A Year’s Worth of Business Lessons in 30 Seconds

I’ve been reflecting on 2016 and all of the things that Oliver and I have learned. I wanted to make a little list of some of the main takeaways I had about starting and builing business (both O and I have a crazy roller coaster year on that front!). So, in no particular order, here it is:

  • Stop reading stuff. Start building. Now.
  • If they don’t share it, it isn’t good enough. (yet)
  • Find your people and take care of them.
  • Don’t rely on others for validation.
  • You are married to your spouse, not your biz. Prioritize accordingly.
  • Not good at something? Options: 1. Outsource 2. Automate 3. Learn how to do it yourself.
  • Failed? Welcome to the club. You may now pass go.
  • Do what you love doing, what you are good at doing. It might not be obvious.
  • People throw money at good ideas. Doesn’t mean you should take it.
  • If there is already a detailed how-to on how-to whatever, it’s too late. Everyone is doing it.
  • Give it six months. At least.
  • No profit? No business.
  • Stop tweaking. Move forward.
  • Followers don’t equall profit. Profit = profit.
  • Draw it on paper before you build it on your computer.
  • You can learn anything online.
  • Not everyone will get it. Keep working.
  • Websites are cheap and easy to build. Do it yourself.
  • Consistency>performance.
  • Don’t do it the way everyone else is doing it. Start with a blank slate.
  • Don’t downplay your efforts. Share proudly.
  • Looking as good as everything else is a minimm, not the goal.
  • It’s more energizing to lead than to follow.
  • No competition is a bad sign. Some competition is a secret weapon…they gave you the map.
  • No one cares what you do, so do what lights you up inside.
  • Done > perfect.
  • Don’t spam your personal network.
  • Attornies are expensive. Not hiring an attorney is more expensive.
  • Choose your business partners wiseley, don’t commit too quickly.
  • THEY LOVE IT! Is cheap talk. Their actions speak louder.
  • Document. Every. Agreement.
  • Hang out with people you want to be like.
  • “This time” will only be different if every “this day” is different.
What did you learn last year?

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