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The 5 Don’ts of Entrepreneurship

Don’t do it. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

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BY Quora - 16 Jun 2017

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What is the best advice for first-time entrepreneurs? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by David Rogier, CEO + Co-Founder MasterClass, on Quora:

  1. Don't do it. It's the hardest thing I've ever done. You'll cry, lose friends, sleep less, gain weight, lose self confidence, earn less money, and likely fail.
  2. If you still want to do it - then it's one of the most amazing things you can do - so get ready. You'll realize how much of an impact you can actually have in the world, meet people you would have never thought of meeting, learn a tremendous amount about everything, feel emotions you never thought you could, and be surprised everyday. Get one great adviser who you share everything business with (no more) and a therapist (for the personal stuff).
  3. Don't worry so much. You usually worry about the wrong things anyway, and it doesn't actually help.
  4. Don't build a lot without market feedback or validation. It's crazy easy to test, test, test these days. If you get really good at this you'll save years and millions.
  5. Your #1 job is to - everyday - not destroy the business (credit: Mark Williamson).

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