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5 Lessons Crazy Cat GIFS Can Teach Us About Entrepreneurship (Prepare to Smile…)

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It’s not a secret that I’m a cat person. If you listen to the BiggerPockets Podcast, I’m sure you’ve heard Josh pick on me and my “crazy cat lady” lifestyle.

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I can’t help it – I just like those little guys so much.

The picture of the cat to the right is actually my little buddy Sonny, who is my best friend 80% of the time and my arch nemesis the other 20%. If you are a cat person, you know what I mean.

So being a cat person, I’m drawn to funny pictures, videos, and gifs on the internet dealing with cats – and no matter your personal preference on cats – you probably can’t resist some funny cat content either (after all – you did click the link to read this post!)

So today, while watching some cat gifs, my mind inevitably began to draw some connections between the attitudes of the cats and the way entrepreneurs run their businesses. Maybe I’m just looking for an excuse to share my favorite cat gifs – or maybe cats really have a secret agenda to make you a better entrepreneur (my money is on the latter!)

Either way, enjoy the following gifs and the lessons they can teach you.  And if you enjoy the post-  do me a favor and share it on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, or your other favorite social networks!


1.) If You Don’t Wanna Fail – Don’t Over Extend Yourself

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For a entrepreneur,  risk is inevitable. After all – the greater the risk, the greater the reward – right? However, one of the largest reasons entrepreneurs fail is by over extending oneself.  Like the cat above in the bathtub, we often step over the edge just a little too far and end up taking a financial or emotional bath that can lead to disaster.   Whether it’s purchasing a new piece of real estate when finances are too tight or expanding your business to quick, it’s important that our curiosity and excitement is tethered to solid business sense.

2.) Learn From Those Wiser Than You

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Despite what you think – you are not the biggest “cat” around. There are always others in your industry from whom you can learn from and can help you grow your business even stronger;  it’s important to seek those leaders out and learn from them. Look for others in your industry and look to see what they are doing and how you can imitate their successes. Take them out to lunch, attend seminars (real ones, not pitch-fests) where they are speaking, and follow them on Twitter (ehem… @BiggerPockets.)

Read the best books in your industry (such as this list of the best real estate investing and wealth building books) and learn from those who have walked the walk.  For example, when learning how to invest in real estate, I discovered the BiggerPockets Forums and the many seasoned investors who donate their time to answer questions and help new investors – and it completely transformed my investing future.

However, don’t become obnoxious, like the kitten in the above gif, or you might suffer some backlash!

3.) It’s Okay (and Smart) to Ask For Help

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A smart business owner takes risks – and sometimes those risks don’t pan out.

Sometimes, like the cat stuck in the door in the above gif, an entrepreneur needs to ask for help. Don’t let your pride get in the way of asking for help, for assistance, or for advice. Sometimes there are others who can “open a door” for us when we are stuck – all you need to do is call out for help.

4.) Attack Back

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You are going to get slapped around when building your business – that’s a fact. Whether it’s a competitor trying to push you out of business, a family member with negative words about your business, or simply life throwing lemons at you – problems will arise and you will be attacked. It’s not a matter of if– but when.

However, like this cat – don’t just sit there and take the abuse: attack back! I’m not talking about getting your intern posse out there to physically break some legs, but go on the offensive and overcome those problems. Not only will you overcome the immediate concern- you’ll thicken your skin to be able to better handle future problems.

5.) Focus on What Matters

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It’s easy to get consumed by our projects, isn’t it?

It’s the curse of an entrepreneur: we work 100 hours a week just to avoid working 40! Because entrepreneurs tend to love what they do, we don’t mind the 100 hours because it doesn’t really feel like work. However, for the loved ones in our life (like the cat in the gif above!) it IS work and it’s taking time away from them.

So don’t let your quest for entrepreneurial success make your forget about what really matters in this world. Next time your cat, kids, spouse, or friends “walk across your keyboard” – don’t consider it a distraction, consider it a gift.

Which was your favorite cat gif or entrepreneurial lesson? Share with us in the comments below! Also – If you liked this post – don’t forget to share it on your Facebook!



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Brandon Turner is an active real estate investor, entrepreneur, writer, and co-host of the BiggerPockets Podcast. He is a nationally recognized leader in the real estate education space and has tau...
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    Michael Corona
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Hahaha! this is great, it absolutely made my morning and give some good advice as well.
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Thanks Michael! Glad I could help 🙂
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied over 6 years ago
    You, sir, have issues . . . 😉
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Well I knew this…
    Dawn Anastasi
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Love it! I am a cat person as well and have two cats of my own. Your cat is adorable!
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Thanks Dawn! I like him quite a bit!
    Joel
    Replied over 6 years ago
    I have a cat namedSonny also. 16 year old Tabby cat. We have 3 others Teddy 11, Little Girl 13, Little Guy 9. Always have been animal lovers. There are people that have pets and then people who have what they consider family members. One misnomer is people think sometimes animals are unclean. It’s funny our house is pretty much spotless but other people I know with no animals the place looks like a pig sty! LOL Didn’t plan on having 4 cats but will only have 1 to 2 in the future when the others pass away (hopefully not for a very ,very long time). Go ahead Josh rib me I dare you…… : )
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Hey Joel – nice! And yeah, I always find that clean people have clean animals, dirty people have dirty animals!
    Joel
    Replied over 6 years ago
    CAT power ! LOL
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Haha yes!
    Karin DiMauro
    Replied over 6 years ago
    This is too great, thank you! And great advice w/all 5 GIFs. I think my favorite is the “attack back” cat, though the one w/the kitty lying down on the keyboard resonated the most. Guilty as charged, have to remind myself often to step away from the laptop and the phone. 🙂
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Hey Karin, thanks for the comment! I think my favorite is the cat stuck in the door!
    Seth Williams
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Hahaha – #1 and #5 are my favorite (and I can probably relate to #5 the most)!
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Haha thanks Seth!
    Dennis
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Arrh…. Cats, did you ever buy a cat house as a fix and flip. My first house was such a very distress property. 6 years old house with 58 cats and a dead owner, don’t ask got it cheap and sold it $40k under market after renovations. Made $50k but sweated every second, my wife called the place the “House of Horrors”. I sold to another investor who simply rented it to a person with cats. The tenant’s sense of smell was hardened, and just loved the place. Later buying it on a lease option, scoring the owner another $20k. This was a great lesson learned, sell such a house to another cat person and the problem does not then exist.
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Hey Dennis, that sounds terrible! I haven’t had that problem yet (knock on wood…)!
    Joel
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Yeah Dennis that was a hoarder and not a pet owner. No way 58 cats can be well cared for by one person. I sold a listing once from a cat person and there were about the same amount in the house (50+) and most of them were not neutured and they were staying in one room. The smell was crazy. Our 4 cats are indoor only. They mainly sleep all day, eat, and are loving. The teeth are cleaned, cats bathe themselves, ears are cleaned and we comb them and trim nails and get crust out of the eyes. There really is no smell it is the owners and how they treat the animal and take care of them. In my listings case animal control came and collected all the cats as many were from outside.
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Yeah 58 is waaaay too many!
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Yeah 58 is waaaay too many!
    Jean Bolger
    Replied over 6 years ago
    One more piece of advice (not business advice, but definitely from my own experience): If your cat is involved in something like scenario #1, DO NOT step in and try to help…. ouch!
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Hahaha I can imagine the horror!
    Joan Dickie
    Replied over 6 years ago
    What a great post! My favorite is number 5. My cat does that with keyboards, paper, tablets, etc.
    Joan Dickie
    Replied over 6 years ago
    What a great post! My favorite is number 5. My cat does that with keyboards, paper, tablets, etc.
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Thanks Joan!
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Thanks Joan!
    Larry Littrell
    Replied over 6 years ago
    I got to agree with Joshua on this one…..
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Haha you guys are ganging up on me!
    lamac66
    Replied over 6 years ago
    ATTACK BACK!
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Do it!
    Daniel Amstutz
    Replied over 6 years ago
    This literally made me laugh out loud. I also like the feline 80/20 rule.
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Thanks Daniel!
    Daniel Amstutz
    Replied over 6 years ago
    This literally made me laugh out loud. I also like the feline 80/20 rule. Reply Report comment
    Daniel Amstutz
    Replied over 6 years ago
    This literally made me laugh out loud. I also like the feline 80/20 rule. Reply Report comment
    Ben Leybovich
    Replied over 6 years ago
    WOW – where do I begin… 1. Josh is right – you have issues… 2. I HATE CATS with a passion – I used to have 2. It didn’t end well – for the cats I mean. Intrigued? Continue reading, I rescued 2 cats in my early days. Everything was fine for a while, while I lived in Cinci, but then I moved to Lima. During the actual move, I put the cats in their carriers. Oh my GOD – I must have mortally offended the both of them because when I arrived to my newly rented executive style condo, the freaking things pissed on every square inch of every flat surface in the place – multiple times. And they never stopped!!! I lived in the place for a year, and then moved to a different apartment – same thing. My poor landlords. I thought about shooting the damn things on many occasions – lucky for them I didn’t develop my fetish for things that go boom until later. I finally gave up and took both of them to Humane Society. Since then – big dogs; the bigger the better! Now – dogs are different. When we have a disagreement we fight and yell at each other – but, nobody dares to piss on my stuff! I am the big daddy around here and they know it…(Although once he did poop on my floor, but that’s cause he had a stomach bug so it don’t count) 3. I do the thing you say not to do in #1 every single day of my life. Didn’t know that there was a way to succeed without overextending myself… 4. I am pulling for the kid in #4 to get up and kick the cat’s xxx hahaha Being knocked down is common place, but this kid got up after the parents turned off the camera and took care of business – I know he did. Great post Turner! Reply Report comment
    Ben Leybovich
    Replied over 6 years ago
    WOW – where do I begin… 1. Josh is right – you have issues… 2. I HATE CATS with a passion – I used to have 2. It didn’t end well – for the cats I mean. Intrigued? Continue reading, I rescued 2 cats in my early days. Everything was fine for a while, while I lived in Cinci, but then I moved to Lima. During the actual move, I put the cats in their carriers. Oh my GOD – I must have mortally offended the both of them because when I arrived to my newly rented executive style condo, the freaking things pissed on every square inch of every flat surface in the place – multiple times. And they never stopped!!! I lived in the place for a year, and then moved to a different apartment – same thing. My poor landlords. I thought about shooting the damn things on many occasions – lucky for them I didn’t develop my fetish for things that go boom until later. I finally gave up and took both of them to Humane Society. Since then – big dogs; the bigger the better! Now – dogs are different. When we have a disagreement we fight and yell at each other – but, nobody dares to piss on my stuff! I am the big daddy around here and they know it…(Although once he did poop on my floor, but that’s cause he had a stomach bug so it don’t count) 3. I do the thing you say not to do in #1 every single day of my life. Didn’t know that there was a way to succeed without overextending myself… 4. I am pulling for the kid in #4 to get up and kick the cat’s xxx hahaha Being knocked down is common place, but this kid got up after the parents turned off the camera and took care of business – I know he did. Great post Turner!
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Thanks Ben! 1.) Yes, I know 2.) Rough story! 3.) You don’t over-extend extend yourself, you just extend. Over extending would be if you bought a 10-plex that had no cash flow and you had no income or ability to support problems! 4.) I think the kid was at fault in this gif. Thanks for the comment sir!
    Joel
    Replied over 6 years ago
    So in number 4 a child swats an animal with force in the face and the cat is supposed to be HAPPY about that?? Clearly it is apparent to me that some posters on here know nothing about animals and are coming from a place of ignorance so I am not angry with them. Animals biting and other things is in many cases is a direct cause of human stupidity. Let me take my hands and rub them all in a humans face over and over and see how long you take it before clocking somebody. I truly find some of these posts to be offensive in nature. I don’t believe in cruelty whether that is human to human or human to animal.
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Agreed – animal cruelty is wrong!
    Mike Berlay
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Brandon, it is great to share about something you love. So keep doing that. Check out my cat. Lesson here is: Be creative and people will see you. http://youtu.be/xy00L41A4DQ I have another one we can name as: Some money for rainy day. LOL
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Haha nice Mike! That video has a ton of views! Nice!
    john milliken
    Replied over 6 years ago
    love it! this could be the best blog of 2013 on BP #3 looks like my cat. #4 thats what that kid gets for slapping a cat. #5 my cat is currently doing that on my keyboard,lol!
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Thanks John – It was definitely my favorite post I’ve written this year! 🙂
    john milliken
    Replied over 6 years ago
    love it! this could be the best blog of 2013 on BP #3 looks like my cat. #4 thats what that kid gets for slapping a cat. #5 my cat is currently doing that on my keyboard,lol! Reply Report comment
    Brett
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Hey Brandon, You seem like a cool guy, but because of what the pictures illustrate… you can not rent any of my units! 🙂 Hey, I really I wish I could go with Jeromie and co. to the meetup on Wednesday, but alas I’m working out of town. Come back to St. Paul soon! Brett
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Hahaha I have clean cats! And too bad on the Meetup – it was a blast!
    Melodee Lucido
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Love it, love it, love it!! Freeeeeakin hilarious! And helpful. Thanks Brandon : >
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Thanks Melodee!
    Kenny Estes
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Me and my two cats approve this message.
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Good, Kenny! I was worried your cats would be offended! 😉
    Kenny Estes
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Me and my two cats approve this message.
    Kenny Estes
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Me and my two cats approve this message. Reply Report comment
    Kenny Estes
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Me and my two cats approve this message. Reply Report comment
    Steve Johnson
    Replied over 6 years ago
    As a cat-guy I can appreciate this article. And I do always enjoy the banter on about every podcast about one of you liking cats and the other being repulsed it walks in its own poop and then on your face to wake you up.
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Hahaha thanks Steve. But my cat’s are cleaner than Josh knows!
    Karen Rittenhouse
    Replied over 6 years ago
    The last one: However, for the loved ones in our life, it IS work and it’s taking time away from them. We need to take more time to stop and smell the roses (and celebrate the victories). Cat person, huh?
    tom
    Replied over 6 years ago
    This is so true, most people focus on things that don’t even matter. Entrepreneurship is all about your lifestyle, not about your money. 🙂 Being an entrepreneur rocks! I love cats, these pictures are so funny. 🙂