Stay close to aspirational people

Decide for yourself the types of people you aspire towards. Stay close to them. You will learn from them, you will mimic them. You’ll be judged as one of them. Stay close to aspirational people.

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Take things one step at a time

Business is fluid. The situation is constantly changing. Planning too many steps ahead is fruitless. Just take things one step at a time. You’ll find new opportunities present themselves, and you’re ready to grab them. But only because you took the step.

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You can buy competence, you can’t buy character

When you’re looking for staff, shareholders, partners, you need to find people with competence AND character. If you pay enough, you’ll get competence. No amount of money guarantees character. So get your compensation right, and then put all your energy into differentiating between those who have character, and those who don’t. You can buy competence,…

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Stop saying you’re tired

Yes, yes, you’re tired. So what. Who isn’t? Everyone is tired. And everyone has a good reason. Crying babies, uncomfortable mattress, long hours, whatever. Everyone has a story for why they’re tired. If you want to win you don’t have time for stories. Stop saying you’re tired. Get on with it.

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The mind needs books like a knife needs a whetstone

For an entrepreneur, your mind is your most powerful weapon. The best way to strengthen your mind is in the cut-and-thrust of battle. Trial and error. Risk-taking. Doing actual business. But before you go to battle, you need to make sure your weapon is sharp. Reading keeps your mind sharp. Reading is your whetstone. It’s…

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Different time. Different boss.

Bosses come and go. The boss of your biggest customer. The boss of your biggest supplier. Your mayor. Your state president. It happens. And when it happens, you need to adjust to the new regime. Otherwise you’ll lose. Different time. Different boss.

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Do not deny who you are

Are you beautiful? Handsome? Nerdy? Sporty? Ugly? Spotty? Famous parents? Poor parents? Inherit money? Dad in jail? Whatever it is that you want to hide because you feel it gives you an unfair advantage, or because it embarasses, stop hiding it. Embrace it. Use it like armour. You can’t be someone other than who you…

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Cowboys boots doesn’t mean you can ride a horse

So you have a title. Or an office. Or money. So what? Just because you’re wearing cowboy boots doesn’t mean you can ride a horse.

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Don’t shine a light into the eyes of an elephant

Most animals don’t like having a light shone in their eyes. But that’s ok, because most animals can’t hurt you. Not so an elephant. If you irritate an elephant, you risk being squashed. So don’t do it. Same goes in business. Most people/companies you encounter can’t respond to your irritating ways. But some can. Better…

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The lost are hard to find

Do you feel you don’t know where you’re going? Not sure where to turn? What to do next? Are you lost? Not a great place to be, but there is good news. The lost are hard to find. Which means you have no competition. No competition gives you the space to make a profit. Profit…

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Are you living the life of a rhino?

A (white) rhino is born, eats grass, poos grass, makes babies, eats more grass, poos more grass, and dies. That’s it. That’s the life of a rhino. If you’re not careful, that will be your life too. Are you living the life of a rhino?

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Be careful to not take too many steps down the wrong path

Sometimes you’ll take the wrong path in life. Maybe you do a deal with the Gupta’s, and before long you realise they’re crooks. You’ve already taken a few steps down the wrong path. Don’t hesitate: Turn around, go back. The more steps you take, the harder it gets. Even worse, after taking too many steps,…

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