Takeaway #207 lessons learned via the tongue

It’s a bad education when you can’t afford the fees

The pieces of this pie could feed forty thieves

If you’ve never smelt the greed – you’re a little naïve

The Tongue f/ Jane Tyrell Inheritance

Takeaway #207:  Okay, you got burned on the deal – at least tell me you took away a life lesson.  If you got taken, take a look at who look got both the immediate and residual benefit.  Some beneficiaries may be closer than you think.

Takeaway #208 execution not platitudes, as inspired by Scarface

You either, eat or you starve, rob or go get a job

Break down to either wake up, hustle or pray to God

Faith is one thing without work you ain’t got nothing

Decisions from a mother@!#er struggling

Scarface Crack

Takeaway #208:  Comprehension and a good business model is no substitution for execution.  The steering committee and the board are brilliant but does your COO give platitudes and guidance without motivating the troops to put the hustle in to make returns this year?

Bonus: Steve Case on Leadership & Executing Strategy 

Takeaway #206: on that return: inspired by Ray Luv

Gotta make my money double

Struggle out of trouble, all good

I’mma hustle ‘til I bubble

Gotta make my money triple

Hennessy not ripple

Ray Luv Bubble

Takeaway #206:  Venture capital returns are in the cards.  Did you really come to have a 100% ROE or something a little more.  The double is just getting you beyond the break even point; let’s take a look at that triple return.  Double your money three years; triple it in five – failure to triple in ten years and you lose: game over.  We don’t need to knock it out of the park, but the risk-reward of this effort has to make sense… or… cents…or dollars.

Takeaway # 205 on focus and core competence: inspiration by ant banks

Keep your eyes on the prize

Your hustle in disguise

Rumors, tales and lies

Watch for jealous eyes

Ant Banks f/ Slink Capone Cutaluff

Takeaway #205:  Core competency focus is critical today.  There is no need to share your end-game with competition (external or internal).  If there is disinformation, note that it is likely spread by the competition.

Takeaway #216 corporate rung-inc. – inspired by Lil Wayne

Everybody got problems, and money is the answer.

 The teacher ain’t picking everybody with they hands up

Lil Wayne f/ Juelz Santana Bonafide Hustla


Takeaway #216:  Are you waiting on a corporate rung hoping for validation?  It does not work that way…natural selection not teacher selection.

Takeaway #204 regulation or competition: inspired by Capone + Noyd

And the city is riding, cops knocking

The streets is watching, without shades

I don’t stop, I just keep clocking

Haters played on my bad judgment

Like dude’s numbers (you want it?)

Then floss for a few summers

Capone & Noyd Options

Takeaway #204:  Regulators may wait on the sidelines, but the true regulation is the near perfect information of the Wall Street capital markets. Traders clock moolah and peddlers of bad information get taxed by the street justice of the market.  Ain’t competition amazing?  Or wait, is that just sometimes?

Takeaway #203: Greatness is weightless …

You’re a working bee on the smallest tree –

Thinking a working-class hero is something to be

See those destined for greatness, have no patience.

We rise to the top like we were weightless….

The Tongue f/ Spit Syndicate Good Looking

Takeaway #203:  Passivity is your enemy today. Get your cream on and rise to the top of your game…

The other takeaway of note is that you cannot be great when you are held down with baggage.  If it is not where you are from – it is where you are at, you must remember that you cannot be held down by your history or station.  You will be great because you travel without that baggage.  Your greatness depends on being weightless.