The Grand Experiment Called Life

Life is a game, yes.

But it’s also an experiment.

You develop a hypothesis. You test it out. Maybe it works. Maybe it doesn’t.

You learn from each experiment. You refine your thinking. You refine how you live and how you run your business.

This is how I think of life.

Given the time of season, I’m already reflecting on this past year and thinking about the next.

What worked this year? What didn’t work? What can I do better?

One thing strikes me: How fast a year goes.

It seems only yesterday I was making my business predictions for 2012.

Maybe it’s because I’ve got four kids. Or maybe it’s because I’m in my 30s. Or maybe it’s all those things plus something else.

Either way, the days fly by like mile markers on a road trip.

Another thing I’ve realized: I can’t accomplish as much in one year as I think I can.

Or said another way: I need to focus more to have more impact.

As an entrepreneur, it’s far too easy to start things and not finish them.

Or start things and finish them, but then never promote them sufficiently.

I’m now beginning to see that one or two strategic goals are enough to fill a year.

So I’m now thinking about the highest and best use of my time. What can I do in 2013 to really make a difference in my business? What things do I need to say “no” to?

It’s probably about time for me to re-read The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch.

How about you?

Any dazzling insights from 2012?

-Ryan M. Healy

Ryan M. Healy

Ryan Healy is a financial copywriter and the author of Speed Writing for Nonfiction Writers. Since 2002, he has worked with scores of clients, including Agora Financial, Lombardi Publishing, and Contrarian Profits. He writes a popular blog about copywriting, advertising, and business growth, has been featured in publications like Feed Front magazine, and has been published on sites like WordStream.com, SmallBizClub.com, and MarketingForSuccess.com.

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