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It’s Always Good

To Be An Underdog

Starting is the most important part — and the ultimate hurdle — of success

It’s so easy to get caught up wondering about how things will turn out or about the obstacles along the way that we often lose sight of getting started. And yet, there’s nothing more fun than to succeed at things when people tell you it can’t be done.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I’d like to take the opportunity to welcome you to my website where you can explore my views on key topics that are important to me.

As an outsider looking in, my objective here — and greatest ambition in life — is simple: To tap into and share the expertise acquired over the past 20 plus years working with some of the leading entrepreneurs and industrialists of our generation to help strengthen competitiveness and build a culture of high standards to improve the quality of life of a larger part of society.

I’m a big believer in capitalism. I believed in capitalism before I had any capital. To stay ahead of the curve, you have to keep looking for new ways and opportunities for growth – both personal and organizational. One way of doing that is to start your day by asking yourself ‘what am I missing’, rather than ‘how cool am I’. Every successful process is the sum of its engagements.

A growing number of countries are facing economic and social issues that are almost certain to worsen unless we make some significant changes to how we approach progress. In today’s rapidly changing world, people with the skills to adapt will see their standard of living go up while those without will have to rely on governments to figure out how to help their struggling citizens.

That’s neither ideal nor sustainable.

It is my belief that there’s a window of opportunity to turn the threats of innovation and disruption into positive forces. However, we cannot rely on other people to be the change. We all have a responsibility to make a positive impact. Every little bit counts, every little bit matters. Major transformational change often starts with small, seemingly insignificant acts that later prove to be monumental.

Nothing worthwhile in history has been achieved without fortitude or a series of failures. Good decisions and popular/comfortable decisions rarely ever coincide, which is why I believe in benevolent hostility.

It’s an ambitious journey, no doubt. But history has taught us that opportunity tends to hide where it is darkest, where uncertainty infiltrates every input and every forecast.

Keep your flashlights handy. It’s a treacherous road, but not for the reasons people generally think.

Thanks!

Ertan

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