21 Lessons in 2021

1. Success compounds:

I made my first big breakthrough this year. I made enormous progress over the past three years combined.

2. Surround yourself with the right people:

From Obi Cubana’s mother's burial, this year to friends of Davido showing him love on his birthday emphasizes the importance of being in the right circle. One thing I learned this year about networking is: Be valuable. It’s easier to get into a quality circle if you're willing to be a solution provider.

3. Rejection doesn’t define who you are:

This was a hard lesson learned. After getting served “hot breakfast” from several jobs and people. One particular breakfast shocked me. I had the interview towards the end of the year and it was the most seamless one I’ve ever had. We even smiled and joked around. Already planned what it’ll be like working for them and of course, the investment I’ll put my supposed salary in😂😂😂😂.

4. Take action:

I can’t believe I’m writing this again, as this was one of my lessons learned last year. This year, even though I achieved a lot than I did the previous year, I still have one or two courses I didn’t publish because it hasn’t reached the state of perfection.

5. Setting Boundaries:

Earlier this year, I said Yes to a lot of projects that drained me. It almost made the first quarter of the year quite unbearable for me. I learned that saying no is an important part of establishing one’s identity and is a crucial aspect of mental health and well-being.

6. Gratitude:

In 2020, I made the decision of getting a journal with a singular purpose: write down everything I’m grateful for. And if there’s anything i learned from that, it’s that there’s always something to be grateful for! And not just that, it also made me have a major shift in perception. Instead of focusing on my problems, I look for the wins around me.

7. Do What works for you:

There are diverse people at a gym and I’ve noticed we all work out differently. Everyone has their strength and weaknesses. Some can go 60 pushups in a row while some can barely get 30 done. It’s the same with life. Knowing yourself and what works for you is essential. I resisted the urge to compare my journey to others.

8. Don’t Google search your symptoms:

Don’t be a Cyberchondriac; Google searching your symptoms rather than seeking health professionals.

9. You’re not as smart as you think you are:

When we make decisions, we assume it’s the best one, we assume our beliefs and actions are solely ours. But what if it isn’t?

10. Invest in your financial knowledge:

Omo! Getting scammed will open your eyes to many things and it sure did for me in 2021. After getting scammed by someone close to me, I decided to pay to learn on my own. In 2021, I paid to learn Stocks, Mutual Funds, Budgeting, cryptocurrency, Defi. I read books on how to grow my finances and I focused on getting my mindset right.

11. Travel:

Traveling can be educative!

12. Take yourself out on a date:

One of the most important things I did this year. Wearing my best outfit, smelling my nicest, ordering for Bolt, and going to an expensive restaurant just to eat and spoil myself. The more I did it, the more I knew this was the kind of life I wanted. The circle I wanted to be a part of. To keep up with this lifestyle, I need to make more. It has been the secret sauce of inspiration to me.

13. Learn something new:

Although I didn’t learn to swim like I thought I would, I gained several new skills along the way.

14. You’re your biggest Enemy:

Most of the fears I had only existed only in my mind. After getting things done, I then realized that 98% of the thoughts I had were really untrue. My mantra henceforth is doing it scared and never self reject!

15. Think Long term:

I think it was John Obidi who said it on one session of the night school: poor men lack the foresight of thinking long term. All they think of is how to SURVIVE in the now(Paraphrased).

16. Invest in your mindset:

Mindset is our greatest asset! Reading books, paying for courses, watching videos, reading articles, and listening to podcasts all help sharpens the mind.

17. Begin with ordinary, add the extra along the way:

Most times, we do not take action because we want that one idea that’ll blow people's minds off. We want to create an extraordinary idea forgetting that ordinary ideas become extraordinary with consistency and tweaking over a period of time.

18. Exercise and Rest:

Working out and resting well helped improve my productivity and creativity. I worked hard but rested even harder.

Business Lessons

After consulting with over 30 small businesses earlier this year. Here’s what you should know:

19. Find your Community:

In the past, brands were mainly known through advertising. The brands that produced the most advertisements received the most attention. This is no longer true. Nowadays, the most successful companies are building communities around their brands.

20. Content creation isn’t difficult:

You’re either sharing the wrong message with the right audience or sharing the right message with the wrong audience.

21. Create systems :

You can make your business run like an oiled machine by implementing the right systems, which will make it more efficient, more productive, and ultimately more profitable.

Bunch of Useful Tools

WebtoPDF — Convert any web pages into PDF

Best Books I Read in 2021

Think and Grow Rich — Napoleon Hills

Business, Sales and Marketing Books

Influence — Robert Cialdini

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Abimbola Abe

Abimbola Abe

Documenting my transition Journey into Web3 || Passionate about community building || I collect coool NFTs || Metaverse!