This year was full of life lessons. That’s one of the best perks of making so many changes and getting out of your comfort zone.
In no particular order, here are 10 lessons I learned this year.
- Time will always keep moving forward – You must learn from the past, but not live in it. You cannot change it, so live for the present and plan for the future.
- Do not suck at email – Respond quickly and get to the point when you are sending email. Remember that everyone else is busy too.
- Ask for help – As an entrepreneur help from others is critical to my success, but it can be difficult for me to ask. I never want to impose. However, I am learning that people liked to be asked for help and looked at as an expert.
- Think before you speak – I am pretty opinionated and independent so I am trying to think about the person I am speaking to when voicing my opinion.
- Follow your passion – This year I left a full time job to start a property management software company with my fiance. It’s a been a wild ride so far, but I’ve enjoyed every minute!
- Learn to say no – You cannot be everything to everyone. Decide if you really want to say yes before you do.
- Prioritize – There is always something else to do in a new company. Do the thing that is most important and will get you more customers before anything else.
- Make a “must do” list when you get overwhelmed – It helps me to have a list of 3-5 items that I must complete everyday. If I can complete these items, I know I have accomplished what I need to. I can then start on the next day’s activities or decide if it’s time for a break.
- Reach out to your community – This is closely related to #3, but it’s more about getting involved in your community. Join Meetup groups, hang out in coffee shops or just talk to people. This will make #3 a lot easier when you need it.
- Have fun – Take time to enjoy life. It’s too short not to!
What lessons did you learn in 2010?
For more information about the Top Ten December Challenge, check out Jade’s blog, Now That I’m No Longer 25.