10 Tips to Remember When Setting Fall Goals by Jenna Abdou


1. As you evolve your business, too much precision in your planning is a bad thing. Be clear on your most important outcomes instead. 

 - Inspired by Roger McNamee, Founder of Elevation Partners 

2. Next time someone asks you “what do you do?” capture their attention by focusing  on who you are,  not on the work that you do.

 - Inspired by Sally Hogshead, Author of How the World Sees You 

3. Happiness isn’t based on your circumstances; It’s a state of being that you control. 

 - Inspired by Valerie Alexander, Founder of SpeakHappiness 

4. In business, the mantra ‘question everything’ is a call to innovate. In life, it’s an invitation to go beyond what you know. 

 - Inspired by Chris GrossoThe Indie Spiritualist 

5. Opt not to fight fear with fear; Give it a personality and watch it diminish. 

 - Inspired by Zara Swindells-Grose, Director of Humour Australia 

6. You will rise or fall to the level of your competition. The best competitors compete to continually improve their performance, not just to win. 

 - Inspired by Ashley Merryman, Author of Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing  

7. If you want to get the best out of your millennial work force fit the job to the person, not the person to the job 

 - Inspired by Aaron HurstThe Purpose Economy

8. If your imagination is hindered by the quest for certainty, then you’ll always do what you’ve always done. 

 - Inspired by Stuart Firestein, Chair of The Department Biological Sciences at Columbia University 

9. Give what you’ve never received and you’ll get what you’ve always wanted. 

 - Inspired by Rusty RueffThe GRAMMY foundation

10. If you feel an itch, pay attention to it. It’s likely an opportunity worth pursuing. 

 - Inspired by Miki Agrawal, Founder of WILD 

What opportunity will you pursue this fall? Leave us a comment or connect on Twitter (@33voices) and we'll feature you in our weekly newsletter. 



Further Reading
  • Seedling Relies on Childhood Curiosity to Inspire a Creative Team — On a recent flight home, I spent over an hour browsing a children’s play website, completely enamored by sets like Design Your Own Superhero Cape and Invent Your Own Insects. After sharing Seedling with everyone I know, despite few of my friends having children, I wondered why the brand struck a such a meaningful chord with me.
  • How to Build a Team That Aspires for Greatness — When Adam Liebman plays basketball, all he does is shoot three-pointers. “I’ll pretty much shoot three-pointers from anywhere on the court. Once we cross half court, I’m in my range. I’m never afraid to pull the trigger,” he said, reflecting on his fantasy game with Lebron James.
  • The Scientific Case For Happiness: How to Rewire Your Brain and Take Control of Your Life — In an average day, I convince myself that I have at least three disorders. I am a self-diagnosed hypochondriac. Yes, I see the irony here. Ranging from the serious - Will these voices in my head ever stop? - to the non-serious - Why did I ask that interview question? - I often engage in what Paige Craig, an investor at Arena Ventures, has identified as “Creative Destruction.”


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