Entrepreneurs make it look easy

Starting a business is not easy. Running a business is not easy. Being an entrepreneur is not easy.No one said it would be easy. You have to make it look easy.“It takes a lot of effort to make it look effortless.”Some people enjoy sharing the problems of their job/company/life. Don’t ask them how they are because they’ll…

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Entrepreneurs are not proud

An entrepreneur makes it look easy, and always has his game face.But that doesn’t mean an entrepreneur is “proud”.Pride is an attribute of the weak and insecure.An entrepreneur is confident and self-assured. If he needs help, he asks for it. If a friend asks how things are, he doesn’t lie and say, “Perfect”, when things are…

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Entrepreneurs never show doubt

As an entrepreneur there will be many times when you’re stressed. When things are not going your  way. When you doubt your path.The trick is to never show your doubt. Never show the strain. Put on your game face and carry on.People are watching. Investors, bankers, suppliers, partners, staff.If you show doubt, they’ll start doubting. If they start doubting,…

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Entrepreneurs don’t make excuses

“My kids didn’t sleep lastnight.”“I have a stomach virus.”“Interest rates went up.”“The Rand collapsed.”Blah blah blah.If you fail to achieve your goals don’t make excuses.Own your failure.Miss gym because you slept late? Lost money because you invested in the wrong company? Hired the wrong staff?Whatever it is, don’t point fingers. Own it.“It is my fault…

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Entrepreneurs always have their game face

Sometimes you wake up dreading the day.Maybe there’s bad news waiting at office. Maybe you have to fire someone. Maybe you have collect debts. Maybe you’ve run out of cash.You simply don’t want to go to office. You don’t want to smile, or look confident, or deal with people.You want to crawl under your covers…

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Entrepreneur books for 2016

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben HorowitzThis is the first book to read before you start a business. Start-up life ain’t all rosy. There is a price to pay. Blood, sweat and tears with no guarantee of reward. Being an entrepreneur is definitely worth it, but be sure to read Ben’s book before…

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Entrepreneurs avoid the wrong staff

You should always try to not hire staff. Staff bring headaches and overheads.Sometimes you simply must bring on help. You can’t do everything yourself or be everywhere yourself.Be careful.Bringing on the wrong staff can be expensive and hurt you. Company morale can be quickly damaged by a bad apple, especially in a small startup.Don’t be…

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Entrepreneurs know that quality = quantity

When you’re starting a company its tempting to chase lots of customers. Grow revenues as quickly as possible, get as many people using your product as possible.Beware. That way lies disappointment.Its better to find one customer, and focus on 100% satisfying that customer. When your product is right, then move to the next customer. Rinse, repeat.Its…

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Entrepreneurship is like Test cricket

Step one: Don’t lose Rule one in Test cricket: Make sure you can’t lose.When you’re sure you can’t lose, then you go for the win.Startups are the same. First, ensure you can’t fail. Cover your overheads.When your overheads are covered then start looking around for opportunities to make a profit. You have to find the…

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Entrepreneurs look after their financial health

James Altucher is always writing and speaking about how success is correlated to a daily ritual that includes each of the following exercises: Physical – Exercise. Stay in shape, be fit, be strong. Emotional – Never spend time with people that suck your energy. Never do anything that drains your energy. Mental – Think of 20 new ideas…

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Entrepreneurs move fast

Successful entrepreneurs thrive in an environment of uncertainty, taking advantage of opportunities as they present themselves.In other words, entrepreneurs move fast!In order to move fast you need the following: Access to capital Some people are lucky to be born into a family with cash, or to attend a school with other kids whose families have cash, or to…

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Entrepreneurs are superstitious

The more risks you take in life, the more superstitious you become.If you spend your life in a highly secure job and safe society, then of course you don’t place any reliance on God or luck. You don’t need to. You know what will happen tomorrow, and even if tomorrow is not pleasant you know…

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