Don’t blame other people

If you don’t deliver the goods, take it on the chin. Take it on the chin, especially when someone else is to blame. You might not make your customer happy, but you’ll win his respect. Far better that than losing his respect. And for what? Just to shift the blame and ultimately to make you…

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Be cool

Things won’t always go your way. How you react is up to you. You choose: Get upset, or be cool. Getting upset doesn’t lead to better decisions, and lowers other’s estimation of you. Being cool means better decisions, and impresses others. When you have a choice, be cool.

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If the fire is blazing, wind only makes it hotter

You have a startup. Great.  You can see headwinds ahead. It’s worrying.  Don’t worry.  You don’t have to worry about those headwinds.  You only have to worry about today.  Your job is to get your business humming. On fire.  When you’re on fire, it doesn’t matter what headwinds lie in wait.  The wind will make…

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Look how people behave when you’re not around

When choosing partners/staff, the question is whether they are as they present themselves. Is she the same, regardless of whether she’s in front of you? Does he treat the cleaner the same as the CEO? Does she greet the barista even when the boss is not around? If the answer is no, stay away.

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Stay away from corporate politics

Corporate politics are a reality of life.Don’t gripe about it. Accept it.Just stay away from it.When someone tries to drag you in, say, “No thanks”.Better yet, say “No thanks, I’m not interested in corporate politcs” in front of lots of other people.Politicians are afraid of being out-ted.If you want them to steer clear of you,…

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Beware coward partners

Cowards outside of your business are irrelevant. Cowards that work for you are not dangerous. Coward partners are potentially catastrophic. Business is a battle. When you’re in battle you can’t be looking over your shoulder. Your partner must have your back. If you turn around to find your partner has fled, you’re dead. The best…

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Love Mondays

Are you one of those people that spend Monday in a grumpy mood?Monday represents the beginning of another week of doing stuff you don’t enjoy?Do people avoid you on a Monday?Ask yourself, what does this attitude achieve?Maybe you get some laughs and some sympathy. Is that really what you want? People to laugh at you….

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Sometimes you need to play the player

In your business your will face many challenges.Many “balls” will come your way.Before you play the ball, look at the other player.Most times, she is a fair competitive/adversary.Sometimes, she’s not. Sometimes she’s a crook with faint regard for the rules of the game (ie: telling the truth).In that case, ignore the ball.There’s no point playing…

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Don’t brush over the little things

You will be confronted with plenty of small challenges in business. Be careful not to brush over the little things. The little things turn into big things, and those big things can break your business. Better to deal with your challenges when they arise, and when they’re small.

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Beware people with a financial incentive to recommend action

In business, you will be given advice by plenty folks. Before acting on advice, always think of what his/her financial incentive is. For example, lawyers are like surgeons. They have a financial incentive to recommend action. Cut, operate, medicate. A surgeon makes no money if he tells you to wait three months and see how…

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Let your baggage go

You have baggage. You’ve been screwed in a deal. You lost money because the markets tanked. Your life has been so much harder than everyone else. Baggage. It’s dragging you down. Slowing you up. There’s one thing you have to realise. Holding baggage is your choice. In other words, you being dragged down and slowed…

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One hundred average artists are not as good as one excellent artist

Business is like art. One hundred average artists could not paint the Mona Lisa. Only Leonardo da Vinci could paint the Mona List. This applies to all innovation and creativity in business. Quality can’t be achieved by throwing people/money at the problem. You have to throw exceptional talent at the problem.

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