Legal vs ethical

There are plenty of things that are legal, but unethical. Just like there are many things that are illegal but ethical. Ask yourself what kind of company you want to build. A company that is technically legal, but morally bankrupt? Or a company that is truly ethical, regardless of fine print?

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Beware bullies

Not only are bullies unpleasant human beings, but they are inherently cowardly. Cowards are inherently dishonest. They will do anything to save their skin. If you work for a bully, leave. If you employ a bully, kick him out. Beware bullies.

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Lies always catch up with you

The golden rule is don’t lie. No matter how much pressure, no matter how many threats, no matter the fear. Don’t lie. The moment you lie, things start to unravel. There’s no going back. Lies always catch up with you.

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The way you get stronger is by falling down and rising up

There’s no other way. Constantly winning doesn’t make you stronger. Walking without stumbling doesn’t make you stronger. The only way is to fall down and rise up. Fall down, rise up, fall down, rise up. There’s no other way.

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Knock on many wrong doors

Instead of fearing wasting time knocking on the wrong doors, embrace it. In truth, knocking on the wrong doors is the only way to find the right door. So don’t fret about no one opening. Just keep knocking on doors.

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Entrepreneurship is not a career

Its a path. A career is a series of predictable steps. A path is not. The only way to navigate the path of entrepreneurship is to define your values, to decide what is right and wrong. And then to stick to your moral compass through the darkest of days. Entrepreneurship is not a career. Its…

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Things that never happened before happen all the time

Every day there is a unique event in the history of world. That’s why predicting the future is so difficult. How can you predict that which has never been seen before? It’s not easy. But you have to be ready, otherwise you’ll just stumble along assuming that nothing new will happen. Things that never happened…

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The world is surprising

When you make a prediction and its wrong, the automatic lesson learnt is that you should have made a better prediction. Wrong lesson. The lesson is: The world is surprising. Rather don’t make predictions.

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Control = happiness

Studies have shown that having a sense of control is the greatest indicator of happiness. The greater the your sense of control over your world, the happier you are. That’s why you must live within your means. You’re not in control if you can’t survive a month without a salary. You’re not in control if…

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You can’t rely on the competition to make a mistake

You competition will make mistakes. You’ll benefit from them. You just can’t your strategy around it. Your plan should be built on the assumption the competition won’t make any mistakes. That way you’re safe. Any mistakes are the cherry on top. You can’t rely on the competition to make a mistake.

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If you don’t collect the dots, you can’t connect the dots

Creativity, innovation, genius insight, it’s all about connecting the dots. Seeing intersections that others can’t see. That’s why you should take notes, and journal, and memorise, and generally pay attention to what is going on around you. Especially the people around you. Your network is your most powerful asset. Each person is a dot. If…

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