24 Things I’ve Never Told You

Howdy…Howdy…

I’m working on my first cup of coffee this morning and I’ve
decided to use today’s post to have a bit of fun…

People oftentimes forget that business should be fun.

So much of what’s written online today lacks any sense of personal
connection. Most people are simply afraid to REALLY be themselves.

So instead they try to act ‘professional’ and all of they’re writing
comes out dry and dull.

Or, even worse, they try to be like someone else – and they end up
looking like a bad Elvis impersonator… The ‘bloated’ version with a
lousy voice.

Not pretty!

So let’s put away the Elvis costume and bring out the
real McCoy! Raw…Rebel…Quirky…and 100% human.

Your readers will be attracted to your weird quirks because they
make you human.

When your flawed your real.

Business is about HUMAN connection. And the only way to truly
connect is by being completely you.

Your emails, your videos, your articles, every piece of content
should be branded with your personality.

Way too many people online are presenting some watered-down
version of themselves. Afraid to be their quirky natural self.

But that’s what people really want… the HUMAN connection.

So in order to prove that I’m not a robot that stays locked
in a marketing laboratory all day, I’ve decided to share 24
of my own quirks, habits, and closely guarded secrets…

1. I have a HUGE Spanish family with over 30 crazy cousins. If you’ve ever seen
the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” you’ll get an idea of what our family get
togethers are like. Loud. Crazy. And I wouldn’t change it for a second.

2. I LOVE the smell of new shoes and new books. I couldn’t work in a shoestore
or a bookstore cause I would just stand around all day smelling the merchandise.

3. I like to break all the rules of business. I like to look at what everyone
else is doing and then do the opposite. I’d like to think it’s part of what
makes me stand out from the rest. Doing your own thing and doing it well.

4. I take a notepad and pen everywhere I go. In the car, by my nightstand, at
my desk. You never know when a great idea is going to strike. I’ve filled
countless notebooks with ideas, business models, marketing plans, and to-do
lists to last me an entire lifetime.

5. I loved playing in boxes when I was little. In addition to building massive
forts and pillow fights.

6. I think I’m the only marketer left who answers all of my own email. And I find
it incredibly strange that other people outsource that task to some stranger in
the Phillipines. Really? If someone takes the time to email you surely we have
enough heart and self-respect to send a personal reply. In fact, many people
are surprised when I do reply. Or surprised that I answer the phone when they
call. Isn’t that wild? That people are surprised when they find out that you
actually care!

7. Fear is my greatest friend. Whenever I’m afraid to do something new – afraid
to go outside of my comfort zone – I know I’m about to breakthrough to a new
level in my life or in my business. The biggest growth in your business ALWAYS
lies OUTSIDE your comfort zone.

So the next time your afraid to do something – realize that something BIG is
about to happen in your life – if you fight through the fear and do the thing anyway.

8. I have two crooked toes. When I was young I used to cross them over
the other and walk around the house. Yes – I was strange from a very
early age ;)

9. I feel happiest when I’m living in my passion. And my two biggest passions
are business and running.

10. I went to three different colleges before I figured out it wasn’t for me :)

11. If I could get rid of just one thing – it would be the need for sleep. I’m
always wishing for more hours in the day.

12. I’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. You know how most girls have a walk-in
closet full of clothes. Well, mine’s a tiny closet that’s half full.

13. I still drive the same car from high school. I call her ‘Ol Betsy. And plan on
driving her until she breaks down in the middle of the road.

14. I like the small town life. I’ve lived in Elizabethtown, Kentucky my whole
life. Can’t imagine living in a big city. But…I do love to explore new places.
I’ve caught a bit of the traveling bug lately and planning on doing a few
mini-vacations this summer.

15. My favorite thing about running races is the free t-shirt. In fact, I need
to run some races this summer so I can refill my closet.

16. I guard my emotions like a hawk. It’s incredibly hard to break through my
shell. But I’m eternally grateful to the people who have.

17. I’m 25. But all of my friends are in their 40’s or 50’s. I have HUGE respect
for older people and see no point in hanging out with people my own age.

18. It always confuses me when I go on a plane and they announce that your
seat can be used as a flotation device. Excuse me! I think I’d prefer a
parachute. That would be a bit more helpful right?

19. A part of me wishes I had gone through the traditional college experience.
Another part of me thinks it’s a big waste of money.

20. I have the sweetest dog in the world. She’s a labrador retriever named
Mattie and she constantly reminds me of the real meaning of unconditional love.

21. I have THE most amazing parents on earth. They have been my biggest fans since day 1.

22. Unlike most kids, growing up I thought my parents knew everything!
It wasn’t until much later in life – when I had much harder questions – that
I realized they didn’t have all the answers.

23. I watched the ‘Truman Show’ when I was 12 and I was paranoid for a month
thinking that my life was being recorded for national television. But then I
decided my life was way too boring and I stopped worrying.

24. I think ‘Being Yourself’ is one of the biggest keys to business and life.

Okay… I’m headed back to the marketing lab – all this human stuff is wearing me out.

But I’d love to hear a bit about you! Feel free to post in the comments with your own quirks :)

137 thoughts on “24 Things I’ve Never Told You”

  1. Great post, With respect to number 11, I think it was Gerald Ford (could be wrong) that said Sleeping and Eating were the biggest waste of time.

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  2. Great post Kim! So true about the comfort zone. As Neale Donald Walsch said: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” :-)

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  3. Great post Kim. I see what you are doing here, letting everyone know that you are REAL and not a BOT sitting behind a computer and sending crappy emails promoting idiotic stuff like others do.

    I really like this technique though, I am going to do the same on my blog because unlike you I like to stick with the tried and tested methods that work FOR ME. This blog post made an instant connect with me so I think if I do the same my readers will know me better and also they will get a feeling of a mutual relationship. I really like your post.

    Take Care,
    Prashant Sharma

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  4. Enjoyed this post. I am glad to see people be transparent. It tells me you are confident in who you really are. Thanks.

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  5. HiKim,

    Loved the post…
    I like to get to know the people I see online :)
    Especially those who answer their own emails, as that’s something I’ve never outsourced… the whole Idea seems silly to me – I don’t want someone else building the relationships that I want to build myself!!

    lol

    Re playing with boxes… that’s a standing joke in my family – as kids always seem to play more with the packaging than their presents at every birthday and Christmas…lol

    Anyways – back to it.. got room in your lab…lol
    I’ll make the coffees so we can avoid sleeping too much ;)

    Regards
    Randy

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  6. Thanks for giving us a peek inside the kimono :-) Your emails and blog posts are always a joy to read and I’ve got some really great ideas for traffic generation from you so keep up the good work!

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  7. Hey,
    with regards to taking a pen and paper with you everywhere, that’s a great idea. I try to incorporate this into my life style, but I keep forgetting the pen and the notebook. Maybe, I could tied a string around my finger to remind me to bring the pen and the notebook?.

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  8. Kim, you definitely proved you’re a real person … finally! lol

    I gotta say … this post is actually a great example of great marketing, eventhough it wasn’t intended to be that.

    Making a connection with your list is crucial. Enjoyed your post.

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  9. Love the post Kim. It’s who you are, don’t change. That’s why so many of us enjoy following you. Keep up the great work and keep us posted of your new adventures. Thanks for your contribution to the community.

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      • I thought your list was a great read Kim. Could be that in this electronic/virtual age it’s even more important for our humanity to come flying through the clutter. When I’m not trying to build my business, I’m building/restoring boats. Have a 120 yr. old skiff in my garage now that’s waiting to be re-launched this summer.

        Larry

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    • LOL…Too funny :)

      I only have 2 crooked toes and it’s extremely minor. But it does allow me to cross one over the other.

      It’s kind of funny cause I got a few emails saying “Oh Kim, that must hurt.”

      Guess I should have clarified there. If you looked at my feet it’s not something you would notice.

      But I always thought it was cool when I was little.

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  10. Thanks Kim, I really enjoyed this one.

    I can relate to no.22 well – I remember feel slightly sad and disappointed when it dawned on me that my own parents were just human like everyone else.

    I think my own biggest quirk is a passion for playing the guitar. Its probably the equivalent of your desire for running!

    Cheers,

    Rob.

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  11. Great list Kim! I definitely can relate to 1 (having a large family) and 9 (living life in your passion). For some reason, number 18 cracked me up! That line always get me as well.

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  12. I grew up with my friends saying… “you’re weird”… I’d smile and count it as a badge of honor. I’m in my late 40s and have never (except for my stint in the Marines and one job in my teens) had a real job.

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  13. Hi Kim,

    Love you for being so open. I see some of myself in your writing. Something different, When I was young I thought my parents were the dumbest two people on earth. After I got grown I was surprised to see how much they had learned.

    I’m glad to hear you have good taste in dogs. I too have a lab. She is a big fat lazy dog that loves for me to scratch her belly. She goes about everywhere I go if I leave the tailgate down on my old 1980 ford pickup. People want to know when I’m going to get rid of this old pickup. I tell them when it quits running and I can’t get it to start back I’ll get another one. It has well over 200,000 miles on it but I still trust it to get me there and back.

    I use to work out of Jeffersonville Ind. just across the river from Louisville. I’ve hauled a few loads of freight out of Elizibethtown. That was when you were a little girl.

    I feel for you, being only 25 years old. That about how many years I have to go to be 100.

    Continue having fun, that’s the way to stay young.

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  14. I loved it! You are for real and have always responded to me with great,helpful information
    wish I was local so we could run and hang out!

    maybe you should schedule an event and we could all wear BuzzBlogger Tshirts

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  15. Thoroughly enjoy your post. I can totally relate to the notebooks full on ideas, plans etal. My newest fav ‘note-taking product’ is AquaNotes. Waterproof paper and a pencil that writes on damp paper… for the shower. Great invention for those of us that get our inspiration in the shower. The pencil is stamped with this message “NO MORE GREAT IDEAS DOWN THE DRAIN!” Checkout their website: http://www.MyAquaNotes.com

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    • Yeah – I definitely wouldn’t be without my notebook :)

      I don’t know about in the shower though. I get some of my best ideas in the shower, but I generally just write them down after I get out. LOL

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  16. I consider myself a very creative person. Mostly everything I like to do is revolved around creativity. I play guitar, bass, keyboards, drums. I am a singer songwriter. I produce music and songwriter demos online. I love cooking and creating different dishes without recipes. I like drawing and painting even though I don’t get enough time to do it. I love making websites and designing logos, book covers and tons of other things regarding business and marketing. I find it hard to outsource things because I enjoy doing everything myself. And this is just a small side of me, but thanks for sharing with us and allowing us to share back with you.

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    • Hey Kevin,

      I often have the same problem – wanting to do everything myself. But remember, if you want to scale your business it’s going to become critically important that you let some things go and allow other people to do those tasks.

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  17. From one who spent way too many years in colleges, have no regrets. Friends used to tease me when I was stripping furniture in my refinishing shop, that my degrees would look good hanging above the stripping tank.
    Now 64 and having to start over, a victim of the economy who closed our antique store after 25 years. I love the being yourself and agree too many try to be too professional, and B-O-R-I-N-G. Having a ball learniing this IM stuff, wish I wasn’t tech challenged. But I’ll get there, just a little slower than some.

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    • Hi Charles, enjoyed reading your post it sounds so much like my own… only I am still in the furniture and working diligently to learn all this IM stuff…which is taking longer then I wish… but none the less…we will get there…there is so much garbage online to wade thru… and finding someone who will return an email or answer the phone is almost a shock…

      Since we started our journey the same year… let’s show these youngsters that we can achieve too…LOL..

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  18. Good stuff Kim… I’m with you on doing all of my own support and answering of email. I read the Go-Giver and answering those emails has built an amazing relationship with some of my readers. That’s one of the easiest ways to build raving fans who buy… I was surprised when you answered my emails, but you gained another raving fan.

    Have Fun!
    Ian McConnell
    Western Australia

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  19. Oddly enough, one of my BIGGEST quirks is grammar, punctuation and spelling. I say quirk, because I am SO pig-headed about it, that it often dictates my actions…unreasonably. Here’s an example:
    I was looking for a cleaner that came highly recommended by a friend. Upon FINALLY finding it, I read a sign they had placed out front. It read: Pant’s Hemmed – $19.99
    This breaks one of my “Cardinal Sins that Society Just Can’t Seem to GET” which is the fact that people just can’t seem to understand that every word that ends with an S, DOES NOT include an apostrophe. AAAARGH!!!!
    Another (and seriously, I’ve “un-friended” people on Facebook for this because it’s so annoying to try to read) is the fact that people JUST DON’T SEEM TO UNDERSTAND the difference between You’re and Your. Most violations occur when people use your in place of you’re, rarely the opposite (as is evidenced in YOUR copy above).
    It is only through YOUR unique style of littering YOUR website, e-mails and videos with YOUR personality that YOU’RE not getting deleted from my list. YOU’RE a true gem!!

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  20. how weird…my nieces live in Vine Grove… and are about your age
    funny how we’re connected in ways we don’t suspect
    loved the post – and hell yeah on the flotation
    I suspect that if the plane falls in the water, though, I’d much rather have a package of bologna to throw far, far away from me… so the sharks would go over THERE LOL

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  21. Hey Kim, I love your sharing. #6 and 18 really resonates with me. I like people to know that I’m a real person just like them. It helps me to connect with the people I really want to connect to.

    And as far as parachutes, that sounds too much like the right thing to even be considered. I know water landings are rare, but I’d like to have a little more assurance that after the crash I have a good probability of still being alive.

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  22. Hi Kim, I’m a new subscriber, (please don’t ask how I found your blog…LOL) and really loves this personal touch. Looking forward to reading more fro you,
    Greetings from BC!

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  23. Great post Kim and I must admit I couldn’t believe it when you actually wrote me an email when I lost my password! I still answer all my own emails and was thinking of outsourcing, but after your post, I’ve changed my mind.

    Thanks for sharing and thank you for so much amazing content and giving us such great value!

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    • Thanks Joy!

      People definitely underestimate the value of caring.

      Of course, sometimes you’ll mess up or things will slip through the cracks (especially as you scale) – but people can definitely see when you care and you’re doing everything everything you can to deliver over-the-top service.

      Also, keep in mind that it’s definitely ok to outsource ‘routine’ email. The important thing is to bring people onto your team who care just as much as you about creating amazing customer experiences.

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  24. Kim,

    Great post! I moved to Cincinnati from Calif 12 yrs ago – have 5 acres and a log home on the ‘fringe’ of town – and it still only takes me 20 minutes to get the ball parks, so I am a happy woman. Like you – running and biz are passions – although I love to travel….and while I HATE to waste time sleeping….unlike Ford, I think food is one of the great joys of life….and have to include cooking for friends and family one of my fave passions as well.

    At 56, I am happy to say that life is good and I am fortunate enough to be married to my best friend and biz partner, who deals (pretty well) with my quirkiness, lack of house cleaning motivation (always something else I would rather be doing…) and fondness for a rather unconventional life style. He blames it on my being born in Calif – but I think you are proof that it is simply something you are ‘born’ with ;-)

    I could go on to list my individual quirks…but that would take the rest of the day…and besides – the list keeps changing…..

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  25. Kim,

    Great post! I moved to Cincinnati from Calif 12 yrs ago – have 5 acres and a log home on the ‘fringe’ of town – and it still only takes me 20 minutes to get the ball parks, so I am a happy woman. Like you – running and biz are passions – although I love to travel….and while I HATE to waste time sleeping….unlike Ford, I think food is one of the great joys of life….and have to include cooking for friends and family one of my fave passions as well.

    At 56, I am happy to say that life is good and I am fortunate enough to be married to my best friend and biz partner, who deals (pretty well) with my quirkiness, lack of house cleaning motivation (always something else I would rather be doing…) and fondness for a rather unconventional life style. He blames it on my being born in Calif – but I think you are proof that it is simply something you are ‘born’ with ;-)

    I could go on to list my individual quirks…but that would take the rest of the day…and besides – the list keeps changing…..

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  26. Glad there are other weirdos out there! The smell thing got me.. I love the smell of cilantro and nitrocellulose lacquer when I am spraying one of my guitars that I build.
    There is a lot to be said for smell… So many of them remind me of places, people.. lol

    My favorite thing to do on a breezy day is run outside and scream, ” Feel The Breeze!”
    I love the wind blowing around me as it excites me.
    Those natural things.
    I used to fly and build kites as a kid.. left over perhaps?

    Thanks for sharing yourself with us Kim.. Your post was most fun!!
    Have a brilliant day back in the lab!
    Best,
    Adrienne/ADDIE

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  27. Glad there are other weirdos out there! The smell thing got me.. I love the smell of cilantro and nitrocellulose lacquer when I am spraying one of my guitars that I build.
    There is a lot to be said for smell… So many of them remind me of places, people.. lol

    My favorite thing to do on a breezy day is run outside and scream, ” Feel The Breeze!”
    I love the wind blowing around me as it excites me.
    Those natural things.
    I used to fly and build kites as a kid.. left over perhaps?

    Thanks for sharing yourself with us Kim.. Your post was most fun!!
    Have a brilliant day back in the lab!
    Best,
    Adrienne/ADDIE

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    • Hey Adrienne,

      That’s so true!

      Certain smells can definitely bring back memories.

      I find it completely fascinating how the brain works together with the different senses.

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  28. Hi Kim,

    I see you are getting a lot of fast replies, cool.
    One of my quirks is that I hate losing things, even small things. I think there is a connection with that to me being an info junkie i.e. fear of missing out (another form of losing).
    This can cost you a lot of time and money if you do not get it under control i.e. buying too many WSO’s (atleast I am not buying high priced sh-t any more).

    As I can smell a waft of skunk in the air I am reminded of my cousin G., she loves the smell of skunk…take that all you Chanel lovers!

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  29. Strange Kim I thought we were all like this!!

    It’s like my daughter said to me one day “All of the people she meets are ‘normal’ until she gets to know them…especially family”

    No 18 could cause you some distress as jumping out of a plane at any height with a seat could be disturbing :-0 and it doesn’t really work as a flotation device unless you are in water !!??

    Parachutes only work reasonably well if you can get the door open…at height…and don’t float too well ever on water.. LOL

    Like your work and it’s always enjoyable to read.

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  30. Kim – I almost choked up at No. 20. Dogs have been a big part of my life. I always think the latest one is the best one I’ve ever had, and that really is the case with the one I have now. He is a border collie named Chek (short for Chekhov, my favorite playwright). I run him in the sport of agility, and he has won several national awards. But that’s not why I love him. I love him because he is the friendliest, smartest, sweetest, most loyal dog I have ever had. Right now he is asleep at my feet. I have learned so many lessons from him. I think you would understand what I mean by that.

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  31. Very nice read and that’s one of the reasons why I did not unsubscribe from YOUR list. By the way I am 53 years old married to my beautiful wife Miriam, 2 sons , 3 cats and a long haired german sheperd (yr number 20 is the ultimate truth)…To Kevin (see above) I am a guitarist singer composer as well ( You tube : Boogie Workers … I am the guitarist ;-) ) Kim looking forward to stay on your list !

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  32. I have written many articles on how to succeed in blogging. One of the most important things I stress is to connect with your readers. Let them know you and you will go a long way in attracting a loyal following. Maybe I should use your blog as an example!

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  33. Kim, thanks for sharing yourself, it helps me visualize you a lot more clearly.

    Would you also be willing to share some of your business models & ideas that you haven’t had time to work on. Inquiring minds would love to know them…

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    • Hey John!

      There aren’t really any business models / ideas that I haven’t had time to work on. There are definitely a lot of different business models out there but I stay focused on the one’s that I personally like and prefer. I’m actually pretty old-school, constantly focused on the basics. And at the end of the day, list building is ALWAYS the core of your business. So that’s what my days are built around. Building my list of subscribers and then providing my community with top-notch value (with hopefully a bit of entertainment and fun thrown in :)

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  34. Great stuff Kim. Thanks for sharing. The one thing I totally agree with is being yourself. I believe it is SO important to be yourself. What I am also fascinated by is how many guys responded to your blog post. You bring out the best in everyone, it seems to me. In part because of your genuineness. Take care and thanks for being you Kim.

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  35. you always make me smile, I am so busy I don’t always read all my emails but I stop and find time to read yours.

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  36. Hi Kim,

    Glad you got everything sorted quickly ;-)

    I love this type of post it really let’s you inside people and not the business/marketer front that we all see from day to day.

    I also take a notepad, It’s on my iPhone which does go everywhere with me, apart from swimming! Note to Apple waterproof iPhones.

    Great post Kim thanks.

    Dan Sumner

    PS – can I come to one of your family parties they sound cool!

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  37. Love it, all those points about yourself.

    But, i have just one question about point 17.

    What are you going to do, when you get older and there is really no person that you can be around in that capacity?

    As you probably guessed, i like planning things out in advance.

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  38. G’Day Kim,
    I’ve been sort of saying to myself, “I think that Kim Roach blog will have to go. I’m not getting much out of it from a B2B point of view.”

    I normally don’t dig those “bare my soul” type blogs. But I really enjoyed yours. And I was reminded of that old saying, “If you want to look young hang out with older people.” Believe me Kim, I am one of the older people.

    It was the great John Wooden who said, “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” The big difference between 25 and 71 for me is that at 25, I didn’t know what I didn’t know.

    Blog on Kim. I’ll hang around to keep the Aussie flag flying.

    And make sure, really make sure that you have fun.

    Regards

    Leon

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  39. Hey Kim

    There are a few other people who answer all their own emails – but not many. So way to go – I answer all mine personally , but as I only get a few it’s not a big deal!

    Here’s some quirks back at ya….

    1) I get some of my best ideas swimming (I have an underwater mp3 player).

    2) I have to write something every day. And I type at 120 WPM when I get going.

    3) I don’t believe in natural talent.

    4) My two favourite drinks are coffee and guinness. But not at the same time.

    5) When I was younger one of my ambitions was to be the English Stephen King.

    Hope you enjoy that….

    paul

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    • Hey Paul,

      Those are AWESOME!

      Thanks so much for sharing :)

      I also read one time that Ernest Hemingway wrote every day from 7 a.m. until noon. He always stressed the fact that writers should write every day.

      That’s something I’ve been trying to do lately as well.

      I haven’t tried Guinness yet, but I’ll definitely have to put that on my list :)

      Cheers,

      Kim

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