Winning Advice from a Serial Entrepreneur

Winning Advice from a Serial Entrepreneur


Friday, Dec. 21 2007

NEW YORK — Sometimes you see people on TV and just gravitate toward
them. One of those folks was on Scoreboard the other night — the
founder of GoDaddy.com, Bob Parsons. 

Parsons, a Vietnam
veteran, calls himself a "serial" entrepreneur. And he’s one of the
best. He started GoDaddy, a domain-name registration site, in a crowded
field of almost 800 competitors — and now he’s got 42% of the
domain-name market share.

Parsons built his businesses by
sticking to his guns and treating people right. And he’s actually put
together a list of 16 principles that have guided him through dozens of
businesses that he lists on his Web site. Here are a couple that jumped
out at me:

-Get out and stay out of your comfort zone.

-I hear people say, "But I’m concerned about security." My response to that is simple: "Security is for cadavers."

-Never give up.

-Almost
nothing works the first time it’s attempted. Just because what you’re
doing does not seem to be working, doesn’t mean it won’t work. It just
means that it might not work the way you’re doing it. If it was easy,
everyone would be doing it.

-Always move forward.

-Never
stop investing. Never stop improving. Never stop doing something new.
The moment you stop improving your organization, it starts to die.

-Never expect life to be fair.

-Life isn’t fair. You make your own breaks.

-Don’t take yourself too seriously.

-Lighten up. At least half of what we accomplish is due to luck. None of us are in control as much as we like to think we are.

-There’s always a reason to smile.

After all, Bob says, we’re really lucky just to be alive.

Bob Parsons — advice from one of life’s winners.

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