Fake it till you make it

When you’re starting, you don’t have success. You don’t have money for a fancy office or car. You don’t look successful. You need to fake it. People don’t like buying from losers. You need to look like a winner. Park your crappy car a mile from the client, walk to his office. Buy a decent…

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Exercise, eat well

You need energy if you’re going to succeed. You need energy to work hard and put in long hours. You need energy to attract the right people. How do you get energy? Exercise, every day. Not a lot, just a little bit. Exercise begets energy. Eat well. Don’t eat too much (ie: small portions). Don’t…

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You must look forward to waking up in the morning

Do you drag yourself out of bed in morning? Struggle to not hit the snooze button? Not raring to get to office? There is something wrong. Either you don’t like what you do or who you work with. The whole point of being an entrepreneur is to enjoy what you do and who you work…

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Wherever you are is where you’re meant to be

There’s no point being upset with where you are. That’s just wasted energy. Don’t wish to be somewhere else. Just deal with where you are. Wherever you are is where you’re meant to be.

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Bob your head like a bird

A bird has an eye on both sides of its head. That means a bird can’t see directly in front, and therefore has no depth perception. That’s why birds bob their heads. They look up, down, left, right so as to get visual information from as many angles as possible and allow their brains to…

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Find what you don’t like

Your sweet spot is what you want to find. Sometimes the way you find it is a process of elimination. Sometimes fighting for something and losing is the best way to find your sweet spot. Keep trying to find it. Find what you don’t like.

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You must choose the vortex or the monster

In ancient Greek myth, sailors feared sailing the Straights of Messina because of the Charybdis whirlpool. In order to avoid being sucked into the vortex, ships had to hug the opposite side of the channel. The trouble was Scylla, the twelve-headed monster, that lived on the rocks on the opposite side. To avoid the vortex…

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Pain nourishes courage

Winston Churchill said courage is the most important character trait. Some people are born brave. Most of us are born cowards, and have to learn to be brave. You can’t be brave if only good things happen to you. Encountering misfortune and bad stuff teaches you bravery. Pain nourishes courage.

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Don’t listen to everyone

Be open to new ideas, other’s opinion, 3rd party input. But you don’t have to listen. In fact, sometimes you must go out of your way to not listen and to forge your own path. Only you have all the information. Only you can make the right decision. Don’t listen to everyone.

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Near death experiences are useful

Consider being on a plane experiencing severe air turbulence. Your fellow passengers are crying and screaming and praying. You start thinking, “What if we crash and I die? What if this is it? No last phone calls, no emails, nothing.” That’s a useful thing to go through. It makes you stop thinking about your plans…

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Have fun

Life is too short to not be having fun. Don’t put off fun till tomorrow. Starting your own business is stressful, there is pain and uncertainty. Don’t let that take away the fun of life. Make that the fun of life. Don’t delay fun. Have fun.

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There is no pleasure in hearing that you were right

So you can see an unhappy ending, so what? Why do you feel the need to tell everyone? If it comes true, someone is hurt, or some business has gone down, or some country has gone bad. What upside is there in hearing you were right? Only if you’re a damaged person do you rejoice…

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