I always enjoy the New Year. By nature I am an optimist and I always expect that the new year will only bring positive things. Part of my optimism is based on a proven belief that any bump in the road ahead is just a learning opportunity and the only real problems are health problems. Everything else can be dealt with and the older one gets the easier it is to handle the bumps.
If you live an active life filled with meaningful activities, you have the constant opportunity to learn how to handle new problems. Of course the "new" problems get fewer and fewer as you get older. Even if you have not seen the problem before, you usually have a well developed set of problem solving techniques to use.
A few thoughts on what I learned in 2009:
- Hire world class people, but the most important ingredient is way above average intelligence. I have always known this fact, but in 2009 I worked with a great client that only hires the very best
- It's all about networking. This year I spent more time networking online and in person than probably any other year. I met some terrific people who now enrich my life. Some may even refer some business.
- Writing has greatly helped me to understand many things about myself and other topics. Looking back I wish I had started writing 30 years ago.
- Just be nice. This year I helped a lot of people, some of whom I did not know, without any expectation of a benefit to me. Perhaps teaching has just made me a nicer guy. Perhaps old dogs can learn new tricks.
- Teaching continues to be the most fun I have. Being a showman was confirmed by a good friend as an acceptable teaching technique. I always had wondered if I was having too much fun teaching.
- I always say this, but the basic principles in the Bible, Koran, Talmud or Buddhism are all one needs--to live life, manage a business or be happy.
My goals for 2010:
- Try doing stand up comedy. Opportunities would be most welcome, but I think I need an adult audience
- Get my book on growing your business published. Introductions to publishers welcome. (The book is days away from being finished and ready for some people to review the draft.)
- Get Bold Thinking really off the ground and through it develop nationwide speaking opportunities and workshops
- And my goal every year...find a way to live in Paris and still make a decent living
Happy New Year and thanks for reading Sophisticated Finance.
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