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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

8 lessons from 2018

1. Find people with the same vision as you. 
Jim Rohn once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Are the people in your circle inspiring you? Do they empower you? Do they want the same things? Do they bring light into your life? Do they want success as much as you? Are they moving in the same direction? Finding people with the same dream and vision as you is much more empowering than those headed in a different direction. 

2. The art of a “Graceful Exit” 
I learned about the “Graceful Exit” through a woman named Ellen Goodman. She once said, “There’s a trick to the 'graceful exit.' It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, or a relationship is over — and let it go. It means leaving what’s over without denying its validity or its past importance to our lives. It involves a sense of future, a belief that every exit line is an entry, that we are moving up, rather than out.”

3. Discipline = Freedom 
Jocko Willink—look him up. 

4. Be yourself, despite the cost.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it is imperative that you work on not giving a flying f*ck what people think about you. Yeah, putting your true self out into the world gives people the perfect opportunity to judge you, mock you, dislike you, and maybe even hate you…but do you know who suffers the most when your true self is squashed or hidden? You do. The more you worry about what other people have to say and think about you, the longer you hold yourself back from living an authentic life. Put yourself out there, show the world who you are, and f*ck anyone who doesn’t like it. 

5. Never feel guilty for wanting more out of life than average. 

6. You’re not missing out on anything when you’re getting your shit together. 
The nights you didn’t go out, the dinner you missed, the party you didn’t show up at, the weekend trip you didn’t go on… guess what? There will always be another night out. There will be another dinner. There’s always going to be another party. You’re not missing out on anything when you’re trying to upgrade your life. Staying in to save money, time spent studying and learning, the hours putting in overtime at work…they’ll all pay off someday. 

7. Pay attention to how people treat you when you’re not on good terms.

Last, but certainly not least...

8. Never Complain; Never Explain.

Happy New Year! May 2019 be the best one yet.
Keep on keepin' on-
XX, Laura