If someone has a problem with you, that’s his problem, not yours

You’ll have enemies. You’ll be criticised. You’ll have haters. So what? If someone has a problem with you, that’s his problem, not yours. Ignore the noise. Focus on your work.

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Instead of dwelling on what you don’t have, use what you DO have

No capital? No customer? No technical skills? So what. You’re not alone. Many entrepreneurs have started with less. Don’t dwell on what you don’t have. Don’t let your deficiencies give you an excuse to not move forward. Figure out what you do have. Network of contacts from school? Degree in accounting? Gift of the gab?…

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Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Startup life is all about speed. Go slow and you fail. You can’t move fast if you don’t know what to do. That’s why you need to get good at sucking up your ego and asking for help. Asking for help is the easiest way to get on the right path and keep moving. If…

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Make it free until it works properly

So you’ve just launched an app or a web service. Of course, you need to start generating revenue asap. But before that, you must make sure your product works properly. You need to give your customers time to use it and give feedback. During that time you may as well maximize user take-up. The best…

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Are you willing to pay the price?

The hard question is not: “Do you want to be rich?” The hard question is “Are you willing to work hard enough?” Are you willing to pay the price of financial success? Time away from family. Time on the road. Early mornings. Late nights. Stress. Are you willing to pay the price?

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When emotional, sleep on it

It’s easy to get emotional in business. Anger, greed, pride, depression, all these feelings come into play. It’s not a good idea to make decisions whilst these feelings are uppermost in the mind. When you’re feeling emotional, rather pause. Postpone your decisions, give yourself some time to reflect rationally. Sleep on it.

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Look confident

No matter how doubtful you are, you must always look confident. Always look the part. Always look like a winner. Always look like you have control. It doesn’t matter that inside you feel like a faker. It doesn’t matter that inside you feel like you’re about to fail. You have zero chance of success if people…

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Go big or go home

If you’re going to do something, if you’re going to take risk, if you’re going to follow your dreams, then you may as well go all in. Go big or go home. You’ve already accepted the chances of failure and embarrassment. You’ve already crossed the point of no return. What’s the point of leaving anything in…

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Don’t be a Cargo Cult

The term “cargo cult” Comes from WWII. The US army would establish landing strip bases on isolated Pacific Islands and regularly drop cargo and supplies. The local population, many of whom had only recently started wearing loin clothes, would be given excess supplies. After WWII the planes stopped landing, but the locals wanted the cargo…

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Leadership is not a popularity contest

In startup world, the choice between competence and popularity is no choice at all.Competence always wins. The survival of the company depends on it. Livelihoods depend on it.People may think you’re an ass, but if they know you’re the best man (or woman) for the job, they’ll follow you.People will accept, even take pride in…

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The market can be wrong longer than you can be liquid

So you’ve created a new software platform for trading Bitcoin. It’s exactly what the market needs. It’s exactly what consumers need. You’re burning R50,000 every month, but it’s just a matter of time before people wake up and flock to your product. You sit back and wait. Six months go by. People have not realized your…

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The easiest way to find courage is to burn your boats

Maybe you’re not born brave. When you see an unjust fight, you don’t instinctively get involved. When you see a girl (or a guy) you like, you don’t walk up and introduce yourself. You’re not a coward, but you can’t rely on that factory-default courage that some people seem to have. So you need to…

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