Progress and Reality


I recently had to go through a little exercise to summarize everything I’ve done for the last year. A couple things come to mind that are worth sharing:

  • Everyone should take some time once a year to think about / document all the progress that was achieved in the past 12 months. It was required in the corporate world, and I forgot how valuable this actually is (one of the rare times I can make this statement)
  • I have accomplished a lot of great stuff in the past year
  • I haven’t accomplished anything great in the past year
  • I still have some serious work to do

At first, it was a very refreshing feeling to look back on everything I’ve done in the past year: I’ve built a couple of prototypes, I created a startup club for students at my college, I taught myself how to be the 6th worst Rails programmer in NYC, I’ve started to build a solid network within the tech community, and I helped build NY Tech Day from the ground up.

And then, almost immediately after I was done building the list and thinking about the next bullet point that wasn’t there, I realized I have a lot more to do. I definitely don’t look at this as a disappointing or depressing thing. I love it. It is motivation. It is what gets me out of bed in the morning, and I hope it never goes away.

It reminded me of one of my favorite blog posts about keeping things in perspective: Expect Nothing, Earn Everything

#6WordSummary: had good year, back to work