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  1. Robert Abela
    Robert Abela January 10, 2015 at 12:43 | | Reply

    Hi Jean,

    Anything you do there will always be someone who praises you and someone who tries to put you down, that is the world of business and the higher you fly the more lonely it will be.
    I personally like to read the end of year reviews because they are indeed very inspiring. I moved into the “WordPress business” because you encouraged me to do so, if it wasn’t for you I would most probably be still just consulting.
    Should WordPress businesses post end of year reviews? I think it is up to them. After all the internet is all about freedom of speech, isn’t it?

  2. Daniel Espinoza
    Daniel Espinoza January 10, 2015 at 17:02 | | Reply

    I’m in the “Numbers are inspirational” camp. I enjoy reading blog posts where the business owners are transparent about the successes and failures of the year.

    Adding real revenue numbers adds a legitimacy and context. If someone says “It was the BEST Year yet! I’m a genius!” and they only made $50 then the context is set.

    I think the people crying “ego and pride” probably haven’t tried to build a company to the places where the guys mentioned above have arrived. This is because getting to levels of success often require that you leave your ego and pride behind before you get there.

  3. Jeffrey Romano
    Jeffrey Romano January 10, 2015 at 23:01 | | Reply

    I think income reviews do more good than bad. So I’d encourage whoever does them to keep them coming. Haters will always hate.

  4. MattReport
    MattReport January 10, 2015 at 23:09 | | Reply

    My feelings are posted here: http://mattreport.com/precursor-greatness/

  5. darrylschmidt
    darrylschmidt January 12, 2015 at 21:24 | | Reply

    If someone is making vastly more money than me because they did something that I could have done but didn’t do, then good for them.
    Having the skill and drive to make a pile of money in the WordPress community without being a dick should always be seen as a good thing.
    Is it bragging or ego building? Yes. Would I do the same thing? Yes.

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