Annie Galvin Teich is a wise woman, whom I’ve known for over a decade. She’s be a friend, a business colleague, and an advisor. In the past two years, she has changed paths and joined us on the Internet. I’ve asked her to share some of what she’s learned in that extraordinary transition.
10 Life Lessons for Reinventing Yourself
by Annie Galvin Teich
Two years ago I was suddenly faced with an opportunity to change the course of my life and career. I’ve launched two businesses and three websites with varying degrees of success. These are some of the things that I’ve learned:
- People don’t do business with companies. They do business with people they like. You can and will be surprised by how much support you’ll find in your personal circle â€“ business colleagues, industry acquaintances and, of course, friends and family.
- It’s all about connections. Your definition of success will morph and change as you meet and learn from others. The opportunities that appear along the way are usually a function of who you know.
- We are stronger than we think we are. When you have passion, conviction and determination, you can bounce back off the mat. Sometimes all it takes is a hot bath, a cup of tea or a nap and you’re ready to go another round.
- People are kinder than we think they are. Don’t make assumptions about people. Sometimes they are just waiting to be asked to help. Be nice.
- You don’t have to imagine your future in detail to create it. Many of us stop ourselves from taking a gamble because we donâ€™t have what we think we need to be successful. It really is okay to move forward without these things as long as you understand that the destination can change.
- Getting up every day to work hard at moving forward creates its own momentum. It is impossible to work 10-12 hours a day for 6 months or 2 years without getting somewhere. You may end up somewhere you didn’t plan, but that is usually okay.
- Friends keep you honest. They know you; they love you; they support you; they pick you up when you’re discouraged; and they keep your ego in check.
- If you think you understand how much work is involved, triple it. Click your heels together three times and repeat after me!
- Backing up to go forward is often a wise thing. Sometimes you find that you’ve gone off on a tangent that, as compelling as it was, is not taking you in the right direction. Part of this new learning is realizing that you are not always going to make the right decisions. As the GPS navigators say, “recalculate.”
- Being able to laugh in general and at yourself in particular is good medicine. This new landscape you’re creating is exhilarating and scary. But you have to keep it in cosmic perspective. Laughter is good for you. Don’t take yourself or your learning moments so seriously that you canâ€™t have a good chuckle. Life is too short.
It has been a remarkable journey.
Thanks, Annie! You still inspire me with what you take from life!
–ME “Liz” Strauss