The boss regulates the temperature of the company

The boss of a company is like the mom of a family. If the mom is stressed, the family is stressed. If the mom is happy, the family is happy. Same for companies. Whatever mood the boss has, the company will mimic. If you want a warm, positive, enthusiastic culture, you need to be warm, positive and…

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Chase the dream that only you have

Most people have more than one dream. To be a billionaire. To be an artist. To be an entomologist. To be Napoleon. Whatever. You have to choose one. Don’t choose the dream you love best. Rather choose the dream that no one else has. Go where the competition isn’t.

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Give yourself enough time

You’ll never get anywhere if you’re in a rushYou’ll always be in a rush if you don’t give yourself enough timeMake sure you have enough time between meetings, between ventures, between goals.Leave an hour between meetings (rather than stack them back-to-back).Take off six months between careers (rather than dive straight into something new).Aim to be…

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Only the paranoid survive, only the trusting win

You need to be paranoid to survive in business.Always have a plan B and C and D.Make sure you can’t fail.But surviving is not everything.You want to succeed. To win.To win, you need to trust.You simple can’t come first all by yourself.At some point you have to open yourself up and trust others. Partners, clients,…

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He who has the gold, makes the rules

Whoever controls the gold, controls. It’s a fact of life.If you don’t want to follow someone else’s rules, then you need to have your own gold to make your own rules.Earning a salary your entire life will rarely lead to enough gold to make the rules.Starting your own business doesn’t mean you make your own rules….

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Give mission orders rather than detailed instructions

In pre-Napoleon armies, all subordinates waited for specific instructions from the general before doing anything. Even if there was a defenceless enemy in front of them, unless they had written instructions saying, “If you see enemy, kill him”, they would not attack.It was total a command-and-control structure. The trouble is that it was very inflexible. Local…

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4 tell-tales of bad partners

According to Charlie Munger, 90% of success is not doing stupid stuff.The stupidest and most dangerous thing you can do is bring in the wrong partners.It’s hard to resist bringing in partners, especially when you’re under pressure and desperate for help.In times like these it’s easy to override your gut feel. To quell that quiet…

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Aim for the spot where the enemy forces overlaps

In almost every battle he fought, Napoleon was vastly outnumbered. And yet he always won (until he made the mistake of invading Russia).The secret was that he would concentrate ALL his forces on the hinges of the opposing armies.For example, when facing the Prussian and Austro-Hungarian armies, he would focus his efforts at the point…

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Solve the most painful problem

Opportunity is where problems are. Sometimes there are many problems. Don’t try solve them all. Pick the problem that is causing the most pain, solve it. People will pay for pain to go away. Don’t pain attention to any other problems until you’ve solved the most painful one.

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Succeed at home before expanding away

When you start a business, especially in tech, it’s easy to get geographically ambitious. Why limit yourself to Gauteng? Why not do Eastern Cape, Western Cape and KZN at the same time? Why limit yourself to South Africa? Why not do Zimbabwe and Kenya and Nigeria at the same time? Why stop at Africa? Take over the…

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Don’t lose your self belief

You might lose your money, your good name, your friends, your house, your health, your car, your business. Hard as they are to bear, these losses are survivable. What’s not survivable is losing your self-belief. When you’re down on the mat, no friend in sight, that’s when it’s easy to doubt your own magic. That’s…

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Don’t fight whisper campaigns

Whisper campaigns are a favored weapon of crooks. Instead of confronting you head-on, your enemy will start rumors behind your back, planting seeds of doubt in the minds of whoever wants to listen. The only way to fight a whisper campaign is to do the same. Be sneaky behind the back of your enemy. Don’t…

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