Make hay whilst the sun shines

It may seem like every day is gonna be sunny, so what’s the point in rushing with the hay-making? Tomorrow’s another sunny day. Until it’s not. There’s no hay-making in the rain. And if it doesn’t stop raining, there’s no hay-making at all. Same goes for exercise. If you have an opportunity to go for…

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Don’t be a bad sport

Sometimes things don’t go your way. You lose. Losing sucks, it upsets you. Fair enough, just don’t let your reaction out into the open. Don’t let others see your upsetness. Don’t spoil the winner’s moment. You gain nothing except for make a bad impression and alienate potential future partners and customers. Be cool. Don’t be…

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No one cares for your excuses

Yes, the Corona virus is bad. Got it. Yes, the lockdown is bad. Got it. Yes, the economy is bad. Got it. No one cares. Your business is your problem. Your problems are your problems. Don’t waste energy on excuses. Put all your energy into your business. No one cares for your excuses.

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It’s easy to be generous when times are good

Easy to leave big tips. Easy to give charity. Easy to share your money, your food, your drink. Good times are not the test. The test is bad times. Times where you’re perilously short on cash. Times where you’re worried about your finances. Times when things aren’t going your way. Can you still leave tips?…

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Buy yourself time

Even if you can’t see the end of the tunnel, buy yourself time. Even if you have no hope and no plan, buy yourself time. Even if you know you’re going to fail, buy yourself time. As long as you’re still in the game, you have a chance. Buy yourself time.

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Who is your anti-role-model?

Sometimes an anti-role model is more useful that a role model. Decide who represents everything you don’t want to be. Identify someone who’s life has ended in a place that you don’t want to end up in. Study that person, and then do everything you can to not be that person. Who do you not…

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The influence of a vital person vitalises

There are some people that suck you dry. Energy vampires, that drag the vitality out of you. And there are some people that energise you. Their vitality vitalises you. Which one do you want to be? A vampire? Or a vitaliser? Be vital! Be optimistic, and cheerful, and energetic, and positive! That’s what vitalises others….

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There are some people who have never been defeated

They are the ones who have never fought. They will be able to say, “I never lost a battle.” But they’ll also never be able to say, “I won a battle.” They will be able to say, “I’ve never been hurt.” But they’ll also never be able to say, “I’ve truly lived!” Pay no attention…

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You’re going to panic

At some point, you’re finally going to have to face the truth. Your mission is hard. Damn hard. Damn near impossible. You’ve bitten off more than you can chew. You have no idea how you’re going to make. You’re going to panic. Don’t panic. Put your head down and take the next step. Every successful…

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Sometimes the nicest man for the job is not the best man

Business is about making a profit. Making a profit is not always pleasant work. It means collecting debts, and cutting costs, and negotiating with suppliers. Nice people are not always appropriate for the job of making a profit. Sometimes asses are best. That’s just how it is. As an entrepreneur your job is to make…

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Discipline is not only punishment

As the boss, you’re the judge, jury and executioner. When someone steps out of line, you have to discipline her. You must provide justice, but as a corrective, and as an example for others to not walk the same path. Just remember: Justice is not only the way you punish those who do wrong. It…

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No one is gonna save you

It’s tough times. You can’t pay rent. You’re struggling to pay salaries. It’s not your fault: there’s a pandemic and the lockdown means you have np customers. Or there’s a credit crisis and no one will lend you money. Or one of your shareholders is an ass and you can’t make decisions. Whatever the problem,…

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