It's been quite a roller-coaster of a year already and its only 7 weeks in. I am already exhausted. Everything imaginable has happened to me this year, but somehow exhilarated at the same time.

There have been so many changes; life, business and game. I feel like I have lived through so much, yet there is still so much more that I want to achieve.

Yesterday, I had the privilege of spending half an hour with a young entrepreneur by the name of Kylie Marie. She is inspiring, ambitious, energetic and ready to take on the world. I now know why older people liked spending time with me when I was new to business, because that energy is contagious. I couldn't help but smile and be totally inspired by what Kylie is doing and her fearlessness in business. Her brow bars, Browco Brow Bar, will be everywhere in the next year or so, along with her eyebrow products that are to die for.

Reality check #1

Within minutes, she whipped my eyebrows into shape and had me walking out feeling on top of the world.

Last night, was equally impressive. Not only did I give the taxi driver who was down on his luck a $200 tip, which made me smile from ear to ear to see someone so appreciative about something that was so simple for me to do, but I also caught up with a good friend Sami. We use to travel the world getting up to mischief and after reliving some of our funniest stories, we both agreed that life is good and we are very fortunate to be able to have so many good friends and amazing experiences. Her career has been hugely successful and mine hasn't been so bad either. On top of that, we are both in good health and life really is our oyster.

I would have to say to get through yesterday and actually look back at my life as an entrepreneur and a friend, made me really happy. Being kind isn't hard, and having a go is admirable no matter which way you put it. I love seeing friends put themselves in uncomfortable positions and take a risk - some paying off, some not.

Here's my reality check:

  1. Life isn't as bad as we think: if you have good health, good family and friends - you don't need too much.
  2. No amount of pain you may go through in business or life, is worth you falling over. Get back up, dust yourself off and reach for the stars.
  3. Good friends will be there no matter what. 'Fair-weather friends won't' as an old friend of mine once said.
  4. You need to look at business and life objectively. If you don't, you will find that you get stuck on the things that really don't matter and you will miss the things that do.
  5. Never let people with 'bad behavior' get away with it. If you let people who are not kind, considerate or are just plain nasty get away with it, you are rewarding them. 

My New Years' Resolution theme was "kindness" and I have to say, every single day of this year, I have followed it through. Isn't that enough to make you smile?

 

 

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Mellissah Smith

Mellissah Smith is a marketing expert with more than 20 years experience. Having founded and built two successful marketing companies internationally, she is well recognized as a industry thought leader and innovator. Mellissah started her career working with technology and professional services firms, primarily in marketing, public relations and investor relations, positioning a number of successful companies to list on the various Stock Exchanges around the world. She is a writer, technology developer and entrepreneur who shares her thoughts and experiences through blogs and written articles published in various media outlets. Brag sheet: #2 marketer to follow on Twitter (2003), Top 150 Marketers to Follow (2015), Top 10 innovative marketers (2014), 60K+ followers on Twitter with 97% authentic.

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