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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Who are you trying to impress?

Do you sometimes find yourself trying a bit hard? Making conversation to fill the silence? Getting specially dressed in the morning? Sending emails at 4am? Ask yourself, “Who am I trying to impress?” If the answer is someone worthy of your attention, carry on. If not, stop. Life is too short to try impress everyone….

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If you want to change, change your environment

Want to be rich? Go live with rich people. Want to be a gangster? Go live in a gang neighborhood. Want to be read more? Go live near a university. Want to be more creative? Go live somewhere with a nice view. Want to exercise more? Go live in a good climate with people that…

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Pay peanuts get monkeys

If you skimp on quality, your customers will skimp on you. If you under-pay staff, you’ll end up doing their jobs for them. If you cut cost corners, your product will eventually break and you’ll be forced to spend even more to fix. Accept that quality comes at a price. Don’t over-pay. Don’t be ripped…

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Are you willing to be West Life to make money?

West Life is a successful band. The members are rich. But are you willing to pay the price they’ve paid? It’s a big price to pay. They were willing to pay that price, and they were rewarded. Was it worth it? Watch the music video and ask yourself if it’s worth it.

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Don’t take your foot off his neck

Sometimes you’re in the lead. Winning comfortably. So you relax. You start making jokes, losing your concentration, having mercy. Suddenly the competition starts closing the gap. You get a bit worried, tighten up, make a mistake. Competition gets closer. You start feeling panicky. You start making lots of mistakes. Your competition goes by, waving. That’s…

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You’re never too big for the small stuff

Just because you’re the boss, doesn’t mean you don’t have to sweep the floor. Make the coffee. Switch off the lights. Book your own flights. Don’t forget about the small stuff. Don’t outsource it. The small stuff is the foundation of your business. Without a solid foundation there is no big stuff.

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The winner is always the fastest to adapt to change

It’s not the strongest or the most intelligent that wins The winner is always he who adapts fastest to change. That’s not a new theory. Darwin figured it out in 1859 already.He realized that the animals that evolved the fastest are the animals that survived. Those that didn’t adapt, went extinct. Same for you. Get…

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When you’re at the top of your game, it’s time to change your game

Imagine the Sigmoid Curve as the curve of the life of your company. The curve initially declines as you learn, then rises as your figure out how to make money. Eventually you peak, followed by a decline to the end. The key to success is to move to a new curve before the current one peaks….

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Don’t be good. Be great.

Are you a good person? A good manager? A good salesman? A good administrator? Well done. Join the queue. If you want to get ahead, “good” isn’t good enough. Be great. Go the extra mile, be better than the rest. Don’t be good. Be great.

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If you’re not early for the meeting, you’re late

Some people consider lateness as a sign of disrespect. Some people don’t. Why take a chance? Always be on-time, that way you don’t offend anyone. Being on-time means being early. If you aim to be on-time, then if anything goes wrong you’ll be late. And your prospect will be disrespected. There’s only one way to…

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Give it in the belly, not the back

When you have critical feedback, don’t speak behind the person’s back. Have the guts to say it to his face. Front on. In the belly. It may be unpleasant, but it’s cleaner. And faster. And it engenders trust. People might not like your direct feedback, but they’ll respect your upfront-ness. Speaking behind people’s backs doesn’t change behavior,…

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