Train your weak muscle

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When world-class successful people are asked how others can duplicate their success, they repeat one thing so often that it’s easy to miss: if you want to beat your competitor, you need to work harder than them. Your competitor can have more funding, more marketing power, more market presence; that’s not up to you. But your competitor cannot work harder than you unless you let them do it.

What kind of sign do you need?

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Despite living in Korea for almost 5 years now, there are still several things I don’t understand about the culture. That’s ok – a culture gap exists everywhere and I believe that anyone who has lived in a foreign country has experience the strange differences compared to their own native culture.

Doing both

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One of the most common things I hear from Korean startup founders is that “they are going after the US market”. However, they then immediately explain that at the moment, they are still selling in the Korean market. Soon, they claim, their startup will expand their marketing efforts and sell in both places.

Premature scaling

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Scaling a startup is both important and dangerous. Unlike regular companies who can afford to stay “stable”, startups either grow or die and this growth takes several stages; for example, the startup is different before and after it achieves revenue; it’s again different after the first Million dollars in annual revenues; things change again at $10 Million and so on.

My favorite shape

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Lean startup. Product/market fit. The UX driven startup. Agile product development. The challenger sale. There are so many good methodologies for building your startup it’s easy to get lost.

Being in the zone

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Anyone who watches sports knows what being “in the zone” looks like. If you are actively playing sports, you probably also know what it feels like: basketball players almost never miss a shot, even seemingly impossible ones. Soccer goalies suddenly look bigger and seem to make their goal impenetrable. Baseball players get on crazy streaks of hits, home runs or pitchers striking out anyone that comes against them. It’s like you just drank some magic fluid that made you superhuman.

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