10 Lessons After 19 Years In Business
Ian Lurie Jun 5 2014
Today, Portent is 19 years old. It can now legally drink in Canada.
I’ve screwed up a lot of stuff. But we’re still here, so I’ll give myself a small pat on the back. Clearly, we’ve done something right. If I could tell 26-year-old self 10 things to improve Portent’s first 19 years, here’s what I’d say:
- Know your craft, and never stop learning it
- Don’t check the bank account so often
- Don’t fix anything until asked
- Learn to lead, right away
- Learn the value of saying “you did great” to your team, and yourself
- When emotional, take a 10-minute time out
- For our generation, business is personal…
- …but it suffers if you let it consume your life
- As an entrepreneur, it’s OK to geek out at the dinner table
- You can never fail if you teach along the way
We’ll see how this list changes next year…
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Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent Inc. He’s recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Forbes.com and TechCrunch.
Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, SIC and ad:Tech. Follow him on Twitter at portentint. He also just published a book about strategy for services businesses: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle.