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Hide Your Ugly Side


It helps if your passion is driven by powerful emotions, as long as you don't shoot yourself in the foot letting everyone know it.

Some politicians seem to have a hard time hiding their ugly side. That is a major problem since likeability is a major reason why voters elect them


When it comes to entrepreneurship, waging war against incumbents requires significant internal motivation over a prolonged time. It helps if your passion is driven by powerful emotions like fear, anger, personal experience or revenge as long as, again, you don't shoot yourself in the foot letting everyone know it. But, you need to be smart. The ugly side of entrepreneurship creates enemies, not friends and will limit your effectiveness and ability to change things.

Stay focused on changing the status quo and let your surrogates attack the other parts and take the brunt of criticism. Here are some tips:

1. Stay on message. Your goal is to not tweak the system, but to make it obsolete.

2. Don't pick fights that you don't have the bandwidth to fight

3. Time is not on your side. Spend it to your best advantage, instead of wasting it only to realize the meter has run out

4. Fake it 'till you make it, if you are having a hard time with self-control

5. Don't show your cards to anyone who is outside of your circle of trust

6. Be mentally strong. Avoid these things.

7. Corporate loyalty is dead, but you need to excel at office politics if you want to make a difference

8. Hide your entrepreneurial psychopathologies and your warrior mentality.

9. Leading physician entrepreneurs is not just about herding cats. It's also about knowing which buttons to push.

10. You are most likely your own worst enemy. It's just a question of how much damage you want to inflict on yourself.

Hide your ugly side. You'll accomplish a lot more and have a lot more time to figure out why you are the way you are.

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