Powerful Lessons We Learn Too Late

thEven if you have a half-baked idea, just start.—I really mean it, just do it anyway. Do something right now that your future self will thank you for. Trust me, tomorrow you’ll be happy you started today. Be proactive.

Do the best you can with what you have in this moment; because that is all you can ever expect of anyone, including yourself. I remember a time when I was so inexperienced the only thing I could do was to take a chance and make a move. Those early years were some of my most creative. Inexperience removes the fear element that experience teaches us. If I were to assemble the perfect team it would be a combination of diverse talents made up of Boomers, Millennials and GenXers. There is power in pure momentum. Assemble a diverse team of thinkers and doers and you have gold. You can’t teach someone to have passion.

Don’t miss the moment– New research shows that humans aren’t as good at multi-tasking (doing several things at once). Be present in the moment for those around you and for yourself. I used to think that the harder I worked the more productive I would be. The opposite is true. Give yourself 5 minutes to step away from all of the gadgets and distractions and focus on the task at hand whether executing a project at work or a friend you are spending time with.  Slow down and BE truly present in the moment.

Fight for what’s right. —Fight for what you believe in. Fight for what’s important to you. Fight for the people that support and believe in you. You know who they are. Your champions, your cheerleaders.

Sacrifices you make today will pay dividends in the future. – Achievement takes time and commitment – I am always asking myself, “Am I willing to live a few years of my life like many people won’t?” Some things aren’t worth the sacrifice but others are. I will never put work or career over family and relationships. It’s the one thing you are never supposed to tell an employer or boss, but we all universally want a balanced life.

Once you know better you do better. So go ahead and FAIL. Failure is one of life’s best lessons. As I progress in my career, I have heard slogans such as “failure is not an option.” But failure happens to all of us. Sometimes it’s the only option.

Failure is apart of the journey to success. It is a stepping stone to greater possibilities and one of life’s greatest teaching experiences that we all share. Embrace failure and learn from it.

I have tasted failure and still remain hopeful because it was a lesson learned. The past is done and over. Learn from it and move on.

Learn to stop seeking the approval of others. The successful entrepreneurs that I know all have one thing in common; they make decisions quickly without seeking approval of others. They make mistakes and forget them quickly. So the lesson I learned from these leaders is to know yourself, your strengths, limitations and then look confidently into the eyes of the people around you and connect with them.

A person’s actions speak the truth. – People will say a lot of things to gain your confidence. I am so tired of hearing the phrase “perception is everything.” Maybe it is, but I see right through perception. Eventually, people will show you who they are. Their actions will tell you all you need to know.

Persevere. The strong remain undefeated. —You may think you are the only one who has made mistakes but you’re not. We all get knocked around. Just keep breathing, thinking, struggling to overcome challenges in the pursuit of the things you love.

So there you have it. That’s my 2 cents worth. It would be great to hear from you. Feel free to write a comment or add your own advice below: (or just say hello)

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