“If I don’t pull the trigger, I give you every permission to tell me to shut the flock up!” That is what I told a dear friend the Spring of 2012.
You see, I kept saying, “When I grow up, I want to be a speaker and do my own thing,” for about five years or more. I kept saying it. Over and over again.
And yet, I’d done nothing to make that wish a reality.
It was when I received my AARP card that I figured I was indeed a grown up.
And I made good on my promise to myself ten years ago today: December 12, 2012.
I look back on the past ten years with a sense of appreciation for all that I have learned and experienced. Making this decision fundamentally changed me, in ways both professional and personal – far more than could ever be imagined at the outset.
As I reflect on the journey and think forward to the future, I offer up 10 lessons. Use them as a source of motivation when creating your plans for 2023 and beyond.
I hope your dreams of the future are full of growth, learning, inspiration…and maybe just a bit of celebration. Importantly, I hope that you the next chapter you write is one worth remembering.