Things we knew before Facebook was born

The list of things we experienced IT people learned before the “new” IT companies were born, just keeps growing.

This batch of 16 items is the latest excerpt from the list. It has items ranging from charity donations, to high heels, to how not to be a heel. Enjoy. Keep sending in the reviews and additions.

16. Money is a tool. Don’t be a tool about money.
17. You’re lucky. Trust me, if you’re reading this, you are lucky.
18. Most problems fall into two categories: Cadillac problems that aren’t really problems, and problems that you can’t talk or buy your way out of. Know the difference.
19. High heels aren’t worth it.
20. Never say anything on the internet, in email, or on a plane that you wouldn’t like to see in 108 point type.
21. Typesetting is still important and no-one under fifty seems to know how to do it.
22. Most content is crap. Read a genuine classic novel once a year and you’ll be reminded how illiterate and under-educated we have become
23. Never give your kid the whole semester’s allowance on the first day of the semester
24. Never invest more than you’ll have fun losing on a business that involves something no-one has ever done before
25. Donate generously to charities.
26. Donate to specific projects so you aren’t a chump.
27. Donate your time doing something that is one of your skills, not something that an under-employed person should be hired to do.
28. If you spend more on the t-shirts, lunch, event planning, and publicity, than the project for charity raises, it is not charity and is not worth your Saturday.
29. Eat lunch. You’ll find you regret less of what you say and do in the afternoon
30. Curse less. There are still people on the planet that are offended
31. Study up. Do your homework.
32. There are no short-cuts (Thanks Rafe)
33. If in 5000 years no-one has ever paired salmon with grape soda, there is probably a good reason



About Deb Taylor @ SJN Sales

SJN Sales presents complex intangibles to specific US markets and closes sales. SJN Sales also provides training for professional services providers, from software to health care, who have learned that 'selling yourself' is harder than it sounds.
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