10 things that have taken me the longest to understand

  1. 1.
    You won't get paid your worth if you don't ask for it. And if you feel like you aren't being paid your worth, it can be demotivating. It's ok to say no to a job.
  2. 2.
    Excel isn't actually hard. A lot of the features can be intimidating at first, but it isn't hard. It just takes some practice and some patience. Same with midi mapping, or any number of other technology tools.
  3. 3.
    Listen more, talk less. I've always been a talker, but I both give and get more to and from others when I listen.
  4. 4.
    It's ok to not know what you want to be when you grow up. But figure out what to do today and tomorrow, and do that.
  5. 5.
    Worrying too much about money is a one-way ticket to not having any money.
  6. 6.
    Fear is just a chemical reaction, it's normal, and it can be sidestepped by reframing the problem.
  7. 7.
    I don't like being in sales. Stop letting people tell me I'd be a perfect salesman.
  8. 8.
    Creating structure and routine makes life a lot easier, and I have the creative juice left over to work on my own projects. Also, give myself real time, a real block of time, to work on projects. 15-30 minute chunks don't allow for much to happen.
  9. 9.
    My memory is ok, but I need to start taking notes to keep up with things.
  10. 10.
    Being gracious is a gift. Be thankful. Nobody owes you anything, so work hard and celebrate little and big wins, and say thank you to everyone who helps or is involved along the way.