Valley Business FRONT Post – Advice

Given that Dan Smith has been in the news business 44 years and his new venture Valley Business FRONT–a business news magazine covering the New River and Roanoke Valleys of Virginia–will hit newsstands October 5, 2008, I asked him for wisdom he would share in the form of advice.

He wouldn’t have it.

Given his challenging history, chronicled in his memoir Burning the Furniture, Dan Smith asked, “Who am I to give advice to anybody?”

He did share his advice to himself. 

I asked for permission to share it on Handshake 2.0.  Permission granted.

From Dan Smith, Editor, Valley Business FRONT:Dan Smith, Editor, Valley Business FRONT

1. Give what I have to as many as want it, free of expectation, free of obligation, filled with joy and the hope that the gift proves to be of some value.

2. Be involved. Deeply. Fully. Competently. I know some things that are of value and it is my responsibility to give those things to anybody who asks for them and to do it without hesitation. It is my privilege in having these things to give them away.

3. Do the right things for the right reasons. Understand why because it is important. A good result that emerges from a self-centered intent is tainted and at some point will spoil. Get it right up front and pursue with integrity.

The Valley Business FRONT Post is written by Dan Smith, Editor, Valley Business FRONT, a monthly magazine featuring the business communities of the Roanoke and New River Valleys of Virginia. 

The inaugural issue of Valley Business FRONT will be on newsstands October 5, 2008.  To not miss it, feel free to subscribe (.pdf).

Dan Smith’s e-mail signature quotes Kingsley Amis:  "If you can’t annoy somebody, why write?’

The opinions Dan Smith expresses are solely his own and are not necessarily shared by Handshake 2.0.

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