Entrepreneurs are grateful for their enemies

It can be upsetting to find out someone doesn’t like you. Being badmouthed behind your back is kak.Life and business is hard enough without someone going out their way to stop you.But that’s life. Being an entrepreneur means making enemies. Dealing with them is part of the game.No one said business was easy. Its rough…

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Entrepreneurs keep calm and carry on

As an entrepreneur you’ll be faced with triumphs and disasters. The trick is to treat these imposters the same.Be equanimous.Equanimity means reacting to good and bad news the same way.Here are some tips for cultivating equanimity in yourself: See the world as it is, rather as it you want it to be. Look for the…

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Entrepreneurs tackle obstacles head-on

In a jam? There’s only one thing you can do. Keep moving forward.When things don’t go your way your instincts will tell you to freeze. “Don’t move! Play dead!” Eventually the bad stuff will lose interest and wander off.Your instincts are wrong. You can’t pretend your problems away.Amelia Earhart, the famous pilot, had a sticker on…

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Entrepreneurs suck it up

Lost a deal? Lost money? Lost face? You poor baby, oooshy wooshy woo…Toughen up.When things didn’t go your way you have two choices:Whine, or suck it up.Entrepreneurs suck it up. No time to whine, only time to keep moving forward. Some setbacks are so big that there really is no silver lining. Fine.What you gonna do…

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Entrepreneurs make it look easy

We all have a friend who works damn hard. You can just ask him, because he’ll tell you.Blah blah blah. Toughen up. Everyone works hard, everyone makes sacrifices, everyone puts in the hours. Who cares if people think you work hard.The only thing that matters is that you deliver the goods. Sometimes that means getting…

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Entrepreneurs have a plan      

Its no good just having a dream, or a vision, or an idea.Things don’t happen by prayer (although its worth praying to hedge your bets).Things happen by plan.You need a plan to make your idea a reality.A plan will give you a feel for how much funding you need, which partners you need, who your…

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Entrepreneurs are happy

Some people think the purpose of life is to be happy. Maybe they’re right, maybe not.What is certain is that entrepreneurs need to be happy.Being happy attracts good things. Opportunity, clients, people, are like moth to a flame.  You want a happy flame.Being happy exudes good energy. Being unhappy exudes bad energy.Like attracts like. You…

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Entrepreneurs have a safety net

Some people are lucky. They’re born into a family that will catch them. Or they’re blessed with good looks, or a photographic memory, of an uncle in the furniture business.Their safety need was inherited. Good for them.Most people don’t have that luck. They have to make their own safety net. Save money, get a professional education,…

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Entrepreneurs don’t need compliments

Some people need external validation to feel happy. They’re always telling you how hard their job is, how many hours they work, how difficult their kids are.Always fishing for compliments, always looking for validation.These people are not entrepreneurs.An entrepreneur doesn’t need people to be impressed. He makes it look easy.He knows it doesn’t matter what…

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Entrepreneurs innovate

To stay ahead of the pack you need to be innovating.Innovating is not a willpower thing. You can’t force yourself to come up with new ideas and unique products.Innovation comes from the intersections of ideas. You need to create an environment that maximizes the odds of finding intersections.The ingredients are: People Surround yourself with smart,…

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Entrepreneurs learn in the real world

School gives you a lesson and then tests you.Life tests you and then gives you a lesson.Studying, reading and learning from others is the best way to avoid making stupid mistakes.But sometimes there is no way to learn something other than through practice.Sometimes there’s no alternative but to practice in the real world.That’s why entrepreneurs need to…

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Entrepreneurs can balance extremes

An entrepreneur must walk the line between extremes: Too much ego or too little ego It’s obvious that having too much ego is a sure-fire way to fail. But if you have no confidence you will also fail.“Arrogance is like salt on a pizza. Too much and you ruin it. Too little and there is…

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