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How to be a Better Entrepreneur

It seems every week some hustling web entrepreneur publishes a new “blog post” about how to be a better entrepreneur, how to be more successful, how to make more money, etc. These are expensive if you read them — they waste a lot of your time. Success is not about money, but they don’t know that, and so they are not really worth listening to, are they?

I just revisited an old Jason Calacanis comment about SEO / affiliate people being really smart but small time… that in his eyes, they were not really successful because they didn’t make the big plays (like he does?). Sad… really sad.

I suppose not everyone appreciates that there are plenty of words of wisdom already published by masters of language and communication, often packaged in enjoyable wrappers. You can get them on your Kindle, or at your local library if you area small-timer like me.

Here’s one of my favorites:

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 impostors 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 breathe 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!

That’s “If” by Rudyard Kipling.


  1. bobthebuilder wrote:

    Great Stuff.

    Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 12:19 am | Permalink
  2. aaron wall wrote:

    I think NFFC sent me that poem in 2005…and prodded me on to be far more aggressive and courageous than I might have otherwise been. Thanks for the reminder John :)

    That is probably in my top favorite 3 poems, along with Carl Sandburg’s The People, Yes Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken

    Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 4:47 am | Permalink
  3. Anna Green wrote:

    This poem touches on some valid points, I think i will keep a copy to reminded me of things when i get stressed out. Thanks for sharing

    Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 7:50 am | Permalink
  4. Jamie wrote:

    Fantastic John, read that on the ferry this AM

    Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 12:13 pm | Permalink