The Long Game

improvement, perseverence, learning

The other day I heard a great interview with Jeff Bezos. Here are a few takeaways:

  1. Be hyper-obsessed with your customers, not your competition. Many companies are so focused on what their competitors are doing that they totally miss on serving their customers needs or solving a problem that no one has solved yet. If you serve your customers the right way, your competition becomes irrelevant.
  2. Most regrets are regrets of omission. If you try and fail, you learn. If you never try, you will regret it for the rest of your life.
  3. It's better to make a few really good decisions than it is to make a bunch of OK ones. Make time to think.
  4. Every quarter was baked three years before hand. He laughs when people congratulate him on the results from a solid quarter. The reality of today is a result of planning years before.


Since inception Amazon has been criticized for its short-term earnings performance.  Now that Amazon is one of the most valuable companies in the world, it just goes to show that a short-term critic and a long-term thinker will never see eye to eye.  Anything worth doing will be extremely tough and will take a lot of time.  I challenge you to think about the long game.  What are you baking up that will come to fruition three years from now?

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