At the beginning of every year, I like to make a list of lessons I learned in the previous year. I go back, look at my goals from the previous year, see if I hit those goals or not, think about if I want to still go after the ones I didn’t hit, and set new goals for the year.
I also acknowledge the good things that happened in the previous year. It’s easy to look back at a year and feel like it just flew by, but once I actually review what happened throughout the year, the progress becomes really clear. I usually make a lot more progress than I thought.
In 2018, I worked a lot on my business, visited three countries outside the US, I took an acting class and performed two scenes, grew a new business from start-up that will generate over $1,000,000 this year, and more. I’ve also seen hundreds of people in my program start businesses, allowing me to see what works for people and what doesn’t.
I’m going to cover some of the eighteen lessons I learned in 2018 today, and more in the next episode. Let’s begin:
1. Growth is about leadership. If you’re looking to grow a business where you help people solve problems, your job is to become a leader.
2. Distractions are systematic. If you need to shift your attention to production instead of consumption, you have to remove anything that’s going to distract you.
3. Saying “this is what I signed up for.” For example, if I come up short and lose money on ads, I don’t get too stressed. I just say, “this is what I signed up for.” It makes me move past the difficulty and focus on the next step.
4. You are entitled to your work, not the spoils of your work. The world doesn’t owe you anything, your work doesn’t owe you anything, and you should do your work for work’s sake. That doesn’t mean to do busy work that doesn’t produce results, but it means do the things that produce results and have faith that they will pay off.
Tune in to the next episode to hear more of the lessons I learned in 2018!
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