19 Hard Things You Need To Do To Be Successful

19 Hard Things You Need To Do To Be Successful


JAN. 14, 2014, 11:44 AM 48,437 5

You have to do the hard things.

You have to make the call you’re afraid to make.

You have to get up earlier than you want to get up.

You have to give more than get in return right away.

You have to care more about others than they care about you.

You have to fight when you are already injured, bloody, and sore.

You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing if safe seems smarter.

You have to lead when no one else is following you yet.

You have to invest in yourself even though no one else is.

You have to look like a fool while you’re looking for answers you don’t have.

You have to grind out the details when it’s easier to shrug them off.

You have to deliver results when making excuses is an option.

You have to search for your own explanations even when you’re told to accept the “facts.”

You have to make mistakes and look like an idiot.

You have to try and fail and try again.

You have to run faster even though you’re out of breath.

You have to be kind to people who have been cruel to you.

You have to meet deadlines that are unreasonable and deliver results that are unparalleled.

You have to be accountable for your actions even when things go wrong.

You have to keep moving towards where you want to be no matter what’s in front of you.

You have to do the hard things. The things that no one else is doing. The things that scare you. The things that make you wonder how much longer you can hold on.

Those are the things that define you. Those are the things that make the difference between living a life of mediocrity or outrageous success.

The hard things are the easiest things to avoid. To excuse away. To pretend like they don’t apply to you.

The simple truth about how ordinary people accomplish outrageous feats of success is that they do the hard things that smarter, wealthier, more qualified people don’t have the courage — or desperation — to do.

Do the hard things. You might be surprised at how amazing you really are.

What’s Your $1 Billion Idea?

What’s Your $1 Billion Idea?

by Doug Sundheim  |   1:00 PM January 13, 2014

Anyone would be inspired by the story of Nick Woodman, the CEO of GoPro, a $2.5B company that makes wearable HD video cameras.  The highlights:

In the late 1990’s/early 2000’s, Woodman blows $4M of VC money on a failed venture called funBugs.com, an ultimately ill-conceived loyalty, sweepstakes, and entertainment website.  In 2002, unsure of what to do with his life, he takes off to surf in Indonesia and Australia.  He wants to capture live-action shots from his surfboard.  The only cost-effective way to do this is by strapping a disposable camera to his wrist with rubber bands.  Not surprisingly, it doesn’t work well. Read more of this post

The daily rituals of business builders; In my experience, very few successful founders are late risers

January 14, 2014 3:28 pm

The daily rituals of business builders

By Luke Johnson

In my experience, very few successful founders are late risers

We cannot replicate the minds of geniuses: but we can know and perhaps copy their working habits. This is the premise of a fascinating little book called Daily Rituals, by Mason Currey. He examines the schedules of artists, philosophers, writers and composers. But what about entrepreneurs, inventors and tycoons? What are theirdaily rituals? Read more of this post

Investment secrets of billionaire David Hains

Investment secrets of billionaire David Hains

Published 06 January 2014 10:32, Updated 06 January 2014 12:20

Jonathan Shapiro

David Hains founder of Portland House investment business James Davies

At the far northern end of Melbourne’s ­Collins Street, nestled between an optometrist and a quaint stained-glass coffee shop, is a large wooden door fronted by two ­columns, lanterns and a metal crest. Read more of this post

Employees Who Feel Love Perform Better

Employees Who Feel Love Perform Better

by Sigal Barsade and Olivia (Mandy) O’Neill  |   11:00 AM January 13, 2014

“Love” is a not word you often hear uttered in office hallways or conference rooms. And yet, it has a strong influence on workplace outcomes. The more love co-workers feel at work, the more engaged they are. (Note: Here we’re talking about “companionate love” which is far less intense than romantic love. Companionate love is based on warmth, affection, and connection rather than passion). It may not be surprising that those who perceive greater affection and caring from their colleagues perform better, but few managers focus on building an emotional culture. That’s a mistake. could nothing if Hu did, the CRO

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Entrepreneur pens Chinese business savvy book

Entrepreneur pens Chinese business savvy book
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
By Chen Yingqun, China Daily/Asia News Network

BEIJING–Ambitious Chinese youngsters have long sought to learn from Western economic theories and best practice, so why don’t they tap into wisdom closer to home? Read more of this post

Finding Your Network Advantage; Companies have access to untapped value in their partnership networks, but many miss out on the available opportunities

Finding Your Network Advantage

Jan 13, 2014

Companies have access to untapped value in their partnership networks, but many miss out on the available opportunities

The decline in the fortunes of BlackBerry, the once touted leader in smartphones, could be blamed on many factors; its slow speed to market with new products, its innovation strategy or its niche markets. But one failure that particularly stands out is its lack of a strong alliance network. Read more of this post

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