I have this article bookmarked, because I like the 16 rules. Good stuff that I think applies to entrepreneurs of all kinds and eBay sellers of course.
Set aside whatever opinions you have of Bob Parsons — I know he’s somewhat controversial, but I dig the 16 rules.
“Robert, they can’t eat you!” My rules for survival.
a year ago, I was asked by BizAz Magazine (a local Phoenix magazine) to
speak at one of its “Business Beneath The Surface” breakfast meetings.
As part of the event, participants have the option of submitting
questions to the speakers, which are then answered during the breakfast.
One of the questions directed towards me was, “What advice do you have for someone who is just starting a business?”
I liked Clint Eastwood’s rules.
at that time, I happened to pick up a copy of Men’s Journal. Clint
Eastwood was on the cover and an article featured 10 items called
“Clint’s rules.” I found his rules to be interesting. They were things
like, “You are what you drive,” “avoid extreme makeovers,” and things
like that. As Clint Eastwood is a pretty easy guy to respect, I thought
the whole rule thing was pretty cool. And the more I thought about it,
I realized that over the years I had accumulated a number of principles
(or rules) that I tried very hard to adhere to — and these rules (in
many ways) have become the foundation for whatever successes I’ve had.
a few weeks before the meeting, I sat down and started typing — in no
particular order — the rules I try to live by. At the breakfast
meeting, I read my rules at the end of my presentation. The response
was amazing. I was swamped with requests for copies of the rules. An
edited list was published in the Arizona Republic newspaper a few days
later. I was even called and interviewed by a local radio station about
Since then, some of the rules have been edited, some
consolidated, and a few new ones added. Despite those changes, the list
of rules I presented that morning are pretty much what appears at the
end of this post.
My rules come from the significant life events I’ve experienced.
I write this, I am now 54 years old, and during my life thus far I
suspect that I’ve encountered more significant life events than most
people ever dream about. Here’s some information about me:
grew up in a lower middle class family in Baltimore’s inner city. We
were always broke. I’ve earned everything I ever received. Very little
was ever given to me.
I’ve been working as long as I can
remember. Whether it was delivering or selling newspapers, pumping gas,
working in construction or in a factory, I’ve always been making my own