5 Lessons I’ve Learned This Year

[photo taken from theberry.com]
In my notepad so far…
  1. Billionaires and Fortune 500 companies are getting younger (Google, Facebook to name 2). Successful companies are those that listen to its young(er) voices, not those that admonishes it.  Refuse to change then die.  Even giants fall. Remember KODAK‘s lesson. Memorize it. Then don’t do what they did.
  2. Excess friends are phantom friends. Good friends roll up their sleeves and ask, “What do you need?” even when you don’t need anything; the other kind couldn’t be bothered to say hello even when you are at death’s door . Get rid of these hangers-on. They are phantoms that eat up your time, energy and facebook wallfeed space. You won’t miss them when they are gone. This is not a theory.
  3. When someone says, “It’s what’s best for everybody,” he means it’s what’s best for me. It’s the same as saying I’m in charge so it’s my decision, just politer. The subtext is, I want to do what I have made up my mind to do and nothing you say or do can make me change it. It’s not selfishness, at least for some people it is not intentionally selfish. But it does mean that you don’t figure in the decision-making process. No amount of argument, paperwork, heart-to-heart talk, supporters or evidence will change it. You are not bound by past promises, history, relationship, hierarchy; you are bound only by and to your honor. If a person wants to be an island, let him. If a person wants to learn his own lessons, let him. Character counts. Be the kind of person you want your child to be.
  4. When a promise is made and your heart doubts it, listen. Weather changes. Mind changes. Feeling changes. Decision changes. Circumstance changes. People renege on their words.  They may believe it when they make it,  but if your heart doesn’t think they will make good on it, they probably won’t. When you listen, you cope better with the outcome. Doesn’t make it less awful, but you will not be as unprepared.
  5. Forcing the heart to heal when it is not ready will just tear it further. It is not a race, it is not a race, it is not a race. It will heal when it heals.

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