31 Things I’ve Learned In 31 Years

Well today is my 31st Birthday and I couldn’t be more excited about where my life is at this very moment. I am months away from marrying the love of my life in Malibu, our software company appraiso had a launch month that far exceeded our expectations, and my business is on track to triple year-over-year, crazy! It is times like these that I get pretty darn reflective, I feel so lucky, but at the same time, it’s taken a lot of hard work and failure to get where I am today.

So I thought for this Birthday, rather than writing one of my usual long reflective posts I’d change it up a bit. One thing that I realize each year is how much I learned that year, and how some of the things I thought I knew, I really didn’t know at all. I guess that’s just part of getting older, and I’m all about learning, taking everything in, and learning from every experience possible.

One thing I learned a long time ago that’s stuck with me is that you learn the most from your failures, not your successes. This couldn’t be more true, and that’s why I am excited to share with you 31 things I’ve learned in 31 years. Oh, and since a majority of my readers are Domainers, there will be a domain-specific tone to this, I’ll save the really mushy stuff for my friends and family!

  1. Content is king, always has been, always will be.
  2. Build for users, not for search engines.
  3. You can do anything you set your mind to, but you might not get it right on the first try.
  4. Never do business with people you don’t like doing business with.
  5. Don’t be the first person to throw out a number in a domain negotiation.
  6. Visit every single city in every single country you possibly can, the world is an amazing place.
  7. We are all more similar than we are different.
  8. The key to running a successful blog is writing at least one post every single day.
  9. The key to running a successful business is staying strategic and hiring people to do the tactical.
  10. Finding good people is hard, very very hard.
  11. Outsourcing can work, but not if you’re managing it yourself.
  12. .COM is king, always has been, always will be.
  13. That being said you can build a great business on any TLD.
  14. If you’re overloaded it probably means you need to hire another person, not get less sleep.
  15. Sleep is important.
  16. Never sign a contract you haven’t read.
  17. Listen to your customers.
  18. Listen to yourself.
  19. Don’t work too hard, life is all about balance.
  20. Running up and down a spiral staircase can hurt your knees.
  21. Once your business really takes off, taxes become less fun.
  22. The DMV is never fun.
  23. Get a sports car and enjoy it, it’s worth it.
  24. Try to get away from it all at least once a week, once a day is even better!
  25. Live by the Ocean.
  26. Jogging is one of the best ways to explore a new city.
  27. Know who your real friends are.
  28. Don’t be afraid to take big risks and make big mistakes.
  29. Spend more time with friend and family than anything else.
  30. There is never a reason to be proud that you’re working late, be proud that you got home early.
  31. Find love, it gives true meaning to life.

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  • Domain Manager April 13, 2012, 2:12 pm

    “Finding good people is hard, very very hard.”

    VERY VERY **VERY** true! That can be added to each and every year of my 47.

    Happy Birthday.

    • Morgan Linton April 13, 2012, 3:28 pm

      Such an amazing lessons and something I really underestimated in complexity! Thanks for the Birthday wishes!

  • Acroplex LLC April 13, 2012, 2:18 pm

    Good stuff, Morgan! Congratulations from here as well.

  • Braden Pollock April 13, 2012, 2:25 pm

    ….still waiting for the mushy stuff.

  • Jim Slobodzian April 13, 2012, 2:43 pm

    Great stuff Morgan!   – and happy Bday! – time is precious, be thankful you’ve tasted some success at such a young age.

  • Muzi Mohale April 13, 2012, 11:56 pm

    Happy birthday Morgan, I continue to learn a great deal from your experiences and appreciate your insight into building brands. I always look forward to your contributions…which am using in my own ventures.

  • AndyO April 14, 2012, 6:30 am

    Happy Birthday from Australia, Morgan!

    I just sat down to read some of your previous posts as I’ve been awol on holidays, it looks like I missed your Australia visit by a couple of days – I was stuck in LAX for a day with some flight issues, and you were on my side of the world.. Funny that!

    Hope you and Daina had fun celebrating 🙂

    • Morgan Linton April 14, 2012, 12:29 pm

      Hi Andy! That is too funny, hopefully next time I’m there we’re both down under!

      Had a blast celebrating last night, now another nice and sunny day in LA!

      Have a great weekend!

  • Aladdin Domains April 14, 2012, 3:03 pm

    Great listing Morgan. Belated Happy Birthday and here’s to an even greater year ahead!! Paul.

  • Mano Subramaniam April 14, 2012, 9:18 pm

    Happy Birthday Morgan 

  • Yury Byalik April 15, 2012, 11:12 am

    Can you explain this one: 
    Outsourcing can work, but not if you’re managing it yourself

    • Morgan Linton April 16, 2012, 11:13 am

      Hi Yury!

      Great question, and absolutely! What I mean is that you should have someone managing your outsourced teams. This is why I think solutions like TeamLaunch.com are so great. If you have to manage all of your outsourced employees yourself it can take-up all your time forcing you to be more tactical than strategic.

      When I first started Outsourcing I was managing about five people at once, it was impossible. Took up all of my free time which meant that I was doing nothing but working in my business, when I should have been working on my business.

  • Michael Law April 15, 2012, 12:07 pm

    Belated Happy Birthday Morgan!!

  • Iain Taylor April 15, 2012, 4:16 pm

    Happy belated birthday Morgan, as ever, great post. Looking forward to catching up in Valencia.

  • Bruce Savage April 16, 2012, 7:49 am

    Thanks for sharing. Congratulations on your pending nuptials. Keep growing !

  • Bruce Savage April 16, 2012, 7:50 am

    Oh yeah, HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!!


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