What I learned last year…

Being short doesn't mean I'm not smart...

Being short doesn't mean I'm not smart…

The last year has been a bit random.  I did a lot of great things and neglected a lot of others.  When I broke my hip on January 2, 2014 it set up a chain of events that really had me a bit out of control in my life.

The real deviation from other times was that I didn’t really plan out what I wanted to achieve for the year.  Not saying it wasn’t fun or profitable because it was.  What it wasn’t was planned.  A year went by and I realized some of the most important things I wanted to do just didn’t get done.

So although I haven’t written my newsletter nor any real content in some months, I wanted to let you know I have spent the last patch of time planning and organizing and you will see some interesting changes this year.

First of all, I’m writing a book

—it’s not on marketing (although I do talk about marketing) but it’s on profitability and profitability when scaling a business.  It’s about staying organized and focused so that your business doesn't run you—you run your business.

Secondly, I will also be producing a new Podcast, new content and opening up my new coaching program.  Stay tuned as these are the things that I’m passionate about and I’m hoping you are too!

Lastly, I’m going to be much better with keeping in touch with all of you.

So to start off I want to share with you what I’ve learned in the last year in no particular order

  1. Do what you’re passionate about. Doesn’t matter if you can make more money otherwise.  It’s just not worth it.
  2. Take care of yourself—it’s more important than anything else. If people rely on you then it’s your job to be in the best shape possible.  Sleep well, eat well, exercise and do all those things that will keep you in tip top shape
  3. Money is not happiness. Profitability is more important than the total income. It’s not what you make, it’s what you keep.   Not saying I’m not pro money, as I am surely happier when I have enough cash to do the things I want, but if what you’re doing makes you miserable, then dump it.
  4. Be grateful for what you have.
  5. Know that everything that is happening to you is by your own design. I know, it pretty much sucks when things aren’t going well, but it’s the truth whether you admit it or not.  Admitting it surely helps you be in control and move to a better place.
  6. Family is everything.
  7. Velcro rocks—it’s an amazing substance. Buy it.  Use it. (You’re welcome.)
  8. Don’t work with idiots.
  9. Love the people you spend time with. I love people.  I love my partners.  I love my clients.
  10. Sit back and enjoy the moment every once in a while.
  11. Get what you’re worth. Period. Don’t ever think you are not worth your real value.
  12. Don’t tolerate invalidation.
  13. Stay in touch with those you care about. Don’t be too busy because they might not be there when you turn around.
  14. Learn something new each day.
  15. Never ever lose your sense of humor.

I know there are a lot more lessons I've garnered over the last year, but that’s a start.

What have you learned last year?  Feel free to comment and let me know.

Posted on February 6, 2015 in Laura Betterly, Marketing

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