All Successful People Live By This 1 Rule Of Thumb

On the outside, successful people tend to look like they don’t have a care in the world.

Everything is going according to plan. They have what they need, when they need it. They have who they need, where they need them. They have their priorities set, their goals envisioned, and all parties involved are aligned.

It appears to be a perfectly synchronized dance.

But the truth is, successful people are only out in the open when they want to be. They show up when it makes sense. They attend when it’s required–or of their own volition. They put themselves in positions strategically and with purpose, because the other 99% of the time, they’re working.

Successful people, especially the ones in the thick of the journey (and not yet coasting on the wake of their accomplishments) don’t have time for much else.

So when you see them, they appear to have it all under control.

But when you don’t see them, they’re working furiously to keep things moving full speed ahead.

What I’ve learned about successful people is this…

As a young entrepreneur and ambitious writer, I take it upon myself to surround myself with as many successful individuals as possible.

I want to learn from them. Study them. Understand them and their motives–so that I can take what is applicable to my own personal journey, and leave the rest.

This goes back to the old saying, “You are a reflection of the five people you spend the most time with.”

I believe that.

And in taking it upon myself to talk to and learn from so many successful individuals–everyone from solopreneurs who have carved out a nice niche for themselves, all the way up to billionaires several times over–what I have learned is they all live by a very fundamental rule of thumb.

It’s actually quite simple.

Here’s the rule:

Do what you need to do, before you do what you want to do.

What does that mean?

That means even though life hands you endless obligations, invitations, responsibilities, and people to appease, it’s important that you do the things you need to do–the things that will move the needle and get you to where it is you want to be–before you do all the things that you want to do.

And that’s not always easy.

Which is why so few people end up achieving the level of success they envision for themselves.

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Microsoft had no hand in making this tearjerking viral Xbox commercial

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Like every week, we listed every single one of them in our free weekly newsletter, along with interesting news regarding fledgling European startups, tech investors old and new, a number of good reads published elsewhere, government and policy news, as well as an overview of interesting lists, facts and figures from a wide variety of sources.

You can subscribe to our newsletter below to receive all this information in your inbox every Friday afternoon for free, but here’s an overview of the 10 biggest European tech news items for this week:

1) Intercom, the Irish-founded customer communications platform, raised $ 50 million from Index Ventures. Also this week we published an interview with Intercom’s co-founder Des Traynor, where he talks about the company’s forthcoming tour of events as well as its future in Dublin and SF.

2) French hotels group Accor acquired online home rental site Onefinestay for €148 million. The UK startup had previously raised €73 million from the likes of Intel Capital, Quadrant Capital Advisors and Index Ventures.

3) Intel announced the third acquisition of a European startup this year: Italy-based and IoT security startup Yogitech, which had raised less than €3 million to date.

4) Rocket Internet could be in the process of raising a second triple-digit round for its megafund, according to German publication WiWo.

5) The Berlin-based venture builder also announced this week that it has secured €75 million from Orange for its Paris-based Africa Internet Group.

6) The $ 11.4 billion proposed merger between Orange and Bouygues collapsed, hitting the the share prices of the big French telcos hard.

7) Jon von Tetzchner, who co-founded and led Opera Software for many years, launched Vivaldi, a browser that’s not for the masses.

8) Mark Tluszcz, CEO of VC firm Mangrove Capital partners, says that “investors should ignore the hype about FinTech”.

9) Hyped or not, Berlin-based mobile-first bank Number26 said this week that it has signed up 60,000 new customers in Q1 2016, taking its total to 160,000.

10) Things are not looking well for Norwegian gaming studio Rovio: the company announced this week an operating loss of €13 million in 2015, down from a profit of €10 million the previous year.

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This week, Tech.eu tracked 18 technology M&A transactions and 58 funding deals (totalling €181 million) in Europe and Israel. You can subscribe to our newsletter below to receive all this information in your inbox every Friday afternoon for free, but here’s an overview of the 10 biggest European tech news items for this week:

1) There were as many as four funding rounds in Europe and Israel north of $ 10 million: Blippar ($ 54 million), XJet ($ 25 million), iAngels ($ 14 million) and Replay Technologies ($ 13.5 million).

2) There were also three relatively large acquisitions involving Israel-based companies: Cisco bought Leaba Semiconductor for $ 380 million, SES PS paid $ 242 million for RR Media, and RNTS acquired ad tech company Inneractive for $ 72 million

3) Spotify’s fundraising rumours continued: TPG in talks to invest $ 500 million in Spotify in a convertible debt round that could rise to $ 1 billion

4) Raspberry Pi 3 has been officially launched; and here are co-founder Eben Upton thoughts on the new device

5) The US and EU presented Privacy Shield, a regulatory framework that will replace the old Safe Harbour agreement. Fortune has a good breakdown of how this will affect US-based tech companies

6) It was a busy week for Facebook in the regulatory and fiscal environment in Germany and the UK, respectively

7) Various Rocket Internet-backed startups announced pullback on ambitious expansion plans: Tripda shut down, Delivery Hero is leaving China and EatFirst is to cease operations in Berlin.

8) Britain’s tech sector is overwhelmingly opposed to Brexit; and this is how it could impact the UK’s startup scene

9) Bill Maris explained the changes in Google Ventures’ European strategy

10) Zalando’s revenue grew by 33.6 percent in 2015, reaching €2.2 billion

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Amazon is reportedly looking to launch a $ 50 tablet. The device will feature a 6-inch screen and go on sale in time for the holiday shopping season, according to “people familiar with the matter” cited by The Wall Street Journal.

It’s not a huge stretch to see Amazon slashing the price of its tablets even lower than they already are: After all, the online retail giant has always played a margins game. Amazon’s 6-inch tablets currently start at just $ 79 for the Kindle and $ 99 for the Fire HD.

The $ 99 price tag includes advertisements, though consumers can opt to pay $ 114 for a version without ads. It’s not clear if the $ 50 version will include ads, but it’s certainly possible.

Amazon clearly wants to attract buyers looking for the best bang for their buck, but that’s a dangerous game to play. Most tablets are already quite affordable, but a $ 50 option would mean taking even more shortcuts in terms of screen quality, durability, and battery life.

Indeed, rumor has it the $ 50 tablet will have a mono speaker, rather than stereo. As for the screen, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos apparently has tried this before:

Mr. Bezos had set an internal goal of the $ 50 price tag for versions of both the Fire tablet and Kindle e-reader, viewing the rock-bottom prices as a crucial lure for a more cost-conscious group of buyers, the people said. But the e-reader screen technology from its vendors ultimately proved too expensive to drop the retail price, the people said.

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The $ 50 device will not be Amazon’s only unveil. As always, the company will refresh its tablet line later this year. In addition to 6-inch devices, there will also reportedly be 8-inch (not new) and 10-inch tablets (this would be new).

Last month, we heard whispers that Amazon was looking to give up on making smartphones. Tablets though, are still very much on the agenda.

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