Success has no time limit

Just because you haven’t made it yet, doesn’t mean you won’t make it. Just because you’re 65 and in second place, doesn’t means you’re not going to win. Success has no time limit. The only limit is how long you’re willing to grind.

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Look for the Green Lantern in the crowd

Being an entrepreneur is all about selling. Selling is about winning the crowd. How you successful sell to a crowd of strangers? To a community that is foreign to your own? Find the Green Lantern. Every community has a super man or woman. An influencer, someone to whom everyone looks for leadership. Marlon Parker* calls this…

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Entrepreneurs hire people that smile

If you want a happy company culture, you need people that smile. Smiling is not a willpower thing. Its a habit thing. You’re either a smiley-person, or you’re not. When you hire, hire people that naturally smile PS: This is a Jack Ma (Alibaba) rule

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Do the right thing

First, avoid doing the wrong thing. If you can’t face your kids reading about what you do on the Internet, you’re doing the wrong thing. If it doesn’t align with your values, you’re doing the wrong thing. If it you can’t tell your colleagues, you’re doing the wrong thing. What is the right thing to…

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Stress is Good

Stress means you’re uncomfortable. Being uncomfortable means you’re learning. Learning means you’re growing. Becoming accustomed to dealing with stress will unleash your potential. It will teach you to think on your feet, to improvise, to be creative. You need to be able to deal with pressure. As an entrepreneur, your life will be full of…

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Thirteen lessons from the founder of Nike

Shoe Dog is the memoir of Phil Knight, a seemingly average guy who worked extraordinarily hard and managed to build Nike into a global business and become a billionaire. It’s written in a remarkably self-effacing and funny manner, worth a read for any aspiring entrepreneur. Here are 13 takeaways:

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Be magnanimous

Forgive your enemies. Be bigger than the other person or the moment. Don’t hold grudges. Don’t dwell on the wrongs committed against you. Keep growing. Your success comes from moving forward. Your grudges hold you back. Be magnanimous.

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Entrepreneurs choose their friends

Jim Rohn once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” This means you must choose your friends carefully. They will either drag you down or make you a better person. Most people only get to choose friends when they’re 18 years old, after they leave school. Until then your…

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Sometimes business is like flying a plane

Imagine you’re flying a plane and the engine stalls. You start slowly losing altitude, with no landing spot in sight and a mountain in the distance you know you are destined to crash. You have three options: No difference to a business that has stalled.

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Even chickens have feelings

When you’ve had a few chickens, you realise that chickens are just protein balls on ugly little feet. Everything eats chickens. Snakes, rats, dogs, cats, owls, mongooses, caracals, everything. They’re always dying. After a while you become inured to chicken death. “Ah well, what’s another chicken.” But that’s not right. Every chicken is a soul….

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Fuck is a word in the English dictionary 

It used to be sexual in connotation. Now it’s just part of everyday language. It can mean bad stuff like, “You’re a fucking prick.” Or good stuff, “You are fucking awesome.” It can be used against people, ie: “Fuck you, you prick.” Or it can be used for yourself, ie: “Fuck me, that’s awesome.” It…

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Lessons from yet another Proteas exit from a Cricket World Cup

So the Proteas lost to the Netherlands, thereby knocking themselves out before the semi’s, and giving cause for rectal-prolapse-inducing-disappointment for die-hard supporters. For me there are lots of lessons to be learnt. First, you need a bit of luck. We got lucky against India (Kohli dropped catch, Sharma missed run-out). Every champion team needs a…

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