by Jason Calacanis
1) BE GREAT AT AN IMPORTANT SKILL
The most important skills in the world right now include: sales, coding, product design, growth, design, corporate storyteller
2) REFINE YOUR SKILL FASTER THAN YOUR PEERS
Stop binge-watching TV & read every book on your field. Learn to use every tool you find on the internet. There are very limited number of seats. They go to the skilled.
Life is a zero sum game.
The winners get the prime positions and the person who comes in second places for that position is the first loser -- not the second winner.
3) TAKE YOUR SKILLS TO A STARTUP. PERIOD. FULL STOP
Don't worry about salary. Focus on providing your CEO 10x the value of your contemporaries. Your CEO will notice you and love you. Worker harder and refine skills faster.
4) TAKE ON EVERY PROJECT YOUR CEO OFFERS
Great CEOs obsess over their high performers. They like to talk to them, they like to mentor them and they like to challenge them.
Never leave work before she does
Respond to her emails quickly and without excuses. Work hard and reap the benefits.
When your boss asks you to set up the sales department
“I have never set up a sales team before, but I’m going to find 3 people who have & suck their brain dry after work. If you know anybody smart I can leverage let me know"
When your boss asks you to set up a blog & podcast
Come back 24 hours later with doc with the best 5 corporate sites, 3 best editorial devices used, with list of blogging platforms, and suggestions for frequency & budget
There are two types of people in this world
killers and the killed
Hustle early and often is the best life strategy
5) TEACH EVERYONE AROUND YOU EVERYTHING YOU LEARNED
Give away everything you’ve learned, and take credit for doing so with your CEO. Tell her you've fully briefed new hires and taught others.
6) NEVER GET INVOLVED IN POLITICS. NEVER BE NEGATIVE
The tigers are too busy killing it to be bothered. "Hmmm....that's an interesting take on things. I gotta get shit done, good luck with that"
7) GET AS MUCH EQUITY AS YOU CAN
If you’ve done 1-6 in the list above, it’s totally warranted to ask for more money or equity. I suggest asking for equity first and letting your boss bring up cash.
8) BRING ORDER TO THE CHAOS, DEFINE REALITY
Your job is to take what is unclear and make it clear. To take what is a vague concept and make it into a process. This is called leadership.
Don’t bust your ass and sharpen your skills for your boss alone, do it for yourself and your boss. Taking on all the problems at a startup is not being taken advantage of