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A year ago, I wrote a post about my goal-setting philosophy. I wrote:

It can be quite fun and insightful to reflect on long-term goals. I’ll come back to this post in a year and see what I really achieved in the end.

Now is finally the time to do it, see what I achieved and reflect upon my old goals.

So here are last year’s goals for 2018:

  • Write a book / interactive course / video course, and sell it

Looking at the results, it was only an OK year for my side-projects with the biggest non-achieved goal being the non-existent MRR. The book just consumed the second half of the year and there was no time to launch anything else. Let’s see if all the work on the book pays off this year. (Even if it doesn’t, I met some interesting people through it.)

I also ended up doing a lot of things that were not on my goal list. I contributed to open source a lot more than the years before, both by releasing many of my own repos, but also fixing bugs on other public repos. I received some emails in return thanking me for my work which was nice 😍, which makes me try to continue to repeat this in 2019.

Goals for 2019

Let’s get to the goals for this year.

  • Finish the book in the first quarter of the year

This year I have less specific goals regarding technologies, as I found some of my goals from last year to be quite irrelevant and I don’t stand behind them anymore today. On the one side, as I said, I ‘ll only learn some new framework or language when it actually makes sense to use= in one of my side projects. On the other side, I found timing to be a lot more important than I initially thought. When something new is released that you can build upon, f.i., skills for Alexa or dapps for a new blockchain, there are not many apps for it yet and it’s really easy to get traction simply because you’re the first one to do it. (first-mover advantage) This is what happened to my King of EOS game — I attribute a big part of its success to it just being one of the first dapps on EOS.

Let’s see what 2019 will bring forth, be flexible and always on the lookout. 🕵️‍♂️

Originally published at cmichel.io

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