Pessimistic opinions are more plausible than rosy thinking. Pessimists just sound smarter. But you’re not in business to sound smart, or impress people. You’re in business to make money. Pessimists don’t make money, because no one can make money on a worldview that everything is going down the tubes. Only optimists can make money, because…
You get to choose who you spend your time with. People that believe in you, or people that don’t. The former will build your confidence. The latter will break your confidence. No confidence = no success. Hang out with people that believe in you.
Even the smartest people can be seduced. Resist it. You CAN lose. No matter how many wins you’ve had in your life, failure is always possible. Especially if you think you can’t lose.
And vice versa. Don’t ignore your CEO. Don’t ignore your shareholders.
The “luminal” is the zone between the death of the old and the birth of the new. Eg: After you’ve come out of a long relationship but before you find a new partner. Or after you’ve sold your business but before you start a new one. Your decision-making in this period will be fraught with…
It’s not easy being an entrepreneur. Sometimes you just wish someone would make a map that you could follow. Bad news. By the time the map is ready it will be out of date. The world is changing every minute. Don’t wait for a map. Don’t make a map. Dive in with courage and fearlessness.
There are plenty of things that are legal, but unethical. Just like there are many things that are illegal but ethical. Ask yourself what kind of company you want to build. A company that is technically legal, but morally bankrupt? Or a company that is truly ethical, regardless of fine print?
Not only are bullies unpleasant human beings, but they are inherently cowardly. Cowards are inherently dishonest. They will do anything to save their skin. If you work for a bully, leave. If you employ a bully, kick him out. Beware bullies.
The golden rule is don’t lie. No matter how much pressure, no matter how many threats, no matter the fear. Don’t lie. The moment you lie, things start to unravel. There’s no going back. Lies always catch up with you.
There’s no other way. Constantly winning doesn’t make you stronger. Walking without stumbling doesn’t make you stronger. The only way is to fall down and rise up. Fall down, rise up, fall down, rise up. There’s no other way.
Instead of fearing wasting time knocking on the wrong doors, embrace it. In truth, knocking on the wrong doors is the only way to find the right door. So don’t fret about no one opening. Just keep knocking on doors.
Its a path. A career is a series of predictable steps. A path is not. The only way to navigate the path of entrepreneurship is to define your values, to decide what is right and wrong. And then to stick to your moral compass through the darkest of days. Entrepreneurship is not a career. Its…