This post is essentially my previous list from 2013 of where I stood in all Renaissance pursuits I’m currently endeavoring towards. I’ve edited parts of the list but many are unchanged. I still remain undaunted, I know only my own actions and priorities can make any of my goals fulfilled. Anything indicated with bold type face or an (*) indicates a revision from my previous list. I like to do this, and plan on doing it more frequently. It’s a way of self-accountability that I think is good for me to develop.
Every so often it’s good to take a step back, analyze progress (or stagnation), and make adjustments, and to publish updates on 2-year-old content!!!! Wow.
Learning Languages: 2015: Overall: Not that much progress outside of Spanish. Reminder to get to work and build it into my schedule!
Japanese: 2015: No real progress or time devoted to learning.
-An ear for pronunciation
Spanish: 2015: Made some great progress, but only through personal interactions, a little sideline study and focus was observed briefly.
-Sounding out reading, but lack comprehension
French: 2015: No Progress made
-Conjugating regular verbs
-Ear for pronunciation/conversation
-Latent vocabulary & reading/writing from high-school.
[* ]Business(es): 2015: Basically in the same situation other than I’ve put myself in a position where starting a business is now on my daily to do list and I’m taking actions to bring it to fruition. *UPDATE: Now enrolled in Business Breakthrough Academy*
-I have some great start-up ideas swirling around. I’m very confident in 3/10 of the ideas, and have taken action towards launch and lean launch.*
-Potential for a pop-up restaurant is high. I have a good network within the hospitality industry, and the market is prime for a great pop up.
-My dreams of film/TV production are still dreams, *but I’ve met some people who can bring them to fruition perhaps.
-Using apps and technology to automate income is similar to my start-up ideas; action has been taken towards realization: capturing ideas on paper. I’ve got one rock solid idea though, and about 8 mediocre ones.
-Developing a school would be a legacy project, and I’ve yet to build the requisite resources or fully master many teachable skills.
Health and Fitness: 2015: Definitely learned a great amount about my body and health/fitness in general
-The quest for the six-pack is ongoing. Starting to lean out and loose the last 5% body fat that it takes. (for progress shots see my Instagram)
-Personal trainer certification is a goal for the next 90 days. Studying between 4-10 hours a week.
-Healthy eating is becoming a passion. making better choices and structuring a diet based on nutritional benefit and balance is something I study between 5-10 hours a week.
-Yoga has helped me immensely since I started 4 years ago. I’m still not as flexible as I’m striving for, but quite an improvement. Always end my training sessions with yoga/stretching.
–UPDATE*** Use foam rolling to recover faster, lacrosse balls for isolated muscle tension issues, and go to a specialist in acupressure and Eastern medicine techniques.
–2015: So far completed 25/200 miles on a 12 person team relay, and a Battle Frog US Race.
-Reached a meager yellow belt in Judo at age 13, but have not practiced since.
-Starting from scratch in this field.
-Played trumpet for 2 years in junior high.
-Messed around with DJ/production software: Reason, Traktor.
-Started cooking at a young age— starting with eggs at age 8.
-Immersed in the hospitality industry my whole life up this point and presently.
-Apprenticed and worked under one of the best chefs in my city, and a crew of renowned sous-chefs, for a year and a half. The restaurant made #3 on a list of Best New Restaurants in Texas.
-Studying techniques, recipes, and ingredients from a wide variety of sources.
-Shifting focus recently to nutrient dense, and maximally healthy dishes/ingredients, while still maintaining flavor development.
-Achieved a good flow while cooking on the line, loved to improve this day in day out.
–UPDATE: ** Food was my entire focus in 2014, and now has gone very far back burner. 2014 was a year of accolades and success in this area. Posts to come.
-I’ve been in love once, maybe twice.
-Quite a bit to do and accomplish in this area.
-I have traveled internationally 3 times: United Kingdom (age 8), Mexico (age 18), and Japan (age 24). Within North America, I’ve seen a good deal of western Canada, parts of the southern United States and Texas …far from well traveled, but I’ve traveled enough to give me the “travel bug”.
-I have only lived abroad once, and that’s my current 4+year stint in Texas.
-I have traveled to Hollywood and Beverly Hills in 2015
-Took a road trip to Atlanta, Georgia in 2015
-Traveled through much of South Texas on a 200 mile relay race running with a team. 2015
-Studying Napoleon Hill, Rhonda Byrne, Darren Hardy and others.
-Recently had the most money I’d ever had at one time.
-Make small donations monthly to 2 organizations through my job.
–UPDATE**** Reading Jack Canfield’s Success Principles right now, The Entrepreneurs Solution, and enrolled Mel Abraham’s Business Breakthrough Academy and also in Brendon Burchard’s top 2% Course.
-Driven some wonderful vehicles.
-Racing and drifting have not been attempted or learned.
-Drive often presently, so skill is improving.
-Appreciating art in all its forms more and more as I age.
-Haven’t created any art since high school art class, and that was hardly considerable.
-Am in pursuit of my first property
-I’m acquiring more skills and knowledge in order to better teach people in the future.
-Set an example of good work ethic in jobs that I’ve had in my career, but working smarter is ongoing.
–UPDATE****Volunteered at a Battle Frog race and helped many overcome the 12 foot wall obstacle.
-I’ve planed 6* trees.
-I have an aloe plant
-Starting to grow Chia.
As you can see from this inventory, I’ve still got a long way to go in almost everything. This doesn’t deter me, nor should it deter anybody who sets out to achieve anything. I’d rather take the time to assess where I am, so that I can always look back as I progress and reach benchmarks, (2015-as I just have). As opposed to saying “there’s too much work to be done” I say “here’s a way to measure my work against something. Everybody starts somewhere…
Moving forward I’ll be writing and publishing detailed posts in each of these categories as I learn and experience new things, but also delve into what I’ve learned in the past in more detail.
Thanks for reading, and leave me any comments you have.