Entrepreneurs don’t need the credit

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” Harry TrumanWhy do you need credit? Why do you need people to know it was your idea? Your company? Your success?Sometimes glory will make it easier for you in other entrepreneurial ventures. But mostly, the recognition you crave is…

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Entrepreneurs get married

If you want to be an entrepreneur you need to find a life partner. The sooner the better.Being single might seem like a better option whilst building your business, but you’re wrong.There are plenty reasons for getting married before you start your business.Most importantly, getting married lets you focus. Focus is the single most controllable…

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Entrepreneurs are not victims

Feeling sorry for yourself?Stop.Feel the world owes you something?Stop.Waiting for someone to save you?Stop.No one will will save you. The world owes you nothing. Don’t feel sorry for yourself.Don’t be a victim. Take control of your life. Wake up early. Choose your friends wisely. Start moving forward.Stop waiting for opportunity to knock on your door.Go…

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Entrepreneurs only need one reason

In Anti-fragile, Nassim Taleb talks about our tendency to find multiple reasons to justify our actions.He argues that one reason is enough. If you need more that one reason, you’re lying to yourself.Why do you want to start a company?Can’t get a job? Want to get rich? Want to build a big company? Have a great…

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Entrepreneurs think the unthinkable

Many people use scenario planning as a tool for ensuring they are prepared for all eventualities. No doubt it is valuable in this manner, but there are two even bigger benefits of considering scenarios that are unthinkable:1. Losing the fear of deathIn business we mostly steer clear of consciously thinking through the consequences of total failure….

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Entrepreneurs ignore their parents (sometimes)

Fact: Your parents love you. They do not want you to be hurt.Having lived life, they know the only way to avoid pain is to avoid taking risk.That’s why your parents always give you bad advice.Taking risk is the only path to growth. Personal, social and financial growth. Your growth is a function of Darwinian…

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Entrepreneurs listen to Destiny

An entrepreneur controls his own life. He refuses to accept the world the way it is, or to accept the path others have laid for him if it doesn’t feel right.But. He also accepts that sometimes the path he has chosen is wrong.There is another path for him, and there are signals every day telling…

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Entrepreneurs control their Destiny

Its easy to go through life believing you have no control over events. Keep your head down, take no risks, stay alive, accept things the way they are.Its called “blowing with the wind.” Some people have perfected the art.These are the people who sit in meetings and are always looking to the person with power. “What…

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Entrepreneurs make staff happy

I had the privilege of working with Clelland Kruger for over three years at iBurst.Clelland was the HR director in that time and was key to us ultimately winning 1st place in the Deloitte Best Company To Work For survey for the Telecoms sector.Somehow, in spite of struggling to make profits and being trapped in an endless…

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Entrepreneurs just do it

Do you have a dream?Do it. Do it. Do it. Do it now.That’s all there is to it. Instead of thinking, and talking and fantasising, just do it.Write a blog. Fire an employee. Call an angry client. Go for a run. Whatever task is on your to-do list, stop procrastinating.Do it now.Its always less painful…

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Entrepreneurs avoid leeches

A leech is someone who sucks you dry. He wants your money, your energy, or your fame.When it comes to protecting yourself you have two options: Build walls around yourself to keep everyone out. Identify the leeches and avoid them only. The former is effective as long as you can keep your guard up. The…

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Entrepreneurs stay away from energy vampires

Some people suck your energy. You know who I’m talking about.Maybe they’re pessimistic. Maybe they’re lazy. Maybe they’re boring. Maybe they’re just plain unpleasant.They suck your energy. You feel time slow down when you’re with them. You dread seeing them.They’re not evil. They’re just energy vampires.Energy is the most valuable thing you have. More so…

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