My daughter Logan’s beautiful 20 year old eye. Eyes are amazing things, don’t you think?
When I was in my early twenties, I was convinced that hard work led to success. I often put in 60-70 hour weeks. I thought my standards and work ethics were very high.
I have long since rethought my notions of success.
Working with a light heart and open mind is way more fun and profitable.
Even though I still might be working long hours some weeks, it never feels that way to me anymore. Nothing remarkable ever comes out of being stressed and tired or grouchy. I have learned with practice to manage my energy, not my time. And for me that means managing my reactions.
At some point in my 20â€™s, I was â€œmanagingâ€ a group of freelance artists.
One day this older women called me and told me she couldnâ€™t come in for the day. I was really counting on her and knew it would be a struggle to get our work done without her help. She offered no explanation except, â€œMy family needs me today.â€ I blurted out. â€œGreat. They can need you everyday. Youâ€™ll never work for us again.â€
Yup. I actually said that.
I later found out that her husband, the father of their three kids, had been diagnosed with cancer. I felt so small when I heard that news. No words of apology ever felt right.
There are many stupid things I wished I had never said, but that one tops them all.
Itâ€™s a life lesson that pops up in my mind once and awhile, when I overreact or when someone overreacts in my presence.
This year one of my goals is simply to RAISE MY STANDARDS.
In how I eat, live, the work we do AND most of all how I react.
At a time when everyone is making goals and long lists of resolutions letâ€™s do something a little different. What do you know now that you wished you known when you were in your twenties?
Come on, share what you know now. and what you wish youâ€™d known at 22?