This is about the time of year when I start realizing that the year is almost over, and I realize that I haven’t reached any of the goals that I had set for myself way back in January.
But, this year it’s okay because lots of things have changed for me in the past 10 months, the biggest one coming to the realization that it’s time for me to stop stalling, stop making other people happy and do what comes the most natural to me, yet with tasks that still challenge me. I’ve needed something to really give me that kick in the pants and to in some way force me to get started with my long term goals.
Although, I have had a 30 by 30 list for a while now, I have decided to take on the 101 in 1001 challenge. This way, I am able to break down my goals into more manageable parts and I also have about 2.75 years to complete all 101 tasks, which is allowing me to think really big.
The goals that I have in plan for myself are lofty, and scary. When I mentioned that I am ready for a change, that it is time for me to devote my energy into a career that fulfills and makes me happy. If you take a look through my list, you will see that a good portion of it is dedicated to “Business and Career.”
I’ve had a love for photography for as long as I can remember. But, photography wasn’t something that my mother encouraged when I was younger. She thought it was a waste of money to take photos, then develop the film. She pushed me towards math and science and after a long road of entering college with a declared degree of electrical engineering, graduating with a degree in industrial design, getting a job in web development and then starting and running and web design company…
I’ve finally garnered the courage to seriously pursue a career in photography. Specifically in food & product photography, and possibly also venture into some portrait photography. I’m also working on producing videos, which will allow me to revisit my love for storytelling and film, something that I loved while in school.
So, I’m publicly stating this so that you (my readers & friends) can help keep me on track and not let me waiver, because the photography field is a tough one to break into and I know that it’s going to be rough going sometimes.
Here are the details of the project, from the Day Zero website:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on your part).
It took a while, but I finally finished writing up my 101 by 1001 list. And if you’re able to make it all the way through the crazy long list, there may be a fun surprise for you.
And I hope this list may inspire some of you to join me in creating your own lists. It’s going to be an exciting and fun 1001 days!
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