exactly which questions to ask, and what to look for in a potential hire.
Second: even if they had found a candidate who was clean and presentable and made a convincing case for why he should be hired, Continue Reading →
Have you ever been on a website before, and noticed in the address bar that the simple little www.example.com you’ve typed in turned into something very long and complicated, full of questions marks and equal signs? URLs (i.e. the address of the page you’re viewing) can be pretty darn complicated, but fear not! This is a super-simple guide to understanding a URL’s structure, broken down in a format that’s easy to understand.
Here’s a sample URL that we’ll dissect below:
To see what’s going on in this URL above Continue Reading →
I recently gave a speech at a business summit in town called “Revenue North,” which is a small conference of sorts for local business owners, all with the main theme of “growing your business.” I had found out about the event when it was announced the year before and was flattered when I found out that I was selected to be one of the speakers for the 2013 event.
I’d never spoken to an audience of that size before, and it was a great experience. As I was preparing my presentation, I looked at the list of all the other speakers to ensure that I wasn’t going to have any overlap with their topics. I was happy to learn that I didn’t-which wasn’t much of a surprise, because I knew that most of the speakers would want to talk about two things: 1) social media, and 2) SEO. Why? Because I’ve been in the Internet Marketing field long enough to know that those are pretty much the only two topics that anybody Continue Reading →
What are the more annoying things I’ve experienced in my lifetime is the fact that people just can’t seem to pronounce my last name correctly. Really? Is it really that hard?
My name is Ron Stauffer. Stauffer. Stauffer. S-T-A-U-F-F-E-R. In case you’re wondering, the “au” is pronounced “au” as in “faucet.” Years ago, my dad did a bunch of genealogy research to figure out exactly where the Stauffer family came from. We’re obviously of German ancestry, but our particular family line comes from a family Continue Reading →