3 Things I Learned About Domain Investing In Junior High

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No I did not invest in domain names when I was in Junior High. In 7th and 8th grade I was just starting to get inspired by computers and all the different Bulletin Board systems I could connect to with the latest-and-greatest modem I had bought which at that time I think was a 14.4 baud modem. You remember the sound it used to make right? If you can you’re old like me.

Back to Junior High. There are some life lessons you carry with you that seem to still apply later in life. Looking back on Junior High there are three life lessons that still stand firm in my mind and apply directly to Domain Investing and business in general.

  1. If I plan to learn I must learn to plan – this is the quote that was written on the back of my 7th grade school planner. The saying has stuck with me ever since and it has never been more true than now. Show up disorganized, expect chaos. Plan ahead and you get things done. That planner was worth every penny of the $5 the school charged for it.
  2. There will always be bullies, it’s how you deal with them that matters – the bullies don’t go away after Junior High, and the Domain Industry just like any other industry has its share of bullies. Luckily, just like in Junior High, most people aren’t bullies and that’s who you should stick with. If the people you are hanging out with are constantly saying bad things about other people and trying to disrupt other people’s business, they are the bullies…and if you’re hanging out with bullies you’re probably a bully too. All the bullies I know from Junior High are now proud janitors or fast food employees in my hometown and the bullies in the domain space are making just about as much with domains. Never let the bullies get you down, they represent the bottom 5%, you want to stick with the top 5%.
  3. Experiment, you always learn something new – in Junior High you start experimenting a bit, maybe try your first sip of beer, date a girl or two, sneak out once or twice. Now I’m not promoting underage drinking or attempting to inspire the younger generation to leave their homes without their parents knowing. What I am saying is that in Junior High I experimented, and learned from that what worked and what didn’t, what was right, and what just felt wrong. The same is true in Domain Investing, experiment and don’t be afraid to be wrong or take a risk, just feel it out and what doesn’t feel right probably isn’t.

I had a blast in Junior High, I also thought I knew everything, heck I was 13, what more was there to learn? Luckily I learned later on that I actually knew nothing then. The same is true now, the moment you think you know it all is the moment you stop learning. Keep your mind open, unless you feel like you’ve already hit all your life goals then you still have a lot to learn, I know I do.

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Morgan

Co-Founder at Fashion Metric
Morgan Linton was born in Berkeley, California but spent nine years traveling the world as an early employee for digital music startup Sonos. In 2007 Morgan founded Linton Investments, a domain name and branding company that has helped some of the most recognized startups in the world acquire their top choice domain name. In 2012 Morgan left his full-time job to co-found Fashion Metric, a startup building technologies that make it easy for online shoppers to buy clothes that fit and arming retailers with more data than ever before.

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  • Jason Franklin June 5, 2013, 2:14 pm

    I completely agree. You have to stay humble even if it feels like you are at the top of your game. Even if I were to sell multiple million dollar domains in a year, I would still operate with the same business service model, where people and clients come first. After all a business or corporation, doesn’t really amount to anything without the people it provides for or serves. This quote came to mind when you were talking about learning. The first time I ever heard it I thought it was great and still do. “Learning is a journey, not a destination” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    – Jason

  • Jason Franklin June 5, 2013, 2:18 pm

    Just to correct the quote, it actually says “Life is a journey, not a destination” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, but I feel the quote works the same way for learning since learning too is a journey

    – Jason

  • Joe Styler June 5, 2013, 2:45 pm

    nice shout out to tempe, az in the picture!

  • Mike June 5, 2013, 4:18 pm

    Junior High and High School was all about taking risks and trying things out. If you have the same mentality in Domaining you will be very successful, see what works for you.

  • Alan Dodd June 5, 2013, 4:42 pm

    It’s a good point. Bullying does not stop at school’s end, and as we all know, it extends well into adult life, in the business and corporate/working world.

    But if it’s so wrong at school level – why is nothing said about it in the working world?

  • Morgan June 5, 2013, 5:01 pm

    @Alan – I think the reason nothing is said about it in the working world is that we all know life is short, better to focus on where we’re making money and growing our businesses than the people who are trying to bring us down because they aren’t doing well themselves.

    Every time I go back home I go to the same restaurant where one of the bullies from Junior High works as a dishwasher, karma works itself out, we should all focus on being the best people we can be, the world will deal with the bullies on its own.

  • hemmate June 5, 2013, 10:42 pm

    i think you website or any thing is very good and i happy for this job .i am sorry i can note speak engelish very good becuse my langovig is kurdish

  • joe June 7, 2013, 11:09 am

    Learning is wise to say that, in all the years to be in the University from the beginning to the end to find people who have ideas high school, but they were not bad if not interesting, then I aim for they were for my new ideas, the friendship of a child has one that is honors was the same. Over the years I know many of those who finish college and make dinner once a month, in time to see that many of those young people to think about Jr High now be CEO of their own company or another, and some of those who have honors now be lower than secondary. For my part I think being in the middle always never liked about (In those years descataba 1.95 inches in height the average was 1.65 to 1.70 inches in Spain, now you do not) about them, with have good notes for my best. With domain names change my life since you first have to get keywords to be better than those of your friends from high school and honors, sometimes you get it, some do not, so I continued being in the middle, as before and be happy with what I do, and I have the weekend so I do not spoil anyone, on that last Morgan must think alike.
    By the way, good weekend for you two.

  • joe June 7, 2013, 11:18 am

    Excuse me, where to write the word “descataba” not: Be noted 1.95 inches…….
    Thanks

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