So 2013 is just a few hours away and to commemorate what was 2012, I decided to write a little blog post that lists down the top 10 things I learned. Check it out:
1. If there’s one thing you need to know, you don’t need to know everything
Simply put, stick to lesson 1 first before you move on to lesson 2. Thing is, I got so excited this year with the new stuff I could learn (Internet marketing-wise) that I literally tried to gobble everything up. Ended up getting everything I learned wrong and found myself repeating the same processes over and over again.
This also applies to wanting to learn an art or a skill – while there’s nothing wrong with knowing a little bit of something in everything, if it gets in the way of what you’re really good at, you’re going to be at a disadvantage. Never lose focus and stick to whatever it is you do best.
2. Being an expert isn’t a one-time thing. It’s an ongoing process
In this case, being an authority or an influencer isn’t really a title bestowed upon you that’s going to last your entire life – it’s something you need to be constantly doing. In the words of Philippine blogging community authority, Janette Toral:
“But of course, it’s not something that you achieve only once. It has to be sustained. You’re, as they say, as good as your last accomplishments so you have to continue working on it. You have to continue building on it. And you have to keep on pursuing higher goals so that you can continue that momentum for being an influencer.”
3. Don’t be “scurhd”
So I went into this business venture me and my friends thought of and as it turns out, I was scuh-rd. FEAR is a natural thing – but if you want to do something and you’re really convinced you want to make it happen, then you’re going to have to look at fear as “Fake Expectations Appearing Real”.
Sure, you could be scared every now and then – it’s a natural thing. But don’t let that get in the way of your being happy.
No, I will not mention any stories about me trying to court a girl. LOL
I wasn’t scared.
4. Some people will like you and some people won’t. So long as you’re happy and not hurting anyone, you’re good.
People come and go – some will talk to you for a while but will totally miss your coffee date, others who you just texted to come over will be there for you in an hour or two. Thing is, as long as you’re happy and you’re not doing anything bad to anyone, you’ll be fine.
That’s for IRLR (in real life relationships) – For the Internet business context, I’m talking about quality over quantity. Sure, you could have a gajillion likes and followers, but if they don’t pay attention to what you say or do, then all is for naught.
Here’s a little something I learned from Fleire Castro:
5. Savings first, expenses second.
So late this year, my mom and dad got a car.
In our excitement, and my confusion, I sort of thought that it’d ruin my financial and business plans for next year. Then again, my parents are happy and I felt that I’d feel better knowing that my Dad is in a car rather than on a motorcycle in the highway so, yeah. I accept.
But one of the most crucial things I’ve learned this year is that I should really be saving up on my future. And since I now l know better, when I’m writing down numbers on a piece of paper, I’ll make sure to jut down my savings first before the expenses.
Definitely need to start doing that.
6. Time is a very valuable asset.
I was born 1988 – remembered a few stuff. Well, maybe a handful of stuff, but hey: It’s 2013 after a few hours. What in the hell happened?!
In a nutshell, time goes so FAST – So fast that sometimes we don’t notice that our relationships with people already wither. I realized this after visiting Batangas a few days ago. I used to hang out with my cousins a lot when we were kids – life passed and BAM! I almost didn’t know who they were.
Thing is, I’d want to spend more time trying to make the most out of every relationship I have.
The same rings true for businesses.
Can’t really expect a lead to warm up and convert if you become stagnant. DO SOMETHING NEW! Keep things fresh and away from being flaccid. That’s how you take care of a relationship, business-wise. Well, one of the ways.
7. Anything is possible ESPECIALLY when you say it’s so.
So I ran into a little financial ditch some time last November – when I was finally going out of my comfort zone to network and meet new, like-minded people. But, hey, I pulled through. And without compromising anyone’s interests at the end of the day.
Thing is, besides going out of my comfort zone and doing things on my own back in Cebu, I learned and confirmed that if you really want something and you’ll do whatever it takes for it to happen – IT WILL HAPPEN.
8. Imperfect action is better than Perfect Inaction
I had very little traffic prior to the creation of my YouTube Channel. And because I never got to doing videos, I never really got the traffic I got. Plus, my bounce rates were waaay beyond 50% – a bad indicator about how engaging my content was.
So I followed an advice a good friend told me and started doing the thing I always find myself procrastinating to do. And BAM! Videos literally helped lower the bounce rates of the blog and I found myself creating 61 videos.
After that, I got to work with my logos and other graphics stuff. I found my content shared more often and my bounce rates decreasing. All thanks to my doing the stuff I always tell myself I’ll do tomorrow.
Sure, I may not have the best looking theme – but I’m working on it. And on 2013, it’s all going to be a helluva lot better.
9. The best thing about going the distance is that you’ll find another road after finishing the previous one.
This year, I’ve got an increase in everything.
I got more wisdomz (not that it’s measurable and stuff), more relationshipz, more opportunities, etc. But I also found that each of these entail responsibility. And while this could potentially be “burdensome” for some, I found it to be interesting and worthwhile.
I’m happy with what I was able to accomplish. But I’ll do my best to keep growing – after all, growth never stops.
10. If you’re going to do something, do it BIG.
If you’re going to do something, do it in excellence. If you’re going to love someone, do NOT hold back. If you’re going to dream, dream BIG.
Nuff said, really.
Because, at the end of the day, just in case you fall a few pounds or dollars short of your original BIG goal, you’ll find that you’re now in a better place than where you used to be – because you drove yourself from point A to point B.
I’ve learned a lot this 2012, but these are my top 10 – I’d consider this blog post a final post for 2012. And my Oorah! For 2013? Upcoming, peeps!