Ignorance is NOT Bliss: Education, Your Business, and the Law — 10 Comments

  1. Hi Lesa,

    Thanks for sharing this important information. We had an instance in my business opportunity of people sending email spam to people who hadn’t opted in to receive such information. Luckily, someone with knowledge of the Can-Spam Act informed them that what they were doing was illegal, and the activity stopped. Ignorance is definitely not bliss, and as you noted, can be painfully expensive.

    • Ignorance can get you into a lot of trouble and is most often not a defense. It’s always a good idea to do a bit of research first and the Internet makes this process so quick and easy there really is not excuse.

  2. HI Lesa, well, I can’t disagree with you because I’m with you 100%.

    I hate spam and there are supposed to be laws in place… although so many circumvent the law… which drives me nuts.

    Its the same with telephone soliciting. Drives me hairy scary… and we are supposed to have a law in place to ensure you don’t get called. (yea right).

    Regarding being educated. Well… if you are as familiar with the law as I am.. as I have had to become so these last few years… you are right. If you choose to be ignorant, it can very easily come and bite you in the A$$ whether you like it or not.

    As you say, getting someone to act on your behalf… hmmm… not usually such a good idea … my opinion… unless you know ‘exactly’ how they operate.



  3. I believe that this is true to a lot of other stuff that you do in life. My boss used to know exactly what I needed to do, even though he didn’t know the technical details. He could also estimate how much time each task should take me.
    It is definitely beneficial to adopt this attitude in your business, especially when you hire someone.

  4. Hi Lesa,

    Receiving alot of spam has got to be one of the low points online. Gone are the days when people are excited about any email notification they get. Nowadays it is bad business for people to move your messages to spam.

    It’s so sad that people dont take the time to learn these things.

    Thanks for sharing

  5. Lesa,
      I have been curious for awile as to the rest of that quote, and here it is(I think it makes your point): “If ignorance is bliss, tis folly to be wise.” None of us know all…otherwise there would be too many Jacks and Janes of all trades and nobody to be the masters of one!

  6. Hi Lesa,

    That is a great example of why it’s so important that we do our research before we do anything associated with our business. One poorly researched move can do a lot of damage!

    Thank you for sharing this powerful reminder!

    • Many business owners don’t do ANY research because they believe they have to become an “expert” and they simply don’t have time for that, so they simply rely on so-called experts for advice. As business owners, we need to realize that it takes only a small amount of time to become educated about the issues facing our business, and this education takes very little time at all.

  7. Well said Lesa!
    My mentor Pam Hendrickson says the same thing about knowing your business. She said it like this, “It is your business to know your business.” Robert Kiyosaki said, “You should be in control of your own investments. Advisors advise but many times know no more than you do.”

  8. Hi Lesa, another great article. I absolutely agree with you about the ignorance of business law, I am not particular with business but I find this information so great and I know for sure that all people that who are in business should know about this.

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