Lessons Learned – 2014

Time for the What-I-Learned-This-Year post. 2014 is going to go down in my personal history vaults as the Year of Awakening. It was a year in which I finally seized upon my inner ambitions, and committed myself to following my passions and achieving something greater in my life.

I started the year working at a job that I had no interest in, and am finishing it half-way through Grad school. In between, there were so many things that I learned and became aware of that I either was blind to before or was simply ignorant on. I finally realized that the life I wanted for myself was not going to simply come to me through wishes and good will, and in making that realization and acting upon it, I set in motion a chain of events that will hopefully change my life course permanently and for the better. The jury is still out, but here’s to my high hopes.

As my eyes became opened to more of the world around me and what it would take to actually accomplish my dreams, I became aware of how little I truly knew. And so the bulk of this year has been spent simply establishing a base of knowledge, work ethic, life principles, and habits that I hope to build the rest of my life on (at least for the foreseeable future, nothing lasts forever). Some of these nuggets include:

  • Knowledge is power
  • However, knowledge without action is utterly useless. This has been huge for me, I could follow the rabbit hole all day long. Literally
  • Shooting for a Minimum Viable Product approach to life can be very successful in certain areas (like finance; just get started, and learn and build from there)
  • Speaking of finance, there is no time like the present to get started. Compound that ish
  • Completing one thing a day is far more productive and satisfying than starting 8 things and finishing none. FOCUS
  • You are not Superman. You cannot do it all. Get some help
  • Be true to who you are. I favor improvements over radical changes to your core. You can only fake things for so long
  • Don’t compare yourself to others. All you can do is make the best out of where you find yourself today
  • Adding to that, don’t beat yourself up for mistakes you’ve made or time you’ve wasted. There is nothing you can do about it now but learn from it and do the right thing next time
  • Goal-Setting is critical
  • Effectiveness > Efficiency, but don’t throw efficiency out the window. If there is a better way to do something that saves time/energy/money, do it. Don’t get stuck in your ways just because that is how you have done it before
  • Not all downtime needs to be deleted. Stress relief is critical
  • Real life experience far outweighs textbook experience
  • Podcasts and Audiobooks are the greatest thing since sliced bread
  • There is such thing as too much caffeine. Definitely need to cool it here
  • Mastery is far more about strength of will than strength of skill
  • Practice gratitude. Things could always be worse than they are
  • Lastly, don’t make yourself the center of your own universe. Always make time for loved ones, and don’t be afraid to shed some time and lend a helping hand where needed.

All things considered, 2014 was a great year here, and established strong building blocks for the upcoming years, including this very site. Having built habits and mechanisms set around continuous learning, improvement, and productivity into my daily routine now, 2015 is shaping up to be more about action and implementation. The goal setting process will be starting up soon, but until then, here’s to a great 2015. Cheers



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