That lesson is just as pertinent today, especially in light of our performance overall during the past year, and begs the question, just what did I learn from the events of the last year?
Honest reflection and meditation and prayer narrowed, and distilled the lessons taken from the previous year to the top ten that I’ve listed here.
Lesson #1: Being an agent of change provides no immunity from it’s effects. We are all operating in a constant state of “Future Shock” as change encroaches into every aspect of being and body. Nothing is as it was.
Lesson #2: Even if you think you’ve figured out a market, and business model, the market is evolving so rapidly, that what you think you know, and may have in fact actually known, no longer applies in the same way.
Lesson #3: Being right isn’t as important as being Kind and gentle.
Lesson #4: Training employees is expensive, especially their mistakes. Eagerness, assertiveness, and honesty may be inherent, and instantaneously exhibited, competence takes time, experience, training and patience to acquire.
Lesson #5: Externalities may undo the best of plans and performance, requiring reevaluation of your entire model. Evolutions in how our products and services are viewed, valued, distributed and used are coming ever faster, and from directions not necessarily anticipated.
Lesson #6: Just because you’ve fallen flat on your face many times before, doesn’t mean you won’t find yourself picking yourself up once again.
Lesson #7: You find out who your friends are not when you’re flying high, but when you’re face down on the mat, nose bloodied and trying to get up.
Lesson #8: A termite swarm in the bedroom can re-prioritize your time and entire household for months.
Lesson #9: Don’t take your health for granted. Being ill is expensive, disruptive and uncomfortable.
Lesson #10: Remember rock #2, Success is the Journey, Not a destination. Enjoy the day and what it brings. This too will pass and without the lean times, you wouldn’t appreciate the fat.