Last updated on January 2, 2018 - My Free Marketing newsletter 👀
Every year Warren Buffett writes a letter to shareholders. He does this for them but I'm guessing it's great for him to recognize his growth, reflect on what he's done that year and have a cool history to see how things have gone over the years.
I've done the same with my life and strangely feel compelled to share it with you.
Cause I think you may learn something about yourself, it forces me to write it out and I get to learn about you if you hit reply and tell me about your year.
Overall, I'd say the year was a 8 out of 10.
I became single, went through a low spell of extended drinking and partying. Got too complacent with where things are professionally and got more relaxed with my health from shoulder / leg injuries.
The main themes that really helped me get through the end of the year on a high note were:
1- Growth. This only comes through discomfort. If you aren't feeling it on the regular there's a good chance you're not growing. (click to tweet)
2- Vision. How do you get anywhere without knowing where you want to go? I read amazing biographies of people I idolize and they had crystal clear pictures of their future. It's easy to get what you want when you know what it looks like.
3- Problems => Solution. Too many times we complain about the traffic, the lighting in your building, a co-worker, yourself,etc. I've gotten into the mindset to continually notice things I don't like or want improved and immediately explore the solution for them.
Some of the highlights of the year:
I started therapy again (thanks Lloyd!) which is a taboo topic. Reminds me of Woody Allen and how it's an expensive hobby for the neurotics.
For me it's the opposite, it's a mind coach. They listen to patterns, things, activities going on.
A few of the things I worked on in therapy:
Sometimes I feel like therapy creates more problems than solves but in deep reflection it HAS helped me resolve and move forward with positive actions in numerous parts of my life.
The only real way to solve problems is to go through them. (click to tweet)
I've reduced my drinking and been more aware of why I'm drinking (or not). A lot of times it was for escape. Now, the lack of waking up hungover or cloudiness is gone. The level of clarity made me feel like I was in the movie Limitless. Not being able to escape your problems and emotions forces you to face them without being able to cover them up.
Cut out a lot of people, activities and distractions that weren't aligned to my vision. My friend Eric said it best, "You want to be in a serious relationship but you are partying and going out like someone who just wants to hook up. You lack alignment."
A real friend tells you how it is and helps you become the highest version of yourself. (click to tweet)
Started journaling again. Thanks Jeremy. I'm on Day 130 (did I mention I love streaks). It's an amazing way to honestly reflect on my growth, fears, feeling and maturity over time.
After a 3 week workcation in Thailand, I dreaded coming back to work. This is weird to write because I don't want people who work with me to think I hate the work. On the contrary the people are the main thing that motivate and inspire me with Sumo.
I knew coming back we were not close to hitting our goal and those are the moments where your true character is defined. I had to step up and take over webinars, be more engaged than ever before and help make sure the company stays on track. Being away from work also gave me time to recharge, just like my iPhone.
It's not the great days that define you, it's the tough ones. (click to tweet)
Every year I make a bucket list of things I want to accomplish. I encourage you to do the same. I have this on everyone of my computers and even printed a list out I put on my fridge. I will tell you it was weird to have dates come over and ask why I didn't want to be in a relationship, ha 🙂
My Word of 2016: Fierce
I don't think I went as fierce as possible. I thought about it nightly and tried to repeat it daily to keep moving myself to go fierce on major activities.
Here's the list of things I did this year and my scoring around them.
WORK 7 out of 10
I'm not here to brag about the below. It's my goals. Disclaimer over.
Done. Move in March 2017, come to our office party in ATX.
At 34 Sumos. Who are all you people?? Love every one of you.
Done. Two12, Tony Robbins, DCBKK and a few others. Everytime I leave an event I always have a bunch of great ideas, contacts and energy. Highly recommended!
Note: You SHOULD worry about the people that brag about their size of office, # of employees or total revenue. Anyone doing really well doesn't brag about this.
WORKOUT 8 out of 10
I worked out generally 3 times a week when I wasn't injured. Mostly maintained my weight of 173 where last year I went from 160 to 200. Hello emotional Noah.
Last year, having a 6 pack was a lot of work and the amount of effort was not worth the reward = Reduced libido, eating crappy food and exercising 6 days a week.
Done. Thanks Triceps and Adam Gilbert.
Done. So cool to see all these Instagram celebs. Recommend checking it out once.
PERSONAL 9 out of 10
Didn't do. Scheduled for June of 2017. Thanks Michael Port!
Done. Went for Chad's wedding. I love San Sebastian.
Passed. Realized I'm not playing disc golf enough to buy a property. Seriously considered buying a house but don't want a large house to myself nor was it a great investment if I wasn't going to live there. Once I broke down the decision to those two elements passing it over my emotional desire became easier to do.
Mostly Done. Thanks Chris from 28 day handstand. Did it for 7 months and held pretty well until I hurt my shoulder.
Mostly did. Missed a few weeks but happy with my content creation throughout the year.
Done. Fucking LOVED Alinea. French Laundry is seriously overrated. Also, got bonus of eating at Eleven Madison and Mugaritz in Spain. Both highly rated.
Not too shabby of a year. Writing out my bucket list each year, scheduling ahead of the year and then reviewing them regularly helps make them more likely to become a reality.
For next year, here's what I'm thinking...
The word I'm thinking of choosing next year is… Discomfort.
It's not that I always want to be comfortable but I want to keep growing, working on new things and challenging myself. Thinking if I'm too comfortable will make me aware of the opportunities I should be facing instead of avoiding.
My nephew Atlas is now walking. It was hard for him to go from crawling to walking BUT after he went through that challenge, he was able to explore so much more in life.
My temporary bucket list for next year, subject to management approval:
Suggestion. Put your bucket list everywhere. Print it out and put it on your mirror and your fridge. The more I remind myself the more it helps me make it a reality.
Hope you had an amazing 2016 and looking forward.
Hit reply and tell me how your year went!
Noah "tacos" Kagan
P.S. Stay tuned, launching a podcast on 1/17, The Inflection Point =) Click here to get notified when I launch.