The risks of getting too aggressive: A story from one of my readers

I got this email from one of my readers and just had to share it with all of you:

When I was about 13 or 14, I decided I wanted to run a web hosting company out of my bedroom (I had a successful BBS back in those days and wanted to start shifting into a profitable business).  I figured I could charge like $50/mon and do web design and hosting, and if I could get maybe 5-6 customers I could afford a 512k frame relay line (everything was dial-up back then)..  I wanted this so much, but didn't have the networking skills to find these customers. What I did was emailed the entire user list of a friend's BBS (who was already doing Internet hosting) and advertised my offer.  My friend (who was a mentor to me) was very displeased with this, but I was too blinded by my visions of success to have thought about what I was

doing to people beforehand.