Test yourself against the best AND the worst

Of course you must compete against the best. Prove yourself. Up your game. But don’t forget the worst. Those people’s can drag your down if you’re not careful. Test yourself against them regularly so you learn to resist their deleterious effects. Make sure you’re actually ahead of them. Test yourself against the best AND the…

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Just because a seal crawls up onto the beach doesn’t mean it’s going to die

Watching a seal crawl onto the beach and flop down is pretty unusual. Easy to assume it’s dying. It’s dragged itself out of the water to gasp its last few breaths. So you get sad. Or you call the sea vet people. Or you start googling “climate change” to confirm your suspicion that the seal…

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Learn to dance in the rain

It’s not the guy who made photo films fault that digital cameras killed Kodak. It’s not the editor’s fault that the internet killed newspapers.   It’s not the book store owner’s fault that Amazon killed book stores. Lamenting the Internet is like lamenting the weather. It’s there. Whining won’t change anything. In stead of moaning…

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You gotta love winning more than not losing

Business is like golf. You must love one-putts more than you fear three-putts You must love birdies more than you love bogeys. You’ll never win if you don’t go for every shot. Avoiding three-putts is a strategy that guarantees you never have one-putts. One-putts is the only way to win. You gotta love winning more…

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Being confident is a choice

If you need to be a winner to be confident, you haven’t got a chance in life. Confidence is everything, but you can’t win every race. So don’t rely on success for your confidence. Choose to be confident.

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You will become whatever you think you are

The famous psychologist William James believed that people tend to become what they think about themselves. Think you’re a loser? You become a loser. Think you’re a ladies man? You become a ladies man. Think you’re a great cook? You become a great cook. So be careful what you think about yourself. Having a negative…

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Dreams are easy

Lots of people will dream big and achieve nothing. That’s because dreams are easy. What’s hard is figuring out the steps needed to achieve dreams. What’s harder is immersing yourself in the steps 24/7. What’s hardest is taken each and every step you need to take to make your dream a reality. The dream part…

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If you want to be an entrepreneur, you have to love business

To be an entrepreneur you have to love business. You must love missing payroll. Stressing about cash. HR problems. Your best friend parting ways. Customers promising but never paying. You can learn to love anything. Your subconscious can be trained. If nothing else, focusing on the positive of stories to tell one day. If you…

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Beware “perceived exertion”

You get to work at 7am so you think you are working hard. You work 80 hour weeks so you feel your contributing the most. You prepare five tenders every week so you know you are doing your best to get sales. Beware all that. It is “perceived exertion”. It doesn’t matter what time you…

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Would you humiliate your colleague for making a mistake?

The correct answer is “No.” If you get into the habit of publicly humiliating your colleagues, you will break trust, and you will never successfully build a team. So then, then why would you humiliate yourself? Why flagellate yourself over mistakes made? “I should have this, I should have that…” That also breaks trust. Don’t…

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Patience is a virtue, except when it isn’t

You need patience. Slog its out, put in the hard yards, wait for the customer to get across the line, wait for the right investor to come along. Patience is truly a virtue. But sometimes patience is inappropriate. When someone tries to limit you, don’t be patient. That’s the time to be impatient, to rush,…

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