Last week I had a pretty big work epiphany: I am no longer the product-researching machine I once was. I used to stay up all hours of the night clicking through endless links and exhibition lists written in different languages — I couldn’t get enough. But almost a decade later, my interests have shifted, and I find myself wanting to write about different aspects of design and home life. That realization led to the search for a new team member and some pretty deep thinking about the ways I’ve changed and the lessons I’ve learned while running this site. So with subways and transit closed after Hurricane Sandy and no possibility of getting guests (or myself) to and from the radio station, I called into the station and recorded today’s solo show from my living room in Brooklyn. My topic for this week’s show was both deeply personal and business related: The Top 10 Lessons I’ve Learned. From embracing change and delegation to accepting my role as a boss and trying to learn from mistakes, I decided to lay it all out in the open today. I shared examples from my own business and life for each lesson and decided to end the show with the 5 biggest mistakes I’ve made along the way and the 5 things for which I’m most proud. Some of the lessons I’ll discuss are:
- Lead with Passion
- Break Rules
- Find Your Inner Boss
- Make Time For Life
- Embrace Change
This was an important but tough show for me to record; it’s funny how there are some things that you need to teach yourself more than anyone else. And I feel thankful that today’s show gave me the chance to do that. Sometimes you just need to say things out loud to remind yourself of all the good, bad and in between that you’ve learned from. I hope you’ll all join me in the spirit of sharing and learning from mistakes and share your own experiences in the comment section below. I’ve always learned most from real-life experiences and hope that the lessons I’ve learned (or survived) in my own life and business will help some of you out there listening.
Thanks to everyone for listening, and I’ll be back with a live show next week with designer Thom Filicia! xo, grace