On the first day of 2010, in reflection of the past year, I thought it would be a good idea to make a list of ‘lessons learned'. The list was not only a closing to 2009, but a motivational tool to help us remember the good things we've learned over the past year and things to continue in 2010.
Life is a lesson; it's how you embrace what you've learned that's important...
1) Be true to yourself and others. ~ Honesty is always the best policy....
2) Give back, even when you think you don't have anything to give. ~ Volunteering brings a great sense of self worth, one that can never be matched by materialistic things.
3) Good things come in small packages. ~ A smile, a compliment from a client or peer, friendships...these small things we can sometimes forget or take for granted, are more and more important as we face challenges in the future.
4) Enjoy what you do. ~ Joe and I always make our staging process FUN! Even when the sofa doesn't want to fit through the front door, or the ‘perfect' art piece was left behind at the warehouse, it's all about perspective and being thankful that we are ABLE to do what we enjoy!
5) Surround yourself with people you enjoy and realize you can't please everyone. ~ We have established some amazing relationships this past year both personally and professionally. It's not the quantity, but quality of people who surround you. These relationships are the foundation to success.
What were your ‘lessons learned' in 2009?