1. What went well this year?
- Making Green Tech Challenge 2016 a bigger success than 2015
Done. We 4 doubled revenue, just made our first two hires and are about to expand the concept to 4 new countries. It feels extremely tough and like a scary task to face. Especially the toughness of the project makes me want to follow through with it. I am not sure how to deal with my contemplations about cutting the ambitions short when we go through hard times.
Lesson: We have to understand our clients way better. Shut up and ask questions. Stop pressuming. (This goes for personal as well as professional life)
- Finishing my candidate at University of Copenhagen
It feels great to finally be over with University. I dragged the last bit out for quite a while building up an unnecessarily big debt on the way. Saying fuck you to procrastination has been a big one for 2016.
Lesson: Scheduling and external commitment seems to work really well for me.
- Meet more aweinspiring people
Now that I think about it I have made many acquaintances that are and have been inspiring. Getting to know a long range of new colleagues and business partners has been an amazing journey.
My acroyoga teacher and my tango teacher are two that I would like to highlight.
I had one specific romantic relationship that especially took a lot of my time, love and energy. We didn't make it work, which resulted in two massive heart breaks that are still ongoing for both of us.
It's hard to make meaningful realtionships when you're broken.
- Reading habit
I've successfully restarted reading on my kindle. This year I have finished:
Count of Monte Christo 6/10
Game of Thrones 9/10
The Alchemist 8/10
The Ethical Slut 6/10
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia 9/10Fifty Shades of Grey 4/10
2. What didn’t go so well this year?
Workout routine has definitely dropped to a way below subpar level. I don't know why I can't seem to get it going at the moment. I've been almost religious about it for a long time. Heartbreak, weed and alcohol-consumption might be to blame.
Heartbreak - it sucks being heartbroken. Apparently. Never done that this hard before. Combined with death of a friend makes it considerably worse.
Dealing with lows. I've drowned sorrows in various forms of escape. I like to think I've had some degree of damage control going on, but I have been drinking and smoking way too much. I put off weed on 1st of September this year. I would like to continue not smoking that stuff for a very long time. The cost in memory and emotional sensitivity is far too great for me.
Personal economy. I have completely put all concerns aside which has been liberating - but expensive. I think I would rather be in control and save up than be in debt and hope for a better more prosperious future.
3. What am I working toward for 2017?
Professional life. I want to continue growing as an employer and project manager. To do this I need to be even more consistent in planning and estimating. I need to pay more attention to my surroundings and improve communicating what needs doing and how.
I have to grab this opportunity by the balls and be a source of inspiration for my teammates. I feel like I
have drawn more on their ressources than I can justify this year.
Triple revenue for Green Tech Challenge. This is a tough one, our expenses are raising crazy fast, but I also feel like bigger and bigger opportunities continue to present themselves as we dare dream bigger and bigger.
Workout routines. I want to go back to working out in the morning before breakfast, meditation and stretching. I think I should dance more tango in 2017 - unless it comes at the cost of doing more acroyoga. I have to do more acroyoga. The sport is too fulfilling to not spend more time doing.
Personal economy. I sincerely want to get my shit straight this year. By the end of the year I will comfortable saved up a total of 40.000 USD and invested them in bonds and bitcoin.