A Non-Cheesy Look Back at 2014. And Beyond.
31 December 2014
We all go into the new year with the best intentions, but sometimes there is some substance missing. So I put together a few "resololutions" to take with you into 2015.
Celebrate your Success
Anyone who knows me will be aware that I am way too humble for the ad industry. When it comes to success, landing new clients or being recognised for our work, I kindly say thank you and look forward, because I believe that success is a moving target and I refuse to settle.
2014 saw Stir more than triple in size. We went up against some of the biggest agencies in the country and won. I didn’t realise what a big deal this was until people told me. I was too busy looking at my moving target.
Always remember to take a step back and give yourself a pat on the back, especially if you’re an entrepreneur. We often get too caught in the hamster wheel of the day-to-day running of our business to say, “Hey, you rock the party”. Share your success with those who will be genuinely happy for you. They will constantly remind you of the happy times when you’re feeling unmotivated or doubtful. Tell people who are jealous or spiteful to piss off.
But, for the Love of Reality, Celebrate your Failures, too
The thing that pisses me off most about entrepreneurship is the way that it is glorified. Everyone looks to the Richard Bransons and the Patrice Motsepes of the world and thinks that‘s what it’s all about.
People are too afraid to open up about all times they went wrong, the clients they lost, the times they let people down or were let down for fear of being judged or thought to be inferior.
To me, failures are as much to celebrate as successes are. Sure, you’re going to feel like stabbing yourself in the eyes with blunt spoons at the time, but you know things are going to turn around and get better. They always do. What? They do! Throw yourself a little pity party, grab some Patron, and move forward. The world doesn’t stop for you, and you are not the first person to go through something like this, so don’t be afraid to ask for help on how to clear the obstacle.
If everyone had a healthy sense of humour, I swear shrinks would be out of business. You cannot survive without it. I’m not telling you to walk around with rose-tinted glasses (I think by this part of the blog, you’ve realised I’m a bit of a realist), but to shake off insignificant people and events. There are people in far worse situations than you who are able to look forward and laugh despite the crap, so why can’t you?
You’re not an Asshole for Eliminating Assholes from your Life
Also, you don’t owe anybody an explanation for walking away from them. Toxic people are like quicksand and will continue to drag you down to their level just because they can. Are you in a relationship just because of the legacy? Leave. Does that friend suck the life out of you and your wallet? Leave. You belong to nobody.
I hope you have a rocking year. If you can attest to having a good heart, you 100% deserve it.
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