31 Weird Phrases We Use in Our Business

13 comments
31 Weird Phrases We Use in Our Business post image

I was so surprised by the cool introduction that Elisa helped to make for our 100th podcast episode. She combined a bunch of funny outtakes from our past episodes. Listening to the intro made me realize we’ve developed our own lingo over the last few years.

In this post I’ll outline some terms that are often used in our business and immediate group of entrepreneurial contacts, including members of the DC, listeners to the podcast, and folks we hang with here in Asia.

I enjoy finding fresh ways to say stuff, even when they often don’t work out as planned. I’m sure I stole most of these terms from other people. If you like any of these, I invite you to do the same. Some are unique, some, not so much.

If you have any cool words or phrases that you love to use in your business, I’d love to hear them.

  • Bench pressing – building every single functional area of a a new revenue stream in a short amount of time– by yourself.
  • Cambodia casha more precise definition of “passive income,” residual income from web properties that doesn’t require phone support or synchronous customer service.
  • “There’s no margin in it” – Used more broadly in personal situations, means “it’s not worth it.”
  • “GTDin it” – A reference to Getting Things Done, the most important productivity book I’ve read so far.
  • Delegate or delete – an aggressive approach to GTD principles where a creative entrepreneur either forwards inbox tasks onto a team member, or deletes the email altogether.
  • Exit velocity – The collective sum of resources, cash, experience, and traction that an entrepreneur has when they quit their job. A single guy who has never had a job who moves to Thailand to build Adsense sites has a low exit velocity, whereas former executives with industry experience bootstrapping a software business would have a high exit velocity.
  • Legal drug money – profits created from mundane high-margin products that are relatively easy to source, produce, or create. Software tools, ebooks, financial products, etc.
  • Balla – n. one who displays extraordinary entrepreneurial prowess. adj. Very cool, admirable.
  • “Entrepreneur” – anyone with a website.
  • Boss socks – awesome or great.
  • Baselining – Reducing your expenses as low as possible to increase your runway.
  • Runway – How long you can afford to live without having to get a job.
  • Entrepreneurial Michael JordanMatt Bellemare.
  • Chops index – how talented of an entrepreneur others perceive you to be.
  • Kids – employees who are younger than you.
  • The silent majority – The 99% of the consumers of your content or products who never present themselves to you via Facebook, Twitter, email, telephone, or the comments section of your blog.
  • Biznass – business
  • Gas (also: “gasin’ it) – “give a shit.To “gas it” is apply yourself with extreme focus on a task. (Also: grind, jam, bang).
  • DCer – An active member of the Dynamite Circle forum.
  • “Noted with thanks!” – A uniquely Chinese (and often parodied) way to express that you’ve received an email.
  • Bustin’ a shin – Not fully committing to an action or a decision. “I busted a shin on that last sales letter, I should have made it longer.”
  • Yeah buddy – A way to agree with gusto.
  • Half stack – A mediocre employee with no vision or proactive attitude.
  • The 1000 day principleThe business theory that suggests it will take 1000 days from when you issue your first invoice to when your bootstrapped start-up will replace a professional level salary.
  • Geeks on the beach – codename for any entrepreneurial meet-up in Puerto Galera, Philippines.
  • A retail blog vs. a wholesale blog – This distinction can apply to podcasts, bands, authors, and a lot more. “Wholesale” indicates that advanced level consumers, industry insiders, or other serious practitioners follow the content/personality etc. “Retail” content generally has more mass appeal. The Lifestyle Business Podcast, as an example, was always intended to be a “wholesale” blog. We wanted to speak to our peers, not “teach people the way!” The Pixies are a famous wholesale band (other band leaders listened to them for ideas), whereas Nirvana was a more retail effort.
  • Derps – hapless entrepreneurs, contractors, or employees.
  • Flips – Filipinos.
  • The Internet marketing vortex – the trap many marketers get into, making money by teaching people how to make money. Few survive.
  • EOM – end of message. Used in the subject line of emails that have no body text.
  • “Thanks in advance” – a universally douchey and presumptuous tactic used in email by people with boring corporate jobs.

Got any other fun ones?

Happy hustlin’,

Dan

PS, I’m currently winning at Twitter.

PPS, thanks in advance for signing up for my mailing list:

Published on 05.02.12
  • Greg

    GSD – Gettin’ S*** Done (similar to GTD, but as we know doing real business and getting things done is not as fancy as everyone thinks ;-)

    By the way, I’ll be in Patong, Phuket next week May 9, 10, and 11th.  Would love to meet up with anyone there for a short talk just to discuss our businesses (and new ideas) and get some independent thoughts and exchange.  I’m currently working out of HK and do both consulting (for cash) as well as working on my own thing (for long-term happiness).

    Where is the best place to post to find like-minded people to hangout with for an hour when I travel like this??

    You can reach me at greggdavis hotmail com (insert the proper @ and . )

  • http://lucidability.com/ Jamie Alexander

    Haha, I like a few of those. My favorites are baselining and runway. Entrepreneur for anyone that has a website is funny.

    I usually call money “bank”.

    What about “liquid gold”, the money you can pour into the business at any time. I just made that up – probably why it sounds like a cocktail.

  • http://FlagTheory.com/ Edmund John

    A few you forgot…

    “rip, pivot, jam”

    “packing a lunch”

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    hahah, oh jeeze…

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    haha cocktail indeed. i like “bank” as well.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    cheers, won’t be over in Thailand at that time. best place to meet entrepreneurs in Thailand is the DC man! :) 

  • http://www.bzemic.com/impossibleInstinct/ steve ward

    Ok im so stealing a couple of those to use in my own business

  • http://www.bzemic.com/impossibleInstinct/ steve ward

    ok cocktail liquid gold sounds good also does sound like it should be a drink as well, but what about targeted money you pour into your business at any time.

    Reverse could be true liquid gold could be just the opposite money that your getting out of the business.

  • http://www.bzemic.com/impossibleInstinct/ steve ward

    I’ve done that 
    Bench pressing – building every single functional area of a a new revenue stream in a short amount of time– by yourself.

    To do that ->>>>Legal drug money – profits created from mundane high-margin products that are relatively easy to source, produce, or create. Software tools, ebooks, financial products, etc. (something that i have yet to get the kinks out of)

    So one day i might become a Balla – n. one who displays extraordinary entrepreneurial prowess. adj. Very cool, admirable.

    then a Entrepreneurial Michael Jordan – Matt Bellemare./ Balla– n. one who displays extraordinary entrepreneurial prowess. adj. Very cool, admirable.

    I have trouble with  Bustin’ a shin – Not fully committing to an action or a decision. “I busted a shin on that last sales letter, I should have made it longer.”

    and i have been a –>Half stack – A mediocre employee with no vision or proactive attitude.

    Ok im going to put that in my evernotes to refer to every day =P

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    :D

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    i call liquid cash that is readily available your “war chest.” should have included that one….

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    haha

  • Alasdair

    10 points for “thanks in advance”…love that one.

Next post: