5 Lessons For Entrepreneurs

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You learn some pretty hard lessons in 20 years of entrepreneurship. Hopefully, you can avoid some of my mistakes by reading this presentation.

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5 Lessons For Entrepreneurs

  1. LESSONS LEARNEDIN 20 YEARS AS AN ENTREPRENEUR 5IAN LURIE CEO, PORTENT @PORTENTINT
  2. WHO IS THIS GUY? @PORTENTINT CEO, FOUNDER, PORTENT, INC. WWW.PORTENT.COM
  3. SINCE 1995
  4. SINCE. 1995.
  5. I’VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT (AND I’VE HAD MY MOMENTS)
  6. SOME STUFF IS FINALLY SINKING IN guess i shouldn't have done that
  7. MY 5 LESSONSjust mine. your results may vary.
  8. ENTREPRENEURS these lessons are for you don’t have to be one
  9. BELIEVE IT 1IT’S WHAT GUIDES YOUR WORK
  10. IT’S PERSONALdon’t let anyone tell you different
  11. LIVE ITin the way you work
  12. KNOW WHYyou’re doing this
  13. LOVE ITenough to learn it
  14. LOVE ITenough to teach it
  15. THE CUSTOMER IS NOT ALWAYS RIGHT
  16. WHEN YOUR GUT SPEAKS LISTEN
  17. BALANCE 2LIFE, WORK AND HEALTH
  18. YOU CAN WORKany 100 hours/week you want
  19. YOUR FAMILYmust support what you’re doing
  20. YOU STILLhave to clean the toilet now and then
  21. YOUR 1ST DUTYis to remain standing
  22. YOU’RE NOT CAPTAIN AMERICA YOU’RE A GRUNT
  23. TREAT YOURSELFyou deserve it
  24. YOU DON’T HAVE A.D.D. you’re just disorganized
  25. BECOME A MASTER TIME MANAGER it’s your most precious resource
  26. GROWTH 3MUST BE SUSTAINABLE
  27. YOU ARE TAKING RISKS NOT CRASHING CARS be smart
  28. HIRE FOR INTELLIGENCE NOT SKILLS anything can be learned. if you can think.
  29. HIRE FOR EQ NOT POLISH they can always wear a suit
  30. TEACH THE SH#T OUT OF EVERYTHING
  31. LEARN THE SH#T OUT OF EVERYTHING
  32. WORK AT THE EDGES DELEGATE THE MIDDLE expertise leadershipexecution
  33. DO THE MATHit doesn’t lie (but it may fib)
  34. SET CLEAR, MEASURABLE GOALS for yourself and others
  35. CHANGE IS GOODuntil it’s not
  36. DON’T WAIT FOR THE PERFECT TOOL forever is a long time
  37. CASH FLOW IS KING you can’t breathe without air
  38. TRUST 4BUILD IT. DEMAND IT.
  39. INTEGRITY IS THE ACE it’s not a renewable resource
  40. DON’T FART IN PUBLIC people remember that
  41. IF YOU CAN’T TRUST THEM FIRE THEM employees or clients
  42. SET CLEAR STANDARDS ‘be great’ doesn’t do it
  43. CRAZY ISN’T MOTIVATIONAL no one likes working for a nutjob
  44. TAKE A TIME OUT before you explode
  45. NICE IS NOT HELPFUL it’s destructive
  46. LEADERSHIP5IN ALL THINGS photo by richard masoner
  47. LEAVE YOUR EGO AT THE DOOR it’s distracting
  48. LISTEN, THEN DECIDE please. pre‫﬛‬ please.
  49. YOU DO KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING even when you don’t
  50. FOUNDERS MUST BUILD THE THING it’s hard to run the business otherwise
  51. CEOs MUST KNOW THE WORK otherwise they make bad decisions
  52. REVEAL TO DISCOMFORT it beats hiding
  53. THINGS GO WRONG it’s how you react that counts
  54. NEVER EVER EVER EVER stop learning in public
  55. THE PEOPLE who taught me
  56. BEN HOROWITZ THE HARD THING ABOUT HARD THINGS
  57. PATRICK LENCIONI EVERYTHING HE’S WRITTEN
  58. GUY KAWASAKI ENCHANTMENT
  59. STEPHEN AMBROSE D-DAY
  60. DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN TEAM OF RIVALS
  61. STEVEN JOHNSON THE GHOST MAP
  62. ALL OF HISTORY great leaders are great teachers
  63. MY WHOLE FAMILY through patience & occasional lack thereof
  64. EVERYONE I’VE WORKED WITH with judicious eye-rolling & support
  65. MIND YOUR PARTNERS and yourself
  66. LOVE WHAT YOU DO to your core, without question
  67. DO IT WELL and be‫﬙‬er every day
  68. STAY HUMBLE enough to learn
  69. STAY ARROGANT enough to lead
  70. THANK YOU ian lurie @portentint ian@portent.com www.portent.com
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