I start this year with the same simple statement that I have made for the last several years:
“This year is going to be the best year of my life”
I say this now with no hesitation that 2012 was definitely my best year ever. It is a little awesome to look back upon all the amazing things that happened, and it brings a giant smile to my face.
Even though this sets an incredibly high benchmark for 2013, I am 100% confident that this year will be even better. How can I be so confident? The answer:
I am a scientist.
I have been performing experiments since I could walk, and the results of these experiments continuously make me a better. I remember one of my earliest experiments as if it just happened yesterday. I loved climbing trees as a kid. I started off small with the 10 ft. apple tree in my grandparents yard, then on to the 20ft pear tree. Clearly, those just weren’t big enough. I needed the ultimate challenge. I was going to climb to the top of the biggest tree i could find — a 50ft oak tree at my parents house. I was scared shitless, but I went up anyways. I look at that tree now with those tiny little limbs and realize how crazy I was, but the view from the top of that tree made me feel like I was on top of the world.
Side note: I feel like I have finally found a tree big enough in my profession life so that when I get to the top, the view is going to be quite amazing. That’s a story for another time.
Everything I do now is an experiment and I’m thirsty for answers…
- how much sleep do I need to be on point
- what’s the best diet for me
- will I close more deals wearing a hoodie or a suit
- what’s the most efficient commute to work
- what would happen if I tried to make my own trail up to the top of a mountain in Boulder, Colorado
- what’s the most ridiculous thing I could say to a woman at the bar to gain her interest
- what would happen if I don’t cut my hair for 3 months
- what’s the best way to tie my shoes
- how many times can I say “good morning” to the doorman at my office before he acknowledges my existence
I perform countless experiments in the name of improvement. Some are epic failures and some are great successes. Most are fun. All of them make me better.
My theme for 2013: keep experimenting.