What a great year we have ahead! Who else is excited?
Quick review of 2012
2012 was a year of fine tuning. It was also the year I was gifted with my baby daughter, my little angel from heaven – Bianca. She is too cute. We feel blessed to have her.
On a earlier post in February/2012, I wrote I wanted to focus on 2 specific mantras: Focus and Authority.
I never imagined how powerful this exercise could have been. It seemed there was a little antenna attracting opportunities leading to the actualization of my 2012 theme. Although, it was a pretty tough year. Results? Yeah. Easy? Hell no!
Soon after my challenge, I launched beta versions of 3 products. Every single one sold.
Went to Start Up Weekend in Sydney to learn their model for launching a business in 54 hours. Met a few cool guys. Told them what I was doing and as a result, I got involved with 2 start ups. One of them grew to a point where we had a investor from America lined up and ready to put some seed money in. However, due to a clash on visions, we decided to split a 4 partners start up into 2 separate ventures.
A lot of work…. A lot of distraction… But awesome action oriented learning and great new connections formed.
Failing fast, but Failing forward
I have a strongly believe we should fail fast, but we should always, always fail forward.
Please don’t get me wrong here, I am not advocating failure, eventually we want to succeed in what we do. Failing is simply getting feedback quickly before you fall into an illusion (or delusion).
Avoiding failure = failing slowly. Failing slowly means failing to take risks. It can also mean living on the illusion things are going well because they seem to be under control. Although, just remember:
Under control = Comfort Zone.
Comfort Zone = Well……. not good, not good.
I have been saying this to anyone I work with. My view is of the world is quite simple.
We should constantly be evolving, learning and moving forward.
To not evolve = fail slowly. When we fail slowly, we eventually pay the price. The price is usually missing out on a big breakthrough.
Our failed partnership seemed like a stepping stone into a whole bunch of awesomeness. It lead me to a Personal Brand Incubator program called Key Person of Influence. Apart from being the best business education program I attended in years, the “KPI” has allowed me to form links (still making, actually) with top entrepreneurs in Australia. These people are not only doing what they love, but people who are changing the world for better. I have never seem anything like it, the energy in the KPI community is truly inspiration. No airy-fairy fluffiness, real down to earth stuff and a lot of GSD (“Get Shit Done” as they advocate).
The funny thing is that the Key Person of Influence Incubator helped me sharpening my Focus (via choosing a niche to work with) and work on publishing content, my book (Authority). It also gave me what I was missing: a framework for growth and a community. Before the KPI program I was begging to think I was delusional when believing we should make money doing what we love. Now, I know it is the only way to go. And there has never been a better time to do so.
If you are interested to find out more about the Key Person Influence Program, click HERE and follow you intuition. I trust you will make a wise choice.
So, what is up for 2013?
Since having mantras work so well, why not come up with a new theme for 2013.
2013 mantras are Growth, Social Impact and Never Alone.
Growth: Since I didn’t have a framework for Growth and now I do. 2013 is about reaching as many people I can and I am taking the necessary steps to make it happen.
Social Impact: I have also confirmed that Growth without Social Impact, in my opinion, isn’t sustainable. So, from now on, I am choosing to work only on ventures that create a Positive Social Impact. It is important to highlight I am not setting up non-profit organizations. What I do is for profit, but guided by principles of Social Entrepreneurship.
The Community Business Club
I am about to launch a start up with a good friend and mentor, Tony Thompson. The Community Business Club is a Social Improvement Venture. Essentially, we are a Business Club specializing in building small business communities.
We have an unique 5 step process to educate, connect and grow regional small businesses.
Backstage set up is nearly finished. We have also spoken with over 50 Business Owners, 2 councils and 1 potential sponsor. All keen to partner with us.
The Reinvention of Work
Reinvention is a program coming out to the book I am writing (schedule for late 2013). The goal of Reinvention is to build communities of people doing work they care. In my point of view, this is a surest way to change the world. Connecting people to their “WHYs”, uncovering motives, desires, talents, passion, etc, and providing a framework where any individual would feel capable of making key work-life changes.
Reinvention is my life’s work. I have dedicated years of study and practice of various methodologies to accelerate change. I have helped and inspired others to live a work-life which is more congruent with who they are. It’s no airy fairy fluffiness. It’s a tested and proven framework that moves people from feeling stuck to a more fulfilled work-life.
I believe we all should, actually, I believe we MUST not only give work more meaning, but also change the meaning of work. Work is part of life. Meaningful work often becomes the reason we exist since it allow us to make an enduring contribution to our communities, city, country and, ultimately, the world. For many who have found their calling, work equals pleasure.
The final mantra is Never Alone: I learned I can’t work by myself. I am a system thinker with very big ideas. I could NEVER, EVER get them off the ground by myself. So, 2013 is a year of strategic partnerships, collaboration and community building.
Bring it on 2013. The year of Growth and Social Impact, but Never Alone!
If you live in the Gold Coast, AUS. Come and join the first Reinvention Workshop ever.
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