2017 in review: chapter 1

It has been only 25 days into the new year, and so far, I feel like I’ve been at this for months. Hello, my name is Vincent, and this is a recap of how my year has gone so far.

I set out to take on 2017 with 3 key goals in view.

  • Read More
  • Build meaningful relationships
  • Relentlessly pursue my goals

These goals, I thought, were the critical components of achieving my long-term objectives, and having experienced the roller coaster ride that was 2016, I had just come to appreciate the need to become the Christopher Nolan to the series of Dark Knight movies that is my life. (I am so sorry for this analogy)

Better late than never, no?

So I Started Reading

Initially, I had set out to read 1 book every week for the month, and this had gone excellently. So much so,that I completed 3 books within the first 2 weeks of this project. Now this might not sound like a lot, but if you consider the type of reader I was prior to this project; someone who’d take a month to complete a 300 page novel, you’ll have a better perspective of why this was such a big win for me. As we’ve progressed further down this timeline though, it has become apparent that my initial pace was not very sustainable, and so, I’ve slowed down a bit, but filled in the resulting gaps with articles and book summaries from Farnam Street. You should check them out.

Anyways, here’s a list of what I’ve read so far:

  1. How to win friends and influence people — Dale Carnegie on, yeah you guessed it, winning friends and influencing people.
  2. The Alchemist — Paulo Coelho on the amazing results that can be achieved when you believe enough in a thing.
  3. Architecture Theory — Because there is a deeper meaning to architecture than what you see. The philosophical concepts beneath each architectural masterpiece is usually it’s most beautiful part.
  4. Traction — Gabriel Weinberg on effective strategies for gaining and retaining clients.

And then I tried to build meaningful relationships

“No man is an island”: For the most part of my adult life, I have occupied myself with trying to debunk this theory, and 2017 was the year I finally gave up.

As I have come to find out though, this process entails stepping very far away from my comfort zone and doing things that I’d normally actively shy away from, and although it has been a very challenging experience, I’m glad I’ve made some progress on this front.

And then I ran after my career goals

I have stumbled several times, but I think the most important thing at this stage is that am still able to run.

Do you know what burnout feels like?

Well I didn't until this year. Currently, I am actively joggling 2 major career goals while trying to keep my full-time job, and I don’t know if I have burned out yet, or I’m very close, but I just need to say that;


How does Elon Musk do this thing without dying, man?

Anyways, this has been a recap of my year so far, and I’m sure you’d have realized that I can barely write better than a fish can ride a bicycle. Pardon me this time (and subsequent times). It’s been long since I wrote and I hope to get better at this.