2013 – Building Up Confidence

Well, the end of 2013 is upon us, which means a new and exciting year awaits. Last year, in 2012, I took a leap of faith. This year, 2013, it was all about building up confidence. Next year, 2014, it’ll be all about execution. The first half of 2013 I was still fumbling around like an idiot. My strength gains were stalling, I stumbled my way to launching Rentything, and I was still trying to transition into this new lifestyle and getting into the right habits and routines. But the latter half of the year I started finding my groove. I stopped getting injured so much, started making adjustments to my diet, to my routines, and to my environment. I stayed consistent in my activities with no expectation except to trust in the process. And guess what? The process started to work. Strength started to progress again, injuries were less frequent, productivity skyrocketed. Opportunities for growth in business, awareness of self, and happiness all improved steadily. In other words, I started to find my swagger. I plan on taking this momentum with me into the new year. No fucking around, just consistent execution every. single. day. I really like where my head is at these days, and am in a very good place spiritually, physically, and emotionally as well. Just like 2013, I expect the first half of 2014 to be very different from the second half. There are some amazing things in technology that I am expecting in early 2014 that I am getting excited for that will have a large impact on my productivity and career for...

The End of the Beginning

Another year has flown on by, and what a juggernaut of a year it was. With the end of the year comes my traditional end of year review, of course! So here we go. For me, there was nothing sexy about this year. It was gritty, it was ugly, and it needed to be done. I grinded and hustled for most of the year and I don’t really see that changing in 2013. The year itself proved to be huge. There were three really big events that happened to me. They were, in roughly chronological order: 1) I finished my MBA, 2) I turned 30, and 3) I moved home. 1. Finishing my MBA was a relief. I learned a lot during my two years back at school, and almost none of it had anything to do with the classroom. I did manage to pick up a few things here and there while actually doing “school” (at the very least, I can say for certain I know of a lot more of the things I don’t know and am ignorant of), but the real learning came in my hours outside of school. I began to learn certain things about myself, such as what kind of work related activities I enjoy and which I don’t. I learned that no matter how hard I try, there are certain people I just have a hard time clicking with and that I’m not everybody’s cup of tea, either. I figured out the things that are important to me, such as freedom and health over wealth and riches, and prioritized myself accordingly. This year...

Psssttttttt…is this thing on??

Wondering if anybody still reads this thing, outside of random Googlers. If you do, awesome, you guys/gals rule. It has been a busy year so far! A lot of things happening that are as exciting as they are scary. I haven’t updated here in a long time not because I didn’t want to and not because I didn’t have the time. In all honesty, I just don’t know what to say. Sometimes the best course of action is no action. Some of the consequences of my decisions won’t be known until a few years out, so I’d rather not comment on them. The things that are going well are doing exceptionally so. And the things that aren’t I’m not really that worried about. School was one of those things that just kind of took a back burner in terms of priorities. I honestly don’t know if school was the right decision at this point. It has its pluses, it has its minuses, so who knows. What doesn’t? Ask me again in 5 years and I’d have a more solid answer for you. The only real regret I had with school was that I didn’t get to connect with my classmates as much as I would have liked. I lost touch with a bunch of them that I would have liked to see more. But thems the breaks. School was extremely fast paced, stressful for some, and money/finding a job and time was always a concern for many. As for me, my own priorities changed as well and going out constantly and being involved in extra curricular school activities started...

2010 Annual Review.

Annual reflections are a good little exercise to try.  It helps put things into perspective by taking a look at what went right, wrong, nowhere and somewhere in between in your life.  This helps with planning on future direction and gaining insight.  I would encourage everybody to give it a go.  At the end of the year is completely arbitrary as I don’t subscribe to the new years resolution mentality.  If it can wait until the new year than the burning desire for achieving the goal just isn’t there yet.  You could just as easily do an annual review mid year.  In fact doing a semi-annual review wouldnt be such a bad idea but if you’ve never done anything like it before than starting with one is a good start.  Something I am very bad at is measuring and recording results.  This leaves me doing inaccurate guesswork with skewed and crappy memory.  Don’t do that.  Record and measure results whenever possible and save the guesswork.  Be as specific as possible. What can I really say this year? 2009 was a year of epic lows and mountain highs.  2010 was much more low key.  I did some traveling.  Hit up a cruise and went to some excellent European countries.  Great fun.  Met some great people during these times and had some really positive Couchsurfing experiences.  I will likely write about that in the future.  Quit my job and got back into school, which I put off for too long.  I have been very happy with this decision.  Got back into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and realized a healthy, tougher me is...

What Happens if You Started Today?

I have been feeling lazy, which is why I haven’t written in a while.  Well, there’s more to the story than that.  School kept my hands full.  I wasn’t overloaded, just annoyingly occupied to the point where I wasn’t really able to do a lot of extracurriculars.  I had to cut down on my exercise, jiu jitsu, rock climbing, and writing.  I did still keep up with reading, though, so all was not lost.  Then my exams finished, and school was off for the break and I just decided to plunk down on the couch, play some video games and eat a lot of junk.  So far, so good. I wanted to write a series of posts over the break but that didn’t happen.  Instead, this is the best I could muster.  Google seems to be sending lots of beachbody P90X, Insanity, Rev Abs people my way.  For the record, this isn’t a health and fitness blog, at least not completely.  Its mostly a lifestyle blog.  It was started before Facebook and Gmail and Twitter and Skype as a way to keep in touch with friends.  Friends are now much easier to keep in touch with so this blog, at least to my friends, became much less relevant.  Except some awesome readers have stated they have found my writing useful, and because I still enjoy writing. Man, the internet moves FAST. Writing is like many skills that require practice.  If you don’t use it it becomes harder to do.  I’m still kicking myself for not practicing tying a few uber elite knots I was taught over the summer and...

The Agony of Defeat and The Sweet Taste of Victory

This year so far has been one of those crazy transitional ones for me.  Its probably the most uncomfortable and challenging time I’ve been through, but also the most rewarding.  Everything I have been doing or trying is not second nature to me.  Its been fail after fail.  I got demoted at work.  It seems any time I try to do the right thing I get burned.  I had to do some serious soul searching and make some tough decisions and sacrifices.  I eventually came up with three rules for myself during this transitional period. 1) Workout six days a week. 2) Hangout with friends and family whenever possible. 3) Work until my eyeballs bleed.  This was not easy.  It made me very aggressive with my time.  I was working 100+ hour weeks.  Night after night I sat in front of my computer until my eyes were fuzzy.  I balanced that out with hanging out with my best friends and seeing family members I haven’t really seen in years.  Sacrifices were made.  I stopped reading.  I didn’t get to do a lot of the things I really wanted to do like outdoor bouldering, bjj and playing the harmonica.  I stopped meditating and yoga and writing.  My diet suffered.  I mean *really* suffered.  Aunts and uncles were looking to feed me their favourite dishes every day.  Eating became a thing to do with friends for no other reason except because we needed something to do while hanging out (just like the good ol days!).  My performance and reputation at work took a hit as I waited to be called out...