Sometimes You Need to Sweat the Small Stuff

2018. It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Yes, it was mostly a rough year. But there was light at the end of the tunnel. Not to sound ungrateful, but the worst of times references my inability to move the financial needle. At times it felt like I was sinking. The best of times was the new friends made and many lessons learned. Lessons I was able to implement.

At some point I had the epiphany that all personal development has to start with self-awareness. This led via circuitous route to the controversial Dr. Jordon Peterson. I used his site to take a personality test. I took an in-depth look at myself. Not pretty. Eerily accurate. Some personality characteristics (flaws?) I have are detrimental to building a business. They also created strife at home. The good news is, with this assessment in hand, I was able to narrow down my focus and work on areas that needed it.

It seems I’m a “big picture” guy. The day to day administrivia required to run a business was my Achilles heel. Using advice from Greg McKeown’s book “Essentialism” and a host of tips from Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss, Derek Sivers, Scott Adams (yes, the Dilbert Cartoonist) Kevin Kelly, and Caspar Craven; I was able to mitigate some of my weaknesses. I reigned in much of my “oh look, squirrel!” issues and focused on things that mattered.

This is paying dividends already.