Entrepreneurs ignore their parents (sometimes)

Fact: Your parents love you. They do not want you to be hurt.Having lived life, they know the only way to avoid pain is to avoid taking risk.That’s why your parents always give you bad advice.Taking risk is the only path to growth. Personal, social and financial growth. Your growth is a function of Darwinian…

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Entrepreneurs listen to Destiny

An entrepreneur controls his own life. He refuses to accept the world the way it is, or to accept the path others have laid for him if it doesn’t feel right.But. He also accepts that sometimes the path he has chosen is wrong.There is another path for him, and there are signals every day telling…

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Entrepreneurs control their Destiny

Its easy to go through life believing you have no control over events. Keep your head down, take no risks, stay alive, accept things the way they are.Its called “blowing with the wind.” Some people have perfected the art.These are the people who sit in meetings and are always looking to the person with power. “What…

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Entrepreneurs make staff happy

I had the privilege of working with Clelland Kruger for over three years at iBurst.Clelland was the HR director in that time and was key to us ultimately winning 1st place in the Deloitte Best Company To Work For survey for the Telecoms sector.Somehow, in spite of struggling to make profits and being trapped in an endless…

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Entrepreneurs just do it

Do you have a dream?Do it. Do it. Do it. Do it now.That’s all there is to it. Instead of thinking, and talking and fantasising, just do it.Write a blog. Fire an employee. Call an angry client. Go for a run. Whatever task is on your to-do list, stop procrastinating.Do it now.Its always less painful…

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Entrepreneurs avoid leeches

A leech is someone who sucks you dry. He wants your money, your energy, or your fame.When it comes to protecting yourself you have two options: Build walls around yourself to keep everyone out. Identify the leeches and avoid them only. The former is effective as long as you can keep your guard up. The…

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Entrepreneurs stay away from energy vampires

Some people suck your energy. You know who I’m talking about.Maybe they’re pessimistic. Maybe they’re lazy. Maybe they’re boring. Maybe they’re just plain unpleasant.They suck your energy. You feel time slow down when you’re with them. You dread seeing them.They’re not evil. They’re just energy vampires.Energy is the most valuable thing you have. More so…

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Entrepreneurs guide to making an app

Have you ever woken up with the idea of a lifetime?An app that revolutionizes payments, or education, or healthcare, or coffee…You start Googling and you find NO ONE IN THE WORLD IS DOING IT!That’s it, you’ve cracked it, you’re gonna be a billionaire!Easy. Tiger.Before you quit your job and plough your life savings into your…

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Entrepreneurs do their own dirty work

Its easy to delegate the admin. Booking flights. Managing diaries. Submitting claims. Drafting policy docs.Its even easier to delegate the unpleasant stuff, like firing people.But the easy path is not the right path.Do the admin. It keeps you in touch with reality. It keeps costs down. It keeps you humble.Most importantly, do your own dirty work. If…

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Entrepreneurs make other people rich

Its easy to keep 100% of everything to yourself. Never share the upside. Keep people down.That’s a winning strategy in a world where you never have a setback or need anyone else.Its not a winning strategy in the real world.Life is long. There will be a day you need help. Even if you never need…

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Entrepreneurs don’t make assumptions

Assumptions are the mother of all screw-ups.Assume nothing. When in doubt, ask a question.If you’re afraid to ask a question you either (a) are a coward, or (b) care what people think.Entrepreneurs (a) have courage and (b) don’t care what people think.If no one can answer the question, then experiment.If you can’t experiment you are…

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