Entrepreneurs help other people

Always help other people. Even when times are tough for you. Who knows, maybe that person will one day help you.Maybe one day you need something from that person.Helping other people can have a return on capital.Regardless of whether there is a chance of payback, help other people if you can.Give a small procurement contract….

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Entrepreneurs go the extra mile

An employee finishes the day and thinks, “Have I done as much as I can get away with today?”An entrepreneur finishes the day and thinks, “Is there anything else I can do today?”If you want to build a successful business, you need an edge.You need to be doing stuff that other people aren’t doing.Learning stuff…

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Entrepreneurs have a plan B

Every entrepreneur has a goal in mind. A Holy Grail.A plan A.You must put your entire being into the achievement of that goal.You must focus like a laser.But, you must always have a plan B.If you flip a coin, the result must be: Heads: you win. Tails: the other guy loses.Always have a fall-back position.What do you do if, heaven…

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Entrepreneurs focus

(TedX talk on the secret to being a successful entrepreneur.)Its easy to an entrepreneur. Quit your job and start a company. Boom! You’re an entrepreneur.Its also easy to be poor.Being a entrepreneur is not about quitting your job and starting a company. Its about making money.Like it or not, the only objective scorecard for entrepreneurial success…

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Entrepreneurs live in the right town

If you’re serious about getting rich you need to go where the money is.The money is in Joburg. Thats why you need to live in Joburg.But times, they are a’changin.Thanks to cheap flights and fast broadband its no longer necessary to live where the money is.You can commute, physically and virtually.With that in mind, it’s actually…

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Entrepreneurs are tough

I once had a setback in business.I felt hurt and betrayed. “Woe is me” was written across my forehead.Whilst I was regrouping, I took the opportunity to speak to older, wiser entrepreneurs.One of these was Denis O’Brien, an Irish billionaire introduced via a mutual friend. We met in New York for a coffee.After hearing out my sad story Denis…

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Entrepreneurs don’t fight fair

Some people preach the importance of fighting fair. Be noble. Stick to the rules.These people are not entrepreneurs.An entrepreneur knows there is no such thing as a fair fight. If you don’t go in with the upper hand, you will lose.Entrepreneurs don’t fight to lose.Entrepreneurs fight to win.Knife fight? Take a gun.Don’t go into battle without…

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Entrepreneurs use their talents

The Sword of Truth series (by Terry Goodkind) is a story about a woods-guide who is tasked with a quest to save the world. He accepts out of a sense of responsibility, but feels wholly inadequate and is convinced he’s the wrong man for the job.Throughout the story he repeatedly performs unbelievable feats of magic whilst simultaneously refusing…

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Entrepreneurs know what they don’t know

If you want to know what your strengths are, you need to start with learning what your weaknesses are.What are you not good at. What don’t you know. What don’t you have experience in.Sometimes success leads to an over-inflated estimation of your abilities.Sometimes the culprit is just plan lack of self-awareness.That’s why being humble and…

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Entrepreneurs are self aware

You must be yourself. You can only be yourself if you know yourself.You can only know yourself if you keep pushing your limits, keep taking risks, keep falling and getting up again.Most people know how to handle good times. The trick is knowing how to handle bad times.More important than how you handle adversity, how…

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Entrepreneur advice for matriculants

Congratulations! You’ve passed matric.Maybe a bit hungover, definitely very relieved.You’ve made it, you’ve arrived, all plain sailing from here.Bad news: Now you must prove you can be a success in life.Success comprises three things: Focus, hard work and luck.Most people agree that luck is a function of work ethic. The harder you work, the luckier you…

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Entrepreneurs choose their friends

Jim Rohn once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”Which means you must choose your friends carefully. They will either drag you down or make you a better person.Most people only get to choose friends when they’re 18-years-old, after you leave school.Until then your friends are the people you…

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