No one went bankrupt taking a profit

Your first goal is to not fail. To not lose all your money. To not go bankrupt. Sometimes that means taking a short term profit, and potentially forgoing future upside. That’s ok. You’ll have other opportunities to make money. No one went bankrupt taking a profit

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Be diplomatic

It’s easy to be brutally honest. To be rude, to tell a person they’re stupid, to accuse someone of dishonesty. But what does that achieve? It makes you feel like a big person, but it makes the other person extremely defensive. When the counter-party has her back up, you can forget about any constructive engagement….

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First values, then the rest

If you build a business with the right values, it will stand the test of time. You’ll recruit the right people, repel the wrong people, cultivate the right culture. It will always make the right decision, no matter the pressure & stress of a situation. If you build a business with the wrong values (or…

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Only take advice from people that have faced the beast

Afraid of public speaking? Only take advice from someone who has tried public speaking. Afraid of starting a business? Only take advice from someone who has started a business. Afraid of losing money? Only take advice from someone who has lost money. Your fear is your beast. Only take advice from people that have faced the same…

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Walk the floor

If you’re the boss, folks want to see you. Don’t be too busy to show face. Don’t sit in your office with door closed. Don’t let the million stresses and distractions of sales, cashflow and HR let you forget that your team needs a leader. Walk the floor.

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The struggle will give you everything you want

Do you want riches? Fame? Girls? Boys? Maybe being an entrepreneur is your path. Maybe not. Doesn’t really matter. Trying to be an entrepreneur will give you something far more valuable. Lessons, scars, experiences, stories. You’ll realise once day that it wasn’t the riches, fame, boys, girls your wanted. It was something else. There was…

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Your vision must be so large that you’re forced to realise you can’t do it yourself

If you think you can do it all yourself, you have a problem. Your dream is not big enough. It means you don’t need a team. Only teams can solve big problems. You need to put yourself in a space where you realise you need a team. That way you can solve a big problem…

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An empty life will kill you more surely than a life of adventure

An empty, boring life will kill you. Maybe you will physically survive. But your soul will die. For every entrepreneur that has failed, there are a thousand people who wished they’d tried but allowed themselves to be dissuaded. Do you want to be one of the living dead? Rather die alive than live dead.

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Fear means you’re sane

Fear is not weakness. It’s sanity. It means you recognise the risks and dangers ahead. It means you will properly prepare. It means you will tread carefully. Don’t be ashamed or afraid of fear. Fear means you’re sane.

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Be careful who you criticise

Generally speaking, when you find someone else to be irritating, it’s because they are reflecting your own behaviour. You think someone is rude? You’re probably rude. You think someone is arrogant? You’re probably arrogant. You think someone is a politician? You’re probably a politician. Be careful before you speak out. What you say says more…

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You can’t have team unity without humility

Humility is the most important value in a team. Staying humble. Keeping your ego in check. Being of service to your team-mates. You can’t build a big business without a team. You can’t build a team with unity. You can’t have team unity without humility.

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Don’t be careful, you could hurt yourself

In business there are many instances where you must choose between the “safe” option and the “best” option. The safe option entails managing downside, no one gets fired. The best option entails innovating, taking risks, moving the business forward. If you build a culture of always taking the safe option, don’t be surprised if your…

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