(GYSS #23): The Top 10 Life-Changing Lessons I Learned From 2014
Okay I was pretty nervous to do this episode! I think you’ll really like it though. Here are the three takeaways:
- Honest self reflection is key to success in life.
- My story…many of you have emailed me asking for more about my story. I did my best to give it in this episode!
- Find one lesson that relates to you and apply it. Or share one of your lessons from 2014 in the comments below.
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Lesson #1: It’s okay to quit
Click To Tweet: “If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs.”
– Tony Gaskin
Takeaway: It’s okay to use a job or opportunity as a stepping stone.
Lesson #2: You learn the most about starting a business by doing exactly that: starting a business
Takeaway: No one starts out perfect, but every successful person has to start from somewhere. Whether it’s a business, blog or podcast…just start it. You’ll learn more by doing than you ever could by reading and listening about it.
Lesson #3: Embrace failures…and own up to them
Click To Tweet: “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
– Michael Jordan
Takeaway: Everyone fails. People oftentimes like hearing about a person’s failures more so than their successes because you can learn more from failures. Embrace your failures, learn from them and analyze your successes as close as you do your failures.
Lesson #4: Helping others without any expectation in return actually pays off
Click To Tweet: “Help someone today. Don’t talk about it. Don’t expect anything in return, just do it.”
– One of my quotes
Takeaway: Don’t burn bridges. You never know when your path might require you to cross them again.
Lesson #5: I can’t succeed at the level I want to without the help of others
Click To Tweet: “It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.”
– Lena Horne
Takeaway: Asking for help is just as important as giving help. Do both.
Lesson #6: The 80/20 rule – focus on the top 10-20% of tasks that will drive 80-90% of your successes
Click To Tweet: “Massive elimination is the most important step and the most neglected step for entrepreneurs.”
– Tim Ferriss
Takeaway: Apply the 80/20 rule to as many aspects of your life as possible…and remember that what you don’t do is just as important as what you do.
Lesson #7: Productivity increases 10-fold when you know “why” you want to be more productive
Click To Tweet: “You become the most productive when you don’t work on autopilot.”
– Chris Bailey, founder of A Life of Productivity
Takeaway: Productivity is not just about time and working more hours…it’s also about attention and energy.
Lesson #8: A consistent morning routine is essential for productivity and fulfillment
Takeaway: Live your life with intention. Wake up with a purpose.
Lesson #9: The impact of travel on my life
Click To Tweet: “If you want to take over the world, you better understand it first.”
Matt Wilson, co-founder of Under30CEO and Adventurer In Residence of Under30Experiences
Lesson #10: I don’t need the approval of everyone to be happy…just from the people that matter the most to me
Click To Tweet: “Become a millionaire not for the million dollars, but for what it will make of you in order to achieve it.”
– Jim Rohn
Takeaway: Spend time thinking about what makes you happy. What gives you butterflies? Write it down. Now surround yourself with people that share those same values.