Blog Category: Mark My Words


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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Mark My Words—August, 2017

By Mark Lipton,

  Big Feats With Small Footprints There have been lots of changes in the Lipton house lately. For starters, my girlfriend became my fiancée and moved in with me and my daughter. Before the move-in, my daughter and I had often joked, “we’ve known her five years and never seen her in the same outfit  … Read more

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Mark My Words—July, 2017

By Mark Lipton,

Happy At (Almost) Any Price My daughter, my dog, my fiancée, and I were sitting on the couch the other night. We weren’t “deep chatting,” as my daughter likes to say. Lying around “j-chillin” was about all we were doing. Turns out that me and the dog were the only two “j-chillin” because the silence  … Read more

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Mark My Words—June, 2017

By Mark Lipton,

  Better Pricing for a SureWin Sometimes, in a moment, we become “aware.” And sometimes it takes a lifetime to get to that moment! I remember how hard I laughed when my daughter became aware that we sometimes call things EXACTLY what they are just by squishing two words together. The first time she figured  … Read more

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Mark My Words—May, 2017

By Mark Lipton,

The Rich and the Bald If asking me for money is a sign of love, then I have no doubt whatsoever just how much my 19-year-old daughter loves me! She’s proven that love every day since she got home from freshman year! For me though, I wish love were measured in room cleaning or laundry  … Read more

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Mark My Words—April, 2017

By Mark Lipton,

  Will Your Store Divorce You? Not With These Tips! Every time I think I understand the women in my life, they find some way to send me a reminder that says, “Mark, you just don’t get it!” In the case of my ex-wife, it was a process server who handed me that reminder! Despite  … Read more

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Mark My Words—March, 2107

By Mark Lipton,

Safe Shopping in Dangerous Territory My daughter is home for spring break and was telling me about a trip to Israel she is planning for this summer. She could not have been more excited when she said “and while I’m there, there are two other countries I can walk across the border to, just to  … Read more

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Mark My Words—February, 2017

By Mark Lipton,

  25 Independent Years When The Paint Dealer editor Jerry Rabushka asked me if I had a copy of my old byline picture from almost 25 years ago, my first thought was that I was getting an anniversary card or perhaps some sort of gift for my years of service. Little did I know that  … Read more

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Mark My Words—January, 2017

By Mark Lipton,

  You Should Have Seen It,  It Was SO AMAZING! “I look at every item to make sure we are buying it right as well as pricing it right.” Collectively, my family has an impressive ability to describe everyday things we experience in overly resplendent ways. Every movie my daughter has ever seen was “the  … Read more

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