In tough times, a positive demeanour is everything

Your job is to inspire confidence. With staff, customers and shareholders. They’re all looking to you for leadership. Especially in tough times, people need a ray of light. That’s why your demeanour is so important. Regardless of your private doubts and fears, you must carry yourself with confidence. You must radiate optimism. You must embody…

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Sometimes you have to stay with the crowd

Most times, running with the crowd is the path to mediocrity. But sometimes, the crowd is where you need to be. The COVID pandemic response is a good example. Most countries are treating the virus seriously, locking down their economies, blocking travel, closing schools. When you agree with this or not, you must do the…

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Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight. Bring an army.

Business is about winning. Winning is about tilting the odds in your favour. If the other guy has a gun, of course don’t bring a knife, But bringing a gun is no use either. Even odds are not the path to success. Success follows from you bringing overwhelming strength to any conflict. Don’t bring a…

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If you’re in doubt, don’t do it

Hiring someone? Signing a lease? Making a commitment? Have a niggle in the back of your mind? Not quite 100% sure you want to go ahead? Don’t do it. Your gut knows it’s the wrong thing to do, but your brain is trying to over-rule your doubt in the name of: “Making a fast decision.”…

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Hang out with people you get resonate with

In business there are many occasions on which you must spend time with people you don’t resonate with. It’s not unbearable, it’s not painful, it’s just that you don’t click. It’s a bit strained. Life’s too short for that. Don’t settle. Hang out with people you resonate with.

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Stay out of social media rabbit holes

There are two very important ingredients for successful entrepreneurship: Optimism & focus. Nothing one is possible if you’re on social media, especially if you go down every social media rabbit hole. Whether it’s BLM, or Donald Trump, or gender-based violence, stay away from that tunnel. That way lies distraction at best, pessimism at worst. You…

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When times are good, chill

Most times, an entrepreneur’s life is stressful. Working hard. Stressing hard. Never a moment of mental peace, always worrying. So when you have good times, you need to appreciate it. Don’t work hard. Don’t stress hard. Don’t worry. When times are good, chill.

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Just because you don’t like a person, doesn’t mean you can’t be partners

Business is not friendship. Friendship is a bonus, not a prerequisite. Just because you don’t laugh at her jokes, nor she at yours, doesn’t mean she’s a bad business partner. Look through the personal stuff and see her value add. It’s just business. Just because you don’t like a person, doesn’t mean you can’t be…

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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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