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Life Lesson


Domain investing may be a way of life, but life isn’t isn’t about domain investing.

A former marketing partner of mine when I worked at AIG passed away this morning after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. She was a wonderful woman, full of energy, and she left behind young children. This is a tragic part of life.

I spend a lot of time on the computer, doing research and trying to make deals. This is a way for me to make a living for me, but this isn’t life.Life is about spending time with the people you care about. Enjoy every minute you can. Unfortunately, life can be short. Life can be unpredictable, too. Take some extra time to enjoy the little thigs in your life.

I am writing from my Blackberry in the middle of Herald Square in New York City. I lived near here and hated this time of year. Too many tourists, too much commotion, and too many street vendors and cab horns. Right now I am just staring at all of this in awe. People are happily living their lives and enjoying the season. This is the first time I am enjoying Herald Square during the holiday season.

Take a break from doing business. Get away from the computer for a little while. Watch a movie with your loved ones. Live your life to the fullest and enjoy the meaningful things. Life can be short and unpredictable, so make the most of it while you can.

About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has sold seven figures worth of domain names in the last five years. Please read the Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest.

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Comments (9)

    owen frager

    Sorry about the loss of your friend.

    I feel terrible for her family. It sure puts things into perspective.

    November 29th, 2007 at 10:49 pm


    Hi Elliot,

    Great advice…I echo Owens comment above.


    November 30th, 2007 at 12:57 am

    Peter @ Domainer's Gazette

    sorry about the news Elliot..

    couldn’t agree more with your post..


    November 30th, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    Johnny B. Good

    Sorry to hear the bad news.

    I think too many of us domainers put domaining first, since it can be an addiction, and therefore we suffer from not spending time with family, taking care of regular necessities.

    Sadly, you can’t get your time back if something happens with loved ones, but you can spend time with them NOW and always come back to domaining LATER.

    It’s so hard to have the discipline to walk away from domain deals that occur everyday to spend time with family and friends, but if you don’t you may wish you had. There are always more deals, just like in regular real estate, it never stops.

    Johnny B. Good

    November 30th, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    Steve M.

    Sorry to hear about your loss, Elliot; but especially her direct family.

    Sadly, it often takes losing someone to realize just how important they really were to us…

    …reminds me of the newspaper story I read a few years ago about the woman who’s husband’s snoring drove her crazy…yet; after he died; what she would have given to be able to hear his snoring once again…

    November 30th, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    Dave Zan

    As some would say, get a life!

    Perversely kidding aside, I’m also sorry to read about your friend’s recent demise. But looking also on the bright side, it reminded you to remember that life isn’t always about domaining either.

    The Holidays are especially around the corner. Count your blessings, and share them with your loved ones.

    December 1st, 2007 at 6:16 am

    Tim Davids

    Been there Elliot…your right, enjoy life and I’d add, don’t be the richest guy in the cemetery. Hang in bud.

    December 1st, 2007 at 10:45 am

    Ramiro Canales

    Sometimes it’s good to step back and think about what really matters in life.

    I hope you feel better.

    December 1st, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    Kelly Lieberman

    Just thinking about “counting my blessings” and I have decided that for Hannukah everyone in my family will be receiving a domain!
    I have a large enough portfolio to share and I think that it could just be the gift of the Season… if not their lifetime!!
    Despite constant conversations about my newest passion, nobody in my family really gets it – or shares my enthusiasm about domaining.
    Perhaps if “their domain” gets picked for an auction and sells for a tidy sum they will change their mind!! At any rate, it is a great gift and makes even better conversation than the usual gifts…
    If we all did this for the Holidays, imagine the talk around the water cooler the day after Christmas! We might be starting something pretty interesting!
    My List:
    Husband: (too much info?)
    Daughter:, (she is an expert on text messaging! 14 years..)
    Mom, www, (she makes reservations, not dinner!)
    Sister#1, (she is a genetic counselor)
    Sister#2, (personal joke!)
    Brother in law#1: (huge poker player)
    Brother in law#2: (not great with the computer.)
    Nieces: (young enough to wait on .mobi!) (loves treasure hunting)
    Nephew: (only 2 yrs)
    This could be fun! If anybody wants to make an offer HURRY! Hannukah starts Tuesday night!

    December 2nd, 2007 at 5:33 pm

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