21 Lessons from 2020

As I count down to my birthday on the 21st, here are 21 lessons I learned in 2020.

  1. Hesitation steals the joy of the moment. Agonizing over decisions steals the fun of the journey.
  2. Subconscious conditioning exists to protect you. Make sure that it is programmed correctly.
  3. When God makes a promise, He means it (even if nothing in your environment looks like it at the moment).
  4. The way you see yourself can cause you to either make bold moves to self-sabotage in the name of humility.
  5. Pushing for a relationship/friendship with a person isn’t bad in itself, as long as you are prepared for the sometimes long wait for them to like you back at the level that you want.
    Caveat: it may never come, and that should be okay too. Nobody owes you love.
  6. My entire life is prep for my next step. Wisdom is transferable. The lessons learned should make me wiser, and help me make better decisions.
    True growth reflects in all areas of your life, not just the area where the lesson occurred.
  7. Sometimes, you are the racist, not them. Sometimes it’s you being unfair. Inclusion sometimes needs a critical mass to be fair to the majority. Sometimes you need to do extra to get in. Until the labels are down, fight the labels, not the process/institution.
  8. Acquired knowledge does not transform. Applied knowledge is the game-changer. What are you doing with what you know? What do you plan to do with what you just learned?
  9. Love is a choice. So is the way that you choose to express/repress it.
  10. If I want something badly enough, I’ll gravitate towards it, whether I speak about it or not. It is the underpinning principle behind the system that I deliberately leverage to make my goals fall into my lap.
  11. God answers prayers. Even the one you weren’t bold enough to pray out loud. The ones that you whispered in a corner of your heart, and were afraid to ask out aloud. He hears them. And regards them too.
  12. God loves me more than I love me. He wants better for me than I could ever think or imagine. So when I surrender my will to His and submit to His plan, I get the better deal.
  13. Accepting myself for who I am helps me to do better. Not some parts. All of me. Without judgment.
  14. Communication helps a lot. If what happened is communication.
  15. Customers are not always right. Customers are human. So are staff, bosses, and beneficiaries.
    Friends are humans too – not perfect. Choose your hard then stick to it (for as long as is reasonable).
  16. People are not good or bad in the absolute sense of it. They are just good or bad for you/ the stage of life you’re in.
  17. Truth is powerful. Truth can be painful. But when accepted, the truth can shape you into a wonderful human.
  18. This too shall pass. The transiency of time, challenges, difficulties etc. They all pass. This was perhaps the biggest reveal of the year. Nothing lasts forever. I might as well make the most of it because it is passing by, going away, and never coming back.
  19. There are challenges money cannot solve. Competence, character, relationships, wisdom gaps.
  20. Clothes can be used as armor: Good lingerie for confidence. Style and comfort for courage boosts. Or even intimidation and assertiveness. Your dressing and carriage tell others without words how to carry you, relate to you, what to offer you.
  21. I am an artist. Taste, Words, Pencils, Fabrics, Sounds… The medium does not matter – I am an artist. And a pretty good one (my clients think so).

Author: Jane Oluwadare
Jane solves hard problems so you don't stay stuck Jane (Hadassah) OLUWADARE is an autistic, dyslexic multi-dimensional woman who uses her different dimensions to amplify one another, and is committed to showing other neurodivergent people how to replicate working wisdom in their respective contexts. In the PKH Network, she brings her various facets, strengths and skills to work together in viable business models, creating solutions for other visionaries, and providing platforms for young people to grow into their own strengths, develop experience and expertise As a data analyst, strategist and business development consultant in PKH Consulting, she sits with business structures to help them identify the gaps in their processes, build the blueprints, strategy, process flows and structures that will get them from where they are to where they want to be. As a productivity and execution coach in PHRONESIS Lighthouse, she works with neurodivergent people to get more productive, and do more with less effort, with particular attention to autistic people and people with ADHD. As a fashion consultant in HSFH, she styles, illustrates, and brings 15+ years of sewing experience to bear as she works to produce and sell stylish clothing that meets sensory, functional and fashionable needs. She teaches creative and trade skills in CriArt Skill Academy, working with neurodivergent children (with particular attention to autism, dyslexia and ADHD) to show them how their natural talents and tendencies can be an advantage inside and outside of the classroom and school curriculum. Utilising games and play as tools, as well as drawing from her own personal experience as a designer, chef and writer she helps them transfer the skills from the creative arts into school subjects and real life. She writes extensively, sharing her thoughts in books, articles and through her various enterprises as creative stories and non-fiction think-pieces available in Books By Hadassah. An International Youth Council member and former Global Youth Ambassador, she sits on the boards of several youth-led organisations in an advisory capacity; and continues to work with others to help develop children and young adults to create a life of impact. At the very core of her being, Hadassah keeps chasing after The One who keeps her balanced and finds the ultimate fulfilment in her fellowship with the Holy Spirit. She quips that He is the real super power that keeps her functioning as an autistic, dyslexic person with ADHD, and often shares the insights He teaches her on Personal Development, Business Development and mindset reorientation according to the Word with Deborah's Court (her ministry expression)

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