2023 Focus: Three Quarter Year Update
Better every year. That is my goal. I believe that through focused effort I can keep improving and ensure my best years are still in front of me.
With that in mind, at the start of a new year, I take the time to set my focus for the coming year. By being selective about where I direct my energy, I can achieve results that are exponentially greater than if I split my attention.
In 2023 I set out to learn about Strategy. You can read more about my intent here.
2023 Theme: Strategy
In terms of reading, here is my progress
Good Strategy Bad Strategy
- HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Strategy – IN PROGRESS
- Blue Ocean Strategy – IN PROGRESS
- Playing to Win
- Understanding Michael Porter
The Art of Strategy
- Competitive Strategy
- Your Next Five Moves
- Measure What Matters
- Your Strategy Needs a Strategy
- The biggest bluff
- Carl Von Clausewitz – On War
- Art of War
- On grand strategy
I’ve also unintentionally listened to a few audiobooks that had a pretty strategic angle:
- Shoe Dog – About the founding of Nike
- Sapiens – about human history, which is essentially a review of evolutionary strategy that worked
- The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich – which so far has focused a lot on the political strategy of Adolph Hitler
2023 Challenge: Become a Chess Expert
My chess game has plateaued. After reaching 850, I’ve sort of stalled.
Part of that is because I decided to start using a new opening. I’ve been transitioning to use the English, but I haven’t yet learned it well enough to be on par with my play of the Italian game. Part of it is because summer was nice and sunny and I didn’t play as much. I suspect the cold weather of fall and winter will make it easier to hunker down and practice.
My puzzle ability has continued to progress a bit, so I think I’m still getting better, I just took a step back on the opening that will hopefully unlock two more steps forward soon.
To get to my goal of top 10% I’d need to get a chess.com rating of around 1,000. I think I can can do that, especially if I get a bit selective about how I play in December, to maximize score instead of practice.
2023 Habit: Weekly Strategic Analysis Reading
I put some more rigor into tracking this but haven’t done much better at it. I’ve had a few solid weeks, but not many.
2023 Exemplar: Genghis Khan
The only thing I’ve done in this category is continue to read ‘The Mongol Art of War’.
2023 Bucket List Item: SUP Adventure into Untouched Wilderness
I put this idea on hold for this year. I felt my 70 mile paddle was a significant adventure and decided to devote more of my energy to other things. I did recently have a chance to present to a group about that race, and some of my other adventures, which gave me a nice chance to pause and reflect. More from that will likely make its way here soon.