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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Own up, early

Have you promised something, been paid for it, but under-delivered? Maybe you said you’d give the customer 1,000 oranges. The customer took the shipment without checking, and he paid. You subsequently realise you only delivered 950 oranges. You have two choices: Hope the customer never finds out. Or own up, and make good on your…

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Don’t blame other people

If you don’t deliver the goods, take it on the chin. Take it on the chin, especially when someone else is to blame. You might not make your customer happy, but you’ll win his respect. Far better that than losing his respect. And for what? Just to shift the blame and ultimately to make you…

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Be cool

Things won’t always go your way. How you react is up to you. You choose: Get upset, or be cool. Getting upset doesn’t lead to better decisions, and lowers other’s estimation of you. Being cool means better decisions, and impresses others. When you have a choice, be cool.

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