2014 taught me a lot. It taught me how to fail, it taught me how to succeed. It taught me that I can take nothing, turn it into something, and have everyone in a community wanting more. There are some things that I will carry over from 2014, but there are some things that I won’t.
If you’ll stick with me for the next few minutes, I’m going to do a bit of “group therapy” and share with you what I’ve learned and what I will and won’t do this year. Maybe this will help you become a better creative, a better entrepreneur, and possibly a better person.
My thoughts are obviously very subjective to my brain and won’t work for everyone (this is my disclaimer).
So here we go:
Things I’ve Learned in 2014:
- Ignore The Real World.
- The Real World isn’t a place, it’s an excuse.
- Failure isn’t a prerequisite for success.
- Planning sometimes doesn’t work. Plans, in the grand scheme of things are really just horrible guesses.
- Plans are usually inconsistent with improvisation (which is how most of us function).
- Meetings kill me and usually result in extra caffeine intake and more meetings.
- Contrasting statement: You can’t get around some meetings, but most of them can happen via email, text or a simple phone call. Taking 45min out of your day to do something you can read in 5min will kill you. (It does me at least)
- Little is more.
- (Quote from my favorite book) “Working without a plan may seem scary. But blindly following a plan that has no relationship with reality is even scarier.”
- Being “sold out” for the cause or company is way more important than your opinion.
- If you don’t show up, your opinion doesn’t matter.
- “Working” until 4AM every night doesn’t mean you’re actually getting things done. It means you aren’t working smart enough.
- If you can’t get behind the leadership, you can’t stay with the company.
- Consulting anyone other than the person in charge results in broken hope and tension. Go straight for the top.
- Romanticizing ideas is way different than following through.
- There is never an excuse for fast food (can I get an Amen?!?)
- The majority of American Companies payroll is going towards employee’s on Facebook.
- To follow the above statement, there is no room for Facebook except after 9P and only for about 5-10min.
Things I Will Do In 2015:
- Just do it.
- Action is way louder than a plan or meetings. I’m simply just going to do it.
- I’m going to focus on the daily. The big picture is great and so are goals, but getting caught in romanticizing the future without daily steps will result in going nowhere.
- I will go to sleep.
- Self-Employment is hard. For someone who doesn’t work specifically in an 9-5p time slot or within an organization, discipline is “essential.” I will do the hard stuff first. (This is going to be hard)
- I will do something everyday that A) I don’t want to, B) That will challenge me.
- I will continue to eat right. Food really is the fuel of your body. Treating it like junk and feeding it things that weigh you down will only leave you less productive than if you took 30min to make something fresh.
- Exercise is essential. Wake up at 6AM and get moving!
- I’m going to learn to be a more realistic thinker.
These are just some of my favorite thoughts I jotted down while journeying through 2014. Hopefully these make sense, I would love to hear your feedback on what you will and won’t do in 2015! Comment below!