There are many things that can change in a year. You can lose friends or gain them. You could make more money than you have in the past, make the same amount, or end of making less. You could fall in love and find someone worth building a future with. I don’t really know what it is for you. Speaking for myself this past year was a year of tremendous growth. I believe as I entered 2018, I was hopeful for the future. It looked like an uphill climb to get to my goals. Though the climb was rough and at certain points, I questioned my sanity, I made it through. Despite seeing much success, the peak of the mountain is nowhere near. There is still more of the journey to go. The good thing about it is that I am equipped properly for what is to come.
This year showed me that 2019 has the potential to be the most successful year of my life thus far. It’s hard to contain my excitement. I am the sum of all my failures and accomplishments. They all taught me valuable lessons. The one thing that I truly understand now is the importance of networking. Don’t misunderstand me I was familiar with what it means to network, but I didn’t really work on it like I should have been. The opportunities that unfolded for me this year was due to networking. Gone were the days of trying to do everything by myself. I put my pride to the side and learned it is okay to ask for help. There is nothing wrong with needing other people, and there is nothing weak about seeking counsel. The moment I realized this the domino effect started to take place. Many sacrifices had to be made along the way, but I came out a better man because of it.
It’s amazing how things can come back full circle. Honestly, I think some stuff does happen before its time. There are books that I read years ago, that now at twenty-five years of age I have a better appreciation for. Think back to all the things your parents may have scolded you for that you hated. Years later as a young adult you can understand better where they were coming from. I bring this up because of the discovery I said I made about networking. In the summer of 2014, I read a book called Think and Grow Rich. In the book, there were thirteen principles to help acquire wealth. One of the most prominent was called the power of the mastermind. Simply put it meant you must surround yourself with successful people and people who will help you grow. Four years later I finally understand. If you want to go fast, go alone if you want to go far, go together. Thank you 2018 and farewell. Everything that you taught me will not be in vain.