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Episode Info: Wow! Just like that, 2017 is almost over. As we are about to enter a new year, I would like to share with you the lessons I learned in 2017.    But before that, I have a gift for you! I wrote a guide on How to Set Goals for 2018. You can download it for free here.   So here we go.   Lesson 1: It’s okay to say no. I’m a people pleaser. When friends would ask me to meet them for lunch or snacks or movies, I’d always say yes even if I was already tired that day and all I wanted was to go home and recharge. I’d also say yes even if the venue would take me 2 hours to reach because of traffic. Result? I’d catch colds and I wouldn’t be able to function well on a given week. Lately, I realized it’s okay to say no sometimes so you can say yes to your health and to the more important things you have to do.    Lesson 2: Learn the art of “Dolce far niente” It’s an Italian phrase which mean “the sweetness of doing nothing.” I learned that from the movie Eat, Pray, Love.  One of the things I’m so grateful for is that I am doing what I love to do! My passion is my profession. For me, writing or speaking or teaching is as fun as traveling. I enjoy it so much, I don’t even consider it work. The downside was that, I was such a workaholic. After one project is done, I move on to the next project. I hustle.   One of the things I will consciously do in 2018 and in the years to come is to really stop and celebrate. To savour dolce far niente. This coming 2018, I will set a reward or a celebration for every goal I set and get. Why is this important? To savour the moment and to prevent burnout.     Lesson 3: Delegate and form a team. This was something new to me which I really loved and was very excited about. In 2017, I hired full-time staff to work with me in the business. I’ve always had a part-time virtual assistant (VA) but I never had a full-time staff. The act of hiring and delegating was so liberating. I was able to free up a lot of my time. I was able to breathe and work more on the business, not in the business. The act of hiring also gave me a different perspective. I wasn’t just working for myself. I had to make the business sustainable and profitable because I was now responsible for my team. I wanted to create more jobs. Thank God for my team!      Lesson 4: Support your friends and their advocacies.  As a seminar organizer, I’ve always wondered how it is like to get people and companies to sponsor my events. I haven’t figured out the answer yet.  So in the meantime, I found value in sponsoring other people’s events. My little company has been sponsoring Bo Sanchez’s Kerygma Conference (KCON) since 2015. It’s a privilege to be a part of an event that inspires thousands of people every year. In 2017, we levelled up as a sponsor — we went from a Minor Sponsor to a Silver Sponsor. It meant we doubled the amount of our support for KCON.  Then I also sponsored (Gold Sponsor) The Philippines HR G...
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