For a long time, I thought personal development was an individual undertaking. Of course the responsibility of becoming a better version of myself is mine and mine alone but it doesn’t have to be a lonely pursuit.
It took me a while to realize that growing up is a more rewarding experience when done alongside people who are willing to share their own challenges and wins (and the process behind them, of course).
I guess "some things just take time", as my latest podcast guest (a startup mentor and investor) says.
Looking back at the past year, I can’t help but notice the fundamental role that close friends and communities played in my transition from a full-time job to growing a freelancing business.
From having a monthly accountability meetup with two of my closest friends to sharing experiences with a group of fantastic fellow freelancers, from joining Twitter chats that bring wonderful communities together to heart to heart talks with customers (unexpected, right?) - every single one of these conversations changed me. This is also the most rewarding part of life and work which is why I really think it’s time we ditched the whole “work life vs personal life” division.
If you don’t believe me, take it from someone with A LOT more experience: startup investor and mentor Alan Clayton.