7 Mistakes You *CAN* Afford to Make

Jan 2, 2012   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Data Modeling, Fun, Snark  //  No Comments

I just saw that my article on Enterprise Data Modeling: 7 Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make at Information Management magazine was on their list of the Top 10 Stories of 2011.    In fact, it made it to the top five stories. My friend Corey Smith ( blog | @heycorey ) then took it upon himself to ask

I’d like to know the 7 mistakes I *can* afford to make, so I can stop worrying about them?

Tweet by Corey

He wasn’t specific about whether he meant in enterprise data management or not, so I’m responding in general. These are all mistakes, but one can afford to make them, in moderation.

  1. Peanut butter: I’m not a fan of it, especially when it’s hidden in other stuff like pretzels and vodka
  2. Rounding Up:  Mathy people say that you should round up sometimes and round down other times.  And sometimes you don’t.  I say, make everyone happy and round up, right?
  3. Non-Alcoholic Beer:  I have to say that this stuff is usually quite bad, which is why it is a mistake.  But sometimes you need to have a beer and this is all they will let you drink. Like at lunch in the US or between real beers in the rest of the world.
  4. Twitter Grammar: 140 chars is some*s 2 short 2 say something 1derful.
  5. Running: What can I say?  I do it, and I want to do it more. It always feels like a mistake when I start doing it.  But I can afford to do more.
  6. Bacon: I prefer the veggie kind.  Others don’t.  We both feel as if the other is making a mistake.  That’s okay.
  7. February: It’s post holiday season, it’s not really spring and hardly anyone can pronounce it correctly.  But everyone has to do it.

So there you go, Corey,  your list.

Everyone else, go check out my article as well as all the other Top Stories in from Information Management.

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