I know this article came a bit late, but better later than never, right?
This past year was a big one with a lot of action, good and bad things and I learned a lot from all of them. Here is a list of the 6 most important of them.
- Giving > Receiving
Who doesn’t like to receive things please lift your hand up high. Hmmm… what a dumb thing to say, right? We all like to get stuff. That is exactly why we need to give away too, not just receive. I learned this lesson while I was helping someone with some feedback for a project they were working on. While I was ‘giving away’ my time and ideas, the receiving instantly kicked in and in return I got a few ideas for some personal projects of mine. So, do you want to receive more? Give more! More advice, more free stuff, more money, anything you give will be returned ten times more.
- Debt kills creativity
While some aren’t bothered by being in debt, for me it was a very stressful period. Some of you will say: ‘being in debt will force you to find creative ideas to make more money to pay it faster’. In a way that is true, but what kills the creativity is the thought that the result from your efforts and hard work will go to someone else. To eliminate the baggage that debt brings along, I adopted a ‘no debt mentality’ which what you will do if you want a stress free life.
- Money in NOT a good motivator
I will repeat the same exercise and ask you: who doesn’t want money, raise your hand. I know your answer already. Yes, having money means more possibilities and it can help you achieve bigger things. But, and there is a big BUT, money shouldn’t be what drives you to create and work. Finding something to motivate you is very important and if you choose money you will be in for a big surprise when you release a new product and it doesn’t produce the financial end result you hoped for. Find a motivator that makes you work because you like what you do, not because of the end goal, because you can’t control it. What you can control is the desire to create.
- If it causes stress, eliminate it!
I don’t think there is anything I could add to reinforce this statement. It is a thing you just have to do if you want to wake up everyday and feel awesome.
- Follow your passion
Have you noticed that people who follow their passion are happy people? They are always smiling, they are more generous and you feel like you could talk to them forever because they motivate you with everything they say. When I had to to work a day job I felt like I am stuck even though I was working in a creation department. Ditch the things that keep you from following you passion and start doing what you love.
- Sometimes a bad thing is a good thing
For you might be something else but for me it was the 8 months I had to be an employee. It was an interesting experience, but most of the time I used to dedicate to design was now allocated to going to and back from the job and the actual time spent in the office. That made me appreciate more the time I was wasting by being lazy or procrastinating. If I were to choose the biggest lesson, this one would be it.
This concludes the throwback in 2014. Share in the comments something you learned in the past year and that way maybe we can all learn from it. Thanks for reading so far!