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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A lot of success comes from not understanding the problem

Most successful entrepreneurs made money by solving problems they didn’t fully understand. If they’d truly understood the enormity of the challenge, they wouldn’t have attempted to tackle it. Most times, it’s pure naivety that causes someone to embark on the journey of entrepreneurship. Nothing wrong with that. A lot of success comes from not understanding…

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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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If you want to see a shooting star, watch the sky

Seeing a shooting star is good luck. Some say you can make a wish and it will come true. When you’re an entrepreneur you need all the help you can get. So you must take all the luck that comes your way. The trouble is that luck doesn’t bang on your door. You have to…

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Whatever you care about the most, that’s your blindspot

What do you care about the most? Sales? People? Product? Your passion will make you succeed, but it will also blind you to what’s going wrong. If you’re not aware, that blindspot will kill your business. Whatever you care about the most, that’s your blindspot.

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Everyone has wishes. Pick one.

When you’re in business, you have a list of wishes a mile long. “I wish that customer signs up.” “I wish that investor puts money in.” “I wish that star employee joins us.” Nothing wrong with that. Just don’t chase them all at the same time. Decide what is the most important thing you need,…

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