Bring it on, 2014
January 1, 2014As we have entered a new year, it's an excellent time to reflect on 2013 and think about goals and plans for 2014. I think 2013 was probably the most challenging year I have ever lived through and I'm grateful for the many opportunities and rewards that happened to me. I'm excited to move forward into 2014 and I'm convinced this is going to be an awesome year for sure.
2013 was in many ways an interesting year. I did exciting stuff, I tried, I failed, I learned, I grew and I became more optimistic about the future than ever before. The professional highlights were the launch of my freelance business, my attempt to grow Unclouded and the development of Golve. It was a year full of ups and downs, and although success was often brief, I took the opportunities well to grow my personality, abilities and creativity.
On a personal side, I started living more healthier than ever before. I found passion again in sports and I've pushed myself to explore life outside my comfort zone.
For 2014, I set the following goals:
1) Grow my freelance business and deliver great services. I want to work on exciting projects with nice people. I aim for mid-term contracts and want to continue living by the "Do what you love, love what you do" mantra.
2) Build an open-source community around Unclouded. I want to transform Unclouded in a vibrant open-source project because I realize that the only way to move the project forward is by making it open to the crowd and rely on their wisdom, energy and contributions.
3) Be creative. I want to embrace creativity and design in every aspect of life. It's a great way to stand apart and be authentic. Do more with less and make unique connections between seemingly disparate ideas.
4) Get uncomfortable. A popular quote of Eleanor Roosevelt says to do one thing every day that scares you. Although this is very ambitious, the idea here is that the more you venture outside your comfort zone, the more you will learn and grow from the unexpected. In 2014, I want to push myself harder to go outside my comfort zone and learn to get conformable while being uncomfortable.
I'm positive to believe 2014 is going to be an awesome year. Mobile will finally become truly mobile and technology will start to surround and assist us without even being observable.
Finally, my wish for everyone in 2014 is to surprise yourself. Do awesome stuff, aim high and smile. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams, Eleanor Roosevelt again said.
Cheers to the New Year, new opportunities, and new friends!