Repetition creates flooding

Rain every day for three weeks is more powerful than rain every second day for six weeks. Constant rain does not allow for the ground to absorb the water and be ready for the next storm. Uninterrupted rain leads to overflowing dams and flooding. That’s what you need in your business. Flooding. You need to flood the market with your…

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What is your greatest fear?

Is it fear of missing out? Fear of losing face? Fear of losing money? Fear of losing control? Fear of change? Whatever it is, it’s holding you back. The only way to overcome your fears is to do what scares you, again and again. Every time you survive you’ll be a little more immunized to…

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The path is more important than the mountain

Startup life is like a range of mountains. Its a long slog to overcome each mountain, but as soon as you summit, you see another ahead of you. The mountains never stop. Thats why it’s so important you choose the right path. You need to be aiming at something very worthwhile in order to keep climbing…

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Only you can execute your ideas

Ideas have no value. Execution is everything.Your ability to execute is a function of skills, capital and network.If you don’t have the requisite skills, capital and network, you won’t we able to execute your ideas. Period.If you don’t know how to make your idea a reality, share it with the world.Blog, Facebook, Twitter, whatever, just…

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Delay big decisions that are not urgent

If you’re faced with a big decision and you’re not sure what to do, ask yourself: “Is this urgent?”If its not urgent, kick the can down the road.Stall, delay, play for time. Don’t be forced into an important decision unless you feel comfortable, or there is urgency.If there is urgency, you have no choice: Make the…

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Ask yourself: What’s not going to change in the next decade?

Most people ask the question: “What’s going to change in the next decade?” Who cares. You can’t build a business strategy around things that are changing. Change is unpredictable. Rather ask yourself: “What’s not going to change in the next decade?” If it’s not changing, you can build a business strategy around it. The energy…

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Let the fly out the window

Sometimes you’ll have a situation where a star in your company starts causing trouble. She will be like a fly buzzing around your room, banging into the walls, irritating you and hurting itself. You’ll have three choices for dealing with the fly: Let it buzz itself to death, irritating you and everyone else in the room….

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If you’re going to eat shit, don’t nibble

If you haven’t read Ben Horowitz’s, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, then you’re wasting time. Stop whatever you’re doing. Read it. One of Ben’s pieces of advice is to do all the unpleasant stuff in one go. Retrenching? Don’t do it piecemeal. Get rid of everyone in one go. Writing off assets? Don’t do it…

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Don’t judge by input. Judge by output.

What is work? What does it mean to work hard? Some work is easy to identify. Simply look at the input. Carrying rocks from 7am to 7pm. That is obviously hard work. Or building a road. Or driving a delivery van all day. What’s not so easily appreciated is the hard work that goes into jobs…

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How to set up your website and email

So you’re starting a startup. First step: Create a website. There are few things less professional, nowadays, than not having a website. Especially if you’re a tech startup. You need a website, and you need an email address that uses the same domain as your website. If you use a gmail or (gasp) yahoo email for your startup,…

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You can’t grow by cutting costs

Some people think they can grow their business by cutting costs. These people should be avoided at all costs. You can only grow by selling. If you want to be a growth business, if you want a journey worth remembering, if you want to leave a legacy, if you want to make it BIG, you…

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You need a great culture AND a great business model

A great culture without a great business model is like eating Coco Pops. Short team energy spike, long term heart attack. A great business model without a great culture is like drinking a non-alcoholic beer: It can’t kill you, but what’s the point?You want both. A business model that generates lots of profit, and a culture…

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