It’s impossible to remember all the things we learned in the past year at once, I know. I sat down to write this post and was initially excited to reminisce and then quickly became frustrated as I started drawing blanks. Obviously I need to write down what I learn as I go, and bookmark cool things I discover more often.
First lesson of 2013 comes a day early — share lessons and cool finds more often.
Married life is worth the investment of your heart and your time — and especially worth the sacrifice of your selfishness and ego.
Kids are born who they are. Parents can guide and teach, but the concept of a blank slate is false.
Parents who focus on academics but not morality are simply raising smarter devils. Thank you, C.S. Lewis
Always surround yourself with people who love you enough to be honest with you.
You may want to stop being friendly with people who say hurtful things then cover with ‘just kidding.’ Or who tell you to relax (grrrr). Life is too precious to surround yourself with fools.
Those who complain of all the drama going on probably secretly thrive off of causing/stirring/watching it. Avoid them.
The saying, “God doesn’t give you what you can’t handle’ is really bad theology.
If your intentions are pure and your results are harmful, it’s not a good decision.
Reading people that I disagreed with helps me to both understand where they are coming from and flesh out my own viewpoints in the face of opposition.
Work & Entrepreneurship-
The future requires an entrepreneurial mindset.
Sometimes quitting is the smartest thing to do. Knowing when and why to quit are crucial. (In the wise words of Kenny Rogers, “Know when to walk away, know when to run”).
Using corporate speak to ‘smooth over’ difficult work discussions is awkward for everyone involved.
It is good to forgive others in life. In business, when hit, it’s often necessary to punch back twice as hard. Otherwise you may be hit again.
Venture backed start-ups are often started by guys for a reason. Penelope has a point.
Funded start ups are a race to build and sell. It is always safer and better for your family to bootstrap a business for the long term.
Sometimes no amount of money is worth ending up as a Facebook acqui-hire in 5 years.
Digital Tools & Cool Finds-
I will never clean out my inbox and I’ve made peace with this. In fact, all you super-responsive email responders are ruining it for the rest of us. Heh.
Email that is replied to a week late is sometimes most important. Gut check your email assumptions.
I met Derek a few years ago when he spoke at a great conference in Chicago. Derek has my favorite new podcast of 2012- Social Triggers. Go check it out.
Basecamp allows me to run multiple team projects easily. It is a miraculous feat of simplicity in the face of web apps with overloaded features.
Ifttt makes us all digital ninjas.
Zapier is IFTTT for businesses and it has a revenue model from launch.
I’m not adding anything to this post about my time in Africa this year. I want to share more of that trip and the lessons learned in video and pictures. It’s on my list of what I want to share with you in 2013!
I asked on Facebook about what lessons you have learned in 2012. Here are some of the lessons shared-
A big thanks to all the friends who shared their lessons.
Now it’s your turn to share something you learned in 2012. We’d love to hear from you. What did you learn this year?