3 Things I Learned In 2015

BY MICHAEL CHEN

I came into the year 2014 as a different person than I am at the end of 2015. That’s a good thing. It has definitely been a roller coaster ride (I hate roller coasters) but not this one. Here are 3 key takeaways:

What people think about me

I used to care a lot about what other people thought of me. I would be afraid to act out in the fear that people would think less of me or that I wouldn’t leave a good impression on them. That notion always inhibited me from trying to do what I wanted to do most. To be myself. Through 2015, I went through many experiences in which I learned how to deal with the anxiety of other’s opinions.

“What people in the world think of you is really none of your business.”
Martha Graham

People won’t always agree with you. They will call you names. They will say negative things about you. They will doubt you. They will make you feel like what you’re doing is wrong. But you know what? Who cares. Here’s the thing: When you put yourself out there, you’re making yourself vulnerable and taking a risk but better yet… you’re being courageous. That is what counts. You’re creating your own path so don’t let negativity from others get in the way. You do you.

Just start.

How many people do you know who tell you they have an idea but they never really act upon it?

Yeah, one of those people was me. I believe it can be traced back to not having the motivation to start when it actually gets to that point or being afraid of starting something uncertain of what will happen.

One of the best things you can do in this situation is just… start. There will never be a right time to do something until you actually do something. The time comes when you get the ball rolling. Once that happens, you have built the momentum to keep going and it is now easier to keep going once you have started.

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
Albert Einstein

Great things can happen when you start even if you don’t feel like it. Since then, I have started my own non-profit clothing brand named Entre, learned web design/development, joined a professional business fraternity and made new connections with good people.

Compassion can take you a long way.

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. — Dale Carnegie

The people in your life will always be the bridge to new experiences and opportunities. There are a two important points to consider.

  • Keep the connections you have alive.
  • Keep building new connections.

I learned that without the people I’ve met, I would not be where I am today.

That leads back into the root of all relationships and connections. It is a two way street. Show the other person compassion, value, and respect and it will lead to building a new relationship in which both of you will benefit.


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