2017- The Year of Focus and “Spending More”
There is an old adage:
“If you put it in to writing, you are declaring it to the world.”
I’m not sure who originally came up with that saying, but it rings true at least for myself. I’m not one to usually share my New Year’s resolutions with the world nor am I one to put my life on blast. However, I do feel that sharing these resolutions with others may possibly inspire other people to pursue and stick to their own respective resolutions.
Recap of 2016
- Underwent a successful Orthongathic surgery (jaw surgery) operation
- Taught Product Management alongside one of my good friends and mentors, Ajesh Shah. It was easily one of the most eye-opening experiences in my personal development.
- *Got rehired as a full-time Product Manager* in the top field of choice (The Internet of Things)
- Went to Seattle and West Palm Beach for the first time
- Was approached by 2 gorgeous women who showed interest in me. This doesn’t usually happen to me.
- Moved to San Diego for work. Got a killer place with an awesome roommate/landlord.
- Got my braces off! :D
- Watched my twin brother, Jeff, level up to become an official Orthodontist (his dream job since childhood)
2017 New Years Resolutions
1. Get back down to 5% body fat
I’m reposting this goal from last year’s resolutions. In 2015, thanks to the guidance of my coach, I was able to see abs for the first time and I was literally in the best shape of my life. I felt and looked AMAZING!!! I’ve only posted one picture online regarding that, but most people who I had not seen for a while before then barely recognized me when they did see me. My face was more chiseled. I had dropped almost 30 lbs in a course of 4–6 months. Toward the end of 2015, I had to prep for a major surgery (Jaw or Orthognathic surgery) in order to reposition my jaw so I could attain perfect alignment. It was worth the 2 years of having braces again, but I couldn’t prepare for the shift in my weight. In 2016, the surgery prevented me from performing any heavy exercise for 2–3 months and I relied heavily on lifting weights. Toward the end of 2016, I started getting back on track, but it has been up and down since Thanksgiving. I know I can get back to that shape again with even better results. A lot of it is mental, but I can’t make excuses for letting my stress get the better of me.
2. Maintain and consistent and restful sleep schedule
With age comes wisdom. I am wise enough to know from experience that I am utterly useless without sleep. I can’t do my best work. Bad sleep or lack of sleep supposedly is now an epidemic in the US. In any case, I need to sleep at the same time every day and wake up the same time every day. I’m hoping meditation will help with that goal and help me wean off of caffeine and sleeping supplements.
3. Evaluate my professional goals and pursue them relentlessly like an Elite Athlete (Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, Michael Phelps)
Up until this point in my life, I have usually had a backup plan of some sort. 2015 and 2016 were years where I had absolutely zero backup plans. I wanted to be a PM no matter what because I knew had the capability to. I also learned the hard way that I can be expendable from a job at any given time for whatever reason. Its hard not to take it personally because I know I give a lot of myself in my work, but I know I have to “trust the process.” One closed door leads to other opportunities. Honestly, I’m scared about my next step, but if it wasn’t scary, it wouldn’t be nearly as exciting nor fulfilling. I’m excited to be spending more time helping motorcycle riders be safe on the road (www.ROAME.com)
I don’t mean literally “spend more,” but spend in the sense of better utilizing my time on meaningful things like self-improvement and experiences. Personally, I don’t consider myself a materialistic guy. However, growing up in materialistic surroundings sometimes makes me forget that buying things (i.e. cars, clothes, etc.) does not make one happy. I can’t bring those with me when I die, so I might as well invest in memories and in improving myself.
1. Stick to a strict budget and invest financially
Having read Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, I understand the importance of investing in assets and ways to make more money. My recent personal experience has made me even more aware of the need to save and invest now, so I have an emergency fund and nest egg if something were to happen in the future. Also, buying “shit you don’t need” is an easy way to accelerate your chances of being broke.
2. Read MORE- Read one book per week
I envy Mark Zuckerberg (aka The Zuck) for many reasons. One of them is how he constantly learns by reading books. I never was an avid reader unless I was reading Harry Potter or some really good book that most likely is related to my guilty pleasure of food porn. These books have usually been by Chefs/Restauranteurs/Authors Anthony Bourdain, Eddie Huang, and Danny Meyer. I listen to Audiobooks, but I really want to delve more into improving my knowledge of SCRUM, XP, Design Thinking, and Product Management principles. Hopefully, I can invest in a Kindle soon, but I have a good number of physical books waiting to be finished/read.
3. Evaluate my daily and weekly goals with a once-a-week retrospective
This is the PM in me. In order to track progress, I need to evaluate my goals and performance.
4. Learn to meditate
This has always been tough for me, but I really want to try to measure the impact meditation can possibly bring me in terms of dealing with Anxiety, helping me sleep, and bringing me clarity in thought.
5. Spend money on self-improvement and experiences
Going back to point #1, experiences are the things that stick with me. I usually write a memory down on a slip of paper and place it in a Mason jar, so I can review them at the end of the year. Hoping to collect two times as many as last year.