Last year, I wrote an interesting year review and was really inspired. Yet, I just don't find my words this year.
I just ended my first year consulting. I’m in a good place as I found a handful of good clients by the end of the year. I finally have some kind of stability.
And as soon as it happened, I realized that I haven’t shipped this year.
Consulting was supposed to be a backdoor. I actually enjoy consulting and love having this big picture problem-solving.
But I wanna get more leverage and consult as a mean to finance my other projects and help other founders.,
I structure and check my progress in life around 6 main pillars:
They all overlap each other but they are important for me so that I don’t get lost, unfocused or forget what I learned before.
2018 Year review
I moved in with my girlfriend in Zurich and am up for a new challenge (and pretty much first relationship). It’s great!
I got closer to my close friends and to my family (though I see them less). I stopped having expectations that they didn’t have to live up to (I would love to meet more like-minded people around career, but that is my problem, not theirs and I understood that this year)
I met international friends in Medellin in January, in Barcelona and Valencia in July and at Oktoberfest
Not so good:
- I didn’t join meetups or a co-working in Switzerland to meet like-minded people and feel lonely (professionally-wise)
- I didn’t attend a conference (local or international in 2018
- I didn’t put many efforts to meet new people in Zurich (I officially live there since 1st of December only though
- I went over 50 ties to the gym in 2018 and found a type of training that I really enjoy, makes me feel good and is really effective
- I know enough about diet and fasting to manage my weight quite well even when I don’t do what I should do
Not so good:
- I didn’t make progress at the gym (my workouts weren't consistent enough living between two cities)
- I gained a few kilos as I was not really consistent during the week
- I learned a lot and didn’t fall back in the previous trap complaining about “society”. On the macro, I kept a growth, accepting mindset.
- I showed some courage a few times and it paid off
Not so good:
- I stayed a bit too lonely and didn’t always share and ask for help
- I sometimes started to have a scarcity mindset (but managed to keep it in check thanks to my daily journaling practice)
- I was lacking focus and didn’t always see the big picture
- I didn’t work hard enough and looked for shortcuts
- I learned a lot about marketing, automation, facebook ads, email marketing, funnels, copywriting and productization.
- I learned a lot about consulting/freelancing (the business side)
Not so good:
- I didn’t apply what I learned soon, fast or often enough (I did something about it for 2019)
- I didn’t learn things for hobbies or just the sake of learning
- I didn’t share what I learned on blogs, podcast
- I kept my backpacker/minimalist habits
- I rented a flat (with my girlfriend) that is just what we need
Not so good:
- I said yes to some events/weekends/dinner that I couldn’t afford at the time
- I needed some short-term support at times (thanks to them, they will recognize)
- I started from 0 and managed to build a consulting business without portfolio or experience
- I reached out to people pitching ideas some of which paid off
- I moved up the freelancer food chain by learning expensive skills + the why behind projects
Not so good:
- I was unfocused, lost between French and English, looking for the perfect client (when I had to hustle up)
- I didn’t work enough in public (Every time I posted an article or reached out to my network, something good arose, I just didn’t do it enough)
- I didn’t ask for help (a referral, sharing a post, …soon enough)
- 2018 overall was successful. I’m by all means a better version of myself than next year. I did new things and learned and I hope that I will learn from my mistakes.
I’m above all really grateful for my parents, brother, sister, girlfriend and closest friends. Thank you, you rock!
Well, the idea is to learn from my mistakes and keep what worked. Simple but not easy...
I will define a goal and a process to achieve the goal. My mastermind group with fellow entrepreneurs will keep me accountable and I hope that anyone reading this post will too.
- Keep on learning and sharing with my girlfriend
- Meeting like-minded people in Zurich and becoming part of the community
- Meeting like-minded people online
- Becoming a better friend and family member
- Meeting international friends 2x
- Join a coworking space, attend (or create) a regular meetup)
- Engage and work in public, be helpful (+ other goodies I will share below)
- Lose fat and reach 12-14% body fat to feel better, have more energy and look better
- Increase athleticism to be able to start any activities with no more than 2 weeks preparation
- Diet: 1-2 meal a day (IF) 4-6x/week, Paleo-ish template, 48H fast every second week
- Strength: train for strength for deadlifts, squats, pullups/chin ups, dips and presses 2-3x/week, RPT 30-45 min/session
- Conditioning: Sprint 1-2x/week and walk 10 hours/week (listening to podcasts or audiobooks)
- Miscellaneous: Sauna 2-3x/week, 7-9h of sleep, cold showers, supplements (Fish oil, Creatine and Vitamin D3)
- Becoming courageous by habits
- Work in public
- Create a podcast
- Reach out to people/heroes
- Learning to ship consistently and professionally
- Learning to code an MVP
- 12 months / 12 projects to ship (presented below)
- Make time on the calendar and create something on my own (I think on rails)
- Do a great job consulting and leveraging it to find great clients
- Creating new sources of revenues (12 months challenge)
- Creating a portfolio or products/projects
- Creating a pipeline of consulting leads
- Building an email list of 5’000 consultants/freelancers/founders
- Starting my podcast and publish 20 episodes minimum
- Launching a project/product every month and doing it publicly
- Creating funnels and email automation and content to feed my list
- Doing outreach to be interviewed for podcasts (1/month)
- Reaching out to people I know to help kickstart my podcast
Here you go. A lot of goals, but they all overlap.
On one side I have my personal life and I want to improve my health and athletic performance. I also want to meet new people in my new community.
On the other side, I want to meet like-minded people online and release helpful products and projects.
12 months / 12 projects to ship
It is something I've been thinking about doing for a long time. The biggest problem often is to finish something. This year, I decided that I will ship 1 project per month.
Why? I want to create a portfolio of products/projects to sell online. I've had ideas for products and started some projects but I was multi-projecting and nothing major got out of it.
This year, I want to single-focus with short sprints and get into the habit of shipping.
These 12 projects dont have to be a big product each time, but I want to build my muscle and separate my vision in small chunk that I publish.
Ideally, I will try to serve audiences that overlap between them (or are mostly the same) with each release so that I can leverage them for next project shipped. (even if the product failed)
I will build infoproducts, productized services or hands-on projects.
The challenge is on and the first project will be shipped by January 1st.