2019 was by far the most productive year I’ve had as a writer. I quit my job and became a full-time writer thanks to many of you who’ve read my work during the past year.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

I don’t usually talk about numbers, but I truly am proud of the way this year has transpired and I can’t help it.

These posts have been read by a combined 438,000 people.

As follows are the top 10 posts I wrote this year along with the most highlighted passages from each.

Walk down memory lane with me, will ya?

Big challenges don’t trip us up. Little petty annoyances cumulatively throw our lives off-balance. Office politics at work, your commute, errands, meaningless news, gossip, tiny bouts of envy, social media, so it goes. Think of how much time you spend on meaningful activities vs. the amount of time you spent letting life’s trivialities swallow you whole.

So if I had one hack to offer it’d be this — fall in love with doing instead of the idea of doing.

There’s beauty in the struggle of life when you look at the right way. When life tests you, you get the chance to prove you’re resilient. One of the deepest levels of satisfaction comes from knowing how strong you are. Few memories are better than those of overcoming struggles, persisting, and absorbing pressure and turning it into fuel instead of letting it break you.

People who quit early don’t understand this. When developing a skill, no time spent is in vain. Success in skill-building isn’t linear, meaning you don’t get better at an equal pace each time you practice. You might feel like you’re getting nowhere, but each minute spent building your skill sets you up for a leap in the future.

You think that confidence and self-esteem precede the work when the opposite is true. At first, you have whatever base-level confidence you’ve been gifted as a human being. Also, confidence is context-dependent — meaning you feel it more in certain scenarios, situations, and environments than others.

If you can get to the point where you’ve internalized that you, in fact, have been successful in some capacity before, you realize you can be successful in this next path you want to travel.

No matter where you’re employed, you can use your current experience to guide your future. Of course, if you truly hate your job, find something different.

But if you’re simply being cynical, lazy, ungrateful, or some combination of all three, your career will probably continue to go nowhere.

You Think You’re Smart. And you are. But maybe you’re too smart for your own good. Smart people can be overconfident. Smart people can get drunk on their own ideas. Smart people try to reinvent the wheel when it’s unnecessary. Smart people try to hard to be original instead of making an impact. It’s okay to be smart, just don’t let it blind you from what needs to be learned and what needs to be done.

Frustration = growth — When the words don’t come out, you fumble the strings on the guitar, or your sales call goes horribly south, realize that frustration is the way through to growth. Getting through the frustration point builds this bedrock to your being that enables you to continue growing for the rest of your life.

Ayodeji is the author of You 2.0 — Stop Feeling Stuck, Reinvent Yourself, and Become a Brand New You. Want a free copy of my first book? Get it here.

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