Doubt must stay in the backseat

Everyone has doubt. If you don’t doubt, you’re delusional. Doubt is a useful emotion, it forces you to double-check, to re-evaluate. Just make sure that doubt stays in the backseat of the car. With doubt as the driver, failure is guaranteed.

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Cut loose your sense of entitlement

It’s easy to assume that because you’ve had a tough life, or bad luck, or worked hard, that you’re entitled to success. That sense of entitlement is what will kill you. It will slow you down on the final stretch. It will cause you to fail. A sense of entitlement is dead weight. Cut it…

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Don’t blame bad luck for your failures

Luck is capricious. It won’t always go your way. The danger is that you can get trapped in this idea that the reason you failed is just bad luck. Don’t. You failed. Own it. Move it. Don’t blame bad luck. (from “Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds” by David Goggins

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Your superiority is a figment of your ego

You may feel that you are able to push yourself to a place that is beyond the capability of the people you work with. Fine. Just know that your supposed superiority is a figment of your own ego. So don’t lord it over them. It won’t help you advance as an individual, nor as a…

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Failure is a gift

In business, there is no gift as overlooked or inevitable as failure. Learn to relish failure. Savour it, wallow in earn, learn everything you can from it. Failure is a gift.

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Don’t leave the table

In business, there are some key moments. A critical Board meeting, or sales pitch, or deal negotiation. These are the moments that determine your fate. It’s at these moments that you must remember: Don’t leave the table. You have to stay at the table to the very end. Put family aside. Sleep aside. Health aside….

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Remember, you will be dust one day

In the heat of the moment, everything can seem very important. The sale, the cashflow, the PR, the whatever. It’s all do or die. That’s when its useful to remember that you will be dust one day. No one will remember you. No one will remember your deeds. Eventually, nothing. So don’t things too seriously.

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Forgive everyone, even your greatest foe

Bitterness is a poison that eats you up and distracts you from the job at hand. You can’t focus if you’re bitter. You cannot eradicate bitterness if you don’t forgive those that have wronged you. To win you need to focus. To focus you need to forgive everyone. Even your greatest foe.

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The choice of Hercules

One day, as a young man, Hercules was walking along an unfamiliar path and came across a fork in the road. Unsure which path to take he was confronted by two goddesses. The first was a beautiful woman called Kakia, made up and dressed in fine clothing. She claimed her friends called her Eudaimonia, meaning…

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Live by the sword, die by the sword

How you conduct business is up to you. Litigation, intimidation, bullying, these are all valid tools. Just remember if that’s how you’re going to play the game, others will play the same game back to you. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

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Don’t swear

It’s hard not to swear. Swearing can be funny. It can let you blow off steam. It can communicate seriousness. But it’s not gentlemanly. There is no business upside, only potential downside by offending others. Better to not swear.

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Never be satisfied

No matter what you achieve in business, you can’t be satisfied. Business is too dynamic. If you’re not getting better you’re getting worse. Celebrate your victories. But after your celebration, go back to the drawing board. Dream up new ideas, new products, and start at zero the very next day. Never be satisfied. (Inspired by…

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