There are plenty of law abiding thieves

Just because someone has not broken the law, doesn’t mean she’s not a thief. The law is not perfect. Don’t rely on it as a test of other’s character. Rely on your own instincts. If you get a feeling that someone is dishonest, steer clear. Ignore the trappings of so-called honest success. Ignore the court…

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A sunny disposition is an asset

Andrew Carnegie was one of the three richest people in America in the 1800’s and 1900’s. He is famous for giving all his wealth away, mostly to build libraries across the USA. In his opinion, one of the greatest assets of an entrepreneur is a sunny disposition. An optimistic personality. A tendency to look at…

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You can’t lead others if you can’t lead yourself

Before you can lead others, you must learn to lead yourself. Exercise moral courage by making the right decisions in hard situations. Instil self-discipline by getting to work early, looking after your body. Explore your own past and deal with your issues. Learn to lead yourself. Then you can lead others.

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Don’t major in a minor

If you’re going to chase your dream, pick a big one. No point committing your energy and savings to a small vision. If you’re going to go big, GO BIG. Don’t major in a minor.

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Maths can be your strategy

Sometimes your strategy can be as simple as doing the math. For example: If you have calculated lifetime value of your customer as R200, then you can afford to spend R50 acquiring that customer, even if you only recover that R50 after 12 months. If your math is correct, you can close your eyes and…

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The best time to overcome an obstacle

As an entrepreneur, you will encounter obstacles. It’s part of the game. There’s no avoiding it. There’s no point complaining. You need to overcome the obstacle. The only question is timing. When is the best time to overcome an obstacle? Now.

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Don’t call every minute

You’re waiting for feedback on a deal, or on a payment, or on a sale. You’re chewing your fingertips, checking your phone every 30 seconds. You’re tempted to call, and call, and call.  Don’t do it. Endless nagging doesn’t change the outcome. In fact it can sometimes have a negative impact because the other person…

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Patience is a super-power

The reason patience a super-power is because it’s hard. Especially for entrepreneur-like folk, who’s DNA demands immediate action on everything. Work hard, leave nothing to chance, but then practice patience. Wait. Be quiet. Chill. Patience is a super-power.

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You never know when you’re gonna hit it out the park

There are so many variables in business that the odds of winning are an unknown. Success can’t be predicted. There’s only one way to win: Get on the pitch, swing the bat. Swing, miss, swing, miss. Don’t stop swinging.  You never know when you’re gonna hit it out the park.

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Stand for nothing and you fall for everything

Business is not so much about knowing what you want. It’s about knowing what you don’t want. It’s about knowing when to say no. It’s about focus. That’s why you need to know what your mission is. What’s the mountain top you’re chasing? Never deviate from that goal. And make sure you stick to your…

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What kind of a reputation do you want?

Do you speak your mind? Or do you hide your thoughts? Do you choose sides?  Or are you a diplomat? Do you leave something on the table? Or do you never let the other guy win? Whatever your choice, it’s cool. Just know that your reputation attracts like-minded people. It’s one thing being that kind…

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Lies catch up with you

No matter how smart and hard-working you are, lying is a zero-sum game. Lies always catch up with you. And when they do, its game-over.  People will forgive incompetence, but not dishonesty. Stop telling yourself you’re smarter than everyone and that you’ll get away with it. Never lie. Lies catch up with you.

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