The Entrepreneurs'
Survival Guide
15 Lessons I Learned from My Dad on
How to Worry Less, Create Success
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The following were written in
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Balance

You have to
balance job,
family and health.
If you ignore any
one of them too
long, you will pay
a high price at
...
Change
Embrace change.
Stagnation is the
enemy. The minute
you stop changing
and growing, you
start dying.
!
Communication
You have to communicate
well: up, down, sideways.
People have a preferred
method of taking in
information—em...
Decisions
Reserve the right to make
the decisions, but get all
the input you can first. 

Be an informed dictator.
Details
You have to be
involved in the
details. You can’t
do projects
successfully
without it.
Time Management
Computers can enhance
communications—and they can
also be the greatest killer of
efficiency yet devised.
Humor
When we lose our humor, we’ve
lost. Levity lightens the load.
Ideas
They’re everywhere.
Ask everyone you
meet. You would be
surprised how many
really good ideas come
from unusual sourc...
Quality
Why is there never time to
do it right, but always time
to do it over?
Objectives
Yours and your
customers'
must match.
Organizational Balance
Every organization, no matter how big or small,
has strengths and weaknesses. Surround
yourself wit...
Perception
Perceptions are reality
to the perceiver. It
doesn’t matter a bit
what the real truth is.
Forgiveness
Don’t beat people up.
They already know they
made a mistake—even
before you did! They
already feel terrible
ab...
Trust
Never go back on your word. If
something changes, be honest.
Once you lose your reputation,
you’ll never get it back...
Self Discipline
Napoleon Hill called it the master key to riches.
He was right. Without it, success is impossible.
Do what...
For more content, strategies and tools 

to help grow your business:
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www.PamHendrickson.com
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  1. 1. The Entrepreneurs' Survival Guide 15 Lessons I Learned from My Dad on How to Worry Less, Create Success and Have More Fun in the Process By Pam Hendrickson www.PamHendrickson.com
  2. 2. -, t it! i!- SJ- ffi.' I the* The following were written in November 1997 by my dad, William Bigler, who was a highly successful process engineer and project manager for Corning, Inc. for over 40 years. These principles are a compilation of the most important lessons he learned about product manufacturing, project management —and life. He shared them with me, and now I'm sharing them with you. www.PamHendrickson.com
  3. 3. Balance You have to balance job, family and health. If you ignore any one of them too long, you will pay a high price at the expense of the others.
  4. 4. Change Embrace change. Stagnation is the enemy. The minute you stop changing and growing, you start dying. !
  5. 5. Communication You have to communicate well: up, down, sideways. People have a preferred method of taking in information—email, voicemail, face-to-face. Find out what each person likes and use it.
  6. 6. Decisions Reserve the right to make the decisions, but get all the input you can first. 
 Be an informed dictator.
  7. 7. Details You have to be involved in the details. You can’t do projects successfully without it.
  8. 8. Time Management Computers can enhance communications—and they can also be the greatest killer of efficiency yet devised.
  9. 9. Humor When we lose our humor, we’ve lost. Levity lightens the load.
  10. 10. Ideas They’re everywhere. Ask everyone you meet. You would be surprised how many really good ideas come from unusual sources.
  11. 11. Quality Why is there never time to do it right, but always time to do it over?
  12. 12. Objectives Yours and your customers' must match.
  13. 13. Organizational Balance Every organization, no matter how big or small, has strengths and weaknesses. Surround yourself with people with opposite strengths and weaknesses from yours.
  14. 14. Perception Perceptions are reality to the perceiver. It doesn’t matter a bit what the real truth is.
  15. 15. Forgiveness Don’t beat people up. They already know they made a mistake—even before you did! They already feel terrible about it. Help them.
  16. 16. Trust Never go back on your word. If something changes, be honest. Once you lose your reputation, you’ll never get it back.
  17. 17. Self Discipline Napoleon Hill called it the master key to riches. He was right. Without it, success is impossible. Do whatever you have to do to develop it.
  18. 18. For more content, strategies and tools 
 to help grow your business: ! www.PamHendrickson.com ! Product Creation • Content Development Marketing Strategies • For Small Businesses

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