Keep non-believers close

When you’re out there selling the dream, you’ll find believers and non-believers. Believers are awesome. They validate you and encourage you. But they’re not very useful. The non-believers are the useful ones. Non-believers help you understand your challenges. Non-believers help you overcome naysayers. You can learn more from non-believers. Keep non-believers close.

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Push back the work

It’s tempting to do the work of your underlings. You can do it better, and faster. But then what’s the point of having staff? If you’ve decided you need to hire people to lessen your workload, then make sure you give them work. Don’t let your staff make their problems your problems. Push back the…

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Don’t mourn losing money

So you’ve lost money, so what? It’s not the death of a loved one. It’s not a tragedy. Losing money is not something to be mourned. Money comes and goes. Don’t get emotionally attached to it. Emotion will skew your judgment and you’ll make bad decisions. Don’t mourn losing money.

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Don’t be bitter

Being bitter is easy, especially when you’re betrayed. Love, money, deals, whatever. Someone you trust screws you over, so you get bitter. No one likes bitter people. If no one likes you, it’s hard to sell. If you can’t sell, you can’t be an entrepreneur. Don’t be bitter.

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Some enemies are like candles

Get too close and you can be badly burnt Merely blow hard and they disappear. If the enemy is a candle, don’t touch it. Just breathe out, hard.

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7 tricks to be an optimist

Find mentors that can show you it’s possible to succeed. Work hard. The harder you work the more lucky you will get, and the easier it will be to be an optimist Count your blessings. Look on the bright side of life. Always find the silver lining. Surround yourself with optimistic and positive people. Don’t…

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Be an optimist

Optimism is an essential trait for an entrepreneur. Optimism doesn’t guarantee success, but it improves your chances. Optimism attracts good luck. Being positive attracts the kind of people that will help you in life. Optimism helps you persevere through hard times. If you don’t think things will get better, you’ll simply give up. You can’t…

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Never judge talent

You see someone who looks like she’s great with people and you assume she’ll be a sales star. Or you see a pale-faced nerd and you assume he’ll be a great engineer. The friendly lady turns out to be unable to sell. The nerd turns out to be a terrible engineer. Don’t make quick judgments…

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Who reports to who?

Your staff wants to know who the boss is. “Who do I report to?” “What is my job description?” “How am I doing? Am I exceeding or falling short of expectations?” That’s it. Make sure everyone can answer these questions and you’ll have happy staff and your company will move forward.

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Follow your own advice

You will forget the lessons you’ve learnt. That’s why you need to write down what you’re learning. That way you can refer back to your old lessons, and refresh your memory. The alternative is to keep making the same mistakes over and over again.

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Keep your head whilst others lost theirs

The world doesn’t always work the way you want it. You’ll be fired. You’ll be insulted. You’ll be side-lined. How you respond to setbacks will determine the outcome. You can’t respond in the right way if you’ve lose your cool. Be cool. Keep your head whilst others lose theirs.

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