There’s No Point In Being A Damn Fool About It

Over the FallsIf at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.” ~ W. C. Fields

I received an email last week from a reader who asked about giving up. I mentioned briefly about “knowing when to get off” in the “The Path of the Entrepreneur Is a Toll Road” post, but haven’t really written much about it. Giving up that is.

So when do you know it’s time to chuck it and move on?

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Distractions Speak Louder Than Words

DistractionsJim Court: You’re not a permanent part of her life. You’re a distraction.

Lloyd Dobler: I’m the distraction that’s going with her to England, sir.

~ John Mahoney and John Cusack in Say Anything

Personal distractions are a permanent part of your life. They will always be with you.

I’m not talking about interruptions. Those aren’t going away either. Here, I’m talking about those leisure activities that some consider distractions.

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Do You Have What It Takes To Make It as an Entrepreneur?

Do You Have What It TakesFirst off, there’ll be no cheesy quizzes. Those things are worthless, and are mostly there to help fluff up a book that should have been an article.

No, there’s no 10-question form that will tell you if you have what it takes. I’ve been doing this long enough, and talked to enough people to know within 10 minutes (most times, even less) if they have what it takes to make it on their own.

There’s one sure-fire why to tell if you have what it takes...

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Calculated Risk Becomes Calculated Reality

Calculated Risk… is one of the principles I live by. With anything worth having comes risk. So how do you manage it?

On my “…Fear of Flying…” post, Ellen said “… I am intrigued by your notion that ‘Calculated risk becomes calculated reality.’ Would love to hear more.

I began answering in the comments, but because it’s an important concept, I thought it deserved its own post.

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