Time for the annual post. Where I look back at the year gone by and the year ahead. This has been an annual ritual for a few years. To be honest, I may or may not follow it (the excitement of the new year wanes off after a few
- A recap of 2020
- Some lessons from the year gone by
- Grand plans for 2021
- Goals for 2021
Personal is further divided into Wealth, Health, Focus, Hobbies, #lifeGoal
Social into Family, Friends, Strangers, Impact
Professional into Work, Money
So, here we go...
1. Recap of 2020
- At least 20 crores of free cash. Lol.
- A 4th passport booklet. If not for the pandemic, maybe I would have had this.
- 100K followers on Twitter. I have 4K odd as of the last count.
- 200 blogposts. I wrote 53.
- Book 2. I am VERY FAR from it.
- Complete a marathon in under 5 hours. Again, very very far.
- Make a business that has a topline of 50 crores. My network is actually negative as I write this.
- Jan - Went on a trek after ages. Thanks to Shravan. Here's a pic.
- Feb - Saw ARR perform live. Thanks, Kila! Here's a pic.
- Feb - Published a piece on The Ken. Was on my to-do since 2018 at least.
- Mar - Did my last event before we went into a lockdown.
- Mar - Initiated thePodium.in. This is where we sort of sowed the seeds.
- Mar - Cooked for a few days for self. Realized I am inept with a kitchen
- Apr - Had to take on debt to survive. The lowest point of my life ever. But then, grateful that I have people that are willing to lend to me. This allowed me to keep my tiny bunch of young warriors going.
- Apr - Attended sessions with Anjum Rajabali, thanks to Satyanshu Singh
- Jul - Got to learn screenwriting from Boman Sir
- Jul - AKG
- Jul - Started NFG with AA and PK. This was big because I put myself on camera as a speaker for the first time ever for a public audience. Plus, I got to meet so many incredible people. Thanks, AA and PK.
- Aug - Went on a tiny hike with the 5x5 bunch. Here's a pic for you.
- Sep - Successfully evaded the world!
- Oct - Took a shot at doing a startup. Couldn't even get it off the ground despite having a great partner and one of the most sought-after angel investors backing us up.
- Oct - Made my will.
- Oct - Tried to look for a Naukri and could not land even one interview. The second-lowest point of the year. Realized that the network and connections I take pride in may not be too helpful.
- Oct - Thanks to a couple of friends, got back to work. One project got over. The other is still happening. Not, not enough to keep going. But it's a start.
- Oct - Got an opportunity to work very closely with someone who's made a REAL impact with his work. Can't talk more about it. Got this opportunity via Parijat. Thanks, Parry.
- Nov - Moved houses yet again. More about it is here.
- Nov - Spent 3 odd weeks in Delhi. I was in Delhi for this long after ages. Realized the fragility of life all over again and decided that I need to at least become a good son if I am unable to become an entrepreneur. So, will act on it this year.
- Dec - Been in Goa for 4 weeks now and so far, I like it. Thanks to Rajesh Sir for the kindness.
- Dec - Podium started making money. Thank you, for the kick in the back, Rashi.
- Dec - Lost faith in my approach towards creating work (a mere handshake, no contracts, etc). Don't want to write about it here but the very foundation of how I work has shaken. Here's some context.
2. So what are the lessons that am taking from the year gone by?
3. Brings me to 2021, the themes, and the plans.
- Make myself a priority. The thing is, I have lived all my life trying to create opportunities for others. I have always assumed that once they grow, they would support me (you know reciprocation, fairness, etc) but 2020 has taught me that this is not always true. So, in 2021, I will make myself a priority.
- Location independence. This may be an outcome of the recent stints in Delhi and Goa but I think I like this idea of not having a base. What if I become homeless? I have been toying with it for a while now but been on the fence - I like my comfort! But this trip to Goa seems to be solidifying it! This also means I will have to reduce attachments to people and material things.
- Financial freedom. Need to get back to being debt-free. And then reach a point where I don't have to make decisions based on economic criteria.
- Living in Public. Live an honest, open, transparent, public life. Where my personality, brand, thoughts, actions et al are all authentic, consistent, coherent, and in-sync. I will not have to make pretenses when I talk to people. I will be out there and the world can take a call based on what they see. This is big on my agenda.
- Build an audience. Of course, if you have an audience, you can do what you want to. The lesson I have learned from 2020 is that you don't need to be a movie star to be able to attract an audience. You could be a blogger (no, not the influencer kinds) and yet have an audience. Clubbed with living in public, this could actually be a path to freedom - financial and emotional.
4. And here are the things that I will do, #in2021. AKA, Tangible Goals for 2021
4.1 This year on, I will also quit with a few things that I have stayed attached to all my life.
4.2 And here are a few things that I want to do for others
- Get PM a larger team so that the mission she is on is easier to achieve.
- Get SJ a Jag. Among other things.
- Get a house to PY.
- Get SS to revenue.
- Get SG a sustainable revenue source.
- Move parents in with me. This means I will have to have enough to have two houses next to each other. And not in Delhi, please. This is the first time I am making this public.
4.3. Finally, here are some moonshots...
- Become a venture capitalist (Social / Impact). At a time when every nukkad wala baniya is one. Every kid (that has a rich father) is a VC now. Every professional with more than 10 years of experience is one. But then, I sincerely believe that I can be good with capital allocation, especially in terms of impact. Let's see.
- Adopt an old bungalow and convert it into a cultural hub of sorts that creative people can call home. Maybe replicate it across the world. Like Soho House but far more affordable and far more meaningful. Got inspired by this person. Part of Personal / Curiosity.
- Travel to Japan. It's been on my radar for a while. Now that AD has a place there, I can shack up!
- Get a car. May be something that allows me to pack all that I own into it and live on the road for good! Won't be a bad idea. Personal / Hobby.
- Script a film. Personal / #lifeGoal. Lol!
PS: I use the following tools this time around: YearCompass (free), Vision Board (a simple document where I pin things that I want to come true. I used to have a physical board, now I have a Google Slides), Jan 1 Sheet (a Google Sheets where I capture all key things in life and it tells me that I have less than 1930 days to go for my top 3 #lifegoals), 2020 page on Roam.