2015 is here. This has been and will most likely always be one of the most important years of my life. I have had so many great learning experiences and learned so much about myself in the last year. I have tried to start new businesses, seen success in some things and lots of failures in other things. I have experienced frustration, anxiety, excitement, happiness and a whole host of other emotions. So many people have helped me and made me smile. Some have really frustrated me. I have listened to audiobooks, sought advice from mentors, listened to that advice, taken online courses, and absorbed all kinds of other knowledge bombs. I have watched my kids grow. My son learned how to tie his shoes. My youngest daughter is learning how to put words together, and my oldest daughter has been killing it in the gym. Most of all, my awesome wife has supported me in all of these experiences. I am an extremely lucky individual.
I am imagining myself reading this post about a year and a half ago. Sitting in my leather chair at my 9-5/corporate job, poking around on reddit, monitoring servers, and waiting for 4pm to roll around so I could go home. Waiting for the next payday so I could get that big paycheck. Big paychecks are cool. Security. I wish that somehow I could go have a meeting with that guy sitting in that chair. Go back in time. Give him advice, and tell him what to do. Tell him to get off his ass and go do what he loves to do, or rather, figure out what he loves to do. Tell him that in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t matter if the HR lady likes him or not. Tell him that he is awesome and that he can do anything he wants. Tell him to be more confident. Tell him that he really does know what he’s doing. Tell him to get busy living or get busy dying. Tell him that it’s going to be hard but it’s going to be worth it. Tell him that there will be times that he just doesn’t think anything is going to work out. There will be times that he doesn’t have any money. There will be times that he is surprised that some people didn’t approve of him. It’s going to be hard but it’s going to be worth it. It might take a year, it might take two years, it might take another five years, but we’ll figure it out. We’ll be who we are and we will love us. We will enjoy our life and only do things that we want to do. Things that make us happy. Things that help other people.
When you plant a seed, you don’t wake up the next day and have a tree. If you’re like me back a couple of years ago, sitting at your job trying to please everyone and make someone else money, you aren’t going to get rich tomorrow. It’s going to take time. You have to plant seeds and let them grow. It’s going to suck at times, but it’s going to be super rewarding at other times. It is not going to be easy. There is no magic pill and there is no magic email subject line that will sell your product to a million people overnight. You have to hustle. You have to grind. In the end we will win because we are doing what we love. I feel like during 2014 I have planted some of the best seeds that could have ever been planted. I’ve failed big time on a few occasions, but I’ve won on even more occasions. I am an extremely lucky individual.
I go into 2015 with no resolutions. I don’t need them. I am more aware now of all of my faults, problems, and fears than anyone else. I know what I need to do to fix them. I know that I don’t need to worry about not knowing something or not being the best. I have the people in my life to help me get where I want to be, to inspire me to be great, to teach me, and to help me learn to be a better person. 2015 is going to be the best year ever. Time to get busy living! Let’s do this.