When you’re busy it’s easy to rush through life without fully internalizing the present or recent past. At the end of 2012 I wrote a post called What I learned in 2012. I found it extremely helpful in internalizing my experiences so I’m going to write one every half year. Hopefully you find it helpful as well.
- Everything takes longer than you think. But if you’re hustling, as time goes by, everything gets easier.
- Be patient. I have plenty of time and opportunities ahead of me to create value. Find balance between short and long-term thinking. No need to force anything less than ideal despite my intense drive.
- A bunch of practical stuff on business development and enterprise sales including customer relationship management, pipeline management, and sales process that I won’t go into here.
- The importance of managing team expectations and having teammates that share the same goals.
- A workflow and productivity system that helps me do more better faster, avoid mistakes and forgetting about things, and reduce stress.
- The best way to meet awesome people is to be awesome and do awesome stuff. There’s simply no need for awesome people to meet you if you’re not awesome. Conversely, if you’re awesome, people will be eager to meet you. (not saying I’m awesome by the way
- How to manage my mind and body to maximize energy and efficiency and minimize fatigue.
- A ton of stuff about customer development and product that I won’t go into here. I’ve been blogging about it recently though.
- How the venture capital business really works. What skills, knowledge and relationships are required. What the day to day is like.
- A lot about evaluating new business and investment opportunities. Having considered and explored several different opportunities within Casual Corp and met with countless entrepreneurs and investors.
- Don’t compare myself to anyone else. Just myself. Make decisions and execute based on myself.
- Everything is at least a little bit hard or sucky in one way or another. There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Pick what you can tolerate, deal with it, and execute. Being passionate about what you’re spending most of your time on helps a lot too.
- Not asking for what you want is a helpless feeling. It actually gives me anxiety. Ask. Asking and getting rejected is better than not asking. The result is essentially the same…at least when you ask you have a chance.
- Be proactive about creating opportunities for yourself. Manufacture serendipity.
- Decision making power does not necessarily mean best decision making ability. But that’s the way it is. Deal with it.
A bunch of other stuff is either less significant, so I won’t list it, or I’ve fully internalized and am no longer conscious of it.