Be not afraid of conflict

Spend unnoticeable amounts

Establish systems

Ignore your competitors

The best deals are the ones you don’t take

Start as soon as possible

Curate a large rolodex

Communicate the high-order bit

Make due with less

Make money on the way in to a deal

Do not expect perfection

Never, ever quit

Don’t do favors

Become a finance master

Become a law master

Master writing

Become a graphic design master

Become a psychology master

Become a sales master

Become a computer master

Work six days a week

Be frugal

Put the right people in the right seats

Listen carefully

Guard your reputation

Prefer phone calls to meetings

Hire experts, and then listen to them

Be very confident

Get it in writing

Be honest and ethical

Live a six sigma life

Be scarce

Speak vaguely

Always be ready to cut people off permanently

Get rid of undesirable people early

Offer others limited options

Great leaders care about their organization and their workers

Give other people the last word

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch

Conceal your inventions

Savor the meandering journey

It’s realistic to be optimistic

Invest like a queen bee

Do not judge people by how they look

Take baby steps

Evaluate yourself on improvement, not achievement

Leverage time

When you realize you’re in a hole, stop digging

Build superreserves

Do not deviate from your specialty

Become a specialist

Work really hard

Bill yourself $10,000/hr.

You don’t get an A for effort

You don’t owe anyone anything

Hire carefully


Create an illusion

If you’re not sure, say so

Think big

Get outside your comfort zone

Stretch, but don’t snap

Shoot frequent layups, not the occasional 3-pointer

If a situation is deteriorating, withdraw immediately

One bad performance can erase years of progress

Success requires mental health

Love thine beautiful enemies

Talk less

Favors do not need to be returned

Pay your way

Accept the power of choice

Don’t give second or third chances

Make decisions on paper

You are ready to be successful, just the way you are

Communication breeds conflict

Seek doers; avoid pretenders

You are responsible for your own interests

Reject the subpar

Accept the difference between good and great

Appeal to a noble cause

Real growth is boring

Quality begets quality