21 lessons learned in 2021:

21 lessons learned in 2021:

The year is coming to an end. More importantly what lessons have you learned from 2021? Here's 21 lessons from an Investor, Educator and Storyteller:

1) Engineered Serendipity:

I believe that some of what we call "luck" is actually the macro result of 1,000s of micro actions. 

Your daily habits can put you in a position where "luck" is more likely to strike. Increase your serendipity surface area. Engineer your own serendipity.

2) Pessimists Sound Smart, Optimists Get Rich

Pessimists look at the future and see the doors that are closed. Optimists look at the future and see the doors that are open—and probably kick down the closed doors, too. Surround yourself with optimists. The future is bright.

3) The Exponential Growth Challenge 

Human brains cannot fathom the insane power of exponential growth. We consistently underestimate its impact. When you're on an exponential growth curve—stop trying to set specific goals. Strap in, keep your head back, and enjoy the ride.

4) Work Like a Lion 

Most people are not wired to work 9-5. Modern work culture is a remnant of the Industrial Age—long periods of steady, monotonous work. If your goal is to do inspired, creative work, you have to work like a lion. Sprint when inspired. Rest. Repeat.

5) Overestimate a Day, Underestimate a Year 

We overestimate what we can accomplish in a day, and underestimate what we can accomplish in a year. To fight this, focus on small daily actions that compound over the long-term. Small things become big things. When in doubt, zoom out..

6) Ruthlessly Eliminate Negativity 

Everyone has a few negative people in their circle. They tell you to be realistic. They laugh at your ambition. Eliminate this negativity from your life. It's a boat anchor holding you back from your true potential—cut the damn line.

7) Tolerance for Uncertainty 

Having a high tolerance for uncertainty is a unique competitive advantage. It prevents you from settling. When we fear uncertainty, we settle to escape its grasp. Tolerate uncertainty for a bit longer—never settle for less than you deserve.

8) Step into the Arena 

It's easy to stand on the sidelines. It's hard to step into the arena. It's scary to put yourself out there, to expose yourself, to become vulnerable. But it makes all the difference. 

Get off the sidelines. 

Be the Man (or Woman!) in the Arena.

9) Go For More Walks 

Want to get unstuck? Go for a walk. 

No phone 

No music 

No podcasts 

Just you, your thoughts, and the fresh air. 

When you let your mind wander—in its true natural state—good things happen. It works—I guarantee it.

10) Put Family First 

In May, I woke up one morning and told my wife that I wanted to move back to the East Coast to be closer to family. That month, we sold our house in California and moved. 

Life is short & fragile—you'll never regret spending more time with your loved ones.

11) The Dots Really Do Connect 

In his 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech, Steve Jobs talked about having faith that the dots will somehow connect in your life. 

In 2021, I finally started to see my dots connecting. If you haven't seen it yet, stay the course. Trust in something.

12) It's Darkest Before the Dawn 

In May, I got rejected for a job after months of interviews. It was a gut punch. I felt lost in the darkness. But within a week, an amazing path came into view. 

"It's always darkest before the dawn" is a cliché, but I now believe it's true.

13) Learn to Say No 

I've always had a really tough time saying no. I would take on too much and then be forced to grind my way through it. The ability to say no is a superpower of highly successful people. 

Be deliberate about what you spend your time on—and who you spend it with.

14) Pay It Forward 

No matter how far you go, always remember that you didn’t make it on your own. Pay it forward. Be a mentor. Be a champion for others. Their growth should become a source of tremendous joy and pride.

15) Find Your Zone of Genius 

Your Zone of Genius is where your interests, passions and skills align. Find yours, then slowly shift your life to spend more time in it. Start playing games you are uniquely well-suited to win. You'll find more happiness, fulfillment, and success.

16) The Big Change Dilemma 

Small changes can happen naturally. 

Big changes only happen with a massive, deliberate push. 

You cannot expect big changes to happen on their own. You have to force the issue. 

Its scary as shit. 

If you believe in something, close your eyes and jump. 

17) Delegate Uncomfortably Early 

If you have to ask if it's time to delegate, it's already too late. 

Trust me, I learned this the hard way... When you're building and growing, delegate and outsource so early it feels uncomfortable. Leverage is a beautiful thing.

18) Say Thank You More 

Show more gratitude to the people who have mentored, supported, or helped you. Not just on special occasions—every single day. 

"I appreciate you" is my most frequently sent tweet and text. Why? Because it's true. Gratitude makes the world a better place

19) Talk Less, Listen More 

"We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak." — Epictetus

I love to talk. But as I continue to find myself in rooms where I'm out of my depth, I've learned to talk less and listen more. 

Lesson: Get in those rooms.

20) Build New Circles 

The internet has made it possible to connect with people all around the world instantaneously. Use it to your advantage. Build new circles—positive sum, decentralized friend groups are force multipliers for your growth. When one person wins, we all win.

21) Do Things You Never Regret 

A few things I never regret:

• Calling my parents 

• Dinner with my wife 

• Going for a walk 

• Drinking a bunch of water 

• Exercising for 30 minutes 

Spend more time on things you never regret (and less time on things you do).

Well there you have it—21 lessons learned in 2021 ... I hope you enjoyed it.

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