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Jun 27th, 2014

Focus on What You Can Control

This morning I read an article in the New York Times about someone’s upbringing as a fisherman. It made me think about entrepreneurship:

“At first, I used my parents’ boat, but it wasn’t a professional setup. But then I made enough money to buy a boat. I continued to do that for six years. It’s like farming. There are so many forces outside your control that impact what you do on a daily basis. So you have to control really tightly the things that you can control, like your schedule, having the right equipment, being at the right place at the right time. It’s not much of a science, but if you do all those things you can control right, you can certainly deal with those that you can’t control a lot better. It’s the same thing in our business today — focus on what you can control and put yourself in the best position possible to deal with the things you can’t control.”

Honestly — I couldn’t have expressed this any clearer:

Acknowledge that you can’t control everything. Focus on what you can control. Deal with the rest.

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