Embrace the baddies

If you didn’t have con-men, you wouldn’t know what an honest businessman looks like. If you didn’t have dictator-leaders, you wouldn’t know what servant leaders look like. If you didn’t have incompetent CEO’s, you wouldn’t know what competence looks like. You need dark if you are to have light. Embrace the baddies.

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Not getting what you want is good

Always. So don’t be upset when you’re rejected by an investor, or customer, or employee. Be cool. Wait a bit. You’ll see. If you’d got what you’d wanted, it would have been a bad result. Work hard as damn, then accept the outcome. It is always the right outcome.

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Adversity reveals. Prosperity conceals

Are you a fighter? Are you a genius? Are you a creative? Are you a quitter? Whatever you are, prosperity conceals it. When times are good you can never know your true nature. Only hard times can show the truth. Prosperity conceals. Adversity reveals.

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How do you know what needs to be done?

In business, and life, there are a seemingly infinite series of inflection points.  Forks in the road that require a decision from you. Left or right? Persevere or give up? Fight or run? Take no for an answer, or force a yes? Are you on the right path? There are two ways to deal with…

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Mind your own business

Don’t meddle in other’s fights. Don’t try reconcile other’s arguments. Don’t try save anyone’s marriage or career or health. You have enough on your plate as it is. Mind your own business.

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Only you can dim your light

You have something special in you. Something that makes you unique. That makes you shine in a crowd. Lots of people will try make you dim your light. Make you conform. Try change you. By they can’t. Only you can dim your light.

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Run forward

Do you wake up in the mornings with a bit of paranoia? Someone going to attack you in some unforeseen way? Does the word “run” pop into your head? Nothing wrong with that. Every entrepreneur knows that paranoia keeps you safe. The trick is to not be afraid. Which means when the word “run” pops…

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The medium is the message

Don’t listen to what is being said. Look at who is saying it. If the person speaking is untrustworthy, pay no heed to the words spewing forth. The medium is the message.

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Enjoy your job

Even if your job is literally the worst thing you can think of doing in the world, you have a choice as to whether you enjoy it. If you choose to not enjoy it, you won’t be happy and you will do a bad job. If you choose to enjoy it, you’ll be happy and…

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Greed is good

Making money is hard. You have to persevere. Push through hard times. Good intentions are not enough motivation. You need something else to keep you going. That’s why greed is good. Greed can give you the oomph to push through, to go that final mile, to never give up. Making money is not evil. Wanting…

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Never cancel

You have a commitment. A meeting, a pitch, an interview, whatever. For some reason you don’t feel like it. You can find an excuse to cancel. You know everyone will be cool with that. You can just reschedule, sure that’s ok? Don’t do it. No matter how tired, or hungover, or demotivated you feel, never…

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