Dreams don’t come true without taking risk

How can you expect to achieve your dream without taking some risks? You can’t. By definition, a dream is beyond your reach. You have to take a jump to get there. A financial jump, a reputation jump, an emotional jump. You have to take a risk. No risk = No dream.

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Being ethical is always more robust than being legal

Legal means just sticking to the law. Ethical means both sticking to the law, and doing things in a transparent way. In the recent Gupta scandal, McKinsey were law-abiding, but not ethical. They did nothing illegal, but their actions could not stand the light of day. The law is important, but being transparent is the…

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Don’t listen to people with no skin in the game

What is skin in the game? It is pain if things don’t go your way. Only listen to people that have skin in the game. Only listen if the other person suffers downside by things not going according to plan. If he has no skin in the game, ignore.(Summary of extract of Nasim Taleb’s Skin…

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Poison is drunk in golden cups

If you don’t want to be swindled, don’t look rich. Conmen and thieves don’t waste time with poor folk. They target those who drive a fancy car & wear fancy clothes. Want to avoid crooks? Don’t drink from golden cups.(Summary of extract of Nasim Taleb’s Skin in the Game. Highly recommended reading.)

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Always respect your customer

If you make a good deal, don’t gloat behind the scenes. Don’t brag and denigrate your customer as a sucker. The customer should be your friend. You should treat him as such. You should imagine him hearing wha you’re saying. Would he do the deal again? Friends don’t gloat behind friends backs.

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Are you a dog or a wolf?

A famous Aesop fable talks of when Dog tried to convince Wolf to join the dog pack. As Dog described the food, and blankets, and warm kennel, Wolf became increasingly tempted. Eventually Wolf asked, “What’s that thing around your neck?” When Dog explained, Wolf walked away. Rather a life of freedom and stress than being…

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The cure to not sleeping well

Do you struggle to sleep at night? Insomnia? Restless? The answer is this: Work harder. Wake up earlier. Work harder during day. Do exercise. Be exhausted when you go to bed and, surprise surprise, you’ll sleep like a baby.

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Stop justifying yourself

There’s no need to keep explaining your decision. You debase your position by endlessly justifying it. Even if you feel you made a mistake, don’t justify it, you achieve nothing except sow doubt. Keep moving.

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You don’t start a business by starting a business

Creating a company d0es not mean you have a business. You create a business by solving a problem. By selling the solution to a customer. By making money. The rest is just window-dressing.

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Wish the best for your enemies

This is a super power. Think of the people that have tried to hurt you, or badmouth you, or whatever. Then wish the best for them. Wish them success and happiness. It’s hard, isn’t it? But why wouldn’t you? What does it cost you for someone else to be happy? So he’s your enemy, so…

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Shave before going to work

If you’re a guy, it’s easy to not shave in the morning. To go to work with a 24hr stubble. You work for yourself, you’re the boss, you’re a rainmaker, no one can shout at you for not shaving. Right? Wrong. There are three good reasons for shaving every single morning (even weekends): It’s a…

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