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Scribbles from a note pad

Posted in entrepreneurship by Steve Sammartino on January 17, 2013

Yesterday I was cleaning the remnants of 2012 from my desk when I found an old note pad. I was flicking through and found some thoughts and ideas I had written down during meetings, while listening to some talks and just reading articles. While many of them are ‘oldies’ I still think some are worth sharing and creating a digital foot print for.

- Being busy is not the same as being effective.

- We should begin every project as if there is no budget.

- 1 billion dollars laid flat in $100 bills would fill a 1 meter deep 1300 meter square space. (Swimming pool?)

- To get a good answer, we need to ask a great question.

- The average Australian has 1 testicle (be careful with averages).

- Get T-Shaped people to work in your business. A broad set of experiences. Arms that reach wide into the world. People that can go left or right. people who are centered and balanced.

- It’s worth asking “why” 5 times if we want to get to the real reason of something.

- There are only 7 major plot lines to a story: Overcome the monster, Rags to riches, The quest, Voyage and return, Farce, Tragedy, Re-birth. Even our startup needs to choose one of these.

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