Be pushy, but grateful

If you want to get ahead, you can’t wait. You have to push. Nag. Demand. Throw your toys occasionally. It will irritate people, but there’s no other way. Just remember that life is long and you don’t want enemies. Show gratitude when things go your way. When people give you what you want. Be pushy,…

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When in doubt, go in like a train

There’s a place for subtlety. Cunning, politics, manoeuvring. It’s all necessary if you want to succeed in the real world. But when you’re in doubt, there’s only one way. Go in like a train.

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Adversity makes you alive

It’s only in the tough times that you truly appreciate what you have. That you truly open your eyes and look around. That you truly come alive. Adversity makes you alive.

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If you don’t like your game, find another

Maybe you find yourself in an industry that is dying, or accepts employee death-rates, or pollutes the atmosphere. Whatever. It’s a game that you don’t like, so why play it? Get out, and find a game that you do like. Just make sure you’re still in the game.

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Most setbacks are like being seasick

When you’re seasick, you think it’s the end. Nausea, sickness, pain. No light at end of tunnel. Not worth going on. And then you get better, and you forget how bad you felt when you were seasick. Same goes for speed bumps in business. Just because you feel terrible in the moment, doesn’t mean it…

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Creative people are like veld fires

Like with veld fires, creative people are dangerous but necessary. A veld fire clears the land for fresh seeds to take root, clears the chaff. Your job is to not let it get out of control. Nor to put too much water on it. Not enough management and the fire destroys everything. Too much management…

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Stay in the game

Whether it’s competition, or selling out, or politics, or whatever. Don’t let it push you completely out the picture. Life with money along is empty. The only worthwhile life is one where you’re in the game. No matter what happens, stay in the game.

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It’s mostly noise

Whether its predicting political outcomes, or exchange rates, or soccer match results, it’s mostly noise. There are so many moving parts, so many things that can change and impact outcomes. There’s no way you can predict. So don’t pay attention, just ignore all discussion. It’s mostly noise.

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Adversity brings out your hidden gifts

Everyone has God-given gifts. Talents that make you unique. But they mostly remain dormant, hidden from you and others. Society smoothes them over, conforms you to the norm. That’s why you should embrace adversity. It’s only through adversity that you are forced to dig deep, to find what it is needed to win. Adversity brings…

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There’s no softer pillow than a clean conscience

If you can’t sleep well at night, you’re going to struggle to get ahead. Eventually you’ll turn to sleeping pills, and its a slippery slope to addiction. So make sure you do everything you can to sleep well. Exercise every day, eat well, don’t drink too much. But most important: Don’t do anything bad. Don’t…

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Never let the fear of striking out get in your way

You’re afraid of trying, and missing. Saying your piece and being rejected. Putting your hand up and not being picked. So what? Who isn’t? You can’t let that fear get in your way, otherwise you’ll never break out. You’ll never achieve your dreams. Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.

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Your scars are gifts from your enemies

You’ll have competitors along the way, and sometimes they’ll beat you. They’ll leave scars. Stress, litigation, costs, work. But that’s ok. You’re still alive, you’re still in the game. Those scars are gifts. They’re reminders that your enemy wasn’t good enough to kill you.

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