Never mistake a wish for a certainty

It’s natural to have wishes and prayers. If you’re not wishing for something to go your way, you’ll not aiming high enough. The danger is that the strength of your wishing can sometimes trick your brain into believing the wish is a certainty. It’s not. Whether it’s a client paying on time, or a new…

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Don’t be cheeky

Long ago, the Shah of Persia ran out of enemies to fight. He loved battle, and was so bored that he issued a challenge to his empire: Whomever invents a battle-game that entertains him will be granted whatever prize he wishes. A few months later inventors from around the empire arrived at the great palace…

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The story of marmite

After brewing beer, the black yeast residue sludge used to be disposed of as waste. Until one day someone tasted it and found it quite appealing. Eventually lots of people tried it, and then one day Unilever launched it as a consumer product: Marmite. Black year residue sludge from beer brewing became a multi-million dollar…

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Great ideas are not like busses

They don’t come along every ten minutes. If you have a great idea, grab it. Don’t let it go by thinking another one is along the way. It may take a long time before your next brainwave occurs. Same goes for great partners. They’re not like busses. They don’t come along every ten minutes.

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Shuhari

The Japanese martial art method for learning is known as Shuhari: First, learn the rules. Second, break the rules. Third, make the rules. Entrepreneurs can learn from this. Don’t dive into an industry until you’ve worked in it for a while. Learn the game. Once you understand, start your business and break all the rules….

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Finding a mentor

For great advice on finding a mentor, read this. In short, it works like as follows: The best mentors have no agenda. They care for you, they advise you with only your own interests at heart. Parents, uncles, aunts, teachers, bosses.  To find mentors outside of this circle, do this: Reach out to as many role…

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