Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A high tolerance for agita

From a Wall Street Journal article entitled "Start-Ups on a Shoestring - The tales of three entrepreneurs who launched companies - for less than $150":

"Making a mistake -- or a string of mistakes -- doesn't mean you're a failure; it's part of the learning process," he says. "There's no magic formula for building a business, you just need a willingness to do lots of hard work and a high tolerance for agita."

Agita. Ugh. Not exactly something that I want to want to tolerate.


-- Jack Krupansky

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Success is a continuous journey

Check out Richard St. John's TED talk on "Success is a continuous journey", summarized as:

Richard St. John reminds us that success is not a one-way street, but a constant journey. He uses the story of his business' rise and fall to illustrate a valuable lesson -- when we stop trying, we fail.

-- Jack Krupansky

Eight Timeless Success Principles from Richard St. John

Richard St. John lists eight Timeless Success Principles that have been the most important factors for success since Michelangelo in the 16th century:

  1. Passion
  2. Work
  3. Focus
  4. Push
  5. Ideas
  6. Improve
  7. Serve
  8. Persist

And most importantly, this is an endless cycle, not a one-way street. Once you achieve success, you have to keep the process going, otherwise the success will dissipate.

-- Jack Krupansky