Newsletter # 512 – Looking Back, Looking Forward: Two New Year’s Questions

For the December-January issue, Fast Company magazine approached “the brightest minds in the business world and beyond” and asked each to answer two questions:rear view mirror 2

  1. What is the most important lesson you learned in 2012?
  2. And how will you put your new-found wisdom to use in the new year?

Here is a sampling of the responses that have relevance beyond the business community:

  • “There is zero substitution for quality…. Content has to be really good, if not exceptional.” Thomas Tull
  • “Remember to enjoy the journey. Goals are important but it’s the people coming together on the way to the goals that have taught me the most.” Fiona Morisson
  • “Don’t overcommit. The commitments I make don’t affect only me. Next year I’ll set more realistic goals for our organization so our employees can have a healthy work-life balance.” David Chang
  • “Good sleep is good business…. The extra work hours are a poor trade off for clarity of thought.” Ben Rattray
  • “Focus your career around the thing you’re good at and not necessarily the thing you’re trying to get better at.” David Tisch
  • Work-family isn’t an either-or proposition. You can cultivate both aspects of your life but it requires having the will to be present for both.” Howard Gordon

Before the end of this week please try to answer these two questions for yourself. I have been thinking about this since I read the Fast Company articles. For me I rephrased the questions in this way: What are the most important lessons that I believe God taught me in 2012. And that can be applied in 2013? Please click on comment to leave a response, to share what you have learned or to see some of what I learned during the past year.


  1. Things I learned in 2012

    • How things are presented is as important (maybe more important) than what is presented.
    • Nastiness and lying (as in political campaigns) pulls everybody into the dirt.
    • Some things are of value even when they have no purpose other than to bring beauty and provide positive experiences.
    • At some time, even before you die, your life work might be forgotten or unrecognized by generations that follow.
    • Writing is not about selling books or getting recognized. Writing is about having an impact.
    • Making an impact, being creative, and showing competence are of great importance but they are not the only things that matter.
    • People matter more than productivity. Pleasing and honoring God is what matters most.
    • Writing, speaking, teaching, or leading are not about reaching huge crowds; they are about reading the few who might not be impacted otherwise.


  2. The single biggest thing God taught me in 2012 (again!) Is that my plans are not always His plans. Once again I had to learn the hard way the value, the absolute imperitive, that He not only be consulted, but that His Spirit be followed in ALL things.

    As for applying this lesson, I’ve dedicated the coming year to improving my listening skills; listening to His direction and being focused on His purposes.


  3. Gains bring unexpected losses and losses often turn into amazing gains. Trusting fully in God is our comfort in both.


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