An Alphabet of Business Questions and Tips – Letter F

ferris wheelLet me first start off by saying; I was a little apprehensive about what I might hear about the letter F. But you were all on your best behaviour…well, most of you:)

I’m starting off with Melody Fletcher’s list of F words (that didn’t sound right, did it?)

Focus (I know it’s already been mentioned, but it’s really, REALLY important).
Fearless (The state we all aspire to attain, no?)
Free (What we all are, whether we know it or not)
Fun (What life is supposed to be)
Fantabulous (May not be a real word, but I use it all the time, so it counts. Yes, I have that power.) And I will add here that this was also Lori Gosselin’s word:)
Frivolous (a way to describe the stuff we worry about)
Freak (what you are when you’re not “normal” or “lame”)
Fame! (I’m gonna live forever, I’m gonna learn how to fly!)
Fart (There you go Bill Dorman. You’re welcome)

Bill, in his comment on the letter E post said: I was thinking the slang word for flatulence might be appropriate…….

Well Bill, Melody had the guts (will that be a G word?) to go and call you on it! And it also gives me an opportunity to use one of the lines I use in my coaching, and that is:

“Be on the leading edge of a trend, not the farting end of a fad.”

Who would have thought I’d have the opportunity to put that in print? Woohoo!

But that just goes to show that Jayme Soulati’s submission…that this series makes it easy to find fodder among friends is spot on.

Bill also offered up fearless, fantastic and forward-thinking, before he threw in Fahrvergnügen.

Yeah, I had to look that one up, and I still don’t really get it:) But that Bill keeps me on my toes.

As does Howie who offered up fhquhgads. Only Howie could find and introduce me to this:) Fhquhgads!

David Goldstein said: “it’s Fashionable to label Finance as an F word along with Foreign – I  find it Fascinating.”

And certainly the word “Finance” is one that we should all be attuned to, in business and in life.

Claudia Anderson Scimeca said: My “F” word contributions would be “forward” and “focus”…both of which are great attributes to our business and personal lives….thinking forward and moving forward  are exciting and important directions to shift your drive into…and keeping focused helps in the moving forward process…if you are focused, you are less likely to get distracted from your forward moving goal.  Wise words Claudia:)

Our pal Al Smith said: Be Fantastic and Fabulous. Forever. And always remember to have FUN, FUN, FUN! (Be sure to watch that clip of the Beach Boys…classic!)

Ana Isabel Canhoto asked:  What can businesses learn from fitness? I am thinking discipline, cross training, goals, coaching, avoiding injury…

Well that, Ana, is an entire blog post in itself, if not an entire book!…one that I am tempted to write:) One thing is for certain. The fitter we are in body, mind and spirit, the more successful we can be. The pursuit of a fit and healthy lifestyle requires discipline, and that discipline translates well to the business arena (pun intended:)

I shall be back with a post (or a book?) on “What business can learn from fitness and sport.” Thanks for the great idea Ana!

Craig McBreen F-bombed the place with the following: “For some reason Flambé came to mind with F words. ( Flambé? Does this mean alcohol is involved? Were you really thinking about business tips Craig? :))))

Craig also said: “Sometimes the blogosphere is full of Fast-rising stars. It looks like you’re heading there with your Fast, Furious rise and all the guest posting lately. I’m trying to come up with more Flattering F-words, but can’t. I think Erin over at Factotum would be better at this.” Yeah, that was pretty self-serving of me to include that, but I just couldn’t leave Craig holding the brandy, haha!

Erin Feldman did indeed come up with some Factotum-worthy F words, including Friends, Family, Fun (fun, fun…oh yeah…we did that already:) and Filibuster.

I read the description of Filibuster in the link above, and was thoroughly flummoxed. I think you just threw that in to confuse this Canadian, eh?

Adam Toporek added Fealty, and I had to look that one up too! But it makes perfect sense. Faithfulness, loyalty and devotion – to one’s vision, goals, principles, friends, family, employees, customers, ideas and ideals is important to achieving success. I shall be Fealty-licious in all I do!

Paul Rink provided the word Franchise. Now I don’t have any experience with franchises. Do you? What I did find fascinating was the Top 10 Franchises according to Entrepreneur. Wow! All I can say is, in Canada, I wish I had a piece of the Tim Hortons franchise. We are a Tims nation:)

I’m going to end with Shakirah Dawud’s F word: Fear…”the good kind, that keeps fire in your blood to succeed”.

As the saying goes, “Feel the fear and do it anyway.” ‘Nuf said:)

Now be sure to be thinking about “G” words for the next in the series!


  • Bill Dorman

    Farting can be a very effective business tool. If you ever want to break up a boring meeting that is going entirely too long, cut a stinker and look to the guy next to you and exclaim loudly ‘dude, you better check your underwear’……….I know, the smeller is the feller but if you go on the offensive you can deflect that tag.

    Oh wait, this is a serious post………..sorry about that……….

    Good people (friends), good suggestions and way to start it out w/ Melody ‘F’ Fletcher.

    Getting ready to go into my ‘sales’ meeting and then our Christmas luncheon but will try to get back over here later. 

    • Al

      We are such children, but I can’t stop laughing.  Thanks Bill.

      • Bill Dorman

        No laughing, this is a serious business post site……….just sayin’………

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      Bill, the day you get totally serious is the day I’ll have to wonder if it’s really you commenting, haha! And yes, Melody gave a great kick-start to the F words.

      Have a great Christmas luncheon. Will there be bacon? Cheers! Kaarina

    • Melody Fletcher

      Aha! You said if you start to smell I should tell you! He, he. Good lord, Bill, so you fumigate (“F”!) your colleagues and then you expect them to be able to eat? Those poor people. Also, it explains how someone could be dead at their desk for 5 days with no one noticing (referring to Bill’s last post). If everyone in the office is cutting meetings short (and who wouldn’t want to do that?) by, um, “letting off steam”, one might never notice the funk (“F”!).

      I work for myself, so I’m not sure if this method would work for me. I suppose shouting “Good Lord! What did you eat?!” at myself would certainly distract me long enough so that I could change the subject…

      But seriously now, thanks so much for including my wee little list, Kaarina.

      Have a FFFFreakishly happy, warm and FFFuzzy day.  :)


      • Kaarina Dillabough

        You are the master of the F word @twitter-342207359:disqus :) I bestow upon you the FearlessFuzzy award:)

    • Craig McBreen

      First Bill wouldn’t mention the word fart, now he’s totally let it go. Not a fart that is, but a statement about farts.

      • Bill Dorman

        Not to be confused with a fartlek which all of us runners know, right? 

        • Kaarina Dillabough

          How did I miss fartlek?!!

          • Craig McBreen

            Never forget the look on my wife’s face when I told her I was doing fartleks.

    • The JackB

      Mel the Chef on Alice always said that the best defense is a good offense.

  • David Goldstein


    • Kaarina Dillabough

      I tried to think of an F word that would express my thanks, but in Finn it’s Kiitos, in French it’s Merci and in English it’s Thanks. Is there a “Thanks” word in a language that starts with F? I’m now on a quest!

      Thanks @twitter-112550509:disqus . Now how about some G words for next week’s post? Cheers! Kaarina

  • Life, for instance

    That’s a lot of great F words Kaarina! By the way, I Googled “fantabulous” which I believed to be a combination of  “fantastic” and ” “fabulous” but apparently, it is a word!
    I’ll think about the G words 😉

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      And I thought it was a combo word too @twitter-228904159:disqus . Now I must go and look it up for myself:) Cheers! Kaarina P.S. Keep those G words coming…

  • Al

    Wow.  The best  letter yet.  Fantastic and Fabulous.  I am looking for my effin thesaurus right now.  Ha ! Really a great post, Kaarina.  Great contributions too.  excellent start with Melody and Bill, just kills me.  Still laughing.  Have  a great day.  Big Hug !

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      …and the children shall play:) Can’t wait to hear all about your ventures (shenanigans) while soaking up the rays in Florida. And yes…Bill kills me too! Keep smiling, keep laughing. It’s good for the heart, soul and mind:) Cheers! Kaarina

    • Craig McBreen

      I’m glad you just wrote “effin” :)

  • Erica Allison

    Kaarina, yes you should write that book. Yes, Adam is smart like that…fealty for sure. Of course Bill would offer up ‘fart’ (ugghhh, with an 8 year old boy in the house, I’m reminded of that one daily, must we say it, too?). :)
    Love Shakriah’s offering of Fear…in business and entrepreneurship, it’s a natural component that drives us further.
    Jayme often reminds me of ‘fodder’ for posts and content – she’s good at that one!

    I would also offer one I’ve come to know more lately…forgiveness. Forgiveness of myself, my lessons learned along the way, of others and of past grievances that hold us back. Forgive and move forward, but always remember so that we’ll learn.

    cheers, Kaarina!

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      Ah @47d58be98d1441a276245024c9457dbf:disqus , Forgiveness is such a powerful word and act. People often won’t forgive, because they feel it’s absolving someone else for ill doings, but it’s really for one’s own self. Forgiveness of another heals ourself. Forgiveness of ourself heals ourself. Holding grudges only hurts the person holding them.

      Great reminder to “Forgive and move forward”. Ditto that! Cheers! Kaarina

    • Al

      Hi Erica,
                         I had forgiveness on my list too.  Thanks.  It is so key.  Like you said, “Forgive and move Forward”.  This was vital to my recovery and something I need to remember.  It reminded me of my favorite forgiveness quote;

      “Forgiveness is letting go of all hopes for a better past”      Thank you.


      • Kaarina Dillabough

        Beautifully stated @55bda8bf067c222f67632d2dc41af473:disqus :)

    • Bill Dorman


  • Adam Toporek

    A most excellent list Kaarina! And you kept it G-rated… at least until that Dorman fella showed up!

    I’m glad someone remembered franchise! And Shakirah is right, fear is always a driver in business — hopefully, one that is channeled positively.

    Thanks for the mention!

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      Yes, that @bdorman264:disqus fella always mixes the pot…in a good way! And fear, channeled positively, creates the endorphins and preparedness for success. Now how about some G words for next week? Cheers! Kaarina

      • Howie at Sky Pulse Media

        What about @bdorman264:disqus and pot?

        • Kaarina Dillabough

          OMG @howieatskypulsemedia:disqus I’m laughing so hard my sides are splitting! And tears are running down my cheeks!

        • Bill Dorman

          Easy now, this is a drug free work place; no weed allowed………..:)

  • Elena Patrice

    Hello Kaarina!!
     Faboo is my version of fantabuous and yes that’s a word!! :) I loove this series my friend and where the heck have I been?! Now boys and girls let’s use these words in a sentence … When I focus on being fearless I’m free! It’s so fun to be fantabulous when it seems like the world is caught up in being frivolous. Yes, I’m a freak, but that bring me fame instead of seeming like a “just an ole’ fart” (I cannot believe I just wrote that word! ;)). Oh this really is FUN Kaarina!! My “g” word … goodness!This post makes me smile! Have a super day!!Much kindness,Elena
    Faboo is my version of fantabuous and yes that’s a word!! :) I loove this series my friend and where the heck have I been?!

    Now boys and girls let’s use these words in a sentence …
    When I focus on being fearless I’m free! It’s so fun to be fantabulous when it seems like the world is caught up in being frivolous. Yes, I’m a freak, but that bring me fame instead of seeming like a “just an ole’ fart” (I cannot believe I just wrote that word! ;)). Oh this really is FUN Kaarina!!

    My “g” word … goodness!

    This post makes me smile! Have a super day!!

    Much kindness,


    • Kaarina Dillabough

      After that Faboo comment, I’ve got you down for Goodness for next week’s G post @google-9b77d9035c971c29f698b4060b613906:disqus . Cheers! Kaarina

      • Elena Patrice

        OM – how did it repeat?!?! I’m soooorrry!! I look FOOLISH!! 😉  He, he!!

        • Kaarina Dillabough

          Never foolish, @google-9b77d9035c971c29f698b4060b613906:disqus …just fabulous!

  • Erin Feldman

    Hahaha! I think filibusters confuse Americans, not just Canadians. 😉 Did Craig actually defer to me? He must have somehow known that one of my favorite games is Scattergories (and Scrabble!). I think you should write the book. If I’m going to write a book, you have to write one, too. 

    “G” words? All I can think of is “get her done.” Please don’t include that. I never use the phrase because I would sound like a hick from East Texas. No, thank you. How about gratitude? @jasonkonopinski:twitter would approve of the word, I’m sure.

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      And I caught your “Gargantuan” too. And you should never have opened the door on that “get ‘er done”…mwahahahahaha

      • Erin Feldman

        I know. I seem to like to get myself into trouble.

        • Kaarina Dillabough

          No trouble, just fun mwahahaha….

    • Craig McBreen

      Yes, I deferred to you, Ms. Scattergories. Actually a big fan of Scrabble too. I usually prefer games that require one to remember mindless trivia.

      So, Larry the Cable guy big in your neck of the woods? 😉 I don’t imagine you’re waiting for the Redneck Comedy Tour … or are you?

      • Erin Feldman

        No, Larry the Cable guy isn’t very popular in these parts. 😉 I’d have to travel east. Here, it’s Pancho Villa and luchadores. I most definitely am not waiting for the Redneck Comedy Tour, although my plans may be thwarted by my brothers. They both want cowboy boots. Why, I don’t know. I also don’t think the tour would allow me to join. I have yet to be able to master turning one-syllable words into two- or three-syllable ones. That makes me think about a comedy piece I watched that included a dummy pig named Paco. I don’t know why because Paco the Pig had a very thick Spanish accent. Maybe it’s the “suhweet” the pig would utter every now and again.

        If I’m ever in your neck of the woods, we will have to play Scrabble or Scattergories.

        • Craig McBreen

          I hear more than a few “suhweets” uttered here in Seattle, but nothing regarding Pancho Villa and luchadores.

          About the comedy. Not a fan of the others, but I must admit, Ron White makes me laugh.

          • Erin Feldman

            I’ll have to see if I can watch one of his routines. I always thought the “You might be a redneck if” cards were funny.

  • Howie at Sky Pulse Media

    Don’t let @adamtoporek:twitter fool you. He shows no fealty to anyone but himself. Well except Yoda. But we all show fealty to Yoda.

    Have you heard @bdorman264:disqus Twitter-Fart? He cleared out @shonali:twitter ‘s #PRChat one day. Cleared the who chat in less than 60 secs.

    Great list of F’s and thanks for including the Cheat! Though he really stars in the techno episode.

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      Oh my gosh, @howieatskypulsemedia:disqus , you are killin’ me! Where DO you find this stuff? I am now a Cheat fan, and of course, based on my tagline and raison d’etre…A loyal fan of Yoda…Do or do not, there is no try.

      I now await the return of @bdorman264:disqus to see what he says. Although he’s at a Christmas lunch, so we know what that means…

      • Bill Dorman

        Bidness, takin’ care of bidness…………..

    • Adam Toporek

      Howie, just thinks that because I read an article on Mashable last week and enjoyed it. It was the ultimate betrayal of the Chief Alien. :)

    • Bill Dorman

      Talk about a party pooper……………who killed the party? 

  • Mimi Meredith

    Bill, Bill, Bill…somehow imagining you and Howie in a business meeting just makes me chuckle. I wish I had the guts to try your room clearing technique. The shock factor would be so worth it.

    @47d58be98d1441a276245024c9457dbf:disqus offered up my favorite F word and @google-9b77d9035c971c29f698b4060b613906:disqus , my favorite G word. I may just have to wait for H :).

    This was a fine exercis, Kaarina. Or, as they say in Texas, Mighty Fine.

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      Great to see you here @MimiMeredithAZ:disqus .Forgiveness is indeed a word worth its weight in action:) Mighty fine? Hmmm…I sense an M word there too. Cheers! Kaarina

    • Erin Feldman

      Where are you in Texas? I haven’t heard “mighty fine” in ages. I guess it’s not a popular phrase in El Paso.

      • Mimi Meredith

        I am in Arizona, but my parents were both born and raised in the Panhandle of Texas!  All my relatives said things like “Mighty Fine” and “Honey Child”…and I miss it! Are you a native of El Paso?

        • Erin Feldman

          Sort of? My family moved to El Paso when I was a kid. I left for college and grad school and didn’t plan to return to the area. The economy had other ideas…

          The Panhandle’s the right area for those words. I didn’t think they were east Texas. One of my past employers was from east Texas, but I don’t recall him ever saying “mighty fine.” He just turned “ice” into a two-syllable word when he was tired.

    • Bill Dorman

      Oh, it would be so much more effective coming from a woman; she would gain instant respect……….:).

      Now that I have an iPhone I downloaded the app with funny sounds; trust me, at the appropriate time I will ‘cut one loose’…………

  • Mimi Meredith

    Oh…and for a great depiction of a filibuster (a word 95 percent of Americans probably don’t understand!), watch Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Kaarina!! Thanks so much for including my “F” words ;-). There were an awful lot of great “F” word contributions. And you write about them with such finesse! 😉 Such fun! For “G”, I’d like to suggest the word “generous”…a word that, no matter our circumstances, we should be mindful of in our daily encounters…we should be generous with our time, generous with our compassion and generous with our gifts!

    Thank you again, Kaarina!

    • Erin Feldman

      I vote for “generous,” too!

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      I’ve got you down for Generous @socialmediadds:disqus : great suggestion, echoed by @ErinFeldman:disqus . Cheers! Kaarina

  • Craig McBreen

    Hi Kaarina,

    Must alcohol be involved every time, Madam? :) Molson, single malt and now brandy … well it is getting to be that time. almost 7:00 pm in these parts 😉

    Love these posts, but the kids (read Bill) can get a bit out of control, right?

    You mentioned Finn again! I want a video. Finn-speak.

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      And where is that @bdorman264:disqus ? Perhaps he didn’t make it home from his Christmas party. Shall I send out the RCMP?

      • Bill Dorman

        Oh, here I am and something to keep you company next time I have to leave the building:

        I know, that ain’t right………..:)

        • Kaarina Dillabough

          Only from you @bdorman264:disqus , only from you could I expect something like this…

          • Craig McBreen

            He showed up.

    • Bill Dorman

      But the kids are all right……….

  • Bill Dorman

    Are we ready to start the G words yet? Somehow you have to get grits in there; a true southern staple………also gracious, generous, and grateful. 

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      I have you down for them all @bdorman264:disqus :) And was it you who pooped the party?

  • Jens P. Berget

    Hi Kaarina,

    I’m not going to be creative when it comes to the letter F. To me this letter is all about Focus, and understanding what’s important in your business and staying on track (and not getting distracted).

    I guessed that fart was from Bill :-)

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      @berget:disqus , staying on track and not getting distracted is something that our friend @bdorman264:disqus likes to make challenging for us:)

  • Mark Harai

    This is an incredible ensemble of people and “F” words!

    When I think of you, the one word that comes to mind is “fortunate.” Anyone who has the opportunity to learn and grow with such a great spirit like you is fortunate!

    And Wow – you have a lot of stuff in your head you just put to paper – geesh!


    • Kaarina Dillabough

      @markharai:disqus it is always so wonderful to see your smiling face:) And I believe we are all fortunate to be able to create the life we want to live, surround ourself with the people who love and support us, and count our blessings every day. And yes…my mind is a dangerous place, haha, always brimming with thoughts, ideas and dreams which of course, matter only when put into action. And I’m an action-oriented gal:) Cheers! Kaarina

  • Late Bloomers

    Always a little behind for the fun, when you are enjoying yourselves online, it is dark night in Europe. Kaarina, this is fabulous, how could I have missed out on all that? I must look like a moroon sitting here and laughing and snorting.
    Let all the frivolous farting go and look ahead to G: gratitude of course, I am grateful for getting to know you all, deep thoughts and light banter. Grace and graciousness, whatever you do, do it gracefully and consciously (even when blaming somebody else for bodily emissions), greatness and gargoyles (the state we attempt to reach and the monsters of our worst fears and Angst to chase away), gingerbread (do not forget to add some spice and sweetness to your life, here speaks the foodie!), goodness (as in the state or quality of being kind, generous, benevolent).
    Thank you, Kaarina, and have a fantastic day!

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      @twitter-195270602:disqus , no one is ever late to the party here:) And thanks for all the G words for next weeks post! They shall be included:) Cheers! Kaarina

  • T. Shakirah Dawud

    Kiitos, Kaarina! I learned about filibustering from Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (if you haven’t, you should see it!). I like frivolous and fealty, too. Participating in this is such fascinating fun!

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      You’re welcome @twitter-59802772:disqus : Looking for G words next:)

  • Ken Wert

    Hi Kaarina!

    This is my first foray here and am feeling funny for forgetting to follow the link from my site before now. I know, so flaky! Forgive my French, but I’m freakin loving this fantastic verbal free-for-all. I know, probably overdid it! :)

    How about fortuitous? It is fortuitous that I finally found you!

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      Ah @bbec0f812d182fd3ca0bd8a589ea1235:disqus , I’ve admired your comments over on others’ blogs, so I’m delighted that you’ve fortuitously forayed over here:) I hope to see you here regularly: The welcome mat is always out.

      And there’s never any overdoing it here! We welcome the banter and exchange, whether that be short, long or in-between. Now, I’ll look forward to some “G” words for the next alphabet post:) Cheers! Kaarina

  • Kim Davies

    Hi, Kaarina.

    Love the post! :) And, absolutely had a blast with the comments! :) I was laughing so hard, I was crying and my baby girl kept on asking me what happened. 😀 Bill almost had me rolling on the floor with his way of clearing a room…oh, this was an absolute roller coaster of fun! 

    Can’t wait for the G’s…And, speaking of the wonderful G words, I’m sharing to you some of my favorites. :)

    Gratitude – this is possibly the best G word everGlorious – I love saying, isn’t it a glorious day, when the sun is shining and there is not a cloud in the sky
    Graceful – well, because I love to dance, you can understand what this word means to me
    Goodwill – as much as possible, I encourage my kids to observe this, especially during Christmas
    Gorgeous – hmmm, need I say more, that’s what you are, my soul-sister friend
    Gracious – that is me, saying thank you for the love and the card and the sachet
    Giggle – now, don’t you just love to giggle? makes me feel eternally young when I do it…

    :) Lots of love going out to you, my beautiful and fantabulous friend :)

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      @f4443dbf6c8279fa32db2cba7ea46d7b:disqus so great to see you here, and to hear that all is well with you. Glad we (cough, @bdorman264:disqus ) were able to keep you rolling on the floor with his room-clearing technique, and I’ll be sure to include your list of “G” words in the next alphabet post. I appreciate your kind words and gracious support, my soul-sister friend:) Cheers! Kaarina

  • Stuart Mills

    Hi Kaarina,

    You’ve got some incredible alphabet-related posts going on here! I’m amazed I managed to miss these, but better late than never 😉

    For ‘G’, how about ‘gazump’, ‘globularity’, and ‘gracility’? :-)

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      Now you’ve gone and stretched my mind @UnlockTheDoor:disqus . I have you down for those “G” words…once I look them up, haha! Cheers! Kaarina P.S. Always better late than never, my friend:)

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      Now you’ve gone and stretched my mind @UnlockTheDoor:disqus . I have you down for those “G” words…once I look them up, haha! Cheers! Kaarina P.S. Always better late than never, my friend:)