If 2014 was a year that prepared the base and laid out the plans, 2015 has to be the one when we build onto that base and execute to those plans.
I’m sure few of us would have seen difficult times, it feels good when someone empathizes or offers unconditional help. I was in the local train the other day in Munich and overheard a conversation on the seat behind me. An old German woman was talking to a young Norwegian girl. The old woman probably had problems listening to they were talking loud and I could hear everything. The girl is a student at the University and the old woman was in Munich for her treatment. She was just recovering from cancer and would be staying in Munich for another 6 months. They talked about general life and young girl showed a lot of interest in how the old woman was getting by in her daily life.
In the end, the young girl gave her phone number to the old woman and asked her to call anytime she needs help. Be it shopping or going to the hospital, anything. Such acts of kindness, fortunately, still exist. I was touched.
I promise myself to be kind and make someone’s day.
Do what makes YOU happy
Even if it means losing something in the short-term, because you’re bound to succeed in the long-term. I’ve a busy life, work, studies, projects but I do have hobbies too. On and off I love to sketch, go hiking, play tennis or squash, watch a movie. But I feel there is no time for these things anymore. Months pass by and I don’t do any of this, what really used to make me happy.
I promise myself to spend more time on my hobbies, to take timeout and do what makes me really happy.
In majority of the situation, speed helps. For companies, it is a source of competitive advantage. For students, it means they can get more done within the available time. It is hard to create the best assignments or products in first shot. Speed, gives you more time to work on refinement.
When we started our new venture, we had option to work on the plan, fine tune the idea etc etc and then then start building the prototype. Instead, we did most of it in parallel. The prototype kept on changing and getting better as we had more clarity. For instance, few startup teams spend 6 months creating the first version of their prototype and some churn out 5 versions within this time. You can clearly see the difference, in majority of the cases team creating more versions will have a better outcome.
With these words, let’s embark on another roller-coaster ride. I wish you all the very best for a great 2015.