At the beginning of 2013 I wrote about my goal, theme and challenge for the year. I’ve posted a few updates throughout the year but want to take some time now to review them more in depth.
2013 Goal: Create With My Hands
Self Grade: 8/10
Going into the year I believed that there was value in creating things myself and that often they also would better serve my needs and/or last longer than mass produced alternatives.
After building a number of items, I have only strengthened my hold on those beliefs. There is a joy of craftsmanship. Each time I use one of my self-made items I feel a sense of renewed accomplishment.
Here are the five projects I completed this year:
- Cribbage board
- Sleeping/storage platform for my truck
- Tool storage dolly
- Wetsuit glove drier
2013 Theme: Grow As A Leader
Self Grade: 8/10
Just to be clear, I am not scoring my leadership abilities, but rather my efforts this year to grow in them.
Starting early in the year, I immersed myself in a leadership role, taking a step back from most of my individual contributor responsibilities and doubling down on leading teams as a product manager. I of course supplemented this with a few books, many philosophical conversations with mentors and a good bit of experimentation.
I’ve learned a lot about different team dynamics, personality types and one-to-many communication. Though I understood the importance of these before, in theory, I now have a few more notches in my belt and arrows in my quiver.
I suppose this is something I’ll continue to grow in throughout 2014 as I take on a new leadership role – my wife and I are expecting our first child this spring.
2013 Challenge: Surf Mavericks
My rating for this challenge, unfortunately, has to be binary and as of today I have not yet surfed a big wave at Mavericks.
That said, since this was my challenge, I am using my discretion to make an adjustment.
Mavericks typically breaks during the winter season between November & February. Although I have prepared, I have not yet, in the first half of this winter’s window, had an opportunity that I felt was satisfactory to attempt to conquer the giant.
So in the last days of the year, rather than hastily rushing into a dangerous situation in non-ideal circumstances, I decided to extend my cutoff to the end of this winter season. If I surf Mavericks before the season is over, I will consider the challenge complete – though I might dock myself some points for the late delivery.
I will of course loop back and update this post.
UPDATE: On January 25, 2014 I surfed Mavericks. Shy of a month late, but a success nonetheless.
I did pretty well at these efforts this year which tells me I need to reach a little more next year. I’ll be reflecting for a few days at which point I’ll set my 2014 items.