Tag Archives: Inspiration

Entrepreneurial maxims

I recently came across an interesting table comparing typical mindsets of freelancers to those of entrepreneurs, which I immedately printed out and sticked to my refrigerator as a reminder. Since we currently have startup conditions too in our company, I know that it takes a lot of discipline to make adjustments to a mindset that served you well for the last 10 years but now more often gets in your way as daily tasks, priorities and responsibilities (must) change.

Area Freelancer / skilled employee
Employees, colleagues I can get stuff done best on my own. My employees are better trained, specialized and have more skills.
Complexity More complexity makes things more interesting. Simple things make you more successful.
Value in own work I cost less than my employees, since they get a fixed salary. My work is the most expensive and should not be wasted.
Time Money has more value to me than time. I spend time to save money. Time is more valuable than money. I spend money to save time.
Money Money means security. Money yields opportunity for investments and ventures.
Education, learning My professional development is important to me. My personal development is most important.
Risk I try to avoid risk whenever I can. Steps to success are naturally accompanied by risk-taking. Being employed is for example more risky than being an entrepreneur.
Mission My profession is my mission. My mission is to build a great company and actively build my environment with it.
Comfort zone I am best at, where I feel save and comfortable. My success and growth both lie exactly where I feel uncomfortable.

Thanks to Google I also found the source of the table: It is taken from a German blog post titled ‘Warum manche Selbst√§ndige nicht zu Unternehmern werden‘ (Why some freelancers never become entrepreneurs).

Hope it helps some of you too.

Software Craftsmanship Manifesto

I have just received a new book: “Apprenticeship Patterns“: Skimming through the first pages I noticed the words in the 3rd column extending from the points in the 2nd column and thought, ‘Hmm, I have heard about these 2nd column points’…

The following table popped up in my mind, which I would like to share with you:

Software development practices:


Agile Manifesto
Craftsman Manifesto
processes and tools Individuals and interactions but also a community of professionals
comprehensive documentation Working software but also well-crafted software
contract negotiation Customer collaboration but also productive partnerships
following a plan Responding to change but also steadily adding value

Any ideas for a 4th column? Looking forward to actually reading the book…