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Some Exciting News

Just thought we’d share some news. Mark was approached by Investing.com to carry his articles in their Opinion & Analysis section. Their site averages 5.5 million visitors monthly with over 16 million views.

Here’s a portion of their request:

“The editorial team at Investing.com has been following your articles at your website and we believe your work would be a great fit for our Opinion & Analysis section.

We are the definitive resource for traders and investors, offering free tools and real time quotes relating to every facet of the global financial markets…”

Mark accepted and many of his articles should start appearing there soon and views the offer as a true compliment and honor. Remember, Mark is neither a Wall Street professional trader, financial adviser, nor has he worked on, or with, what is typically known as the Wall St. elite. Just someone pointing out what he believes the so-called “smart crowd” is missing – continually.

Just a final note: To any and all, whether new or been subscribers for a while, or readers who may be visiting for the first time as we reach an even greater audience. From all of us: Welcome!

V.V. -StreetCry Media

Audio now fixed and the reasons for them for those who want to know

We’re re-posting the original audio post onto the blog and should be live shortly. (note-It now is) We thought we’d share what we found out as we panicked to find out why 3 computers played it fine, and 3 others didn’t while another showed the file as being “corrupt.”

Here’s what we found out and think it’s worth sharing for those who also have blogs, websites, etc.

The audio was originally loaded in MP4 format. No problem most would say (and so did we) yet what we found was for Mozzilla Firefox it doesn’t play. Safari, yes, Google Chrome, yes, but for whatever the reason Firefox doesn’t. It was one of those things we never even gave a second thought.

This is a great example of why (as Mark likes to say) we all need to shop our own stores the way our customers may and see if there are issues. This issue seemed non existent on some computers as we were bouncing back and forth between older audio and the new that was working fine till it was tried on another. i.e., The one running Safari was fine with both, the other running Firefox played one but not the other.

After some hair pulling and and desk banging it was finally noticed: “Did anyone check the format?”

Silence was all that was heard next.

To quote Forest Gump, “Stupid is, as stupid does.”

Thanks for understanding, and here’s to possibly saving someone from the same.

Cheers,

V.V. -StreetCry Media

Coming Soon To The Subscriber Only Section

People have been asking about the audio and other features that will be coming up in the “subscriber only” sections so here’s a sample. This is what the subject matter in “Thoughts For Today’s Entrepreneur” will be sounding like. They’ll be other forms of audio also, but this is just a start. I’ll post other samples as they become available. As always feel free to share however please – don’t/never spam anyone! When the subscriber sections become “live” they’ll be available to subscribers of the blog only, with no “sharing” features available.

Remember subscribing is easy and Free! And as a reminder: We wont sell, rent, or share your email. Period.

All you need is a valid email address, nothing more. But you will need to be a subscriber to access. As It’s been said many times and we wish to make it worth while, “membership has its privileges.”

Below is the first installment of what is coming soon. Thanks!

V.V. -StreetCry Media

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© 2014 Mark St.Cyr in association with StreetCry Media. All Rights Reserved

Answering Some Questions

One of the most frequent questions we get about Mark’s blog falls around this question: “95 countries? C’mon, really?” And sometimes it’s asked like this: “95 countries? What – are counting spammers too?!” Or the inevitable: “You mean to tell me Mark’s blog is translated into countless languages? That sounds a little far fetched or at the least – exaggerated.” What many forget (and it’s very easily understood as to why) English is the predominant language used in and for business around the world. The higher one moves and is involved in the business structure globally the more one will find English as the common business language, and many are extraordinarily fluent.

Mark will be the first to say these and more are all fair questions. And as many of you that have been following him or his writings for a while know, he prefers to use himself whenever possible as the exemplar (or guinea pig) in most examples. So what we did was put together an info-graph of what traffic on the blog looks like at any given time. Below what you’ll see is what an average day (covering about 2 weeks,) an average week, and an average month. These aren’t cherry picked, these are roughly over the last 30 to 60 days.

Some might think “Huh, but why no visitor count? What are you trying to hide?” Again as Mark would say, “Fair question.” and I asked him if I should and here’s the response: “Putting a number means absolutely nothing. The best number for anyone who seriously wants to interpret reach or impact would be to think of every visit as only 1 rather than 100, or 1000, or 1,000,000. The number is irrelevant. Those concerned with only a number more often than not aren’t really interested in the “numbers,” for again they truly are irrelevant. Many times what these people are actually doing is trying to justify or reconcile themselves for their own lack luster performance on some social media site. This is the crowd that believes “likes” and the like means money in the bank. You won’t convince them otherwise and I’ve long ago stopped trying.”

So for the many of those that have asked here is that graphic and one last note: As of today, it’s actually over 100.

BREAKDOWN OF VISITORS_edited-1

As always, thanks to all new and returning visitors to the blog. For without you – there’s no need for us.

V.V. StreetCry Media

© 2014

Audio Podcast from Mark’s “Prose Series”

Lessons We Can Learn From Wall Street

MYTR LogoThis podcast and more available in iTunes®

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StreetCry Media. All Rights Reserved

The quick hitting no holds barred series based on
“Mr. Engineer, please hit the record button and let’s go!”
Designed and delivered to be thought provoking and unique
for its forget about edits and retakes format.

Can’t see the media player on your mobile device? Click here.

Just An Update On: The Updates

Dear subscribers and guests. As many of you know we have been mentioning updates that are coming for the blog, this is the weekend we’re going to try to install many of them. For now many of the updates are on the so-called “back-end” since the blog has grown with more subscribers and visitors from around the globe. (It is officially now viewed and read in over 95 countries!) Some may not experience any changes depending on the time, or the day as we initiate them. All this updating is to ensure a smoother experience and the facilitation of adding more content some strictly for subscribers, and more. (much of that will be announced on a roll out basis.)

The MarkStCyr.com website and the blog will become one as in “seamless.” A redesign incorporating the two is in beta and we’re rolling it out (hopefully) in working order. If not, don’t be surprised if you get some form of error message or if things seem a little buggy over the next week or so. It’s just us in the background trying to get it right.

As always thanks to all of you around the globe. We hope this update will make your experience here even better.

Once again thanks!

V.V. -StreetCry Media

An Update In Regards To The App

It was brought to our attention that Mark’s app seems to no longer be available for download. (Thanks to all for the emails!)

And No – we do not think this is some conspiracy, nefarious, nor retaliatory issue.

It seems if one already has it downloaded it’s still working properly.

We’ll post an update later on, and as always thanks to everyone!

V.V. -StreetCry Media

A Passage From The Upcoming Book: The Business Of I

This is a passage we thought we’d share from Mark’s upcoming book. It’s not in its fully edited form but we thought readers of the blog would like to see parts in the process.
Enjoy!
V.V. StreetCry Media

From the chapter with the working title “You Think You’ve Been Screwed!”

Many entrepreneurs as well as C-level executives believe (fool heartily) that once the formality of a signed agreement is completed that both sides are now in agreement. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Many times signed agreements to the unethical or ruthless are nothing more than an opportunity to exploit business laws through the court processes (and more) that the counter party never dreamed of.

When entering any agreement regardless of how ironclad one believes the contract to be one must remember: When money is involved, only money is worth the paper it’s written on. All else is subject to negotiations at any time during the so-called “under contract” time provisions.

Non-payment, delay of payment, circumventing supply requirements, project funding support rescinding, and much, much, more can be used by an offending counterpart to bring one side to their knees paving the way for “renegotiation.” And those newer terms might be far removed from your first agreement.

You may think you have a bulletproof document protecting you from harm. The unethical or ruthless see your belief as folly and may use it against you knowing full well it will never stand up to their Howitzer.

Contracts should be viewed as tools to help both sides remember past agreements however, just like tools – they can break under strain. Believing you had a tool that shouldn’t fail means nothing if that “tool” represented plugging a dike which then suddenly broke under pressure at the most inopportune time.

Let me illustrate this point using myself as the example.

I was involved in a leverage buyout of a prominent specialty manufacturer. My tenure began when this company was in dire straights and I was hired as the person to turn it around. Subsequently within a year not only did the company return to profit, it had its best sales year to date. During this demanding time it was insinuated by the owner that he should sell me the company. For it was obvious (he insisted) I was the guy that could move the company forward, and he just didn’t have the fight for it any longer.

Once the company had turned around and I had revamped the management and other particulars where the company seemed on sure footing an offer was presented for me to purchase the company as to pave way for the current owner to retire. Everything seemed to be going according to everything the owner insinuated. There was no reason to doubt his sincerity. I would later learn to regret that last line.

An agreement was made, preliminary paperwork signed with formalization of the remaining documentation residing between both law firms. Bank approval was in the final stages and we were in the proverbial, “hurry up and wait” stages of the process. Then, out of the blue, things changed. Light-speed might be an understatement.

Suddenly the owner became uncharacteristically hostile in his demeanor with me. Sharp outbursts out of nowhere, arguing points just recently agreed to as if I were lying or making things up. His tone and posture around me turned from one of “best friends for life” to outright disdain. I was not only left perplexed, I was genuinely wondering: “Did I insult his mother or something?” The change was that dramatic.

During this period I genuinely believed the owner must be experiencing something within his family life I was not privy to was the cause. Delays in paperwork from his attorneys were making it obvious something just wasn’t right.

Finally in desperation (for things were nearing madness in my view) I made an offer to end the purchase of the company if that was putting pressure on his family, and since it would be in both our interests to go our separate ways I made an offer to stay on in a lower position with differing terms (that were beneficial to him more than myself for I really was concerned about his mental well-being) till he found a replacement. For if I was no longer going to buy, there really was no reason to stay.

He heralded me as the best person in the world. Told me he was, “So happy for someone with my insights and character.” Then asked if I could write down what we just discussed in simple terms and sign off on it and he would do the same later. I agreed feeling relieved that maybe this was the best and we both could get on with our lives.

In less than 15 minutes I wrote out the simple points, signed it, and handed it to him. He replied, “Great! Let me give it a once over first and I’ll give you it back later today or tomorrow morning.” Feeling relief this was now moving in the right direction I reluctantly agreed. Boy, will I learn a life lesson from this.

The next morning when I drove into the parking lot I noticed the owner’s car. For nearly a year he never arrived before me. I was always first. Something in my gut said somethings wrong but I had no idea what I was about to witness.

Upon entering the building I was greeted by him at the door as he sat in waiting. Abruptly he notified me to, “Pack your things, you’re done.” Then escorted me where I haphazardly threw my belongings into a box and left the building. No explanation forthcoming, no response to questions. Dead silence.

In utter disbelief I drove home questioning whether or not I was hallucinating within some form of dream/nightmare. Once I regained my composure I immediately drove to my lawyer’s office and told him the news. He himself was left dumbstruck.

I asked what were my options and discussions of legal suit were contemplated since the buy out proceedings were still ongoing from a legal stand point. We decided we would both think more on the issue but first off, I needed some time to digest everything that just happened and make arrangements for I was now suddenly – unemployed.

I was entitled to file for unemployment insurance since I was an employee during this process not an owner, so as anyone would I filed my claim. And it was here during this process where it became vividly clear exactly what had been transpiring and why. During this process it was revealed becoming quite apparent, I had been nothing more than an unsuspecting “fly” caught in a trail leading to a spider’s web.

I was notified my claim came back denied. The reason given “why” I was let go was pure fiction, and I decided even though I didn’t want to set eyes on this person again, I would not let this stand regardless how inconsequential the money was. So, I asked for the adjudication process where both sides are heard with the ability to counter any assertions. What happened in that room still leaves me shaking my head on the boldness and outright contempt of decency.

Being the aggrieved party I was told to state my case first with no interruptions from him. Once I made my case he would be allowed to counter any point he disagreed with. So, with that, I went about describing what had taken place.

He sat there listening seemingly uninterested in anything I was saying. Although he looked at me as I was speaking, I could tell there was something wrong. He just seemed to not care as if what I said he didn’t need to counter, or prove wrong. I found it a little surreal only for the fact that I was making a very logical, step by step case and outlining the process in a very detailed manner. If you wanted to take issue with anything of what I was saying, it would be hard to remember every point by memory alone. Unless – you didn’t care. And when I finished, I found out exactly why.

When I finished giving him his turn, he stated, (I’m paraphrasing but I’m not far off, this is near verbatim as I remember it)
“I have no idea what he’s talking about. This is absolute fiction, made up. I’ve been in business for over 20 years. I own a well-respected business, a leader in my market. I would never make agreements or such as he’s stating. Look, to prove what I’m saying here’s a list of demands he gave me the day before I let him go stating if I don’t sign this he was leaving me flat, leaving both my business as well as my livelihood at risk. (Then he produced the agreement he asked me to make.) I’m not going to be held hostage by anyone! If what he says is true, why in the world would this be needed?”

I was shell-shocked. I could feel the blood running out of my face by the sheer witnessing of pure unadulterated ruthlessness. I turned to the adjudicator and simply said, “I’m finished here, I have nothing more to say.” Packed up my notes, and left the building. I was the walking equivalent of an android. Emotionless, walking via autopilot only. Even driving back I was an automaton. I don’t remember anything till nearly the next day at my lawyer’s office.

I told him what happened and once again we both sat there dumbfounded by the sheer ability for deceit. When I asked if we should pursue any legal actions any further he said something that has stuck with me to this day. “Well, you do have options however, this guy your dealing with is not a businessman. You’re asking him to be something he’s not. He’s just a guy in a business. He wont make decisions or actions based on business principles. He’s unprincipled to begin with. You could spend a fortune proving you are right, but in the end, guy’s like him don’t care. His actions already proves that. He’ll make you spend a fortune. Chalk it up as experience, and move on is my best advice.”

On aside note. My lawyer is also a personal friend and one of the best in business law in New England having argued cases in front of the Supreme Court so it’s not as if he wouldn’t like the fight and spend my money doing it like most others would. That’s the importance of having true, authentic, counsel.

Suffice to say years have gone by. In retrospect it’s funny how life turns things in ways where at the time, you think they’re absolute calamities. Yet, in the end, the door that closes needs to be slammed shut so the door that needs to be opened gets unlocked.

I wanted to purchase this company as to build for retirement in later years. The owner wanted to sell it to me as to retire early. As of this writing, I’ve been retired for nearly a decade. He is still there working.

To this day I still laugh when someone states “Yeah, but they signed a contract.” as if they are guaranteed. Nothing is guaranteed, only the guarantee of arguing your case may be guaranteed. Winning a legal battle regardless of how iron clad one believes their argument to be: is quite another.

© 2014 Mark St.Cyr

From The Upcoming Book: The Busness Of I

A passage or quote from Mark’s upcoming book, The Business Of I. (available later this year)
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-V.V. StreetCry Media

 

“The more barriers removed, or easier a once implausible task becomes to execute: the harder it will become to do just that. Why?
Because, as ease of entry of a once perceived barrier is removed:
the barrier of fear begins to rise and take its place,
becoming even more of a hurdle then its imagined or real predecessors.

Moving through that final self imposed barrier requires you, moving past, you.
For many this is the greatest barrier of all: for it stops one from actually believing in themselves.
It is at this moment people begin the busy work of procrastination.
Appearing to be working and planning great things: Yet will accomplish nothing.
For they get busy blaming the world and point to all the reasons why.
Fooling everyone including themselves that they were busy working to overcome some other barrier,
instead of pushing through their own.”
– Mark St.Cyr

Audio Podcast from Mark’s “Prose Series”

The “Outside The Box” Concept

This podcast and more available in iTunes®

© 2012 Mark St.Cyr in association with StreetCry Media. All Rights Reserved

The quick hitting no holds barred series based on “Mr. Engineer, please hit the record button and let’s go!” Designed and delivered to be thought provoking and unique for its forget about edits and retakes format.

Can’t see the media player on your mobile device? Click here.