Take every call, make every call

You never know when it’s the call you’ve been waiting for. The lightning bolt from heaven than solves your problems. Funding, sales, staff, whatever. Take every call, make every call.

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Keep your ego out of the deal

No deal, ever, was made easier by ego. It’s hard enough doing deals with other egos in the room. Why make it even more complicated by bringing your ego to the party? Keep your ego out of the deal.

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Arrogance is the opposite of confidence

Confidence is knowing you can do the job and not feeling the need to tell people. Arrogance is knowing you can’t do the job but being afraid to admit it. Confidence is kindness because you don’t need to constantly prove you’re better than others. Arrogance is rudeness because you’re constantly trying to prove you’re better…

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Being bored is a good thing

It’s a signal that the time has come for you to change your life. It means you must now something different, go to the next level. Boredom is a marker on the road to your destiny. Its a trigger to wake up and do something new. Being bored is a good thing.

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Your enemy is your greatest teacher

An enemy will teach you more about yourself and business than any friend. How you react under attack. How you overcome obstacles. How you strategise for victory. So don’t wish away enemies. If you want to win you have to keep learning. If you want to keep learning you have to find teachers. Your enemy…

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Illiquid shares are worth nothing

If you can’t sell your shares, they’re worth nothing. It’s that simple.  So instead of pretending they’re worth something, ask yourself why you can’t sell them. Is it the CEO? Fire her. Is it the business model? Change it. Is it your partners? Swap them out. Do whatever you have to make your shares sellable….

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Get everyone in the same room

Beware people that prefer one-on-ones to group meetings. Beware people that filter information. Beware people that use innuendo. They’re using their control of information to manipulate the situation. There’s only one way to know the truth. Get everyone in the same room.

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Be bigger

You’ll come across people that want to hurt you. Financially, emotionally, reputationally, whatever. They’ll keep attacking you, keep dragging you down. Your choice is to fight, to ignore. To get in the mud, or to be bigger than them. When you think of it, there’s no choice. Be bigger.

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Always paint the big picture

If you want someone to be motivated to help you, take the time to paint the big picture. If she understands the worthiness of the end goal, she’ll try harder for the short term job. Always paint the big picture.

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Don’t be an asshole

Being an asshole is a losing strategy. It’s all good as long as you don’t need favours. The moment you need a favour, you’ll regret having been an asshole. Everyone needs a favour eventually. Don’t be an asshole.

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Just keep moving

When you’re doing deals it’s easy to get stressed about all the moving parts. What if this? What if that? If you think about it too long you find yourself trapped in a cycle of “what ifs”. By all means, anticipate the future. But don’t let the thinking get in the way of action. Every…

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