The Soppiest Blog Post I will EVER Write

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I must warn you, this is going to be a soppy blog post, so if you have just eaten, then please be warned.

That said, I take this post very seriously, and believe every word I write in it.

This post is about Barry Dunlop, whom, for those who don’t know, has been my biz partner for recent years.

What you may not know is that Barry and I went our separate ways recently, and that was my decision, so I wanted to post a little about Barry just for the record, we also have many mutual friends who read this blog, and because frankly, not enough people online realise how much of a great guy he is.

Once Upon a Time

Barry and I first got in contact because I was creating buzz in net forums… he sent me a PM and said he liked my writing style and my big ideas.

A month later we were in business together, the plan was to get into site flipping.

Since then we have traveled the world together, been in Masterminds, spoken on stage, sent thousands of emails back and forth, and become close friends.

Whilst it hasn’t worked out as either of us had hoped, it has been one heck of a ride, and I will NEVER forgot that journey.

Then vs Now

One of the things that Barry now jokes about is how I have developed over the past few years, and I don’t mean how I am now a handsome lady killer (I wish), I mean how I have developed as a person in terms of my skills, strengths and bravery.

When we first worked together, I was so paranoid of embarrassing myself, I refused to speak on the phone.

What can I say? I am a geek, and am most comfortable behind a keyboard, so it was approx 2 months before we even spoke on the phone, and mostly due to being in different countries, it was something like 7 months before we met in person.

Oh how things have changed, and I owe that mostly to Barry and his mentoring and his never budging belief in me.

Another big issue that my self esteem caused was a HUGE fear of public speaking… Barry will surely remember the first time I was asked to speak on stage by Yanik Silver, my face went white, and Barry said he has never seen such fear before.

12 months later I spoke at that same event, and it went extremely well.

Oh how things have changed, and I owe that mostly to Barry and his mentoring and his never budging belief in me.

I also got one of the most important business lessons I have ever learned from Barry, and that is the importance of valuing my own time before anybody else will.

The Personal Level

Barry and I have a great respect for each other, but as people, we are opposites in many ways (which is actually a good thing for biz partnerships)…

So I didn’t connect in my usual childish/bad sense of humour way that I do with my close friends, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that I always enjoyed his company, and even when I disagreed with what he said, I don’t think we EVER had a heated screaming match.

This was a guy who was the first to text me when I was ill to see how I was feeling, and trust me, I get ill often pretty darn regularly (must eat more vegetables).

He was the first person I turned to when my engagement to Elena broke down, even when my world imploded and I left a longterm relationship, house, country, etc… he helped me enormously, and was always there for me when I needed it most.

Two-Way Street

I would like to think… actually, I know that it wasn’t just a one-way street, Barry learnt a lot from me as well, whether it be SEO techniques, creating buzz, creative thinking, social media… he was a fast learner, so much so that he filled in on stage for me and taught my material.

AMAZING.

I also know he enjoyed our time together, and our trips were always a lot of fun… even if at times he felt like the father of a naughty kid (When in Vegas…..)

I also got to meet a lot of amazing people because of Barry:

Yanik Silver, Ryan Deiss, Perry Belcher, Vic Johnson, Tim Schmidt, Perry Lawrence, and tons more…

You cannot put a price on that.

So What Now?

We now are both going our separate ways… we will both be fine, Barry is a business genius, and will go from strength to strength.

I will be doing a LOT more of what I love and am naturally great at, and a LOT less of what I absolutely suck at.

BuzzProfits will remain active, and I will be spending more time than ever making it an awesome resource for creative content, free publicity and blogging strategies.

We remain friends, and speak regularly, and I now hope to go and fulfill my potential and hopefully, one day Barry will look back and be proud of what I achieve.. I like to think he will say to himself: “The kid has done well, good on him”

And I will be blissfully aware that it was his mentorship, friendship and help that made it possible.

So this is the last I will publicly talk about it, here is to a friend, a mentor, a teacher and as we say up north an all round “decent fella”

Cheers Barry, I love you dude.

Dean

PS: I now move on with a stronger self-belief than ever before, I now know I have amazing talents, and big weaknesses, but I am doing things I love, doing what I was born to do, and over the next few weeks I will be on radio, in numerous audio interviews, videos and speaking on stage in Dubai….

Oh how things have changed, and I owe that mostly to Barry and his mentoring and his never budging belief in me.

barry dunlop and dean hunt in vegas

  • http://buzzprofits.com Barry Dunlop

    Dean, I managed to read to about the 3rd paragraph – you know me mate, this “soppy stuff” does not come natural ;-)

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you,

    Dean – You make me very proud and I have no doubt you will make me even more proud in the future. Folks, Dean has many skills and talents — but one he does not “advertise’ is his ability to write convincing, powerful and informative emails – a true master of the written word.

    When you get an email from Dean you digest it on two levels 1) The Message and 2) The Craftsmanship that has gone into the structure of the message.

    Much like his Blogging Really

    Barry

    PS: Don’t worry, I will read to the end — I just have to take it in stages — maybe I need to put on a sloppy ‘break-up’ love song on the iPod ;-)

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  • http://deanhunt.com Dean Hunt

    Thanks Barry ;-)

    Yes, I know, it isnt my style either, but glad you like it ;-)

    Thanks for the kind words, it is true that I am somewhat of a master when I have a digital quill in my hands.

    Ref the iPod, perhaps a little Bryan Adams action?

    Hold on…

    I just vomited.

    I guarantee that the words “Bryan Adams” will NEVER be mentioned again on this blog…. EVER.

    Dean

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  • http://collectiblescornertv.com Tammy

    Very nice post, but what’s wrong with Bryan Adams? ;)
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  • http://wuup.co.uk alan

    I throw up at how soppy this is. Time for me to do some flower arranging.
    .-= alan´s last blog ..An Undisclosed Number of Ways to Annoy Others on Twitter =-.

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  • http://renegadeconservatoryguy.co.uk/ Renegade Conservatory Guy

    Don’t forget you met Matthew Glover as well!
    .-= Renegade Conservatory Guy´s last blog ..Random thoughts =-.

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