Who doesn't love year-end recaps combined with simple listicles? Irresistable!
1. Find your team.
At the outset of 2016, I had no real dream or direction. As I write this, I have dreams that have dreams; all charted by either abstract goals and mile-markers in my head or concrete ones on the whiteboard in this office. This is success according to my personal definition: in service to a vision bigger than little old me!
None of this would have been possible without my exceptional partners and friends: Max and Zach. Louis, my oldest brother, gave me some pretty sage advice some years ago:
I never really set out to accomplish this and didn't really notice that it had happened until the effects were already setting in. By working with people who complement my skill set, our organization overall improves! I am very fortunate to know such brazen and courageous doers.
2. If you want to play the capitalism game, follow the #1 rule.
This is probably a no-brainer for almost anyone with a classical education in business or economics. For me, it was a revelation since I "grew up" through a failed academic career. In capitalism, in order to have value you must create value.
These blogs are an explicit attempt on our part to create value. The articles we write all come from our learning experiences on the firing line of capitalism. I typically Google my problems and patch solution attempts together from whatever results turn up. It's valuable to contribution to that pool of potential solutions.
3. Keep learnin'.
This is just generally a good rule in life overall. It helps plenty in business as well. I don't think I have to construct a pro-education argument. I would like to advise that self-teaching is very doable. With the internet, there is no actual reason why you can't learn anything that someone in any 4 year college can.
4. Be confident.
You! Yeah, you. You rule. You have all those skills you worked very hard for. You can refine them. You can totally get that client or goal you've always wanted.
In the moment, reject ALL POSSIBILITY of failure. When failure happens, ACCEPT IT IMMEDIATELY, then perform a postmortem and MOVE ON.