Entrepreneurs get off the sidelines

I don’t have fond memories of high school. It was the kind of school where you’d arrive one day and your mates would say howzit and make the circle bigger.The next day you’d arrive and they wouldn’t even greet you, nevermind shuffling a few inches to the left.Our year was hi-jacked by some bullies and they made everyone’s…

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FAQ’s entrepreneurs ask about names and brands

Names are personal, which means people get emotional when they talk about names. Especially company names. I’ve written about the importance of company names before. Here are some more answers to FAQ’s: Why does it matter how long my company name is? Your brand must match your URL and email exactly. A long URL means the following:…

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Entrepreneurs need enemies

Life is too short to have enemies. If you don’t like a guy, ignore him. The world has enough space for all the Smarties in the Smartie-box.But sometimes enemies are useful. Especially in business.An enemy can foster team morale amongst your troops.An enemy can give you something to chase.An enemy can give you credibility.These are the…

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Entrepreneurs tell the truth

Its easy to fib. To tell a white lie. To not hurt someone’s feelings. To say the politically correct thing.As the DPJ says, “No easy day.” No one said life would be easy.Being happy is not easy. If you want to be happy, tell the truth. You will attract the right kind of people and…

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Entrepreneurs don’t bribe and don’t take bribes

The war on drugs has proven you must fight demand and supply.Its no good putting buyers (drug-users) in prison. You need to punish the sellers (drug-dealers) too. Especially if they’re selling a chemically-addictive substance.Same applies to business. Its easy to preach about corrupt officials, but for someone to be corrupt there must have been a corruptor.There…

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You get three kinds of people, only one can be an entrepreneur

The world is populated with people that fall within one of these categories: Nice Paranoid Entrepreneurs Nice people are people that haven’t been burnt.Perhaps they’ve gone through hard times but someone has always bailed them out, either because of their money, their looks or their parents. These people are irrelevant because they’ve never been tested.Until you’ve stood…

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Entrepreneurs don’t use fine print to make profits

Some people think its ok to screw their customers. They think they’re smart businessmen by telling the customer one thing, and hiding the truth in fine print and three years later pointing at fine print saying “gotcha!”These people are not entrepreneurs. These people are psychopaths. They lack empathy. They never went to Sunday School. They…

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Entrepreneurs get angry because the coffee is cold

Every business starts small. When your business is small its easy to micromanage. But when you grow it becomes impossible to be on top of everything, and so you must delegate.You will give your team more autonomy and responsibility.If you are to focus on the big stuff you need to know your team has the small stuff in hand….

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Entrepreneurs have no regrets

As an entrepreneur I’ve only regretted a couple things: When I hurt people unnecessarily Its easy when you have power, money and status to be rude to people, embarrass people, and crudely fire people. I’m ashamed to say I’ve done this too many times when I could have been more humble and respectful, and should have had…

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Entrepreneurs play to win

Entrepreneurs don’t like losing. We hate it. We’d rather not compete if we feel we can’t win.We ideally stay clear of the moshpit and chart uncharted territory.But sometimes competition is unavoidable. You want the same thing someone else wants.The secret to winning is to pick your battles. Save your energy for the big stuff and then focus…

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Entrepreneurs don’t not outsource their financial future

As a successful entrepreneur you will be hounded by parasites. Chief amongst parasites are financial advisors.Don’t get me wrong, there are many excellent ang honest financial advisors. And many of the smartest investors in the world use financial advisors themselves. The reason the profession exists is because it adds enormous value.But there are also many conmen…

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Entrepreneurs push hard & early

Selling is like pushing a ship.Its damn hard getting the ship moving. Once moving its damn hard to stop the ship.Moving ships is about moving people.Enterprise sales is about moving lots of people at the same time.Consumer sales is about moving lots of people one at a time.Enterprise sales is harder in the short term (corporate politics…

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