It was a rollercoaster of a year.
I worked hard on something, then got disappointed. It happened over and over again.
I’m talking about 2017. Compared with my heartaches, my successes seemed rare and small.
A common saying from an unknown author is that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you look at things.
Perhaps. But I also believe at looking objectively at things and using our experiences to learn what to do next and how to move forward.
But maybe that’s my 90%.
I think, at the end of the day, what 2017 was about for me was change.
Life is filled with it. Sometimes it’s the big, beautiful, welcome gift we want; while sometimes it’s disguised in an ugly package, bringing with it hurt, tears, and disappointments.
Either way, the only time we can escape change is when we die because life is filled with it.
At the end of 2017, I decided to roll up my sleeves once more and get to work - at writing a book.
I thought it would be a shame to not share my learnings with others.
So here are the things I realized were helpful in proactively doing to help us deal effectively with changes in our personal and professional lives:
Build Skills - In good times or in bad, what you can do to add value to others’ lives matters. It’s can also help you have options to earn from.
Build Your Network - What they say is true - it matters whom you know. I get more business from people I already know than from random strangers who’ve just heard of me.
Mind Your Finances - You never know when you’re gonna need it so choose to save it.
Put Yourself First - Never take yourself for granted. Choose to care for yourself.
Work Your Butt Off - No one can ever fault you for working hard. It helps keep your reputation intact.
I expound more on each point in my upcoming book, ‘#Adulting: 5 Secrets to Embracing Change in Life & Career‘ which comes out in October. If you’d like to learn more, please kep an eye out for announcements under the ‘Services’ tab of this website!
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