Special Episode: Penaisms


Special Episode: Penaism

Want a piece of Dan’s advice? Then Penaisms are just right for you! Listen very closely to this audio-only episode and surely you’ll pick up something that can help you take the Quantum Leap in life and in business!



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3 Responses

  1. Silviu says:

    Thank you for such valuable wisdom Dan. I will from today start reading the 116 Penanisms everyday to make sure they are embedded in my brain.

  2. Richard says:

    I haven’t followed your teachings for long but you can’t imagine the quantum leap I’m making right now. I had been an avid reader of motivational books. None has made such an impact on me. Those books should be banned! Too much crap and fairytales!! Lol

    Thank you Mr Pena.

  3. Matt H says:

    I decided to type these all out and hang them on my wall.
    CHeers Dan! Thanks for the timeless wisdom.


    1. Tough times don’t last, tough people do.
    2. Don’t waste time on things you can’t change.
    3. When you deal with the opinionated or egotistical, always give credit where credit isn’t due.
    4. Business interactions start and end with people; the interaction of flesh and blood, bone and sinew, heart and mind, emotion and soul.
    5. Dream big, think big, BE big. = Take big actions.
    6. Dream big, and dare to fail.
    7. The more you investigate, the less you have to invest.
    8. Never ever second guess myself.
    9. Cash only prolongs death, it doesn’t avoid it.
    10. I’ve never seen a part-time, super-successful person.
    11. A deal has to sound good before it is good.
    12. During quantum growth, any problem I solve will be replaced immediately by a larger, more complicated problem.
    13. Every party to every negotiation has a comfort zone. The effective negotiator is the one who can define the boundaries of that other party’s comfort zone, and place the deal inside the boundary of that zone nearest his own interest.
    14. Stick to my knitting. To maximize the return on invested capital, deploy my assets resources and capabilities in those areas wherein lie your expertise and experience.
    15. Man plans God laughs.
    16. I wont always have all the answers. Only take serious the advice of others whom I greatly respect.
    17. The consequences of a misguided decision are insignificant in the cosmos of eternity.
    18. Always shoot for the moon. Even if I don’t hit the bullseye, I’ll at least get 80%
    19. Always always always pay myself and my employees first, through all economic cycles.
    20. Always plan for success, with no backup plans, no ripcords, no failsafes, or you will fail.
    21. Mgmt performance sins will always be forgiven during periods of rapidly increasing revenue.
    22. Learn to play bad golf well.
    23. Become more disciplined. The pain of discipline hurts far worse than the pain of regret.
    24. Hunger makes beasts of men, and demons of beasts.
    25. Everybody else is worried about life after death, my concern is about life before death.
    26. The business world is divided into people w great ideas and people who take action on those ideas.
    27. If I want things to change, first I have to change.
    28. A man who dwells on his past, robs his future.
    29. There’s a big difference between playing to win and playing not to lose.
    30. The difference between a failure and a high performance individual is how each deals w fear. We are all afraid. A high performance person uses fear to galvanize his actions.
    31. Ignorance is a steep hill with jagged rocks at the bottom.
    32. The only difference between a chump and a champ is you
    33. To succeed in business you must do more than take a step in the right direction. You must take a quantum leap.
    34. A good plan executed today is better than a GREAT plan executed tomorrow.
    35. In order to really succeed in business I must have outside advisors. These must be trusted advisors, professionals at my acctg and law firms with who I have a very special relationship. These advisors become my “moles” in their own organizations, more loyal to me than their employer. Motivated, ambitious, aggressive and bright, but not as bright as he or she thinks.
    36. You can;t win at poker with scared money. It gives off a stench that is repugnant to the other side. If you’re going to play, leave my money at home and play with OPM.
    37. The fulfillment of my dream is directly proportional to how much I want to succeed, and how much I’m willing to sacrifice. If I’m not prepared to die, then I’m not prepared to live.
    38. When I get rid of someone, never give them a hook to get back in. Always make a clean, irrevocable break when I sever business relationships.
    39. Quantum leaps to success means fishing with nets, not just line.
    40. To achieve hyper growth, avert avoidable mistakes, and let my successes run their course. Do more of what I’m doing right, and less of what I’m doing wrong.
    41. I’ll always need a reason to overlook the obvious.
    42. Never underestimate how wrong I can be. Even the most careful planning can be overtaken by external events and cirumstances.
    43. Always maintain my personal relationship upon the same plane on which is was formed. True friends will rejoice oin my professional successes. Allow them to rejoice and celebrate with me. Never reassess their personal and professional lives in terms of my own.
    44. My most valuable natural asset is my own gut instinct. Never be afraid of it. My instinct has more power than all the conventional wisdom in the world
    45. Business opportunities abound, but formidable barriers exist. The biggest barrier is psychological. It is me.
    46. My greatest idea born out of revolutionary thinking and passion will die of indifference, apathy, and the cancer of low expectations.
    47. Conventional wisdom is almost always wrong.
    48. Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Just because something has not been done does not mean it cannot be done.
    49. Every worthy dream has a pay-it-price to action. This means I must give up something to get something. I cannot have it all.
    50. You got to know when to hold em and know when to fold em. Listen to my staff, listen to my gut, and take action.
    51. I never met a super high performance person who wasn’t enthusiastic.
    52. The best way to predict the future is to create it.
    53. A deal is either hot or it is not.
    54. You don’t have to know how you’re going to get there but you do need to know where you wanna go.
    55. If you have no destination, wherever you end up will be acceptable.
    56. It costs nothing to aim high, but if you aim at nothing, you’ll hit anything.

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