So, here we are more than one year later. Three hundred and sixty-five days and some change since the last post. I started this page with a plan, a schedule, and a head start in order to avoid long periods between posts. Then this weird thing called life happened. A lot of life. And seemingly all at once. With graduation on the very immediate horizon, I decided to use my (second to) last assignment as an opportunity to reflect on the past year. In one line - it was very character building.
I'm no stranger to jam-packed, no-time-for-solid-food, today-is-another-hat-day kind of days. This year was in a league of it's own. It took the whole enchilada and then came back for seconds. But for as challenging as 2016 was, I planted a lot of seeds, which makes me extra excited to see what sprouts in the next year.
So what's kept me so busy? I met kick-ass people. I danced to the beat of every drum I heard. I learned SO much. I adopted new perspectives. I practiced what I've preached. I listened to a lot of podcasts. I researched. I taught. I grew.
What does your annual report include?
It's amazing how many other things I can find to do when I need to be studying. Naturally, the moment I sat down at my desk this morning, countless articles that I just had to read made their way onto my browser. The two I wanted to pass along are business related and center around optimism in dissimilar fashion.
Recently, I learned from someone very important to me that I am an optimist. I say that not as some revelation of my demeanor - I do try to be optimistic in all of my encounters with other people (though it's not a habit that has made a permanent home in how I view my own situations). It caught me off guard though because it was described as overbearing in the sense that I can be optimistic to the point of being unrealistic. There's probably some truth in that. But wouldn't you rather be surrounded by people that think you are the greatest thing since sliced bread? People love to be loved and in my personal opinion, one of the ways to convey that adoration is to act as your beloved's biggest cheerleader. The first article I wanted to share is titled Habits of Eventual Millionaires by James Altucher. He presents several excellent ideas, some of which I'm currently testing myself, but the one that distracted me from moving onto finance studies was the section about love. What a sap, right?
Find your people, your tribe, and love them. Additionally, consider some of the other suggested habits so that one day you can also love having financial freedom. I like the label of eventual millionaire.
The second article, 5 Ways An Overly Optimistic Outlook Can Hold You Back from Success, lays out the ways being too optimistic is damaging to your career. We've all heard that too much of a good thing is a bad thing and Amy Morin articulates the negative impact of being overly optimistic from a business angle.
The takeaway from these pieces is that it's critical to believe in yourself, to surround yourself with people that believe in you, and to discern the difference between wishful thinking and positive thinking. Both are worthwhile reads and only require about 20 minutes of your time. Here's to a life saturated with love and millions!