Tips for finding a mentor

A mentor is useful. He/she can help you avoid many unnecessary mistakes, and provide moral support when down in the dumps. That said, finding a mentor is not easy. If you’re not lucky enough to have an entrepreneurial parent or uncle or aunt or anyone near you, then follow these steps: Determine the specific area…

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Open criticism is better than secret love

An open critics is always better than a secret ally. Allies may support you, but criticism will make you stronger. Criticism is the best feedback loop. Feedback loops are the way to learn. Learning is the way to win. Critics make you stronger. Welcome open critics.

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Too much knowledge can be a curse

Sometimes knowledge can be more hindrance than help. Knowing too much stops you from taking risks. It can better to step into the unknown and cross the bridges when you get their rather than mentally anticipate all obstacles and never start the race. Don’t spend all your time getting all the information. Learn the minimum. Get…

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No’s are a gift

Be welcoming to “No’s”. They contain clues. Breadcrumbs that take you to success.Every rejection you get is an opportunity to analyse the mistakes you’ve made, and improve your pitch. Rejection is a Darwinian feedback mechanism which makes you stronger. Don’t be afraid of No. Welcome it.

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Beware happy ears

Happy ears only want happy news. Be careful not to only hear what you want to hear, and filter out the bad news. Listen carefully to criticism and rejections. Bad news might not make you happy in the short term, but it will ensure your survival in the long term. Beware happy ears.

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Speak to the person, not the title

Speaking to a title is for your own hopes and rewards. Speaking to a person is to his/her hopes and rewards. You can never get ahead if you’re only thinking of what you want. Forget the titles. They scramble your brain. Speak to the person.

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Just because you can see seven steps ahead, doesn’t mean others can

Your job as an entrepreneur is to try predict the future. To be paranoid. To anticipate the pitfalls ahead of your business. The longer you work, the better you’ll get. Eventually you can be like a chess grand-master, predicting moves 7 steps ahead. By all means, do so. Use that skill every day. Just don’t share…

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Sometimes you must delay your desires

Maybe you’re a bit sick. Maybe you don’t have enough cash. Maybe you can’t travel. Sometimes you simply can’t do what you want to do. Be cool. Spend a day at home recovering, rather than go to that meeting and stay sick for another week. You can’t always have what you want when you want…

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Don’t worry about stuff that hasn’t happened yet

Worried about an imminent email? Worried about losing your client? Worried about failing? Stop. There are plenty other things to stress about that are happening RIGHT NOW. If it hasn’t happened yet, it’s not something to worry about. Don’t worry about stuff that hasn’t happened yet.

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Why are you afraid of crocodiles?

Is it because you think they’ll bite you? Why are you afraid of a bite? Because you’ll die? Why are you afraid of death? When you’re dead, you’re dead. Who cares? What is it that you’re afraid of. Ask yourself why you’re afraid of it. Lose that fear.

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Stop stressing, keep growing

Cashflow problems? Staff headaches? Product issues? There is only one answer: Keep growing. If you stop growing, you are guaranteed to fail. If you keep growing, at least you have a chance of success. Grow your way out of your troubles. Stop stressing, keep growing.

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Debt will kill you

Debt is like heroine. It is a drug that, once hooked, is difficult to unhook. The safest way to deal with debt is to stay clear. Definitely in your personal life. Mostly in your business. The only debt in the world that you should consider is debt supported by an income-producing asset that can service…

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