10 Favorite Quotes from Readers (and Why You Should De-Lurk)


I’m fortunate to have many fabulous readers and fellow bloggers who comment frequently and with great insight here at Free Pursuits. I love the conversations that break out in the comments. There have been some real gems, both funny and insightful that you (my dear readers) have left over the months. Thanks everyone who has joined the conversations already.

For those who haven’t left a comment before, now is a great chance to join the conversation.

This blog (like most) has a loyal minority who regularly leave comments. Less than 1 out of 100 readers leave a comment in a given month. I would love to double that number by getting those of you who lurk in the shadows to also start commenting.

I’m asking those of you who feel brave enough to de-lurk. Break the silence and join the conversation. What you have to say matters to me and other readers.

Comments are a vital force in blogging. Blogging is at it’s heart a social format. Comments get conversations flowing that help other readers through problems or to make breakthroughs themselves. Comments also inspire my writing and help me to understand what’s important to cover here.

Commenting is easy. Just fill out the form at the end of the post. Don’t worry if you don’t have a website to promote. You can always leave your Facebook or Twitter profile as a link, and you don’t even have to leave a link if you don’t want to.

To inspire you, I’d like to share 10 of my favorite quotes that have been left in comments here at Free Pursuits:

  1. “Creating an inauthentic personal brand is similar to introducing yourself using a fake accent. People might buy it for a while, but it’s exhausting to maintain the facade, and eventually you’ll get burned.”
  2. David Walsh on Is “Personal Branding” Just an Ego-Driven Waste of Time?

  3. “Let’s say you’re a jerk. Why bother trying to change, it’s just not going to seem right and people will notice. Embrace your inner jerk, and connect with all the other jerks in the world who will love your personal brand.”
  4. Nate on Is “Personal Branding” Just an Ego-Driven Waste of Time?

  5. “…passion is a relentless force of nature that cannot be suppressed – only focused and channeled. Anything short of that is just an interest.”
  6. David Walsh on Which Side of the Passion Debate Are You On?

  7. “I worked at a corporation for a while. They actually enforced happiness. It was a policy. You had to smile in the hallways and force pleasant conversation. Even though I was pulled down daily by the soul-sucking liferape of corporate America, I managed to smile.”
  8. J. D. Bentley on Am I Being Too Hard on Corporations?

  9. “Capitalism (and ‘corporatism’) are like chainsaws…incredibly useful and productive in the right hands, but in the wrong hands…”
  10. Colin Wright on Am I Being Too Hard on Corporations?

  11. “I encourage you to simply let those in a deep cultural coma fade away, unfollow you, or otherwise go back to sleep.”
  12. Gwen McCauley on OK, OK, I Give. Lifestyle Design is not for Everybody

  13. “My parents say I can “do anything,” but when I said I wanted to be an actor as a kid they said I wouldn’t make it, when I said I wanted to be with the police they said I’d get shot/killed/injured on a job with very little pay, when I said I wanted to travel they said I needed a degree in IT so I could get a job in San Francisco…”
  14. Zora on OK, OK, I Give. Lifestyle Design is not for Everybody

  15. “…work/life balance is for people who don’t enjoy their work. If you hate your work, then you should definitely balance it with stuff you enjoy. But if you enjoy your work, who needs balance?”
  16. Cath on The 4-Hour Workweek is Full of Hype, But That’s Not the Point

  17. “None of us will have ALL the answers simply because we each have a different lifestyle choice, but we can support each other and share ideas, thoughts, tips and even our frustrations because we never know whose answer is the one we need.”
  18. Caron on How We Can Help Each Other Achieve Our Lifestyle Goals

  19. “…acting ‘responsible’ and ‘grown-up’ is actually another way of saying ‘I’m doing what everyone else is doing, because I’m too lazy to think for myself’.”
  20. NomadicNeil on The No B.S. Guide To Designing Your Own Life

There you have it. This is just a tiny sample of the great comments that have been left. People write thought-provoking, inspiring and even funny comments here all the time, and you can too.

Please don’t be shy. You don’t have to write a tome, just a comment!

(thanks to AriWriter for the inspirational article on de-lurking)

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I'm Corbett Barr, founder of Fizzle and Palapa and co-host of The Fizzle Show. This is where I write about building businesses, living the good life, and doing work that matters. More about me »

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