15 Philosophies from Successful Entrepreneurs

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / May 3, 2012

An Entrepreneur and a Philosopher are on opposite ends of the activity scale. The Philosopher is all thinking no doing, and the Entrepreneur is mostly doing and not a lot of thinking. That doesn’t mean Entrepreneurs don’t have Philosophies of their own – we’ve compiled a few below.

  1. Be passionate about what you do.  Passion gives you a reason to get up in the morning and the energy to burn the midnight oil. – FITiST
  2. I’m not always right. A lot of the time I’m wrong about what my customers want, but if I listen to them then I’m right about what they want 100% of the time. – Stage32
  3. We use our products. If you use a product yourself, you see all the problems. – Pair
  4. Nothing beats hard work. – HireArt
  5. I don’t take myself too seriously. Make sure you are enjoying what you are doing – every day is fun if you enjoy what you are working on.
  6. We’re continually trying new things and rolling them out quickly – get immediate feedback and then refine your idea. – Sonar
  7. A lot of people get stuck in the cycle of reading blog posts and Hacker news all day trying to hone their skills without ever actually trying any of the things they read about. I’m a believer in doing and then learning from the results. – Stage32
  8. I don’t view risk as something that’s to be feared – It’s something to try to mitigate, but not avoid; the worst thing you can do is not trying to do something. Try things that are hard to pull off, take chances. -HeyZap
  9. I’m a big believer in being surrounded by “smart” people in an entrepreneurial sense. That’s why we moved to the Silicon Valley from the UK. There is a strong density of “smart” people here. You absorb the knowledge of those around you, so envelope yourself in intelligence. – HeyZap
  10. Taking risks is not easy, but the reward is so worth it. Both my co-founder and I had to give up good jobs to launch Cater2.me, but it’s so much more rewarding to be your own boss – Cater.2.Me
  11. Focus on the positive things that could happen, not the negative things that might happen. – HeyZap
  12. Work with other people on exciting things. – EveryArt
  13. Never Mix Business & Personal Life – if something BAD happens in your Personal life, it is not the end of the world, always keep that in mind.- Rikhav Infotech
  14. Trying to do it all by yourself is a recipe for failure. – Pulse Motors
  15. Talk to other entrepreneurs who have gone through what you are going through. Talk to people who have “been there and done that” – Triptrotting
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Every one of these startups has over 1M in funding and they are all growing at an exponential rate. A startup is only as good as its founders, and the founders are only as good as the rules they live by. Maybe Entrepreneurs and Philosophers aren’t so different after all.

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