Over the course of the past year, we’ve learned a lot. And we covered a lot of ground in our blog. Not surprisingly, much of it surrounded the central theme of health as the pandemic continued to remain relevant. As we head into the new year, here are our 10 Takeaways from 2022.

  1. What we now know about vaccines & COVID-19 today… As we near the 3 year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, here’s what we know today about the virus and the vaccine. The COVID-19 virus itself is similar to the common cold or flu with some outlier symptoms. The people who are most affected by the virus are those in poor physical health. (We’ve known this since March 2021 when a CDC study found that of the patients that were hospitalized from COVID-19, 79.1% were either overweight or obese.) Despite the ongoing vaccination and booster campaign, we know that the vaccines do not protect you from getting or transmitting the virus, and there can be severe/adverse side effects. The best form of protection from COVID-19 or any other virus/disease is to take command of your health. 
  2. Be your own health advocate and do your own health research. A friend of mine recently came to me quite worried because he had a high blood pressure reading at his physical. His doctor recommended an immediate statins prescription. I recommended that he get a second opinion, and he took me up on my advice. During these alternate examinations, his blood pressure levels were, in fact, completely normal. The unfortunate reality is that doctors do not always have your best interest in mind. Pharmaceutical companies want to sell their drugs and doctors want to get paid. You need to be your own health advocate. 
  3. Work backwards. Figure out where you’re going and then work backwards to develop a plan to get you there. 
  4. Focus on what you can control. In life, whether that be in business or with your family – focus on what you can control. Don’t waste your time on things that are out of your control. 
  5. Set short term and long term goals for yourself. People love to set goals in the new year. But how many of these goals are actually achieved? Set short term goals for yourself – ones that are attainable within the next few weeks, months, and this year. Also set long term goals for yourself – where you want to be in 5 years or 10 years. 
  6. Log how much time you spend doing each activity and decide what to prioritize. How much time are you spending on you on your phone? How much time do you spend exercising? How much time do you spend actually working? How much time do you spend with your family? If you’d like to make changes in your life, take inventory of your time. This data will help you see where the bulk of your time is spent and you can reconfigure according to your goals.
  7. Read & watch what you eat. If you’ve never looked at the back of a food label, you’re in for a real shock. You likely will not be able to pronounce most of the ingredients in nearly all of the food at the grocery store. As a rule of thumb, if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, you probably shouldn’t put it into your body. 
  8. Have a buyer’s mentality. When you’re making a large purchase in your life (like a car or a house), you’re going to do your due diligence. You’re going to ask lots of questions. You’re going to ask the salesman for all the information you can get from them. You will even go digging yourself for reviews and testimonials from other customers. It’s a big purchase so you want to make sure you’re not jumping into it or making a terribly wrong decision. Apply this same logic in business. If you’re hiring, don’t settle for a mediocre employee. Do your due diligence and hire the right people. If you’re on the hunt for a new job, vet the company and don’t sell yourself short. 
  9. No matter how good or bad things are, there is always opportunity. As we head into 2023, everyone seems to be talking about the looming recession. Are we going into a recession? Are we in one already? How long is it going to last? What we can take away from the volatility of the financial market is that no matter the state of the economy, or the world for that matter, there is always opportunity. Opportunity to get better. Opportunity to get rid of people who are holding you back. Opportunity to restructure. 
  10. Find your purpose – The Key to Longevity. What is your purpose? As a CEO? As a person? Whether you’re an entrepreneur at a start-up or the CEO of a Fortune500 company, your purpose is who you are and what makes you distinctive. It’s not what you do, it’s how you do your job and why. Knowing your purpose means staying grounded as you execute your business and life goals.