The injustices of the world are none of your business

There arte many immoral and unjust things happening in the world. In big business, in politics, in small villages. Crooks seem to be getting away with it. It’s tempting to want to do something about it. Resist that temptation. No matter how irritating an injustice is, ignore it. Get on with your own business, it’s…

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Sometimes you’ll make a big mistake

When you do, you have to apologise. Suck up your pride, get on your knees, beg forgiveness. Don’t let your pride get in the way of doing the right thing, clearing the decks, and moving on.

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There’s a fine line between pride and shame

Being too proud is a bad thing. It will hold you back in life because you’ll never ask for help. Everyone needs help. If you let your pride get in the way, you’re only sabotaging yourself. The trick is to not cross the line to shamelessness. Without any pride, you’ll lower yourself to ask anything…

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Never assume there’s only one kind of goat

Cameroon dwarf goats. Nigerian dwarf goats. Boerbokke. There’s lots of goats. Some big, some small, some white, some brown, some tasty, some not tasty. Before you dash out there and buy a goat, learn about goats. Same applies to all things in business.

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For losers, the beginning is always tomorrow

Start a new business? Start exercising? Start a new division? Start eating healthily? When are you going to do it? If the answer is tomorrow, you’re not going to win. You’re going to lose. For losers, the beginning is always tomorrow.

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A formula for being happy in SA

This is not about irrational optimism for the future of SA. This is about helping you decide whether you can be happy elsewhere. This about highlighting the biggest risks of living in SA and how to mitigate them. And this is about advice on how to maintain an optimistic mindset. The truth is that there…

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When things go bad you can choose how to react

Things will go bad. That’s how startup life is. How you react is up to you. If you have a victim mentality, you’ll blame the world and feel sorry for yourself. “Why me?” A victim mentality means you won’t get anything out of a bad situation. The only chance you have of turning lemons into…

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Satisfaction is another word for mediocrity

You’ve worked hard. You finally made it. You have money, success, credit, fame. It’s tempting to be satisfied. Don’t do it. Satisfaction is another word for mediocrity. Why spend your whole life chasing excellence, only to settle for mediocrity on the final stretch?

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Doubt must stay in the backseat

Everyone has doubt. If you don’t doubt, you’re delusional. Doubt is a useful emotion, it forces you to double-check, to re-evaluate. Just make sure that doubt stays in the backseat of the car. With doubt as the driver, failure is guaranteed.

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Cut loose your sense of entitlement

It’s easy to assume that because you’ve had a tough life, or bad luck, or worked hard, that you’re entitled to success. That sense of entitlement is what will kill you. It will slow you down on the final stretch. It will cause you to fail. A sense of entitlement is dead weight. Cut it…

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Don’t blame bad luck for your failures

Luck is capricious. It won’t always go your way. The danger is that you can get trapped in this idea that the reason you failed is just bad luck. Don’t. You failed. Own it. Move it. Don’t blame bad luck. (from “Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds” by David Goggins

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Your superiority is a figment of your ego

You may feel that you are able to push yourself to a place that is beyond the capability of the people you work with. Fine. Just know that your supposed superiority is a figment of your own ego. So don’t lord it over them. It won’t help you advance as an individual, nor as a…

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