Here’s a clip from an excellent post on OnStartup.com
Take everything given to you and make something better.
Society is all about evolution, especially in technology and software. The greatest technologies take the fundamentals of what already exists in some form, but improves them with the new pieces that have evolved. I wrote about this earlier in a piece called “Build What Was Previously Not Possible.” As an entrepreneur you will continually find new tools and innovations brought forth by other entrepreneurs. Take every single relevant thing you can find and bake it in to your product to make something better. For some that might be mobile, social, local,etc. Always ask yourself: “Am I using all the resources that are available and making something better?” We literally get nowhere with complacency, but get everywhere with advancement. Dont change the game, evolve the game.
Work Before Glory
The best entrepreneurs are humble and dont really care about the glory. One of the things that Dharmesh has taught me over the past few months is to keep a level head and be humble. Dont worry about the next press article that comes out about your company. Eventually there will be too many of them that it wont matter. It should be about the work you produce instead of the side benefit of glory. Your work will live on forever, but the glory will fade away when the next acquisition or rumor pops up. Legends are products of their work, NOT their glory.
Do what they say you cant
The competitive nature of entrepreneurship is a fun one. Many people will tell you that it cant be done or that it is too crazy. They will tell you that a better X cant be built or you wont be able to accomplish a small goal like fundraising or hiring. The people telling you this might not even be strangers, but close friends and family members. The only way to prove them wrong is to do it.