10 Big Lessons to Change Your Life in 2017 and Beyond with Javan Bernakevitch

2016 has been an interesting year for me.

It’s been one of transition and growth and change.

It’s been a year that’s ended a long career in one world and kick started a new career going out on my own.

It’s been a year of loss losing pioneers like Toby Hemenway, Gene Logsdon, and Bill Mollison; and it’s been a year of addition as a beautiful daughter entered my life.

I have a grown a lot and changed a lot as a person. And honestly I feel like I am more me than I have ever been.

It’s a me that’s been found through a lot of self-reflection, writing, literally hundreds of podcasts, and conversations with people like Javan.

Along the way I have learned a lot.

Today I will be sharing some of what I learned as Javan and I go through our top 5 lessons from 2016.

In total 10 simple ways of looking at life, approaching life, and thinking about life that can change your life tomorrow.

I look at a lot of these lessons as base principles in an approach to life that very much contradicts the status quo.

None of these lessons require any money or technology to implement. There are no tools or techniques here.

It’s simply changing your approach.

As 2016 comes to an end, take what you can from this episode, to align what you do in life more with who you are.

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The 10 Big Lessons of 2016:

  • Self talk props you up.
  • You never know the battles that other people are fighting behind the scenes. 
  • Focused time is longer than you think.
    • When you are going to work, work.
    • “You get out what you put in.”
  • Fulfillment over achievement.
    • Chasing shiny versus who am I, what am I doing, and why am I doing it.
    • Seek to be graded by you, not someone else.  Grade your own success versus needing society to grade it.
  • While it’s not always about the money, the money makes it better.
  • The past is writ
    • What’s in the past can’t be changed.
      • You can learn from it, but you can’t change it.
    • If you feed any issues from the past they will live on and survive, versus accepting reality and moving forward.
  • “I only suffer when I argue with reality, but only 100% of the time.”
  • “Play the game not the man.”  If you worry about what everyone else thinks and wants you will get distracted from the game.
  • Seek mastery versus a masters degree.
    • Don’t worry about certification or a stamp or outside validation for what you are doing.  Seek for the sake of seeking or for you.
    • Seek to understand the end goal.
  • You can always start again.

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Comments 2

  1. You guys must have been talking about Justin’s Rhodes prior to this. Because of the mention of both Youtube.com and Kickstarter. but maybe I’m reading into this and I’m wrong.

    Still a wonderful listen. I think I’m hooked. There were so much positivity and some great take home messages.

    Thank you both.

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