13 Aug Life Lessons for Entrepreneurs
One of my favourite parts of the internet is ease of access to minds we most admire.
This manifests itself in a number of ways; most glaringly, we’re able to read the thoughts of others, multiple times per day, in the form of 140 characters or less. We have Reddit AMA’s, allowing virtually anyone to pose any question to the likes of President Barack Obama, Elon Musk and Bill Gates. If we’re really lucky, brilliant, successful and busy humans just brain dump into a blog post for our viewing pleasure. They don’t even have to write books anymore.
In the spirit of this, our connected world, we’ve chosen our most recent top five lessons about work, life and being an entrepreneur. Here goes:
Guard your Gates
“…Not just what you eat and drink (though this will have a profound impact), control what you read, what you watch, what you listen to, what notifications you allow on your phone, where you spend your time, who you spend it with. Guard your gates with care.”
– Nick Crocker, “Thirty Things I’ve Learned”
“Take the president’s advice and ‘routinize yourself,’ eliminating as many decisions as you can from your life. With the remaining decisions, don’t waste your time pondering — just decide.
– Francesco Marconi, How I Found Purpose / Michael Lewis, Obama’s Way
“It’s difficult to do a great job on work you don’t care about. And it’s hard to be totally happy/fulfilled in life if you don’t like what you do for your work. Work very hard—a surprising number of people will be offended that you choose to work hard—but not so hard that the rest of your life passes you by. Aim to be the best in the world at whatever you do professionally. Even if you miss, you’ll probably end up in a pretty good place. Figure out your own productivity system—don’t waste time being unorganized, working at suboptimal times, etc. Don’t be afraid to take some career risks, especially early on. Most people pick their career fairly randomly—really think hard about what you like, what fields are going to be successful, and try to talk to people in those fields.”
– Sam Altman, The Days are Long but the Decades are Short
“You know what it’s like to wake up in the middle of the night with a vivid dream? And you know that if you don’t have a pencil and pad by the bed, it will be completely gone by the next morning. Sometimes it’s important to wake up and stop dreaming. When a really great dream shows up, grab it.”
– James Altucher, 20 Things I’ve learned from Larry Page
Embrace The Struggle
“Life is struggle. I believe that within that quote lies the most important lesson in entrepreneurship. Embrace the struggle.”
– Ben Horowitz, The Hard Thing about Hard Things (Ok this one is a book. Forgive me.)
What did I miss?