DJ 365

…And I Did

Well, here it is. Day 365. A whole year of writing everyday online completed. Just as I said yesterday, it feels weird, really. It’s become so normal that I almost forgot that it was here.

While I said that it’s just another day, that it’s just another post, and it’s true, I’m not going to overlook what I’ve accomplished for myself with this post today. Never in my life have I done something of value to me this consistently. EVER. And I know that that’s a significant factor as to why I haven’t moved forward in life. Moving forward, this gives me the point of reference that I can do anything on the daily. More importantly, as cliché as it is, it gives me the reference that I can do anything I set my mind to. I set out to write everyday this year and I did it. I fucking did it.

I didn’t plan on doing a recap of the takeaways I got from this year because for one there are too many to count. And two, tomorrow it’s right back at it for DJ Volume II. But if I had to boil it down, the following are the most important takeaways for me in 2017.


It’s that simple. Commit. Give everything you have and stick to it, by any means. Most importantly, commit to you. Commit to the things that drive you, the things that bring you joy. Commit to the things that you want to do and give 1000% to them. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing.

Do you.


This actually goes hand-in-hand with commitment and is something that I’m still working to totally establish in my life. Discipline = Freedom, probably one of the most important formulas I’ve learned this year. It takes discipline, correction, self-discipline to get new habits off the ground and working in your favor. It comes from consciously doing it, working to establish that habit, even when your brain tries to stop you. There were other habits I wanted to establish (daily notecard for example) but I didn’t apply discipline and commitment to them, or enough of both, as I did with this blog. Well, I know what to do now.

Self-Discipline = Freedom

Break It Down

Continuing off self-discipline, a lot of the failure to continue the note cards had to do with the goal I set. I set out for a year and doing that made the goal seem out of reach a lot of the time. Simply focusing on a big goal like that can be discouraging and deplete motivation. But when you break it down into smaller chunks, monthly, weekly, even daily goals (especially daily goals), suddenly it seems possible and less intimidating.

Break it down.


Writing everyday on Medium was just an idea at first that I had on the train. And if I had not actually started to put my fingers to the keys back on January 1st, it would’ve remained simply as such: an idea, never to be brought to life. I’ve had a lot of those over the years, ideas that I would have loved to see come to life. But I didn’t act on them.

Simply thinking about that idea isn’t going to make it happen. Action will. If there’s anything I’m keeping at the forefront of my mind in 2018, it’s this. Less thinking, more doing. There’s no applying the previous two concepts without taking action first. I’ve realized it all just comes down to this:

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In no way did 2017 turn out like I expected to but then again, I learned to let go of expectations. But in the end, I’m glad I made the decision to do something and embark on this journey. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life.




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