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Very nice. I liked all of these.

Before I scrolled down the page, I wrote down a few that I expected to see. Oddly, none of mine were on OP's list. (Am I that weird, or do we just think differently?)

Here are mine:

  - Find a customer.
  - Satisfy their needs.
  - Get their money.
  - Use their feedback.
  - Improve your software.
  - Hit your deadlines.
  - Never give up.

you don't think differently at all...

  find a customer = sell something today (22)
  satisfy their needs = support customers maniacally (7)
  get their money = recognize revenue consistently (19)
  use their feedback = decide with data (17)
  improve your software = improve product daily (18)
  hit your deadlines (nice addition)
"never give up" is "persist through downturns" (16), but I'll give you this one for improved wording

I don't think they fit your list because they're supposed to be standalone ones. Your second one is actually six words, not three, because it needs the first to have context and make sense.

Still great advice though. "Find a customer" is definitely a winner.

Satisfy Customers' Needs. (this makes it three)

'Never give up' is also awesome.

"Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never--in nothing, great or small, large or petty--never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy."

- Winston Churchill http://www.school-for-champions.com/speeches/churchill_never...

The philosohpy he used in leading the greatest empire the world had ever seen to a humiliating dissolution.

Personally I think "never give up" should be the one tip given to founders if there can only be one.

I went to a residential school whose motto was "Never Give In" I was there for 8 yrs. Luckily, this trait is instilled very well in me. Our school song might be worth a read for some.


Wow! Yours are really good, and have a nice rhythm to them.

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