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Posted by on Jan 23, 2012

Yes, another video post for you, but of course I get to do a brief setup for it.

I was watching a video by Lynn Terry of on her video channel which she titled What Would You Say. She was asked a question as to what advice she’d give her past self about 10 years ago. I thought that was an intriguing question, and I liked how she answered it so much that I decided to address it myself, and thought it would be neat doing it by video.

In the video, I give one personal tip and one business tip, which actually ends up being more than one business tip and that’s the reason you should watch it. One other thing that’s new in the video is that I’m wearing a white shirt that I didn’t even know I had. I don’t have a lot of white shirts. I have one dress white shirt for emergencies, a white t-shirt with a picture of my grandfather on my dad’s side of the family, and a Syracuse University white shirt that I don’t even think they put out anymore (I actually have two of these t-shirts), as I haven’t seen anyone locally supporting the team wearing white. That’s what happens when your team is called The Orange. lol

It’s a relatively short video of around 6 minutes, and this time I recorded it without so much density so it uploaded much faster, which didn’t depress me at all. It looks fine on this side; I hope it looks fine where you are as well. Here we go!


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Wow, what a great idea! If you do this, you might think of things that you migh not think otherwise. Sometimes I do wonder what if I did not go this direction, what if I did things in a different way? I am not so sure that some of the issues would have turned out to be better actually… It is so easy to be “after-wise”. 🙂
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January 24th, 2012 | 8:24 AM

Anna, I think I did it because it might help someone else out by thinking about it. I certainly can’t go backwards in time but being introspective never hurts anyone.

January 24th, 2012 | 10:31 PM

Good topic this one, Mitch. Obviously nobody can turn back the clock but would help sharing what one could have done differently several years back. But as you know, every single person that I know on a retro basis would realize that things should have been done differently and you talk about it but the next generation wouldn’t listen to that 🙂 They have their learning coming their way several years later so.

I totally agree with the first point – spend a lot of time with your parents. I am realizing it now after my dad’s demise several years back. Yet, I am not able to spend time with my mom as she’s in a different place altogether. At the moment, I am trying to optimize my time by getting out of unnecessary things that I am doing online.

I am not sure if I got your second point right. Doing multiple things, establishing multiple websites for your business is probably purely need based. For example, a tech blogger dealing with phone/gadget/computers may just need one authority domain (like many of my friends have). But those are working on multiple unrelated topics like you and I might need several domains.

Anyhow, I liked this 10-years-ago topic 🙂
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January 25th, 2012 | 1:10 AM

Thanks Ajith. On the second one, the belief is that if someone has one business they want to be in then just go with that one thing wholeheartedly, but if there are multiple things one wishes to do and they’re not necessarily compatible with each other then split them up before you get too well known. I probably have 5 business ventures I can provide yet I split them up between only two websites, which may or may not be problematic.

January 25th, 2012 | 8:54 PM

Again excellent tips, Mitch. I definitely believe that everybody need to spend more time with family. Also agree with the 2nd tips starting with targeted promotion on multiple places and of course getting separated domain for different projects which is minimal investment, but unfortunately it is much more difficult to manage 10 projects that one.

January 25th, 2012 | 5:51 AM

It is Carl, but it’s somewhat easier to get found for everything you want to be found for with multiple websites than with one. For my main business site I have some search terms that put me in the top 5, but my other search terms get hidden. That’s too bad, but it is what it is.

January 25th, 2012 | 8:56 PM

That’s a fact, Mitch. Nice specific websites also convert visits into sales much easier as traffic is very targeted. I was just talking about your blog with my wife and my son saw your video and start saying “Uncle Mitch, uncle Mitch”, wow. So you are well recognized even by 2 and a half year old!
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January 26th, 2012 | 12:33 AM

That’s cute Carl! I have a way with kids; they love me. 🙂

January 26th, 2012 | 7:54 PM

That is a good idea Mitch, what advice would I give myself ten years ago that I know now. The funny thing is that ten years ago I was still in the corporate world and it was one year this month before my Dad passed away.

I was very close to my parents though, still am with my Mom. I live about 35 minutes from her so I would visit at least once a weekend and spend the night. Mainly because my Dad didn’t talk very loud so it was very hard to have a conversation with him over the phone (damage to his esophagus due to all his surgeries). I would in between but it was just best in person.

I wasn’t exactly miserable ten years ago but after I lost my Dad is when things started to change for me. I realized that I wanted to be happy every morning doing something I loved but I had no idea what. I definitely know what kind of advice I would give myself now so thanks for sharing this with us. This is a fabulous idea for a post.

By the way, I like you in white! Nice! 🙂
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February 4th, 2012 | 2:41 PM

Thanks Adrienne. Coming up on 10 years and it sometimes feels like yesterday for my dad. But I always hope that I learned important lessons that I first share with myself, then with others. Heck, I’m almost expecting you to write one of these posts. 🙂

February 4th, 2012 | 6:54 PM

Seems like a good idea to be able to rewind the clock in many ways; yet, if we think about it, our past makes us who we are today, right, Mitch?
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March 31st, 2012 | 2:42 PM

It does Ana, but that doesn’t mean that a bit of encouragement or advice putting us in the right direction wouldn’t have hurt either. And if it came from us… well, hopefully we’d trust ourselves enough to listen. 🙂

March 31st, 2012 | 10:07 PM

I agree, family is the most important.

I’m also leaning to agreeing with you regarding picking one thing, or what some people call a niche.

Everything I do is geared towards development of people mostly those in business. I’m thinking of tightening that up some more.

Your post reminds me of a Kenny Chesney song called “A Lot of Things Different.” Here are the lyrics.
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June 24th, 2012 | 2:22 PM

That’s an interesting choice of songs Steve. lol Glad the rest of it resonated as well. Not sure if you saw that I mentioned you in my latest post on the business blog as well. 🙂

June 24th, 2012 | 4:58 PM