The 95 to Thrive

Martin Luther nailed his theses to a church door over 500 years ago. This is the Thrive'd version.  A Cheatsheet to a successful, sustainable and most importantly happy career.

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95 thesis
  1. Create a prototype/MVP. The rest can follow later.
  2. You do not want investors for their money. Their guidance and knowledge are desirable.
  3. You need 99% less money to actualize what you are imagining.
  4. You were once nothing, you will be nothing again. Get rid of your ego.
  5. The end-goal is happiness.
  6. If you don’t create something you like and want yourself, what are you doing with your life?
  7. If you are watching the clock when you are working because you are waiting for it to be ‘over’ you are doing something wrong. Very very wrong.
  8. Integrity above all else.
  9. Never get too comfortable.
  10. Don’t chase money, but go get that money.
  11. As you can see above, you have to follow and balance both truths when something is contradictory.
  12. You will die. What are you waiting for?
  13. If you don’t know what you want you to have simply not tried enough things.
  14. Nobody can argue with the results, but everybody can misinterpret anything.
  15. Be sustainable.
  16. You are a student for life.
  17. Do your homework, but also improvise
  18. Be prepared, but spontaneous.
  19. You can always improve something. Don’t spend too much time improving something.
  20. Most things can be done far quicker than you would imagine.
  21. 80/20 rule (90/10 at times even 99/1)
  22. Excuses, excuses everywhere. You know the truth deep inside. Follow suit.
  23. Messing up is a good thing.
  24. 10x your efforts — but don’t do unnecessary things.
  25. Experiment, trial, and error.
  26. Self-improvement. The only things you truly own are your mind and body.
  27. Invest in things that can potentially earn you money.
  28. The only physical possessions you actually need are most likely a wallet, laptop, phone, legal documents such as a passport and a few sets of clothes.
  29. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. You are not a dog.
  30. Murphy’s law is always true, but the cake is a lie.
  31. Corporate infrastructure is a joke. Stay lean.
  32. Focus on too much small stuff and the major things won’t ever be finished.
  33. In a world romanticizing soft-skills, hard skills are underestimated.
  34. You are not the boss. You are an idea genesis
  35. You work for your employees.
  36. 1 > 0. Small process is still process.
  37. Higher education has nothing to do with a degree.
  38. Just because the majority believes otherwise doesn’t mean they are true, nor does it mean they are wrong.
  39. Your brand/ your name can’t ever be taken away from you. (But destroyed in 5 minutes after decades of building)
  40. It’s not the amount you invest, it’s what you are getting for it.
  41. Virtually everything is a copy of something.
  42. Execution is king.
  43. Deliver value to the marketplace.
  44. Editing, repackaging, re-doing can add a lot of value when done right.
  45. Be omnipresent.
  46. Stop reinventing the wheel. Unless you are literally inventing something that does not exist yet, don’t build it from scratch just because.
  47. Mozart, Da Vinci, Jay Z — no college.
  48. A third of billionaires don’t have degrees.
  49. If everyone can vote regardless of their qualifications to do so, it’s not a democracy. Both in politics and corporate culture.
  50. Seek mentors and mentees alike.
  51. You can do virtually anything anywhere — but this does not mean you shouldn’t constantly seek the best environment and conditions. Adapt.
  52. Licensing is a tool to obtain and enforce a monopoly.
  53. “Do you want to be cogs in a wheel driven by a pinion which revolves in obedience to a force outside itself?” a quote from Charles W. Eliot, president of Harvard 1869–1909. Let that sink in.
  54. It’s not about becoming better than anyone else, but being better than yourself while being the best.
  55. It’s not about finding out what to improve at, but eliminating what not to improve at.
  56. Opportunity is a bus. There is always the next one. Focus on jumping at all not on when to jump.
  57. Never underestimate emotional attachement.
  58. Learn about the future from the past. The future is built on the patterns of the past.
  59. Get coverage. All the coverage.
  60. A high-quality network consists of a few contacts you have in your mind.
  61. Most successful brands life off of their popularity height and fade slowly.
  62. Google “Top 10 Entrepreneurship ideas” and you lose both your motivation and inspiration entirely.
  63. When you see the sun come up, you’ve earned your coffee break.
  64. Multitasking instead of focusing on one thing as taking a break. (A more meaningful one, can distract you, can give you energy and focus, depends on you)
  65. Switching in between tasks can both destroy and provide momentum.
  66. Keep focus if you would otherwise lose your trail of thought, but stay scatter brained where you would turn sleepy or slow.
  67. It’s never too late or too early. You will always be a fool.
  68. Know the legal and tax implications of operating as a sole proprietor, partnership, or corporation
  69. Know which permits you may need
  70. Research the market, its trends, and who your competitors may be/are
  71. Manage your cash flow.
  72. Your friends and family say they will pay for your product or service. But only after they have actually done it will you know their true opinion.
  73. You will never be ready for the entrepreneur’s life and the sacrifices that come with it. Deal with it.
  74. Have a different notebook for every topic.
  75. Keep track of your money and core goals.
  76. As you study you come across knowledge ‘gems’. Keep track of those (list?) and revisit/relearn them.
  77. Stay up to date on industry, startup & community news. A newsletter is in most cases not the right way to do that.
  78. Recreate/redo and refer to the things you made in the past.
  79. There is no logical reason you can’t turn into an immortal demigod.
  80. You may be original, but you must prioritize to be effective.
  81. Don’t bloat your products, services or articles unnecessarily. Adjust and change when it makes sense.

95. Be good or despair.

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