The week leading up to the new year is a great time to reflect on 2015. This year’s journey has been filled with new and existing relationships, joyful experiences and plenty of mistakes, growth and learning. After examining my 2015 journey, here are a few take aways that will help guide the paint brush as I turn 2016’s blank canvas into a master piece:
- The most important relationship that we have is with our heavenly Father. Make a commitment to strengthen this relationship and all the rest will fall into place.
- As Coach John Wooden said, “Make friendship a fine art.” This goes for both family and friends. Give as much of yourself as you can to the relationships you have and always be on the lookout for new relationships.
- Surround yourself with people that can offer support and encouragement as well as push you and hold you accountable.
- Success is a journey, not a destination. What defines your journey is determined by your willingness to grow and learn.
- All successful people have a ‘growth’ mindset. They are dedicated to pushing themselves, they embrace challenges and they learn from mistakes.
- Successful people have power over their thoughts and they keep them positive and productive. As Marcus Aurelius said, “The happiness of your life, depends on the quality of your thoughts.”
Here are some of the lessons I have learned this year from some of the great businessmen of our time:
- Warren Buffett: Focus on creating an enduring competitive advantage. The wider the moat around your business, the farther you will go.
- Richard Branson: Think big, think simple, and think disruptive. Disrupting what the world perceives to be normal is an endless task.
- Mark Cuban: Work like there is someone working twenty-four hours a day to take it all away from you. There is no substitute for effort.
As I paint the picture for what 2016 is going to bring, it looks a little intimidating. All I can say to all of the wonderful relationships that will be sharing the journey with me is to buckle your seat belt… it’s going to be one hell of a ride!