People ask for my advice a lot. Sometimes I have an answer, most of the time I only have an opinion. The past year has been a hectic, crazy, and adventure filled journey that has, I believe, shaped my future. Looking forward to 2012, I don’t really know what’s going to happen in a lot of aspects of my life – but I truly look forward to the path set in front of me. I have learned a lot of great things, but I have also learned a few hard lessons that may have hurt my ego. Regardless, I believe after this year I truly have the key to success and I’m hoping that 2012 will bring me the door.
I am smarter. Thanks to a few kind people who have given me the right tools and information, I truly believe that this year made me a more intelligent, level-headed person. I have a new outlook on business, on profession, and I am keen to use this knowledge to my full advantage. My thoughts are no longer fluffy, they are precise and always have a goal in mind. I have learned how to take the tools (social platforms and avenues) and apply them to traditional business. This is probably what I am most proud of because I don’t feel that I ever had this as one of my strengths before. I would look at something and think it was cool – don’t get me wrong, I saw potential – but now I can look at something objectively and decide if it really is a wise business decision instead of a cool new idea.
I am open to others teachings. Needless to say, I have always had a problem with authority to some extent. My opinion was usually the only one that mattered in my head, and I no longer have this weakness. I have truly developed an open-mind and empathy to others. I have learned that I can learn from people. You see, my whole life I thought it better to go and learn on my own than to listen to people’s advice, I guess you can call this a trust issue. That wall has been broken. I now see how much I stand to learn from someone’s experience and guidance – and my arms and mind are wide open for the teaching.
I have learned to say ‘No’. Sometimes, I can’t be everything to everybody – but I sure as hell tried to be. I have learned to be the master of one thing at a time rather than the doer of all half-assedly. It provides better outcomes and outputs for me. Sometimes prioritizing makes your work better, and when you have a full workload it’s definitely better to have ‘No’ in your vocabulary when someone comes along and tries to add to it.
This year has not been an easy one for me, I have struggled with a lot of things – mostly personal issues. I now know how far I can stretch a dollar when I have to (and I really don’t want to have to anymore). I have dealt with loss – the passing of one of my coworkers, a mentor and a friend. I have been to two funerals and not a single wedding. I have lost friends, but I have also gained some. I started a blog where I can air my grievances and share my successes. I jumped on Twitter and made some really great and powerful connections. When life beats me down, I never hesitate to stumble to my feet, and I am proud of myself for that. Here’s looking forward to a new year and new possibilities.
Please know, I do realize there is still a couple weeks left in 2011 – I was just inspired to write this post for some reason.