Blog Category: Mark My Words


Mark My Words—July 2018

By Mark Lipton,

sponsored by   The Cherry Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree “Fight the ease of looking at a full line and dig into the pieces of a line, too.” There are telltale signs all around my house that my daughter is home for the summer: the container of mixed nuts is nothing more than a  … Read more

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Mark My Words—June, 2018

By Mark Lipton,

sponsored by When General Sherwin Marches In I slept really well last night. I didn’t spend the night tossing and turning; I got into bed and fell right to sleep. I didn’t groan or shout out in my sleep (according to my fiancée at least) and didn’t wake up with that jaw pain you get  … Read more

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Mark My Words—May, 2018

By Mark Lipton,

Mop ’Til You Drop   “I don’t want to be in charge of cleaning the floors, yet there I am with a mop in my hand!” I can be very difficult—at least that’s what my daughter and fiancé told me the other night. Apparently I’m a terrific guy with a heart of gold whom most  … Read more

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Mark My Words—April, 2018

By Mark Lipton,

sponsored by   10 Top Reasons to Be a Paint Dealer “I used to bring home boxes of mixing sticks and we would build houses out of them.” It’s getting so difficult to trust what you read these days. When I was younger, media didn’t have a slant! Newspapers were neither liberal nor conservative. Walter  … Read more

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Mark My Words—March, 2018

By Mark Lipton,

sponsored by   Get With the Program Growing up, when my grandparents didn’t want you to know what they were saying they would speak Yiddish! In a room crowded with people, they had all the privacy they wanted, When my daughter is home from school, she has the same desire for privacy that my grandparents  … Read more

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Mark My Words—February, 2018

By Mark Lipton,

sponsored by   Playing the Numbers   “You cannot control your expenses unless you know specifically what they are.” Research shows that the neuronal pathways that cause many types of addiction, such as heroin, are the same ones that cause us to binge watch a TV show. With the volume of Shark Tank I have  … Read more

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Mark My Words—January, 2018

By Mark Lipton,

  Piling On: It All Comes Out in the Wash “It’s safer to have 20 customers owing you $100,000 than one who owes you $2,000,000.” My daughter was home from college for the holidays. I could tell because there were piles of stuff all over our house that were not there two days before! Multiple  … Read more

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Mark My Words—November, 2017

By Mark Lipton,

    The Money You Make May Be Your Own My daughter and I have finally come to an agreement on how her finances are handled while she’s away at Ohio State: she tells me what she wants and I provide it! We seem to argue much less since we have adopted this strategy! All  … Read more

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Mark My Words—October, 2017

By Mark Lipton,

  Managing What You Manage Jack Welsh, the highly regarded former CEO of General Electric, used to say, “You can’t grow long term if you can’t eat short term!” It’s hard to argue with that logic. And would I ever be so arrogant as to disagree with the man at the helm of GE while  … Read more

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Mark My Words—September, 2017

By Mark Lipton,

The Business of Family I have to admit: at the time I started making fun of my daughter in print—in front of the entire paint industry—it never occurred to me that she would have a chance to reply. As my regular readers know, I have written many times about some of the (really) stupid things  … Read more

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