New Year’s Resolutions Are For Idiots…Kinda

I was never one for New Year’s resolutions. It’s not that I’m one of those guys who thinks that there isn’t anything about me that I need to work on — I have plenty of opportunities for self-improvement — I just never thought the progression from one year to another was a good reason for it, and that will never change.

What has changed is how I think about life and my future.

2016 isn’t going to be about resolutions, it’s going to be about results.

The biggest takeaway from 2015 was the importance of setting goals, and I plan to capitalize on this realization in the new year.

It’s about understanding what I want out of life and working to make that a reality. Part of that is learning how to take the big picture and distilling it into smaller actionable items, and the other is making sure that I continue to invest in my own personal development.

I have very big goals for the next eight years, and achieving them won’t be easy.

  1. I will found/co-found a company that will bring in, at least, a million dollars of net profit per year.
  2. I will be able to use that money for my philanthropic endeavors.
  3. I will be able to work from anywhere in the world.
  4. I will be featured on the 30 Under 30 list in Forbes Magazine.

What I need to get there:

  1. Mentorship
  2. Experience
  3. Education/Know-how
  4. Networking/Community

For the sake of not boring you, let’s just take a look at that second one, Experience.

Now, you can’t really get the experience to start, grow, and run a company without actually doing it.

But here’s what I can do to get foundational experience:

  1. Learn how to create, and not just once or twice. I’m talking about the constant and consistent creation and curation of content or value.
  2. Constantly be on the lookout for business opportunities where I can leverage my tech expertise. This will not only help me grow my network but will also add to my entrepreneurial street cred.
  3. Never stop asking. This point is absolutely imperative to my success. I believe that the majority of the opportunities that are presented to you in life stem from being inquisitive and reaching out to the people or companies that you want to learn from. Curiosity is a dying art.

I know my list looks scarce, but that’s what it basically boils down too. I have to have curiosity, I have to act on that curiosity, and then I have to create something of value with what I’ve learned.

I have two more pieces of advice to myself, and these are massive. Pay attention here, Tim.

  1. Bootstrap the hell out of everything you do. You need to be laser focused when it comes to your personal development and whatever you learn must (do you hear me?), MUST be reinvested so you can move on to bigger and better.
  2. Stop seeking validation from friends and family. I don’t care who the hell it is. At the end of the day, you are the only one that has to live your life. If you continue to allow these naysayers, these non-imaginative individuals to interfere with your dreams, goals, and desires, you will end up just like them: wasting away their lives in unfulfilling jobs — gray, bland, and miserable as hell.

Carpe diem.