Last February I penned a manifesto outlining my frustrations with my old way of life. I resolved to compromise less; to build more; to filter for that which brings me growth, joy, and love.
Looking back on what I wrote then, I feel a sense of great pride in the degree to which I held true to my own resolutions. As is often the case, it wasn't perfect - I didn't end up making many new friends, and I wrote far less than I wish I had.
The past year has been one of intense struggle; of risk; of foundation; and of the occasional setback. If I had to condense it into a single word, it would be this: strive.
I changed careers.
I quit a job I hated, and was fired from one I loved.
I learned a new programming language, Clojure.
I started working for Standard Treasury, a firm I've sought to be a part of since its inception.
I studied for, and passed, the Series 65.
I raised a significant amount of the capital needed to start a hedge fund.
I began development on a productivity app.
I traveled, and I grew closer to my friends.
What, then, for the new year?
I find I have little to be unhappy about. Less interest, then, in change, and more interest in growth.
2015 will be a year of projects for me: books read, essays written, friendships made, skills acquired.
Enumerating the projects I hope to finish is, perhaps, both a fool's errand and a standard to hold myself to.
Here is what I would like to do:
- Take harmonica classes for a year.
- Finish two books on learning piano.
- Release at least one more well-received piece of open source software.
- Read the Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs.
- Travel to Berlin and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
- Write a new blog post every other week.
- Finish a year of French classes.
- Start onboarding customers for my productivity app.
The list feels both possible and significant. Better get to it.