The 9 Most Important Lessons I Learned in 2020
2020 was a difficult year for everyone. Between the pandemic, market volatility and lockdowns, we faced a lot of challenges. And so, with my last blog for this year, I want to do a quick recap of the things that these experiences taught me and lessons I learned.
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So, here’s what we’re going to talk about today:
- Health always has to come first.
- Don’t take your loved ones for granted.
- Know how to deal with stress
- Value Your Time
- Build up your confidence
- Work Your Way up to financial independence.
- Always look for opportunities to learn more.
- Be flexible
- Remember – You Are Not Alone in This
Health always has to come first
Don’t neglect your health. Never sacrifice your physical or mental wellbeing for anything. And believe me, I’ve been there. I have been an entrepreneur and business leader for over 20 years, and I’ve also spent over 7 years on the Stock Market. I know that sometimes it feels like it’s the more “efficient” thing to do. But trust me when I say this – it is not worth it. Do not miss out on sleep, meals or walks, just because you feel like you could “get a little more work done”. Even a simple problem, like a headache or a cold, will take its toll on your mental state and productivity. You’ll have a harder time concentrating and you won’t be able to take care of your loved ones. And don’t even get me started on the more serious problems that can come from neglecting your health in the long run.
I am delighted that I got to learn about Kangen Water before the whole virus situation happened. It really changed my perspective on wellness and helped me keep my entire family safer and healthier. Now, I use Kangen instead of bottled water for everything from drinking and cooking to cleaning and disinfection around my home and office. I also host (100% free!) seminars to educate people about this wonderful device’s benefits. If you would like to learn more, I would be more than happy to have you.
If you are healthy, you can always get more work done. You can always advance your career or your business. The lesson I learned is that “Health is way more valuable than money”.
Don’t take your loved ones for granted
Our loved ones are the only people who know all sides of us. They are there when we need someone to talk to and shoulder to lean on. They see us at our best and at our worst. Don’t ever take this for granted. Appreciate and cherish your relationship with them because nobody is “entitled” to being loved. These people do all of this because they care about you. And, besides – at the end of the day, everything in life is transitory.
You can always work on your career and get higher on the corporate ladder. You can create a business, invest and build your wealth. But, if you have nobody to share it with, nobody to leave it to once you are done, why did you do all of that hard work? Why did you put all of that effort, if everything is just going to go “poof” one day?
Remember why your relationships began and why they matter to you. Always take the time to show your love and appreciation, even when you are very busy or tired. A single moment, a few caring words are all that it takes.
Know how to deal with stress
The lives of people today are stressful enough, even without global pandemics and lockdowns. Learning how to overcome stressful situations is crucial. Staying focused on what matters the most and not worrying about the things outside of your control is an excellent place to start. But you can definitely do more to help yourself deal with rough periods. And that’s precisely what we are going to cover in the next few points. The best advice I can give you here is to try and:
- Build up your skills
- Build up your financial independence
- Build up your self-confidence
Having the confidence that you achieve whatever you put your mind to, along with the skills and finances to back it up will do wonders for your mental health. In turn, this will also help your colleagues, friends and loved ones, because let’s be honest – who doesn’t like having someone dependable by their side?
Value Your Time
This is another lesson I learned to value my time. This is perhaps one of the most valuable skills in life that everyone should try to master. Because, as I often say – time is the most precious resource that we have. All of those really successful people that you see up there on TV, the scientists, CEOs and investors, they still only have 24 hours per day to work with. They still eat, sleep, relax, have fun and spend time with their loved ones. The most significant difference between them and the average person is that they value their time. When they sit down and get to work, they stay focused on the job. They don’t go checking their phone every five minutes, they don’t get distracted by random notifications, and they don’t worry about “what-ifs”. The same principle should be applied to your free time as well. Try to relax as best as you can and don’t think about your work projects or worry about things that you cannot change.
When it’s time to work – you work. When it’s time to rest – you rest.
Build up your confidence
Another lesson I learned is build up my confidence. If you want to be truly confident, you have to put in the effort. There’s no real way to develop a belief in yourself, without hard work. Not if you want to remain realistic, of course. You can always try and trick your mind into believing something, but this isn’t really the way to go if you are looking for long-term results.
Instead, just work on yourself. Set goals and achieve them. Learn new things. Build up your wealth.
Work Your Way up to financial Independence
Securing your financial independence is a long process. It’s something that will take a lot of work and effort. But, in the end, it’s all worth it. Because financial independence allows you to plan for the future.
If you are financially independent, you don’t need to worry about the “right now” nearly as much. If something happens and you can’t go to work, you know that you have a safety net. You do not have to live paycheck-to-paycheck.
Being financially independent also does wonders for your self-confidence. You know that you’ve already done it once, and even if everything comes crashing down, you will be able to do it again. It gives you (and your loved ones) peace of mind and a barrier against stress.
Always look for opportunities to learn more
Many businesses were forced to close because of the lockdowns. And it caught a ton of people unprepared. If the unexpected happens (and it doesn’t only “happen in the movies”, as we just saw), the more practical skills you have, the safer you are. The more things you know, the easier it will be to rebuild if things go wrong.
Expand your comfort zone and learn to be flexible with your schedule. This is a skill that all entrepreneurs have to master, but it really helps in dealing with unexpected situations in your daily life as well. For example, the lockdowns were particularly difficult because they interrupted everyone’s routine. We’ve all got our specific way of doing things – our small daily rituals. For example, I like to wake up very early (around 5am) and start my day with a glass of water and a quick prayer. But, if I have to travel, or if something comes up and I have to stay up late, I won’t be able to get out of bed before the sun is up. I don’t let that bother me. I just take it for it is, and I adapt my schedule to the circumstances.
I applied the same logic to the lockdowns. The whole situation was very disruptive for my routine, but it’s not like my world will end because I can’t spend time with my friends over at BNI for a couple of months.
Remember – You are not alone in this
The lockdowns made me and my team realise the real value of teamwork. And yes, it was difficult, and it took us some time to adapt to the changes. We had to get used to doing a lot more remote work that we usually do. We had to spend time talking over the phone and having Zoom calls instead of talking face-to-face. Some struggled with the time management aspect of working from home. But we got through it because we stuck together. Because, even though the circumstances are different, our goals, mission and vision haven’t changed. We still believe in what we do, and we believe in each other.
Here, I also want to take a moment to thank my team for their continued dedication to our projects – I am very fortunate to have you all by my side!
With this, we’ve come to the end of my final video for 2020. As usual, I had to leave out a significant portion of my initial draft, because the video would go well-beyond the 10minute mark. Still, I hope that you’ve found the shortened version useful. If you enjoy this type of content, and you would like to see me post more, don’t forget to let me know by giving me a thumbs up and sharing the video with your friends.
Oh, and I almost forgot – if you like long-form content and you want to learn more about financial independence, stability and long-term decision-making, then you probably want to check out our private investing group. All members get full access to all of my specialised Stock Market investing courses, a ton of exclusive videos and, of course, our chat channels. They can also message me at any time with questions and discuss stocks with the entire group.
Thank you for being with me during 2020, and here’s to a happy, positive and successful 2021 for everyone!
Recommended books for further reading:
- You Are a Badass
- Atomic Habits: The life-changing
- Happy: Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect
- The Self Confidence Workbook
- Mindset – Updated Edition: Changing The Way You think To Fulfil Your Potential