8 Rules I Live By

Aug 26


I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth – in fact, I’ve always known that if I wanted to really make it in this life, I’d have to work HARD. Because I’ve always had grand ideas. Because my parents aren’t made of money. And, because hard work is the very definition of ‘living’.

So I share with you what helped push me forward from that small Minnesota farm to the bright lights and big city of New York. These are my top 8.

  1. Dream big. HUGE. Pie in the sky, life-dream big. Like, what’s life like in your dreams? If you could have anything, what would it be. THAT big. Then, set your sights on it and never look away.
  2. Compose a 2-year plan. Or a long-enough, but short-enough timeframe from which you can strategize making your dream happen. Break it up into manageable, 2-4 month goals, where each week is productive – even if you have days where nothing gets done, the week is a step in the right direction. Feel free to edit your strategy often.
  3. Network. Make new friends in industries you’d like to break into. Know nothing about business but need knowledge for the overall plan? Pair up with business minds. Open your mind, learn and grow. Listen intently and ask for advice. Buy them lunch. Pick their brains.
  4. Be grateful. Share love and spread it around. Make time for old, new and potential friends. Nurture relationships. Go out of your way for people. Expect nothing in return.
  5. Don’t forget your history. In fact, bank on it! Experience is key, perspective is everything. You are where you came from, but it doesn’t mean that’s where you’re going and it certainly shouldn’t hold you back. In fact, use it as a solid platform to jump to higher ground! Conformity is a killer.
  6. Exercise and eat right. You will never reach your goal if you don’t make time for YOU. Health is everything – if you get sick, the entire production comes to a halt! Plus, fit people make more money. I’ve had the biggest epiphanies along the running trails in Central Park.
  7. Take planned breaks. Step out for tea. Book a spa day. Plan a vacation. Stepping away from a project and clearing your head will give you a fresh perspective and new ideas when you come back to it.
  8. Shed negativity. You know those haters, energy vampires and barnacles-on-your-back? Ignore them, shed them and walk away. Run if you have to. Pay them no mind and keep your eyes where they should be: on your dreams.

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