Some thoughts on being in business for myself. I can’t say that any of them are particularly original or profound. But some good guides to business and life.

  1. The idea is to make money!
  2. Fail Fast - Fail Cheap
  3. When in Doubt, talk to a customer
  4. Make the smart choice the easy choice
  5. Always ask for the sale
  6. There is no number 6
  7. If you are the smartest person in the room, find a new room
  8. When one door closes another will open, if it doesn’t kick it a few times
  9. No one is going to steal your ideas, if they could implement them they have their own ideas
  10. Your idea isn’t worth squat until people pay for it
  11. Know when to play smallball, and when to swing for the fences
  12. Never miss a chance to learn new skills
  13. Remember it is your company
  14. Objects on the calendar are closer than they appear
  15. Aim high, if you miss you won’t blow your foot of
  16. Never bet against Moore’s law
  17. If you are not having fun you are doing it wrong
  18. Corollary: Everyone has bad days
  19. It is ok to fall, as long as you get up
  20. The 3 hardest things to say, I don’t know, I was wrong and I’m sorry
  21. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take (Wayne Gretsky)
  22. Eppur si muove (And yet it moves) - (Galileo)

Leave a comment with any mantras you would add to this list!