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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Leave your ego at home

In business, ego doesn’t get you ahead. It alienates some people. It closes your ears. It attracts parasites. It creates enemies. It slows you down. At best it holds you back. At worst it kills leave. If you have to have an ego, leave it at. When you get to work, no ego.

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Be a soldier

When you go to the army, the first thing they teach you is to make your own bed. Before you do anything, you make your own bed. Why? It teaches you to take responsibility for your life. No one else will make your bed for you. It inculcates the habit of doing the small jobs properly. That habit…

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Only the Godless run

King Solomon said, “Only the Godless run.” What he meant was that only those who don’t believe in themselves are in a rush. Why don’t you believe in yourself? Because you’re not prepared. Why are you speeding? Because you didn’t bargain on traffic. Why are you running to your next meeting? Because you didn’t give yourself…

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Your thoughts colour your mind

Your mind is like a blank slate. Your thoughts are like dye colour. If you think negative thoughts, your mind will become coloured with negativity. If you think prideful thoughts, your mind will become coloured with pride. If you think greedy thoughts, your mind will become coloured with greed. If you think happy thoughts, your mind…

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Office hours are meaningless

If you’re performing you don’t need to be at office by 8am. You’re valuable, who cares what your office hours are. If you’re not performing, you also don’t need to be at office by 8am. You’re useless, who cares what your office hours are. You’re an entrepreneur. You answer to yourself. Being at work 8am…

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Some people can’t handle the truth that they can’t handle the truth

Some people simply can’t handle the truth. Maybe it’s because they’re emotionally unstable. Maybe it’s because they don’t have all the facts. Maybe it’s because they can’t be trusted. Whatever. Accept that you can’t tell the truth to everyone. More important, accept that most people can’t handle that they can’t the truth. That doesn’t mean…

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You don’t try, you don’t get

Maybe you’re used to being given everything you want. Maybe you’re used to waiting until people offer to help you. Maybe you’re used to having your prayers answered. Definitely you will fail as an entrepreneur. No one will give you want you want. No one will take responsibility for your sales, your funding, your product,…

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Your dangerous competitors are rarely the big guys

The big incumbents in your market will rarely reach quickly to your startup. They have too much to lose by fumbling the ball, so they sit back and watch. See how GM and Ford watched whilst Tesla ate their electric car lunch? Your competition is the little guys. Fellow startups that are nimble with nothing…

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Why don’t you have energy?

Energy is your most valuable resource. You need it to get out of bed. You need it to find love. You need it to make money. As an entrepreneur, you need maximum energy. You feeling low?Maybe your diet is wrong. Maybe you’re sick. Maybe you don’t have passion for what you’re doing. Whatever it is, fix…

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Build a culture that repels people

Of course you want to attract stars to your company. But you also want to repel the wrong kinds of folk. You want to keep the mosquitos away. You want anti-bodies in your culture. Have a company rule that everyone must be at work 7am. Or public humiliation for sexual harassment. Or kids allowed in meetings. These rules will…

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Reject A-players if they don’t fit your culture

Culture is more important than competence. Culture is what attracts the right kind of people, rejects the wrong kind of people, motivates staff, and gives you a chance of success. Even an A-player is not worth damaging your culture.

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