In the past few years, perhaps driven by a midlife crisis or suddenly finding myself as the parent of two newborns, I’ve become obsessed with the idea of time. It’s obvious and almost cliche to say at this point, but it’s the one resource you can never make more of or give back to anyone. Regardless of who we are, we all get 168 hours in the week. That’s all. I’m going to make damn sure that those hours are spent on things that matter and that nothing goes to waste.
Humans want to feel smart. This is especially true for younger generations, including those just entering the workforce, that have grown up in hyper-competitive times, with parents living vicariously through them. There’s constant measurement versus peers, and social media certainly isn’t doing anyone any favors in this department.
I’m a few weeks late with this, but I still think it’s important to reflect on the previous year and take stock of what I learned, how I challenged myself, and what I need to do better. 2017 was a year of many new things that contributed immense value to my life.
I spent the first few years of my career in a state of blissful ignorance. I was learning like crazy, working in a field that I loved, and working at some incredible companies that were achieving great results. It wasn’t until a subsequent stop in my career, at a company that was struggling and poorly managed, that I ultimately learned that all companies weren’t like that.