There can be only one

Most times in startup-land, there is no space for second place.  It’s winner takes all.  You HAVE to come first, otherwise you fail. So don’t settle.  Win. There can be only one.

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Don’t wait. Aim high. Frequently

Your chances of ending up with what you want — say, the lady with the amazing smile or that rocket scientist job in NASA , or that CEO role — dramatically increase if you make the first move. Don’t wait for the Universe to come to you. Put yourself out there early, aim high. Frequently. That’s how you get…

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The last man standing wins

In startup world, the race is mostly binary. There is only space for one winner. That means you have to win, or you have nothing to show for your blood, sweat and tears. The good news is that victory is not purely a function of “who is best.” It’s mostly a question of survival. You…

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Keep plugging away

An entrepreneur, by nature, has a short attention span. Give 100% energy, but if no result then move on. That works most of the time, but some situations require more perseverance. Be it board room matters, or cleaning up a mess, or closing a deal. You can’t avoid some fights. You have to keep at…

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Beware if your people won’t talk to you

If you delve into your company and find that staff are too afraid to speak, be afraid. There is never, ever a scenario where fear of communication is a good sign. It means you have managers who rule by fear. At best your culture is damaged. At worst something is being hidden and you’re going…

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Fire sooner than later

If you have someone who is not delivering the goods, or causing internal politics, don’t hesitate. Fire him. Every single day of delay results in financial loss, time wastage, morale damage. You know what you have to do. Toughen up, and do it.

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Don’t implicitly trust anyone until you’ve gone to war

It’s only in the fight that you find your true friends. So don’t 100% trust anyone until you’ve been in a fight.

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Travel light, travel far

In other words, the lower your overhead, the further your company can go. You want to be able to survive for as long as possible. Sometimes its the only way to find what you’re looking for (ie: profit). Travel light, travel far.

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There’s no problem if you make a mess, as long as you clean it up yourself

Missed deadline because you forgot an important document. Lost a client because you forgot to return a call. Short on revenue targets because you lost your star salesman. No matter what the problem, no what the reason, it’s not big deal, on ONE condition. You clean up the mess yourself. If you leave a mess…

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Don’t let who you want to be stop you from being who you should be

Who you think you should be may not be who you should be. If you don’t know your strenghts, you have no idea what you’re be excellent (and happy at). Instead of spending your energy chasing what you think you want, spend time learning who you are so can be more accurate about who you…

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You are only as strong as the soldier on your left

In their heyday, the Spartans were the most formidable military force in the civilised world. Their battle form was to have a short sword in the right hand and a small shield in the left hand, and to stand side-by-side facing the enemy. If the man to your left fell, your left-hand side was made…

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Being happy is the best tool to fight uncertainty

Entrepreneur life (and life in general) can get pretty uncertain. It’s at times like this that it’s useful to have psychological tools to help manage stress. One such tool is to think of your life being a river heading for a pre-destined destination. You have no choice about the destination. You can only choose how…

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