Bootstrapper Manifesto

Be inspired:

I am a bootstrapper. I have initiative and insight and guts, but not much money. I will succeed because my efforts and my focus will defeat bigger and better-funded competitors. I am fearless. I keep my focus on growing the business—not on politics, career advancement, or other wasteful distractions.

I will leverage my skills to become the key to every department of my company, yet realize that hiring experts can be the secret to my success. I will be a fervent and intelligent user of technology, to conserve my two most precious assets: time and money.

My secret weapon is knowing how to cut through bureaucracy. My size makes me faster and more nimble than any company could ever be.

I am a laser beam. Opportunities will try to cloud my focus, but I will not waver from my stated goal and plan—until I change it. And I know that plans were made to be changed. I’m in it for the long haul. Building a business that will last separates me from the opportunist, and is an investment in my brand and my future. Surviving is succeeding, and each day that goes by makes it easier still for me to reach my goals.

– Seth Godin in the Bootstrappers Bible

I was so moved by these words that I am switching to just use my computer for work. Entertainment can happen on my phone and AppleTV. To remind myself to stay focused, I’m redirecting the following services to the page you’re reading now:

  • Facebook
  • Hacker News (major tears, but this is a terrible habit.)
  • Macrumors
  • Mashable
  • Techcrunch
  • Instagram

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