Musings of a twenty-something entrepreneur.

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If by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!

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Given at Stanford in 2005, Steve Jobs tells the graduates to have the courage to follow your passions, to stay hungry, stay foolish, and make the most of the limited time you have on this earth:


I love this poem. Its an affirmation of one’s control and responsibility for their destiny, integrity, and perseverance.

Repeat those last lines to yourself: “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”

Invictus, by William Earnest Henley, 1875.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

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Below is from the inimitable Seth Godin’s “Bootstrapper’s Bible”. He recommends that you print it out, post it on your bathroom mirror, and read it aloud and repeat it yourself every day.

The Bootstrapper’s Manifesto

I am a bootstrapper.I have initiative and insight and guts, but not much money. I will succeed because my efforts and my focus will defeat bigger and better-funded competitors. I am fearless. I keep my focus on growing the business—not on politics,career advancement, or other wasteful distractions.

I will leverage my skills to become the key to every department of my company, yet realizethat hiring experts can be the secret to my success. I will be a fervent and intelligent user of technology, to conserve my two most precious assets: time and money.

My secret weapon is knowing how to cut through bureaucracy. My size makes me fasterand more nimble than any company could ever be.

I am a laser beam. Opportunities will try to cloud my focus, but I will not waver from mystated goal and plan—until I change it. And I know that plans were made to be changed.

I’m in it for the long haul. Building a business that will last separates me from the opportunist, and is an investment in my brand and my future. Surviving is succeeding, andeach day that goes by makes it easier still for me to reach my goals.

I pledge to know more about my field than anyone else. I will read and learn and teach. My greatest asset is the value I can add to my clients through my efforts.

I realize that treating people well on the way up will make it nicer for me on the way back down. I will be scrupulously honest and overt in my dealings, and won’t use my position as a fearless bootstrapper to gain unfair advantage. My reputation will follow me wherever I go, and I will invest in it daily and protect it fiercely.

I am the underdog. I realize that others are rooting for me to succeed, and I will gratefully accept their help when offered. I also understand the power of favors, and will offer them and grant them whenever I can.

I have less to lose than most — a fact I can turn into a significant competitive advantage. I am a salesperson. Sooner or later, my income will depend on sales, and those sales can be made only by me, not by an emissary, not by a rep. I will sell by helping others get what they want, by identifying needs and filling them.

I am a guerrilla. I will be persistent, consistent, and willing to invest in the marketing of myself and my business.

I will measure what I do, and won’t lie about it to myself or my spouse. I will set strict financial goals and honestly evaluate my performance. I’ll set limits on time and money and won’t exceed either.

Most of all, I’ll remember that the journey is the reward. I will learn and grow and enjoy every single day.


From TechCrunch: Image of Evernote on the iPhone 4

First, either read this TechCrunch article or read this short summary:  basically the iPhone 4 is launching in four days, and Techcrunch wrote an article outlining the 11 iPhone apps, out of over 250,000, that are ready to support the new features. They were ready, and as soon as they heard Steve Jobs unveil the iPhone 4, they new exactly what types of features would be relevant and how to implement them.

And now, just 12 days later, just four days to go til launch, and these are the top 11, the top .00044% that seized the moment and made it happen. When you’re one of the first entrants into an arena the press is already in a frenzy about, then you’ll realize that this kind of publicity is hard to buy. All because they busted their ass for two weeks during a critical time for their field. (That is, when Apple’s servers literally were shut down from all the traffic from the 600,000 people that have pre-ordered the new iPhone as of 6 days ago).

Now watch this video, and make the parallel yourself. Tell me afterwards if you’re not fired up.

Right? Right?

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