2016. What a year it’s been.
This is my final post for the year and as the year draws closer to an end I thought I would share my top 5 biggest lessons learnt this year.
Don’t just dream it, do it
I know a lot of people say this but I really had been wanting to start my blog for a while now but I was scared and always managed to convince myself not to do it. And this year I did it. It may not seem like a big deal to many but to me it was. I have so many more plans and ventures that I plan to do and I’ve told myself that from now on it’s not enough to live only through my thoughts. My actions need to speak louder.
Invest in yourself first
I’ve had to reassess my priorities this year and through that I’ve learnt that I need to be my own biggest investor. This means my time, my energy, my money everything. It’s about choosing if I want to party or sleep or rather spend that time doing something that will benefit me. Don’t get me wrong I have my fair share of fun but I need to prioritize what is more important and beneficial to me and put that first.
Don’t be afraid to fail
I attended the Cosmopolitan NexGen Women StartUps event a few weeks ago and there were a lot of speakers who shared their entrepreneurial journeys with the guests. All of them had a failure before the success came. And some were even still going through their failures or trying to figure out what’s next. The point is not that you can’t succeed without failing, it’s that failure doesn’t mean it’s the end of your journey. It’s a scary thought and I’ve always been too scared to take ‘leaps of faith” so to speak but I’ve been fortunate enough to meet a lot of strong successful women this year who’ve taught me that it’s okay for things to not be okay.
Learn from others
You can read all the books on everything in the world and Google your ass off but getting that firsthand teaching from people that have been through what you are going through or where you wanna go is invaluable. Always Ask. You don’t know everything and never will. We are surrounded by a wealth of knowledge in the form of people so learn from them. Ask them.
I’m gonna summarize this one in a quote:
“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing it’s best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting”
e. e. cummings
I’d love to hear from you so please share in the comments section some of the biggest lessons you’ve learnt in 2016.
I wish you all a wonderful festive season and a happy New Year.
Here’s to an awesome 2016 and an even better 2017!!!