Earlier this month Ron discussed his top ten lessons from the last decade and Jon what he believes is the most important word of the year (“daily”). Although I have tried to divorce myself from the arbitrary boundaries of a calendar year, I still take some time in December and January, deliberate time, to reflect on the past and create plans and experiments for the future.
Over the last decade this process and activity has helped me identify some grounding principles that I try to live by, personally and professionally, which each year become more defined. I then work on reinforcing the principles throughout the year. The principles are simple: reduce friction, share, and grow.
I define “friction” as anything that keeps me from optimal effectiveness, so it takes many forms. Some examples:
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