Be grateful

When times get tough it’s easy to get depressed. Depression is a dangerous spiral which leads to self-fulfilling prophecies. Snap out of it. The easiest remedy is gratitude. Think of everything you have to be grateful for. Your health. Your spouse. Your kids. Your electricity. Your clothes. Think of how lucky you are compared to…

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Sweep your own stoep

Just because you’re the chief doesn’t mean you’re excused from sweeping the stoep. Or welcoming people at the door. Or taking the rubbish out. Or making coffee. Get your hands dirty. Don’t expect anyone to do something you’re not willing to do. Not only does this keep you real & grounded, but it sets a…

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You can’t be everything to everyone

Whether you’re looking for an investor, or a partner, or a customer, remember this:You can’t be everything to everyone.You can only be yourself. And “yourself” can only attract a specific type of person.Being “yourself” can also mean repelling some kinds of people.Don’t stress about that. You’re not looking to be liked.You’re looking to be loved.Find investors…

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You can’t help anyone if you can’t help yourself

Never do anything that’s not good for you.That doesn’t mean being greedy and selfish.It just means understanding how your actions further your self-interest.Anything that doesn’t further your self-interest will make you weaker.If you become weak you can’t help anyone.Not only that, but you become a burden on others.The best thing you can do for the world…

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Life is too short to be afraid

Dreading meetings with your boss, or your customers, or your suppliers? Not looking forward to reading your emails? Afraid to look at your bank balance? You’re living with fear. What’s the point of going through life with fear? First, it’s not fun. Second, it’s not constructive. Don’t be afraid of work. Yes, there could be a…

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Stop waiting

Are you waiting? For more savings? For more experience? For more customers? Stop waiting. Start your business, now.Stop waiting and start living.

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Don’t make promises about the future

“We will be the biggest company in the world!” “We will invent a time machine!” “We will reinvent the Internet!” Don’t let this be you. Every time you make a prediction about the future you open yourself up to attack. You’re either arrogant, or you’re wrong. Why do it? Resist the temptation to make grandiose…

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Get a university education

Do you really need a degree? Steve Jobs and Bill Gates dropped out of university and look where they ended up. If they can do it, why not you? Pay no attention to the outliers. There are thousands of people with degrees that have made a success of their lives. There are millions of people…

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Make your own business cards

Business cards are important. They create a first impression. They’re fun to design. Don’t delegate them. Use a site like Moo.com. Choose a thick stock. Create a snazzy design. Order 100. They’ll arrive at your office one week later. No need for a middle man. No need for an agency. No need to delegate. Make your…

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Most people can’t handle the truth

As an entrepreneur, can’t tell everybody everything that’s going on. Most people don’t have your capacity to handle uncertainty. Most people don’t have your appetite for risk. Most people don’t have all the information you have. That’s why most people can’t handle the whole truth. Sometimes you need to keep the full story to yourself. Don’t lie,…

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Be generous when times are tough

Being generous is one of the golden rules of life. Easy to do when times are good. A lot harder when you’re in the vortex. That’s when it counts. Have the guts and the character to help other people even when you’re the one in need of a helping hand. You’ll find a helping hand…

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You can only commit if you believe

The Amazon company policy of “Disagree and commit” only works if you believe in the leadership of your company.It’s simply not possible to commit to decisions if you fundamentally distrust the competence of your chief.If you don’t think the driver of the bus is going in the right direction, and you don’t think there is…

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