“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.” — Neil Gaiman
I love this quote because it’s a simple message about being, trying, and living. What you choose to do with a day not only affects that day, it influences your week, month, year, and life. When you expose yourself to and engage in something new, it signifies a willingness to grow. Growth comes from success and failure, so you simply need to try to grow. The chances you take ultimately direct the path of your life.
Fifteen years ago, my team joined me in taking a chance on creating a new magazine devoted to community. We wanted to bring readers the stories of influencers, local small businesses, organizations, places, and more. And we committed to doing so exclusively about those who are located in our community, whether they reside in Madison, Dane County, or Wisconsin. Throughout the years, we’ve learned, changed, and grown in the way we approach and create each issue because we’re open to improvement. While we’ve evolved in our process, the substance of why we do it remains the same.
My challenge to you in 2020 is to be open to possibilities and willing to take on opportunities to grow, and to embrace where that growth takes you. We look forward to joining you on the path to better work, both professionally and personally, for a more fulfilling life.