2018-04-09 – Post-Eurotrip Reflections and Goals

It has been some time since my last update. Not a lot has changed. If anything, my goals have condensed and become more focused. It bears repeating as many of them have fallen to the “someday” list.

  • Complete IGETC ✔
  • Complete Assist ✔
  • Get an Associates in Social Justice from Sierra

I am very excited to say that as of fall semester, I will be done with my Associates in Social Justice at Sierra/ARC. This is the last step before my “four-year” school officially starts, but because I have finished IGETC and Assist, I am actually already almost done with my “four-year” Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science.

  • Get a Bachelors in Computer Science

This is still my number one priority, and I am currently leaning towards going to Portland for this. I have finished everything I can at community college, and only a few classes remain which I will need to take at the four-year school I choose for my Bachelor’s program. I can’t wait!

  • Get a Masters in Business Administration

As soon as I finish my Bachelor’s, I will start my MBA. I don’t plan to stop being at least a full-time student until I finish my MBA. This is one big advantage if I choose Portland, because they have reputable and affordable programs for both degrees I want.

  • Travel

I just got back from an amazing trip to Europe, and I want more. I plan to travel overseas at least a couple times a year, and mostly to new places. This winter, I am planning another euro-trip which will take me to an all new set of cities. Can’t wait!

Quit Your Mediocre Job And Get An MBA

Going to college is an investment, but many people assume that just any college is a good investment. I know a lot of people who have gotten liberal arts bachelor’s degrees and ended up stuck working in restaurants for years, unable to find a real job. This example is a waste of an education. All that money and time spent and they are no better off than someone who didn’t go to college at all. And they probably have debt to pay back.

I decided to wait over a decade to go to school until I decided what I wanted to do and came up with a coherent plan to actually get a return on this huge investment.

If you find yourself working a mediocre job which you hate, then maybe it’s time to do more. So what would happen if you just quit your job today, take out student loans, and go to school for an MBA?

According to research done by US News in 2016, 88% of students who get an MBA find a job within three months making an average of $126,919. That’s the average. Consider the average person for a moment and ask yourself whether you’ll be ahead of that curve. According to Bloomberg, the average person triples their previous salary when getting an MBA from ~$50k to ~$145k.

Cold Turkey

Imagine quitting your job today and starting the path to your MBA tomorrow.

To save money and improve your chances of getting into a good school, you decide to start by finishing the IGETC and Assist.org at a community college. If you’re not working at all, then tuition is free, and you will get about $3k/semester in financial aid. Let’s assume you take out about $20k in student loans along with that financial aid to cover living expenses while getting through Assist.org and IGETC. This number is deliberately high; my own amount was much lower. And I went full-time at two different community colleges to speed up the process.

Now it’s time for a four year school, BUT since we did IGETC and Assist, we’re already halfway done. Let’s assume we decide on a mid-range state school like San Diego State University and a bachelor’s that actually has job potential like engineering, marketing, or computer science rather than something pointless like psychology or art. There are cheaper options and more expensive options out there, but the important thing is to get a degree that is actually going to mean something to an employer, otherwise what’s the point?

According to CollegeData.com, average cost (Includes tuition, room and board, supplies and other expenses) for in state students at San Diego State University is $28,224 minus an average financial aid award of $11,400. So that’s $16,824 per year. Since we did the IGETC and Assist at community college, we’re only spending two years here which comes out to a total of $33,648 which goes onto a student loan.

Alright so now our total loan principal is $50,648 and we have a valuable bachelor’s degree. Time for that MBA.

Bloomberg has really comprehensive research on this, and they put the average cost of an MBA in the US at just $53k plus living expenses. There is no financial aid for Masters students so let’s add another $20k in debt to cover living expenses while we are doing the Master’s program.

Now we have our MBA and debt of around $123,648.

Less Debt Than Income

Remember from above that within three months on average, MBA grads will be making an average of $126,919/year. We could pay all of this debt off the first year if we are as frugal as we have been while in college, or more likely we will spread it out over the next few years and enjoy some of the fruits of our labor. The point is that this amount of debt is trivial for an MBA grad. On average, the total amount of debt is LESS than the starting annual salary.

Having student loans and paying them off is a  great way to demonstrate you are creditworthy. Once you get past the educational hurdle and triple your income, you will be able to do things you never could have before.

Just Do It

It’s scary to leave the comfortable routine and reinvest in one’s future, but it makes sense for anyone smart and capable to make a choice like this, especially if they are tired of wasting time doing mediocre work for mediocre rewards. Life is too short!

Goals Update 2018-01-01

It’s a new year, whatever that really means. I want to start by reviewing my accomplishments from 2017:

  • My 9-5 ended. It’s hard to think what to say about this. I’m sure I will expound at length in the future.
  • I accomplished the incredible feat of not just doing double-full-time at school, but doing it with a perfect 4.0 GPA. I am still shocked that this worked.
  • I decided to be positive as much as possible, and made it real in my life. For example, I reworded this sentence after initially writing, “I decided to stop being negative.” This applies across my life. It is largely inspired by having reread How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.
  • Incidentally, I read lots and lots of books, and will continue to do so.
  • I made great strides in developing close friendships which had largely fallen to the wayside over the last few years. This will remain a major focus for me.
  • I have completed a great deal of the work on the levels challenge.
  • I rebooted my DJ company, re-branded, and made a new focus on altruism.

 

Now to Review the state of my goals today;

 

  • Finish my transfer credits: I am closer than ever, and making great progress!
    • Get a Bachelors in CS from anywhere (preferably Berkeley, PSU)
      • Get an MBA from anywhere
  • Finish a dozen free DJ gigs for nonprofits, start a weekly DJ podcast: I am committing to doing this podcast starting this week.
    • Sign a couple of weekly DJ gigs and maybe some school districts
      • Hire DJ help
        • Expand with additional rigs
  • Complete Astria SchemaRoute, TeamManager, and FeedSync: I have branched this project into several separate projects which are making great progress.
    • Simplify and condense Astria
    • Launch outsourced market research project to test latest CRM betas
    • Launch WPaaS
    • Launch free Powerhouse/FSCRMaaS: This is among my most important goals, and needs to happen soon, in whatever initial form.
  • Invest in Software Engineering Career
    • Learn React
      • Learn React Native
      • Learn ReactVR
      • Learn NodeJS
        • Learn GraphQL
    • Get Certified
      • Adsense
      • Analytics

Major Takeaways;

  1. The biggest goal is finishing school.
    • After that, accessing capital to scale-up projects which must already be underway.
  2. Launching FSCRMaaS, case in point.
  3. Launching WPaaS
  4. Launching DJ Podcast

Goals Update: 2017-09-07

Major overhaul

Removed lots of things from this list and from my life.

Divided everything on here into three block-level sections:

  • Current Goals
  • Long-Term Goals
  • Potential Goals

I have made tremendous progress since my last update.

  • I am no longer working at Tech 2U
  • I have a strong safety net in place
  • I am well on my way to completing my academic and broader goals

Minimizing this list and clarifying the roadmap are the biggest hurdles I overcome with this update. Looking forward to the next one!

 

Academics

Learn

  • Get certified on analytics and adsense: I will create events next week to take the first steps, and add this to the tim ferriss list.
  • implement animate.css i am moving this into the astria category
  • Free Code Academy: i am removing this. some immersion in this community has showed me that at present i have little to gain.
  • Martin Shkrelli: this is no longer a priority, removing
  • Programming
    1. Java: i have learned java and am taking further courses. removing.
    2. NodeJS: i have not made progress here, but it is still a longer-term goal
    3. React: facebook’s patent actions have made this goal irrelevant. removing.
    4. Golang: exploring this has showed me that it is not mainstream enough to be worth exploring. removing.
    5. C#: this is still a longer-term goal
    6. Angular: removing.
    7. C++: taking a class on this. removing.
  • Learn new skills: all of these have taken a back burner. maybe i should create a back-burner section to separate non-urgent goals.

Stay Inspired

all of these have become less relevant and more distracting. removing.

Reinvest: Changing to “consolidate”

  • Each Week: these have become natural and taken on a different cadence. removing.
    • Journal about goals each week
    • Read a new book every week.
  • Attend a business networking event at least every two weeks: removing, irrelevant for the time being.
  • Volunteer: removing. this has taken on its own cadence through other goals.
    • Stand Up Placer
    • Add to this list
  • Eliminate all debt
  • Eliminate recurring costs

Projects

  • move to bootstrap 4 from beta: in progress
  • explore bootstrap themes: in progress
  • contribute to an open source project: longer-term goal
  • implement draupnr as a wordpress plugin which automatically makes posts rather than files: removing, irrelevant.
  • Advance on HackerRank: longer-term goal
    • I will learn new languages and frameworks.
    • I will polish, refine, and review my skills.
    • Participating in this community increases my brand presence.
  • Astria.io: in progress
    • include cronput
    • Make this site a more relevant homepage for this project. Give real examples and add better content.
    • Finish implementing Email signups
    • Finish implementing Facebook Signups
  • Condensr.io: done. removing.
    • iron out the bookmarklet issue
    • see what people have condensed
  • TopStoryReview.com: done, removing.
    • make a single page that contains all the content with prettier cards
  • DJ-CJ suspending indefinitely, removing
    • Volunteer events
    • Podcast
    • Recurring gigs
    • collaborate with justin and other DJs
  • Sell food from carts again: removing
  • Build a tiny home: longer-run, expand to vandwelling
  • Use machine learning to solve a problem: longer-run
  • Use machine learning to make money: longer-run
  • Grow food: done, removing
  • Set up ancestry websites for people: moving to maybe
  • Professional Fundraising: Throw fundraiser events for worthy causes, in progress
  • Customer service chat ops, moving to maybe
  • Referrals as a Service
  • FSCRM/Powerhouse
  • Subscriptions as a Service
  • Migrate everything from godaddy to namecheap next week
  • Complete indeed coding challenges
  • create code goals
  • Create comprehensive documentation of all domains and subdomains I own/manage: done
  • Build new production server and migrate everything: done
  • Build a new test server and learn these things
    • NodeJS(?)
    • GraphQL(?) moving to programming learning goals
  • Use this to improve my resume
  • relisten to the tim ferris crypto episode and develop project ideas
  • develop a POC for a tool that automatically hacks a hotspot and rebroadcasts it with snooping
  • develop a POC for a free wifi hotspot product which injects its own ads for revenue
  • explore freelance opportunities with upwork and toptal
  • explore github education pack
  • review pieter levels’ comments on ico
  • review gary v’s comments on media content creation
  • a wordpress factory
    • review jason cox’s work and clientele characteristics
    • review similar companies
    • explore cost comparison for wordpress.com hosting and/or multicloud lamp architecture
    • explore 99 designs as a driver of designs

Tim Ferriss
“4 Hour Workweek” Goals

  • Six Months
    • Having
      • *Content revenue stream
        1. Content
        2. Revenue
        3. Scale
      • *FSCRM
        1. Prototype
        2. Partners
        3. Scale
      • Car, outright
    • Doing
      • *Complete relevant Khan
        1. Identify
        2. Prioritize
        3. Complete
      • *Complete relevant Coursera
        1. Identify
        2. Prioritize
        3. Complete
      • Build good genealogy sites as a product
      • Become a Paraglider
      • Become completely financially independent
  • Twelve Months
    • Having
      • *Build wordpress factory
        1. Review Competitors
        2. Define plan
        3. Execute
      • DJ company
      • *Food business
        1. Identify market(s)
        2. Validate
        3. Scale
      • Tesla
    • Doing
      • Become a Pilot
      • Become a Archer

Goals Update: 2017-07-08

Academics

  • Khan: Complete Algebra Review
    • I will review algebra and then test into the courses I need for my degree. This will be a higher priority once I am done with working at Tech 2U and I am able to devote more time to education.
  • Khan: Complete Trigonometry
    • I will complete trigonometry online in order to skip extraneous classes and finish my transfer credits soon.
    • Depending on how this experience goes, I may want to take more of my math classes on Khan rather than at school.
  • Xfer => PSU/SDSU
    • I will transfer to PSU or SDSU to complete my Bachelors of Science in Computer Science.
  • Xfer => ___
    • I will get a Masters in Business Administration.

Learning Goals

  • Programming
    1. React
    2. C++
    3. Golang
    4. C#
    5. Angular
    6. NodeJS
    7. Java I am reluctantly adding this, as it is required for my degree. And I have already make significant progress in learning Java. I have been greatly swayed towards adopting a more object-oriented style. I think this will have a big impact on me moving forwards.
  • Learn new skills

Projects

  • Advance on HackerRank
    • I will learn new languages and frameworks.
    • I will polish, refine, and review my skills.
    • Participating in this community increases my brand presence.
  • Advance on HackerRank
    • I will learn new languages and frameworks.
    • I will polish, refine, and review my skills.
    • Participating in this community increases my brand presence.
  • Astria.io
    • Finish implementing Email signups
    • Finish implementing Facebook Signups
    • Finish feed parsing plugin
  • DJ-CJ
    • Volunteer events
      • I was able to volunteer doing sound on the float for Stand Up Placer during the pride parade in Saramento this year!
    • Podcast
      • This has fallen by the wayside but I think it is a good part of a nascent content strategy around professional fundraising.
    • Recurring gigs
  • Sell food from carts again
    • I recently gave a speech on this and it made me super want to work towards doing this again. It’s so easy, and so profitable. I will put this higher on my list of priorities once I get caught up.
  • Build a tiny home
    • This is probably going to take longer. I will need to get a truck and a trailer to build it on before this long-term goal will be realistic. 
  • Use machine learning to solve a problem
  • Use machine learning to make money
  • Grow food
    • I am now growing my own herbs and vegetables
  • Set up ancestry websites for people
    • I will work on improving my ancestry website first, and then expand it into a content marketing piece for customers.
  • Professional Fundraising: Throw fundraiser events for worthy causes
    • I have sort of started this already. I did the pride event for Stand Up Placer and offered to do AV for movie nights at their safe house. I will expand on this in the coming weeks and try to build a clearer plan and direction for this project.
  • Customer service chat ops
    • The more I think about this, the more I like it!
  • Referrals as a Service
  • FSCRM/Matador
  • Subscriptions as a service <-Added

Stay Inspired and Current

  • Read Hacker News
  • Read Indie Hackers
  • Watch a documentary
  • Play Chess
  • Learn a new skill
  • Try a new hobby
  • Kayaking
  • Amateur Radio
  • Sail
  • Free Code Academy
  • Andrew Ng
  • Martin Shkrelli
  • Coursera Data Science and Machine Learning
  • Insight Data Science
  • Metis Data Science

Continuously Reinvest

  • Journal about goals each week
  • Blog post about each major area of focus
    • Investment <- I am removing this, as the opportunity cost of the capital is currently too high, and I can better spend my time building things than investing at this point in my career.
    • Book Reviews
    • Projects
  • Read a book every two weeks I am doubling this goal.
  • Attend a business networking event each month
  • Volunteer
    • Stand Up Placer
    • Add to this list
  • Eliminate all debt
  • Eliminate recurring costs
  • Start a new business which turns a profit

Goals: Time for a Change

I Haven’t Been Able To Write

It has been almost two months since my last goal update. My life has been very tumultuous as I have struggled with an awkward transition. I spent the last few years working on a domain-expertise partnership in order to facilitate the development of my long-term project, which we will call “Matador.”

In the last year, it gradually became clear that this was not going to work. My partners and I have very different long-term goals; they have decided to transition away from the domain whose expertise formed the basis of our partnership. I talked with them and we decided to part ways, very amicably. The time was well spent, as I leave with a deep and thorough understanding of the domain and the legal and procedural context of the future product.

The End of One Chapter Is The Beginning of Another

When I realized that the partnership would not work, it became clear that I needed to redefine my direction and radically transform my life in order to accomplish what I have set out to. My long-term goals have not changed, but the way I get there will have to be very different from what I had planned.

After talking at length with Upendra Kulkarni, I feel very strongly that what he calls “The burden of proof” for non-credentialed engineers is too high for me to reach my goals if I remain uncredentialed. I need to finish my degree.

Moving Forward

Upendra also highlighted the importance of tangible projects and results as a component of that burden of proof. To that end, and also out of adoration and envy for Pieter Levels, I decided to take on the Levels Challenge. I will build a dozen startup products in as many months. I am currently on #2. At some point during this year, the real work on “Matador” should begin, maybe even as part of one of the 12 startups.

I finally feel like I am in a place where I can properly reflect on my goals and give myself meaningful, constructive feedback. I completely redesigned my goal vision-board. The old one categorized goals by time-horizon, while the new one categorizes them by what they are; Learning, Project, Staying Current, and Continuous Reinvestment. The time-horizon and urgency of each goal is reflected by its position on the list rather than its category.

2017-04-02

This/Each Week

  • Advance on HackerRank
    • moved to learning goals. i have not made any progress on this
  • Read Hacker News
    • I am going to remove this because i read it all the time
  • Read Indie Hackers
    • Moved to learning goals
  • Eat Less, Eat Better, Drink More Water
    • ✔️
  • Yoga at least once a week
    • ✔️
  • Watch a documentary
    • moving to learning goals
  • Journal about goals each week
    • ✔️
  • Blog post about each major area of focus
    • Investment
    • Book Reviews
      • ✔️
    • Projects
      • ✔️

This/Each Month

  • Read a book each month
    • ✔️
  • Invest >$1,000/mo
    • ✔️
  • Attend a business networking event
    • I attended the fundraiser dinner for stand up placer and made some great contacts including the new sheriff!
  • Volunteer
    • Stand Up Placer
  • Play Chess
    • I need to make more time for this!
  • Learn a new skill
  • Try a new hobby
  • Kayaking
  • Amateur Radio
  • Sail

Personal Goals

  • Eliminate all debt
    • I am slowly chipping away at this
  • Eliminate recurring costs
    • ✔️
  • Save at least $1k/mo.
    • ✔️
  • Start a new business which turns a profit
    • I have started buying parts to start DJing again

Learning Goals

  • Complete Bootcamps, Certifications, and Educational Programs
    1. Free Code Academy
    2. Andrew Ng
    3. Martin Shkrelli
    4. Coursera Data Science and Machine Learning
    5. Insight Data Science
    6. Metis Data Science
  • Programming
    1. React
    2. C++
    3. Golang
    4. C#
    5. Angular
    6. NodeJS
  • Learn new skills
    • Learn to fly
    • Land Sailing
    • Learn Achery
    • Learn to shoot
    • Learn the constellations

Project Goals

  • Get Astria out of alpha
    • this is getting closer!
  • Make at least one app completely of my own which has regular independent users. Use a new language or framework.
  • Sell food from carts again
  • Build a tiny home
  • Use machine learning to solve a problem
  • Use machine learning to make money
  • Grow food
  • Start DJing again ✔️
    • Podcast
    • Weekly gigs
  • Start a monthly podcast about doing good
  • Set up ancestry websites for people
  • Expand my aggregation tool to enable users to sign up and save their preferences, etc
  • Build out Todo tool with features like past-due and editing existing entries
  • Professional Fundraising: Throw fundraiser events for worthy causes
    • I talked a lot about this recently and I think this is a really good idea. It might be the best candidate for an offline business which ties closely with the DJing and doing good podcast.
  • Customer service chat ops
  • RaaS
  • FSaaS

2017-02-25

This/Each Week

  • Advance on HackerRank I have not made time for this. I want to say I will this week, but it seems more likely that this will take a back seat for the time being.
  • Read Hacker News It would be hard not to do this every day. I will remove the goal but continue doing this.
  • Read Indie Hackers This is a constant source of inspiration and I intend to attend another of Jeff‘s meetups next month.
  • Eat Less, Eat Better, Drink More Water Check
  • Yoga at least once a week Check
  • Watch a documentary Check
  • Journal about goals each week Check
  • Blog post about each major area of focus
    • Investment
    • Book Reviews
    • Projects

This/Each Month

  • Read a book each month Next month I am hoping to finish both The Ethical Slut and How to Win Friends and Influence People, both of which I have been in progress on for some time.
  • Invest >$1,000/mo in market-tracking ETFs I am simplifying this goal to be any kind of investing, with it in mind that then default will be my stok portfolio but that there are other ways to invest in business as well which should fall under this same goal.
  • Volunteer
    • Stand Up Placer I have helped with several recent events and intend to help with several more in the next months.
  • Play Chess I played a game against a coworker, and have a few more I want to play. This has also segued into learning Go which seems at least as intellectually stimulating.
  • Learn a new skill
  • Try a new hobby
  • Kayaking
  • Amateur Radio
  • Sail

Personal Goals

  • Eliminate all debt Next month, I intend to eliminate amazon debt, and start working on eliminating tmobile debt which will also…
  • Eliminate recurring costs
  • Save at least $1k/mo.
  • Start a new business which turns a profit see below

Learning Goals

  • Programming
    1. React
    2. C++
    3. Golang
    4. C#
    5. Angular
    6. NodeJS
  • Learn new skills
    • Learn to fly
    • Land Sailing
    • Learn Achery
    • Learn to shoot
    • Learn the constellations

Project Goals

  • Get Astria out of alpha
    • I think I have come to believe that caching functions in the database is not a good strategy. I will strip the majority of the code related to that and focus on simplifying and consolidating architect and implementing the new query and schema functions and alternative authentication methods. Then it is basically done.
  • Make at least one app completely of my own which has regular independent users. Use a new language or framework.
  • Sell food from carts again
  • Build a tiny home
  • Use machine learning to solve a problem
  • Use machine learning to make money
  • Grow food
  • Start DJing again
  • Start a monthly podcast about doing good
  • Set up ancestry websites for people
  • Expand my aggregation tool to enable users to sign up and save their preferences, etc This was driven by an API which was killed by google. I built a jank alternative in order to do my project Damage Report, but this will need to be expanded and developed into a better complete product. I think that it can be one of my apps this year that I can offer per my other goals.
  • Build out Todo tool with features like past-due and editing existing entries
  • Professional Fundraising: Throw fundraiser events for worthy causes
  • Customer service chat ops
  • RaaS
  • FSaaS

Reflecting on 2016; Planning 2017

Note: this post is very flow-of-thought and was composed over several days. The goals derived from it are more structured and can be found at accomplish.cjtrowbridge.com.

 

Looking back, most of my goals for 2016 were learning goals, and went unaccomplished. All but one of my non-learning goals was accomplished. I successfully doubled my income, I learned to sail, I bought a new car, I revisited hobbies like Amateur Radio. Sadly, I did not find time for starting a new business selling food.

I did want to put more emphasis on my learning goals, but I think I struggled this year with defining myself on the spectrum between polymathism and specializing in mastering a smaller skill set as advocated by Peter Thiel in Zero to One.

After reading lots of books on the topic and attending Burning Man, I think I can confidently say that I lean polymath on that spectrum. I would rather dabble in many things than specialize in a few. I might have guessed as much based on the example of my forebearers.

With this aspect of myself finally defined, I feel freer to expand my focus on more skills as I had planned to in 2016.

My main priority for 2017 will be finding independence and security in the many areas I am currently dependent and over-committed, such as:

  • I want to eliminate all debt and start saving and investing.
  • I want to start at least one formal business and several informal side-projects which turn profits.
  • I want to remove or eliminate all recurring costs wherever possible.

I also want to renew my focus on learning.

  • I want to be proficient in more programming languages and frameworks.
    • C++
    • C#
    • Golang
    • NodeJS
    • JS
    • Angular
    • React
  • I want to learn new skills
    • Learn to fly
    • Learn the constellations

I make lots of apps that people use, but none of them are mine. I want to develop web applications that people use which belong exclusively to me. These should not be in languages which I am already familiar with; rather new languages I learn. Likely Golang or C++ would be ideal candidates for this. Perhaps with new implementations of Astria?

I want to again double my income. This will certainly require income diversification as my current job can not double in value again this year.

Revisiting side gigs will be a primary focus. A lot of lucrative projects fell by the wayside as my focus narrowed during 2016, and deserve revival:

  • DJ-CJ This is easy and makes a lot of money. I need to get back into it. I want to expand my previous work to include regular content creation via perhaps a weekly educational podcast on the current top 40(?)
  • Food Carts: This is such a good idea which I have a track record of success with. There is just no reason I am not still doing this.
  • Growing Food: I have been talking about this for years, and I wish I had made more progress. This is so important and it’s only going to become more important. I want to get to at least a prototype this year.
  • RaaS: Referrals are the best form of marketing, and a real problem which has not been cracked yet. There should be a simple way to sign up for a platform which automatically incentivizes your customers to evangelize and then automatically rewards them.
  • Professional Fundraising: Raise money for worthy causes by throwing fundraiser events.
  • FSaaS: My work in field services management has led me to believe that the current field services industry is terrible and needs transformative change. I see huge potential in combining something like Magic with something like Postmates. There is just no reason that there is not a general-purpose field services as a service company. I have been developing this idea since June 2016, and it would be a natural extension of my previous work and highly lucrative.

2017-01-27

This/Each Week

  • Stay up on Medium and contribute regularly
    • I feel like the quality of medium has gone down. I find myself less interested and finding less content I enjoy. I will remove this goal.
  • Advance on HackerRank
    • I have not made time for this. I will create an event this week to try to do so.
  • Read Hacker News
    • I read this every day
  • Read Indie Hackers
    • I have stayed up on this and even gone to a live event of his since the last time I wrote about this.
  • Earn a quarter of my money with Ridesharing
    • I am deprecating this goal as I no longer believe in this.
  • Earn a quarter of my money freelancing
    • I still need to get this going. I will create an event this week to make some progress.
  • Eat Less, Eat Better, Drink More Water
    • I would say I have accomplished this.
  • Yoga
    • It has been several weeks since i have done this.  I will try to make it happen this week.
  • Watch a documentary
    • I have this in for later this week. It has been a few weeks. I need to do better here.
  • Journal about goals each week
    • I have put it off because of being in limbo at work. I am still in limbo, but enough other things have happened for this to seem worth doing.
  • Blog post about each major area of focus
    • Investment
      • My stock portfolio currently constitutes the entirety of my investments. It is at +27% for the last month, having recovered all of the losses I suffered during the election.
    • Book Reviews
      • I have not made time for reading, and I intend to do so this week, now that I am settling into my new schedule and the anxiety of the school semester starting has passed.
    • Machine Learning
      • I have made some interesting contacts and expanded my thoughts on how I will go about getting into this.
    • Development
      • I have posted about several projects, and have plans to post several more.

This/Each Month

  • Read a book each month
    • I am still on track for this. I have three books officially in-progress and just need to buckle down and finish one.
  • Volunteer
    • Stand Up Placer
  • Play Chess
  • Learn a new skill
  • Try a new hobby
  • Kayaking

This Year

  • Complete Undergrad
    • I have made progress and been given special permission to advance faster than usual.
  • Become profitable with the platform
    • This is still months away.
  • Learn More Programming Languages/Frameworks
    • C++
      • I am going to be starting a class for this hopefully in the fall.
    • C#
    • Angular
    • Node
    • Python
  • Start a profitable new business
    • Mobile food sales
    • Throw fundraiser events for worthy causes
  • More Amateur Radio
  • More Sailing
  • Build a tiny home
  • Maintain a buffer of six months of resources
  • Use machine learning to solve a problem
  • Use machine learning to make money
  • Land Sailing
  • Learn Achery
  • Learn to shoot
  • Learn to Fly
  • Learn The Constellations

Business Goals

  • Sell Food Again
  • Grow Food
  • Maximize independence
  • Start DJing again
    • Podcast
    • Weekly gigs
  • Start a monthly podcast about doing good
  • Set up ancestry websites for people
  • Expand my aggregation tool to enable users to sign up and save their preferences, etc
  • Build out Todo tool with features like past-due and editing existing entries
  • Throw fundraiser events for worthy causes
  • Customer service chat ops(?)