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Psychological secrets of successful entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs old and new … check out this column I wrote for Center Networks about some of the emotional tricks necessary to win the startup game.  They running a month-long series of smart guest columns.

Andy’s Tips – Psychological Secrets of Successful Startups

In the end, it’s not brains, or good ideas, or money that make an entrepreneur
successful. Plenty of people have those. It’s your positive attitude,
guts of steel, and refusal to believe that you won’t succeed. I’ve
advised hundreds of startups — and the winners all learned these 10

  1. Customer service first. Take care of the people who give you money. Everything else grows from here.
  2. Ethics matter. There is no undo for dishonest behavior. It will haunt you later.
  3. Borrow brains. You aren’t smart enough to succeed
    on your own. Surround yourself with mentors, advisors, and winners.
    Read everything. Grab every idea you can get your hands on.
  4. Recognize busy work and distractions. Many good startups have starved while they designed the perfect office, logo, and vision statement. Get to work

Read the rest here

Thanks to Allen Stern for the opportunity!

I used to write a lot more about entrepreneurship in the dot com days, when I ran a incubator and taught Internet Entrepreneurship at the Wharton School of Business.  Readers: Do you want more of this?

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