If you’re patient you get more done

In startup-world, it’s natural to be in a hurry. You don’t have time to fiddle faddle. You have limited cash, you need results! Just be careful not to race by what you’re looking for. Do each task properly. Invest enough time in customer relationships. Being patient might feel like you’re moving slower, but when you…

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Never defend yourself

Sometimes people will criticize you, publicly and privately.What do you do? Surely you must defend yourself? Surely you must get your side of the story on the table?Wrong. You can never defend yourself.The crowd doesn’t care what you say. It sees you as biased.Your only defense is other people.Other people must contradict the critics.If the…

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Sell before you spend

Don’t build it and they will come. There’s too much risk in that. If they don’t come, you’re screwed. Better to sell it, then build it.

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How to manage staff

Having four or five staff is not hard. You don’t need to be a good manager or leader. You can muddle along.It’s when your team starts growing past the twenty number that management becomes a skill rather than a word.There are hundreds are articles written on the art of management, but Jack Welch (former GE…

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So something bad happens to you, so what?

Winston Churchill lost the elections in 1945, just as he won WWII.Voters were simply tired of war, and wanted a leader for peace.A Croatian woman wrote to a condolence note, “Poor Mr Churchill. I suppose he will be shot now.”He replied, “Fortunately no shooting. Sentenced to hard labour.”Losing the election after winning a war is…

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The best revenge

“The best revenge is not to be like that.” —Marcus AureliusSomeone cons you, or writes a nasty article about you, or stabs you in the back.You want revenge.The best revenge is to not be like that.

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You can’t know or control everything

Its only when you understand and control everything that you don’t believe in luck. You can’t understand and control everything, hence you should always believe in luck. The moment you think you understand and control everything is the moment you’ve set yourself up for failure. Rather work on the assumption that your knowledge is complete and…

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Your reputation doesn’t matter

Ignore the folks that say “reputation is everything”.It’s not that they’re wrong. It’s that it’s a distraction.Living your life with “reputation” in the forefront will take you in a circle.You’ll go nowhere.The only thing that matters is what you achieve in life, and how you achieved it.What is your goal? What are your values?Keep these…

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It’s just a game

Business is a game. It’s supposed to be fun.Don’t take it too seriously.It’s when you take it seriously that things go wrong.Ego. Fear. Lack of perspective.These will lead to failure.Keep them out of your head by remembering: it’s just a game.

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If you can’t handle the heat, stay out of the kitchen

Having your own business is not always fun.Worrying about payroll. Cashflow. Staff issues.There can be big problems: bank debt, customers not paying.It can get really hot, uncomfortably hot.But that’s just the way it is. No risk, no reward.No heat, no happiness.If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.

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Chase feedback

The problem with power is that most people won’t argue with you. Instead, they will try predict what you’re thinking and tell you. If you’re going to improve you need honest feedback. Seeing as most people will not give it to you, you must chase it. Ask people that don’t need anything from you. Ask people that…

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