Look forward to not looking forward to email

If you’re an entrepreneur, you will have many days where you fear your email. You know that in your inbox lurks a massive challenge. Something that will stress you out. Something that will take effort to resolve. Something that makes you not look forward to opening your email. Be grateful. Think of all the people…

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Rudeness is for weak people

You ever notice how some powerful people are very rude?Why be rude if you already have influence?The answer is simple: You’re weak. In spite of all your power, you’re still insecure.When you see rudeness, don’t get upset.Feel sympathy. You’re seeing a weak person.And remember, when you’re rude, you’re seen as a weak person too.

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Just because it matters doesn’t mean you should care

Famine in Asia. Earthquakes in South America. Trump in America. Big stuff! It all matters to millions of people. But it doesn’t matter to you. The only thing that matters to you is stuff you can control. If you can’t control it, it doesn’t matter. And if it doesn’t matter, you shouldn’t care. Save all…

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Don’t rush to work

Are you the type of person who waits till the last moment before getting out bed, brushing teeth and rushing to work?Rather a rush than waste a precious second in your morning routine.Has it ever occurred to you that if you start the day rushing & stressing, then the whole day will be rushed &…

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Don’t be a bad loser

Sometimes you’re cheated. Sometimes you’re fairly beaten. Sometimes you’re just unlucky.Whatever the reason for you losing, don’t bemoan your fate.If you were cheated, learn from it so you’re not cheated again.If you were beaten fair and square, learn from it so you’re better next time.If you were unlucky, suck it up, and keep trying until…

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Always think of yourself as the underdog

Even if you’re not the underdog, think of yourself that way.Otherwise arrogance will creep in.Arrogance cannot co-exist with innovation.Innovation is the mother of necessity.Arrogance implies no necessity, therefore precludes innovation.Always think like an underdog. That way the competition can’t out-innovate you.

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The underdog can win

Over a long period of time, the favourites always win. That’s why league formats generally reward the best team. But in shorter bursts, like Cup formats, its possible for the underdog to win. If you’re a startup, you’re probably an underdog. Don’t get dragged down into a slugfest. A long battle favours the incumbent. Your…

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Teams beat stars

You don’t need Messi or Ronaldo in your team to win the World Cup. Stars makes a big difference, but if you can get your team working together, trusting one another, gelling, then it can outperform any star. Instead of trying to bring in stars, work on training your staff and building trust. Teams beat…

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Tackle the problem in front of you

If you try tackle every problem, simultaneously, you’ll end up tackling none. Prioritise your problems. Which is the one in front you right now? Tackle it.

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Don’t drop your head

Things not going your way? Defeat looming? Failure imminent? Don’t drop your head. As long as you keep chipper, upbeat, confident, your team will have hope. With hope, a team still has a chance. Without hope, you have no chance. Don’t drop your head.

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People remember how you behave

You might think behaving badly, or cheating, is justified in order to win. The end justifies the means. It doesn’t matter if people don’t like you as long as victory is achieved. Think again. Life is long, you will have other business ventures, you will bump into the same people again, and again. If you…

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Don’t point fingers at your team mates

One of your team has dropped the ball. It’s a virtual own goal. What do you do? Shout at her? Embarrass her in public? Hold your head in despair? Or do you pat her on the shoulder, turn back and get back to winning? You can decide for yourself which path leads to trust in…

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