5 Lessons For Entrepreneurs

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  • LESSONS LEARNED IN 20 YEARS AS AN ENTREPRENEUR 5 IAN LURIE CEO, PORTENT @PORTENTINT
  • WHO IS THIS GUY? @PORTENTINT CEO, FOUNDER, PORTENT, INC. WWW.PORTENT.COM
  • SINCE 1995
  • SINCE. 1995.
  • I’VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT (AND I’VE HAD MY MOMENTS)
  • SOME STUFF IS FINALLY SINKING IN guess i shouldn't have done that
  • MY 5 LESSONS just mine. your results may vary.
  • ENTREPRENEURS these lessons are for you don’t have to be one
  • BELIEVE IT 1 IT’S WHAT GUIDES YOUR WORK
  • IT’S PERSONAL don’t let anyone tell you different
  • LIVE IT in the way you work
  • KNOW WHY you’re doing this
  • LOVE IT enough to learn it
  • LOVE IT enough to teach it
  • THE CUSTOMER IS NOT ALWAYS RIGHT
  • WHEN YOUR GUT SPEAKS LISTEN
  • BALANCE 2 LIFE, WORK AND HEALTH
  • YOU CAN WORK any 100 hours/week you want
  • YOUR FAMILY must support what you’re doing
  • YOU STILL have to clean the toilet now and then
  • YOUR 1ST DUTY is to remain standing
  • YOU’RE NOT CAPTAIN AMERICA YOU’RE A GRUNT
  • TREAT YOURSELF you deserve it
  • YOU DON’T HAVE A.D.D. you’re just disorganized
  • BECOME A MASTER TIME MANAGER it’s your most precious resource
  • GROWTH 3 MUST BE SUSTAINABLE
  • YOU ARE TAKING RISKS NOT CRASHING CARS be smart
  • HIRE FOR INTELLIGENCE NOT SKILLS anything can be learned. if you can think.
  • HIRE FOR EQ NOT POLISH they can always wear a suit
  • TEACH THE SH#T OUT OF EVERYTHING
  • LEARN THE SH#T OUT OF EVERYTHING
  • WORK AT THE EDGES DELEGATE THE MIDDLE expertise leadership execution
  • DO THE MATH it doesn’t lie (but it may fib)
  • SET CLEAR, MEASURABLE GOALS for yourself and others
  • CHANGE IS GOOD until it’s not
  • DON’T WAIT FOR THE PERFECT TOOL forever is a long time
  • CASH FLOW IS KING you can’t breathe without air
  • TRUST 4 BUILD IT. DEMAND IT.
  • INTEGRITY IS THE ACE it’s not a renewable resource
  • DON’T FART IN PUBLIC people remember that
  • IF YOU CAN’T TRUST THEM FIRE THEM employees or clients
  • SET CLEAR STANDARDS ‘be great’ doesn’t do it
  • CRAZY ISN’T MOTIVATIONAL no one likes working for a nutjob
  • TAKE A TIME OUT before you explode
  • NICE IS NOT HELPFUL it’s destructive
  • LEADERSHIP 5 IN ALL THINGS photo by richard masoner
  • LEAVE YOUR EGO AT THE DOOR it’s distracting
  • LISTEN, THEN DECIDE please. pre﬛ please.
  • YOU DO KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING even when you don’t
  • FOUNDERS MUST BUILD THE THING it’s hard to run the business otherwise
  • CEOs MUST KNOW THE WORK otherwise they make bad decisions
  • REVEAL TO DISCOMFORT it beats hiding
  • THINGS GO WRONG it’s how you react that counts
  • NEVER EVER EVER EVER stop learning in public
  • THE PEOPLE who taught me
  • BEN HOROWITZ THE HARD THING ABOUT HARD THINGS
  • PATRICK LENCIONI EVERYTHING HE’S WRITTEN
  • GUY KAWASAKI ENCHANTMENT
  • STEPHEN AMBROSE D-DAY
  • DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN TEAM OF RIVALS
  • STEVEN JOHNSON THE GHOST MAP
  • ALL OF HISTORY great leaders are great teachers
  • MY WHOLE FAMILY through patience & occasional lack thereof
  • EVERYONE I’VE WORKED WITH with judicious eye-rolling & support
  • MIND YOUR PARTNERS and yourself
  • LOVE WHAT YOU DO to your core, without question
  • DO IT WELL and be﬙er every day
  • STAY HUMBLE enough to learn
  • STAY ARROGANT enough to lead
  • THANK YOU ian lurie @portentint ian@portent.com www.portent.com www.portent.com www.twitter.com/portentint
  • other presentations by me: http://www.slideshare.net/wrttnwrd/weird-usefulsignificant http://www.slideshare.net/wrttnwrd/one-trick-ponies-get-shot-for-everyone
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