Be not afraid of conflict

Establish systems

The best deals are the ones you don’t take

Curate a large rolodex

Communicate the high-order bit

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

Be frugal

Never try to impress

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

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

See things as they truly are, not how you wish they were

Insist on evidence

Give other people the last word

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch

Conceal your inventions

Your dream life is what makes you cry

Invest like a queen bee

You can improve your life

Take baby steps

Leverage time

Develop a mind like water

Build superreserves

Do not deviate from your specialty

Become a specialist

Work really hard

Vote for who you believe in

Bill yourself $10,000/hr.

Be thyself

Find thyself

You don’t get an A for effort

Life doesn’t owe you anything

You don’t owe anyone anything

Give yourself permission to be human


Create an illusion

Luck is created

Success is a habit

If you’re not sure, say so

Think big

Do the hard thing

Do the right thing

Get outside your comfort zone

Stretch, but don’t snap

Shoot frequent layups, not the occasional 3-pointer

Be grateful

If a situation is deteriorating, withdraw immediately

If you violate one maxim, more will follow

Success requires mental health

Talk less

Favors do not need to be returned

Pay your way

Carpe diem

Accept the power of choice

Don’t take life too seriously

Ascribe the best possible meaning to events

Communication breeds conflict

Do not complain

You are responsible for your own interests

Great people are the second most valuable asset

Time is the most valuable asset