Pessimist, Optimist and Opportunist Walk Into a Bar…

By Gene Marks Features FOXBusiness

A woman tests a glass of red wine during the Vinitaly wine expo in Verona, April 8, 2011. China, Russia and Brazil where consumers are discovering a pleasure of drinking good wine, will power growth of Italy's wine export while the core U.S. market ... recovers after crisis, industry experts say. Wine exports from Italy, which competes with France for the position of the world's biggest producer, rose about 11 percent to 3.9 billion euros ($5.62 billion) in 2010, according to industry data, as markets recovered from the global downturn. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini ( ITALY - Tags: FOOD BUSINESS) (REUTERS)

Lots of lessons learned from the Super Bowl last week. And a few funny comments as well. Here’s my latest version of Favorite Small Business Tweets of the Week.

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Be thankful for problems. If they were less difficult, someone with less ability might have your job.

God. Farmers. Paul Harvey. America. RAM. Excellent. #SuperbowlAd

EVERYONE learns more from failure, though it doesn't feel so at the time!‏

while the pessimist, optimist and realist argued if the glass was half full or empty the opportunist drank it

Requests, Punctuality, plus Follow-up = Trust and Credibility = Sales.

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This business isn't about the idea, it's not about the solution, it's about positioning, timing, execution, and the Art of War.

The investment decision is about the person behind the idea.

Pursue purpose: Don't let business be about "busyness".

When you see a person in management unable to make a decision, they've probably been put in a position they shouldn't be in.

The goal of listening is more than understanding information; its making people feel understood.

Business process is business analysis. If your process does not self-analyze and adapt, it is a dead process.

Reach may be down on FB, but engagement is up nearly double. You may have to ante $’s, but results may surprise you.

While information usually informs #trust, the compulsive pursuit of information can actually diminish confidence.

The Federal Reserve was just hacked. It's bad – they say the hackers could've stolen as much as negative 14 trillion dollars.

U.S. Postal Service to cut Saturday mail. Snow, rain, heat or gloom of night ain't got nothing on market forces.

You don't get paid for the ideas in your head.

I pray someone at the New Yorker is drawing a cartoon of angry dogs picketing the post office.

2012: The year of the IPO. 2013: The year of going private. Trends change fast in this industry.

I’d say good morning but I hate to start the day with a lie.

On this day in 2004 Facebook was launched, the world's largest birthday reminder service.

Hate Mondays? Have kids.  

Nothing screams 'irony' more than using social media tools to attempt to spread your message that social media sucks/doesn't work.

Cultural Translation: When SF wins (World Series) we light city ablaze, when defeated, we quietly drink blue bottle coffee.

Culture is not something you buy at the supermarket. It's built one action at a time, making good on promises.

It would be good if politics was a battle of ideas. Shame it's mostly low brow quips and oneupmanship

The link between farmers and Dodge is that your tax dollars support both of them.

Successful people set and pursue goals, remain focused and achieve in a timely fashion.

Smart people use simple language. It's not very impressive when you're not understood.  

With a lot of these better than expected same store sales results, the payroll tax hike doesn't seem to be having much of an impact yet.

Gene Marks owns the Marks Group PC, a ten person sales and marketing technology consulting firm outside of Philadelphia that serves more than 600 small and medium companies around the country.

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