Startup laws to live by

Law 1: Pull everything out of your mentors and advisors, pull everything out of your team, and pull everything out of yourself.

Law 2: Put it all on the line and stick to it for a while. Nothing happens overnight. Short term success is bullshit.

Law 3: If you’re mentors and advisors are not pulling everything out of you, find new ones.

Law 4: Everything is an experiment. Treat it that way, learn more it, and press on.

Law 5: Be self-discipline. Do what you think not what you feel.

Law 6: Focus on making not winning. Enjoy the process and appreciate the act.

Law 7: Nothing is a mistake only a learning experience. Don’t be afraid to screw up.

Law 8: Do work. People who can work hard consistently will one day wake up a success.

Law 9: Creating and analyzing are separate things. First create then analyze – don’t do these at the same time.

Law 10: Always break the laws. Break your own laws.

 

Grab a pen and paper and go to work

Sometimes you just have to grab a pen and paper and go to work. I think we’ve become so accustomed to using tools that we have forgotten the value and efficiency of a simple pen and paper.

Simple is always better – that’s a fact.

The best approach to building an idea starts with sitting down with a trusty pen and paper or at a Think Table (Like that plug didn’t ya) and sketching out your thoughts and ideas.

A blank canvas or lots of white space provides this place to think different and generate lots of ideas quickly without any restraints. You can also explore other options and variations without any real risks – you can just throw it all out their and start to visualize something amazing.

While complex technology programs are great for putting the finishing touches on something, they’re not the quickest way to start the ideation process.

Here’s the question: Are you making things to difficult by pulling up another program when you could just be sitting down and starting to explore?

There is a simpler way. Try it. Use it. Go.

 

What are you working for?

My friend Matt Fulk at Citizenshirt has this sign up in his shop – it makes me think hard every time I’m there.

The question is, are you building your company around being the cheapest in town? Is that all you’ve got to offer is being the cheapest? And, what a sad thing to spend your days racing just to try to be the cheapest. Why not try to deliver some value like: design, quality, team, culture, happiness, etc?

In my mind, the person that is the cheapest is just the least creative – they can’t come up with anything better than cheap. These people will eventually die a lonely death – there will always be someone who is cheaper than you.

I have to agree with the sign. You have two choices. You either do stuff for free – this means that you are so passionate about what you do that you are willing to do it for free.

Or, you do it for full price – this means that you and others see value in what you have to offer.

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How about you? Add your comments below.

 

Where you invest your time will determine your destiny

Where are you investing all your time? Might be worth taking a hard look at because where you invest all your time could just be your destiny.

Where do you invest your time

In fact, it is your destiny and you might not even know it. Time is the most valuable asset you got so you better be using it wisely and paying attention to where you spend it.

Here are a few truths to follow: 

1. Whatever it is, if you work hard at it day in and day out you will eventually be good at it. It’s just how things work. Focus, work your tail off, and good things will happen.

2. If you suck at something it’s usually not all the fun, right? I mean, that is why I quit golfing…because I suck at it. I can ride a dirtbike, but Golf, yeah I suck. Now, if I played golf often, I would eventually get good and probably start to love it. It all comes down to where you spend your time.

3. Think of something you’re good at. Do you enjoy it? Well yeah, why wouldn’t you. The key is finding something you enjoy and overtime you will become more and more passionate about it.

4. So, if you are good at something, work hard at it. Invest time. Work harder than anyone else so that you can excel and be the best that you can be.

 

Do work you love

The last few months of working on several startup projects with passionate entrepreneurs has caused me to think about this idea of work. And, how do you find work that you love to do so much that you would do it even if you didn’t get paid? Entrepreneurs, you know exactly what I’m talking about here.

This whole process began when I started working on an old project that I quickly became super passionate about again. I was able to answer the question why am I doing this? The why that sometimes gets clouded with the what and how was clearer than ever before – I love building stuff and things: products, teams, companies, and anything that inspires me to take action.

Are you trying to figure out what kind of work you love to do? Does it feel like a struggle? If so, it should. However, don’t lose hope because what you love to do just might be right around the corner.

Finding work that you love is a struggle for…everyone. I’ve struggled with this, my friends have struggled with this, and pretty much everyone I know struggles with this at some point in their life. In fact, most people fail miserably at this.

Nevertheless, if you at least have a destination in sight, you’re more likely to arrive at a place in which work feels more like something you love than work.

Work has to start with a mindset of knowing that you can love work. If you’re able to do this, you are in the homestretch. And, if you can figure out what work you love, you’re more or less there.

 

SHOW UP AND WORK

From the time I was able to work, my Dad taught me a very valuable lesson, he said, “Son, if you ever want to have anything in your life, you have to show up and work for it”. And I remember those days showing up to pour concrete at 7-am in the morning – that sucked, but we did it and got it done.

Would you agree that every successful person knows that, more than a positive mental attitude, you have to show up and work for it? Zig Ziglar teaches this important tip and he says, “SHOW UP AND WORK!”

Showing up is hard, and sometimes it flat-out sucks (well most of the time), that’s the reason you don’t want to do it, but the truth is, that is why most people never succeed – they don’t want to show up and do the work.

You want a simple tip that can help you get over this whole work thing and help you get more done? This is what I’ve tried to do lately. Segment all your action steps and then do the hardest ones first, you know the ones that you usually avoid. If you can do this, I believe that you, at some point in your life will end up with things that most people will never have.

If it were easy everyone would be doing it. Art is hard. Selling is hard. Writing is hard. Making a difference is hard. Show up and do the hard work that others are unwilling to do.

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DISCUSSION QUESTION? 

Are you showing up and doing the work?