What the hell are you going to do?
As I reached over to pat my dog, who decided that I am no longer her favourite sleeping companion - her teddy bears are, I started thinking. Scary, I know.
We are about to embark on a new year. How did this year go so fast. For many reasons it was the best year for me personally and professionally, and then of course, there are a few things I could have done without.
What didn't elude me for one second was my passion for life and doing the right thing.
I have never voiced more confidently my passion projects, nor have I ever achieved so much in so little time. I have grown exponentially, and have left to the wayside anything that I felt was holding me back. My life has gotten better in abundance and I have shared my enthusiasm for the new, innovative and 'right' with everyone and anyone without fear.
Somewhere along the line I became limitless. I stopped believing that there is any such thing as a roadblock and I started to challenge what was going on in the world.
I rid myself of bullshit. For instance, one girlfriend told me that she raised "$60 million for her startup which is a lot of money particularly if you are not in tech or health for an idea (which never started???), sold her business (then said it went downhill so she takes a 20% commission on any sales she brings in to the former employees that now own it), and was to marry a Toronto billionaire (who is no doubt rich but who cares - and certainly is not quite in this stake of wealth by any stretch of the imagination". She lost me in that one conversation - forever. Why I share this is because there are plenty of people like this in the world that we mostly ignore, but they breathe the same air we do and their bullshit is just vacuous. Why do we waste our time? I don't anymore. I can't be bothered. Tell your stories elsewhere. I want meaningful, deep and inspiring conversations with people I respect.
Wasting time having conversations like this, is wasting time. Instead we can be doing productive things that change our world and that of others. So, now if someone is telling me a load of horse shit, I politely excuse myself and don't give them the time to finish. There are more important things to do in life.
So what is it about 2017 that is going to be different? A lot! For instance, I am going to make it my best year ever - and why not? What have I got to lose.
I am ending my year skiing on the slopes of Aspen and thinking about life and what is possible, and I will start the new year surrounded by super cool, intelligent, positive people who are all game-changers.
- New APP will be launched in January - woo hoo!
- Robot should be finished by mid year
- Prototype for secret, disruptive APP will be finished this week or at the latest next
- Marketing Eye will open up new offices around the world and we plan to accelerate that growth plan
- The World Incubator will help more rural and regional startups and businesses along with being an advocate for people who live on the land
- I am going to take out a lot of time for "me" and do the things I love like reading, writing, riding, skiing and seeing new places that I have never been to before.
Some of that sounds like work to others, but to me... it's personal stuff. Things that I put time to and enjoy.
Inspiring others sounds really ego-centric to me, but I hope that through some of my life lessons (mostly through those failures that we 'all have to have'), I can impart some experience to those who are about to go through the same thing or perhaps could teach me a thing or two.