Helping the World by Being Passive-Aggressive
Jim Garvin and Ryan Geary were sick of their friends asking them tech questions. In 2008, the duo created a website that did one thing, go to popular search engines on the internet and conduct searches. If you go to LMGTFY, you will be greeted with tiles depicting popular search engines: Google, Bing, AOL, etc. You click on a search engine and type in the question someone asked you. It then gives you a link to send to your friends. When they open the link, the site redirects them to a search engine, in this case, Google, and types in that question verbatim. The search query comes back in Google and they should see their answer there.
I’ve mentioned being an IT guy before. Whether I’m at work, home, or going to a family event for the weekend, I am constantly inundated with tech questions. I don’t mind. I love my family. Most of them are pretty tech savvy despite stereotypes of age. Still, 90% of their questions could have been answered with a simple Google search of, “What are launchers for Android?” or “My computer says ‘DNS needs flushed,’ what’s DNS and how do I do that?” I’ve been tempted to send them a LMGTFY, but I love my family too much and I’ve never been the passive-aggressive type. Also, deep down, I like being a resource for tech questions. Nice ego boost.
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The point of this article is not to teach you how to be passive-aggressive with your family or your clients. If you’re reading this, I’m going to assume you are either an entrepreneur, want to be one, or thinking about it. The point is to realize that there is a massive network of systems and people out there to help you with anything you could ever think to ask.
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Perhaps you are on the cusp of starting a business. You have an idea, passion, or a hobby, but are not sure how to take the next step. Let me help you. When you’re done reading this, open another tab in your web browser. Go to your favorite search engine and type, “How to start a business” or “How to make money online.” Type in something that relates to what you want to do. If you want to write a book, search for it – and also read Wednesday Writer’s Workshop and Friday Fiction Breakdown.
Nothing is standing in your way anymore. There are no more gatekeepers. If you want to publish a book, you no longer have to query agents who then shop your manuscript around to the New York publishers and hope they pick it up. No! You write it, get it professionally edited, get a solid book cover, and put it up on Amazon Kindle.
My father always said to me growing up, “The world is your oyster.” I’ll take that farther and say to you, “The Internet is your oyster.” Find the information you need and take action. No more excuses. Learn what you need and start your business.
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