What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20

Title: What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20
Date: 2006-04-12
Speaker: Tina Seelig (STVP)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
 
Every problem is an opportunity for a creative solution.
Attitude is everything and you control your attitude.
The bigger the problem the bigger the opportunity.
There are opportunities in front of you everywhere.
The harder I work the luckier I get.
If you go somewhere and do not meet someone new then at the minimum you lost the opportunity to make a new friend and at a maximum you’ve probably lost a million dollars.
Lucky people turn bad grace into good fortune.
Startups are hard. Startups are risky. They take lots of work and lots of luck.
Find your intersection between your interests, your skills, and the market.
Passions are necessary but certainly not sufficient.
One of the most important things in life is to have hobbies but they don’t necessarily make careers.
Try lots of things and keep what works.
If you’re not failing sometimes then you’re not taking enough risks.
You don’t have to wait to be anointed.
Entrepreneurs are the people that make their own business cards. They are the ones who decide what they can do. They don’t wait for someone else to tell them what they can do.
You do the job and then you get the job.
Entrepreneurs don’t wait for others to empower them–they empower themselves.
It is a very small world–don’t burn bridges.
You are going to bump into the same people again, again, and again.
You can do it all just not at the same time.
Think about how often you reassess your priorities and readjust them if you need to.
There is no such thing as a balanced life.
Your work life is really long and your kids are little for only a short time.
It is the little things that matter most.
Write a thank you note within 24 hours of having an interview. Within 12 hours would be good. Within six hours is even better.
Acknowledge the time people give you.
When you’re on a team the key is to make everybody else successful.
The more you give to others the more you get back.
Never miss an opportunity to be fabulous.
If you’re not going to do your best work now then when are you going to do it?