Lessons Learned From the First Decade – You Are Beautiful

Photo by @elgrba

In 2002, I made a small batch 100 stickers. 14 years later the community has shared 3 million stickers in 100 languages all around the globe. Along the way, there have been wonderful moments, as well as bumps in the road. We wrote a book (available here), that highlights from the lessons learned from our first decade. It was loving designed by our friends at Firebelly Design.


1) Start anywhere. As long as it’s now.

If you keep waiting for the perfect moment, you'll be waiting forever. Measure twice and cut once…but eventually you have to cut the board.


2) Keep going. You’ve got this.

Everyone is not going to agree with you. People might not get it. And that's ok. Don't stop yourself short, trust you are doing incredible things.


3) Put your back into it. Get your hands dirty.

If you're not going to give it your all - stop what you're doing and walk away. Don't be above any job, you need to be willing to do the heavy lifting.


4) Take action. Embrace risk.

At some point you have to brave the climb, when there is no turning back. Make grand gestures, act unforgettably. Do things that scare the pants off you.


5) Create an impact. Do a lot with a little.

Do something for a stranger unexpectedly, unapologetically say it's ok to be human. Be audacious, a little dangerous, give gifts and have fun.


6) Start a conversation. See where it leads.

Nothing happens when you keep it all inside. Just say hello…something. Your individual voice will change to a dialogue, and nothing will ever be the same.


7) Make it yours. Run with it.

Life is open source, it’s for everyone to interpret and rework. Get inventive, contribute in your own way by creating unique and memorable moments.


8) Work together. And invite people into your world.

Give someone a chance to shine, give others opportunities you’ve only dreamed of. Lend a hand, and remember that we’re all in this together.


9) Be open. And define your success.

Your path is unique, those bruises and scars show how you never held back. You have no way of knowing what lies ahead, and that's the fun part.


10) Be spectacular. Be you.

We need you to be larger than life. Be your own parade. Do and create things that leave nothing the same. Let's be human to each other again.