The path to scaling always includes broken promises

“I will phone every staff member on his/her birthday.” Whatever. In the moment you truly mean what you say. Two years later and you have 1,000 staff and it’s impossible for you to call each person and get your job done. It is not possible that you can predict the journey of your business. But…

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Your product should embarrass you

Ship your product before it’s perfect. Otherwise, you’ll never ship. Shipping before perfection means you’ll be embarrassed. You’ll be painfully aware of the failings, it will make you cringe. Suck it up. Get your product out the door. Get feedback. If you’re not embarrassed, you’ve shipped too late.

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Don’t cancel the hand sanitiser contract just to save costs

So you need to cut costs, tighten the belt. So you cancel the hand sanitiser contract. What’s the point of paying R500pm just so staff have clean hands? Six months later you 30% of your team have taken at least one sick day more than usual. Cutting costs = Cancel sanitiser = Sick staff =…

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Go to the beach whilst you can

Don’t delay. If you have the chance to go to the beach, go to the beach. If you have the chance to spend time with your family, spend time with your family. If you have the chance to go overseas, go overseas. If you have the chance to meet the CEO of your biggest customer,…

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Are you a dog barking at waves?

Have you ever seen a dog on the beach, inanely barking at waves?Maybe he thinks the waves will stop coming if he barks enough.Not gonna happen.Bark as madly as you like, the waves won’t stop.Same applies to business.Shouting and yelling about injustice or lack of capital or competition or exchange rates or whatever, changes nothing.You’re…

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Look after your body

When you’re young, your health is irrelevant.When you’re old, your health is everything.When you’re an entrepreneur, your health is important.Being healthy means more energy, fewer sick days, sharper thinking – all essential ingredients for success.Being overweight, or weak, or sickly, or low energy, lowers your odds of winning.If you want win, be healthy.Eat in moderation….

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Don’t make predictions about what you will achieve in life

Only talk about what you have already achieved.Leave forecasting to the soothsayers and fortune-tellers.Your focus is not talking.Your focus is doing.

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Enjoy the game

Are you the type that tries to win at all costs?Do you sneak a few bucks into your “bank” in Monopoly?Do you fudge the answers in Trivial Pursuit?Do you break treaties in Risk?You might think you’re a hero for winning, but you’re not.It’s just a game.Cheating and making enemies doesn’t make you a hero.It just…

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Ignore your neighbours

It can be difficult to ignore the folks around you, especially if they are doing well.The current crypto currency frenzy is a great example.Lots of people are talking about it, seemingly lots of people are making money.The temptation to dabble is great.Resist that temptation.Unless your game is crypto currencies, stay away.Focus on your own patch.Ignore…

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Conflict is driven by fear, not courage

Most times, your need for conflict is driven by fear, not courage.You’re afraid of an outcome you can’t control.You’re afraid someone is going to screw you.You’re afraid of what people will think.That fear drives you to seek conflict.Conflict is destructive.Sometimes conflict is necessary. You’ll need courage for that.Most times it’s not.To avoid unnecessary fighting, overcome your…

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Controlling people is not long-term sustainable

It’s tempting to get people to do your beckoning by providing financial carrots.To control people with gold.And it works, in the short term.The problem is the long term.Eventually folks won’t need the gold, and when they don’t need the gold, they won’t need to listen to you.Better to build a company where people do what…

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