What I Learned in 2006
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edited December 2006 in Thought Leadership
When I was in college, I remember an insciption in the frieze above the entry to the Natural History building. It said, "He who knows not his own history is doomed to relive it."So, as 2006 starts to wind down, we at StartupNation thought it might be a good time for fellow StartupNation entrepreneurs to look back and refllect on some of the most important things you`ve learned--or have done--this year. Some of the things you learned or did you may want to bring to life in the year ahead. But others you might prefer to keep reserved for history.Something I learned this year? Though difficult for a gut-instinct entrepreneur, I learned that business strategies and tactics based on customer feedback are far more powerful than internally generated strategies and tactics not based on customer input. What a tough lesson (but a goodie)! Something else I learned? You can be a better entrepreneur as a "significant other" than as a bachelor - my work has been more steady, more directed, more intense, and more balanced as a result of great dinnertime conversations and the refreshment of a stimulating relationship.Another thing? The combined power of thousands of people can massively increase the power of one person. Just look around here...What have you learned in 2006?
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I learned to be more curious. To be geniuely interested in people. It sank in my OLD head that we are all in the human relations business, the people business. I continued on my path that believes ATTITUDE is everything. It it`s not what I want, I won`t say it. Words are previews of things to come. And I learned it is EASY for me to change.
I understand better this year that asking a lot of questions is a great thing. When I ask a lot of questions, I have an advantage. It sank in recently that people like to talk about their roots and their history. Once you get someone started with easy questions, they`ll usually find it easy to keep talking. Be curious.
I learned (and it is sticking in my mind) that I need to make everyone feel important. Always.
I learned that I actually do more for everyone I come into contact with when I do for me.
I learned the importance of ACTION. Take some kind of action every day on your most important goal. Small steps, over time, turn into giant leaps.
I learned that blogging is fun!
The short list:
5 weeks off my feet = huge shift in perspective
Co-host of an SMB-focused podcast series with over 1M downloads
Struck out on my own
If I had to boil all the highs & lows into 1 thing I learned, it would be this...
if you don`t believe in yourself, no one else will eitherchrisrue2006-12-12 12:43:16
What a great post! I have learned soooo much this year...it is hard to put it all into a simple post...I will try to cut it down to the main points:
1) I learned that absolutely anything is possible. I can become an executive director of my own non-profit, my son could ACTUALLY start getting better, and my life could generally start heading in a direction that FEELS RIGHT!!
2) Like Chris said, if I don`t believe in myself...no one else will either.
3) It is very difficult to move forward if you are holding onto the past!
4) People can and do change.
5) You can make some amazing and life long friends over the internet...without ever meeting face to face (thank you SuN).
6) Like my parents always told me as a child...I CAN be anything I want to be if I just work hard at it!
I am really looking forward to this next year! I can only imagine all the great things that I will get to do and learn and experience!
1) Listen to my gut. It never leads me astray. A
2) Take the time to hire those independent contractors and to do a test project with them before signing on for a significant amount of time.
3) Ask lots of questions about any contract and include my own interpretation and requirements before signing it.
4) When you see a potential business partnership, don`t be afraid to ask. Even if someone tells you no, it was worth at least asking.
5) Always budget 25% more than something is projected to cost.
6) Never give up. truegenius2006-12-19 15:3:40
My head actually only fits one hat at a time...no matter how many hats I may carry...I can only really wear just one at a time. (Not to mention...cloning is still technically illegal!)
Mommy hat = mommy time (this is a VERY big hat...includes buttons and safety pin decorations for nurse/doctor, chauffer, chef, monster fighter, artist, crime fighter, pony, punching bag, english teacher, math teacher, music teacher, singer, philosopher, etc. This hat DOES NOT include: engineering hat, wife hat, or nonprofit hat)
Wife hat = adult time (DOES NOT include mommy hat, engineering hat, or nonprofit hat)
Engineering hat = engineers time (Does occassionally include mommy/wife hat...have you ever worked with engineers)
Nonprofit hat = nonprofit time
Student hat = school time
You get the idea! I can multi-task better than most...but I am not giving my all if I am always doing 40 things at once! If I spread myself too thin...I am no good to anyone! And somewhere in there...there is a personal time hat...I don`t get to wear it often...but when I do...I try to make sure I go somewhere special so it is worth wearing!!!