Tony DeMeo


Successful collaboration should always be greater than the sum of the parts.

If A=1 and B=2 with successful collaboration you will want A+B to be greater than 3. If A+B=3 or A+B<3 then collaboration is a failure.

If we keep this in mind when looking at possible collaborations, it makes decision making a lot easier

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Difference of opinion

Having a difference of opinion is refreshing.

Being around people who all have the same opinion can be boring.

Respecting other peoples opinions allows for unusual opportunities in collaboration.

Thinking your way is the only way might be right but will usually result in limited opportunities.

Being open to others with a difference of opinion will allow you to truly open your mind, your options and your life. Or, keep thinking that everyone else is dumb and that your way is always right and keep limiting yourself.

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Teach to think

Teach someone to do and if they learned properly, they can do that one thing.

Teach someone to think and their options are limitless.

The Socratic Method helps to teach people to think. Forced memorization teaches people to hate learning.
Teach thinking, encourage creativity, and help people grow.

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If you want to be an innovator you have to realize you wont always be very popular.

Innovators tend to be thought of as mavericks, crazy or eccentrics.

Occasionally true innovators become popular but if it’s important to you to be popular, do what everyone else is doing. True innovators typically go in a completely different direction.

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What if we focused on us and didn’t worry about what others were doing or what others were thinking?

What if the time we spent telling people how great we were was spent instead…becoming great?

What if the time we spent finding out what others were doing was instead spent on improving ourselves?

Let others worry about you…stop worrying about others. Put your focus on making your company, your team, your organization and yourself the best they can be.

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Plan B

It would be wonderful if all of our plans worked. The reality is, this isn’t the case.

We always need to have a Plan B in case Plan A doesn’t work. It would be wonderful if Plan B was as good as Plan A but the reality is if Plan B was as good, or better, than Plan A…it would have been Plan A in the first place.

The glass half full people might assume Plan A will always work so why bother with a Plan B. The glass half empty people will never implement any plan because they don’t think it’s ready.

The successful people who Plan A will work while also preparing for Plan B..and Plan C.

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What if our primary job was to find ways to hire more people?

Think about the impact you could have on society by hiring more people?

Keep in mind you can’t afford to hire more people if your revenue/profits don’t allow for it but if they do allow for the hiring of more people, you can benefit others at the same time as benefiting yourself.

Hiring more people, at fair wages, can do more for society than almost anything else.

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Remove the identity

How many times have you respected an idea, product or project just because of who is behind the idea?

What if you didn’t know who was behind it and instead had to judge based on merit, potential and opportunity?

How many great opportunities were missed because of the person/people who were behind it? How much money and time was wasted because of how was behind it?

Whenever possible, consider removing the identity and judge on merit alone…you might be surprised by the results.

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Second to market

Many entrepreneurs want to be first to market. They figure if they can be the first to market, they will have a huge advantage.

The problem is being first to marketing usually means having to create the marketing, which means educating the market on the reason to purchase. More times than not, the first to market creates a niche market because of the time and money needed to go bigger.

The group that gets there second to market usually allows for them to go after the mass market.

An example would be in the computer tablet market. People think Apple was first to market with the iPad but there were many who were before them. Apple learned from the mistakes of others to come out with their tablet that took over the market.

Even though Tesla wasn’t the first electric car, they have taken on the role of first to market for this industry.
They have made electric cars viable, cool and in demand. Their biggest problem is having some of these other automobile companies, who have a lot more experience manufacturing vehicles, come in after Tesla has done a lot of the heavy lifting and potentially take over the market.

When looking at opportunities that are out there, don’t get too caught up on first to market, think of the bigger possibilities that might be out there.

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If you apply for a job, or put in a proposal for a new customer/client/project and don’t get it would you rather know why you weren’t given the opportunity or would you rather know why someone else did get the opportunity?

Finding why you didn’t get the opportunity just tells you what went wrong but finding out why someone else did gives you an idea of what you need to work toward.

Both are helpful but ignoring one will most likely result in other lost opportunities.

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