Prayer is not a business model

It’s easy to start a business. To chase your dream. To build your product. What’s not easy is making a profit. Maybe you choose to just close your eyes and believe. “It’s ok, if I pray hard enough everything will sort itself out in the end.” Good luck with that. Prayer doesn’t produce profit. Only a business…

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There is no correlation between craziness and success

Sometimes you see crazy people make it big and you infer that craziness is the secret to success. Don’t be daft. Not only is there no causation, there’s no correlation. Most crazy people fail. They failed so badly that you’ve never heard of them. The perception of craziness = success is an extreme version of survivor-bias….

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Don’t compare your life with others

There will always be someone somewhere out there that’s better off than you. Handsome husband or beautiful wife. Talented children. Big house Fancy car. Piles of money. Crazy exciting adventures. You can’t win this race. Comparing will make you miserable. Keep your head down and focus on your own goals. Don’t compare your life to others.

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If the contract doesn’t match the conversation, walk away

Beware the person who provides a written contract that doesn’t match his spoken word. He suffers either from memory-loss, insanity, or dishonesty. You can’t do business with someone suffering from any of the above. Don’t try have the contract fixed. Forget about the wording. Walk away. Rather find people who’s spoken words match their contracts.

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Three daily reminders about people

As easy is it is to get into the habit of not liking people, it gets you nowhere. If a habit takes you nowhere, don’t do it. Rather wake up every day with these reminders: Don’t take it personally – Stuff happens. Its random. When someone does something that negatively affects you, be cool. It’s not personal….

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13 ways ego will kill your startup

Your ego will kill your startup if you let it. It won’t let you take risks. It won’t let you ask for help. It won’t let you admit failure. It won’t let you drink Ricoffy. It won’t let you be a salesman. It won’t let you hire better people. It won’t let you have a plain office….

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The secret to choosing your own life

If you want to the live the life you want to live, you must set up your life in such a way as to always have options. Having options is all about not living beyond your means, and not forming attachments to stuff. Keep your lifestyle simple. Avoid debt. Keep cash in the bank. Eliminate your…

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Don’t be a cynic

Nobody likes a cynic. By all means, apply scepticism to life. Ask questions. Find proof. Just don’t be a cynic. Don’t be that guy that rips everything and everyone apart. You will attract negative people and repel positive people. Remember: You will be become the average of the five people you spend the most time with. People…

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Reply to emails immediately

Do you find yourself dreading your email? Afraid of unpleasant communication? Can’t stand seeing how many unread items there are in your inbox? The easy solution is to simply play dead. Do anything except tackle your email. Pretend that email is not important for your business. That’s just stupid. Email is one of the most powerful…

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You can’t expect to start something new without letting go something old

Starting a startup can be a bit like finding a new girlfriend (or boyfriend): It’s tempting to find her whilst you’re still with your existing girl. Most of the time this doesn’t work. Its hard to start something new when you’re stuck in something old. You have to have the guts to take the plunge, break…

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Do you know where your money comes from?

When you work for a big company, you don’t know where your money comes from. Sure, you get a salary from your employer every month, but where does your employer get his money? How exactly does your employer generate the cash to pay salaries? No one knows exactly what impacts cashflow, so everyone has to…

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