31 Business Lessons You Usually Learn The Hard Way

31 Business Lessons You Usually Learn The Hard Way

Dan WaldschmidtEdgy Conversations | Apr. 22, 2013, 3:49 PM | 4,331 | 1

Sometimes your best effort isn’t good enough to land you the deal.

You can’t learn if you aren’t willing to listen.

The only way to get other people to care about you is to care about them first.

You can’t find opportunities for success if you aren’t looking for them.

Just because social media is free doesn’t mean it gets you results.

You have to change the conversation before you can close the deal.

The difference between success and failure is just a decision to keep trying.

If you market like a “person” you have a better chance of getting people to buy.

Just because all your competitors are doing it doesn’t mean you should too.

You don’t have to build rapport to build trust.  Chit-chat is overrated.

Pretending like you never make mistakes doesn’t make it so.

Working smarter is a result of hard work; not a replacement for it.

Your big moment usually comes before you’re ready for it.

“Apologies” and “Thank You’s” are the best way to create a conversation on your terms.

You have to give a lot to get a lot.

Spend less time networking and handing out business cards. Be amazing.  People will find you.

Once you provide the answer people stop listening. Leave clues instead.

There is no easy way out for big problems; but there is always a way out.

Negativity isn’t reality.  Not for you.  Not for your critics.

You don’t need permission to start marketing to a prospect.

Being “professional” is key to getting prospects to want to do business with you.

Working smart will get you more applause.  Working hard will get more done in the long run.

Sometimes bad things happen to good people with great strategies.

Just because it hasn’t worked out already doesn’t mean that it won’t ever.

Anything that is easy to do isn’t going to lead to success.

Ironically, the quickest way to become an experts is to defy industry experts.

The number of people who believe in you doesn’t correlate to your chances of success.

Being the smartest person in the room doesn’t necessarily make you rich or wise.

You don’t have to be “up for the job” to finish the job.

If you haven’t failed a lot, you probably aren’t going to win a lot.

Experience is what you get just after you need it.

About bambooinnovator
Kee Koon Boon (“KB”) is the co-founder and director of HERO Investment Management which provides specialized fund management and investment advisory services to the ARCHEA Asia HERO Innovators Fund (www.heroinnovator.com), the only Asian SMID-cap tech-focused fund in the industry. KB is an internationally featured investor rooted in the principles of value investing for over a decade as a fund manager and analyst in the Asian capital markets who started his career at a boutique hedge fund in Singapore where he was with the firm since 2002 and was also part of the core investment committee in significantly outperforming the index in the 10-year-plus-old flagship Asian fund. He was also the portfolio manager for Asia-Pacific equities at Korea’s largest mutual fund company. Prior to setting up the H.E.R.O. Innovators Fund, KB was the Chief Investment Officer & CEO of a Singapore Registered Fund Management Company (RFMC) where he is responsible for listed Asian equity investments. KB had taught accounting at the Singapore Management University (SMU) as a faculty member and also pioneered the 15-week course on Accounting Fraud in Asia as an official module at SMU. KB remains grateful and honored to be invited by Singapore’s financial regulator Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to present to their top management team about implementing a world’s first fact-based forward-looking fraud detection framework to bring about benefits for the capital markets in Singapore and for the public and investment community. KB also served the community in sharing his insights in writing articles about value investing and corporate governance in the media that include Business Times, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Manual of Ideas, Investopedia, TedXWallStreet. He had also presented in top investment, banking and finance conferences in America, Italy, Sydney, Cape Town, HK, China. He has trained CEOs, entrepreneurs, CFOs, management executives in business strategy & business model innovation in Singapore, HK and China.

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