A big part of my time in 2016 was spent learning as much as I could from successful entrepreneurs. Success leaves clues after all. Who better to learn from than the likes of Gary Vaynerchuk, Lisa Nichols and Marie Forleo? These are just some of the well-known business personalities I’ve met this year through seminars and masterclasses. I’ve compiled the seven life lessons I learned below:
Seven Life Lessons:
1. Stop multitasking
“Multitasking doesn’t exist. It’s one of the most stressful things you can do. When we change our relationship with technology everything changes. Create a bedtime ritual. We all need one.”
Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO of Thrive Global, a corporate wellness startup and co-founder and former editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post.
2. Take massive action
“Action is the antidote for despair. The more action you take, the more you draw the energy of what you want towards you. When you’re not in action you’re trying to play it safe.”
Lisa Nichols, spiritual teacher featured in “The Secret,” entrepreneur, best-selling author and motivational speaker.
3. Play to your strengths
“Optimism is important, but with practicality. Go hard on your strengths. Being out there and building a personal brand is only important if you’re good at it.”
Gary Vaynerchuk, New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author, self-taught wine expert and serial entrepreneur.
4. Try something new
“Always be willing to try something different. If we wanted to make our dad happy; we had to do something different. Be positive and love your life! Win, lose or draw. Enjoy the battles in front of you. Instead of feeling defeated, say: “I love this challenge and I’m gonna eat it for lunch.”
Venus Williams, professional tennis player.
5. Distractions are the enemy of progress
“Outwork and outthink everyone. Be willing to live like a student and grind. Refuse to pursue perfection and distractions. Distractions become the enemy of creativity and progress.”
Mark Cuban, entrepreneur, investor and owner of the Dallas Mavericks (basketball team).
6. Everything is “figureoutable”
“Mindset is everything. You HAVE to expect to get there. The only way you won’t is if you quit. If you ingrain the belief that everything is “figureoutable” you won’t stay stuck. I was given this belief from my mom very early on in life and it’s served me well.”
Marie Forleo, life coach, motivational speaker, author and web television host.
7. Follow your intuition
“Trust your ‘inner wisdom.’ Don’t allow others who’ve given up on their dreams to impact yours. Make a start. Clarity comes through action, not overthinking.”
Susie Moore, life and career coach.