2020 in review

This is a quick roundup of what happened in my life this year. What I’m happy about, and what I want to do better next year.

Achievements

Work

  • Made more income (from service) than all the previous years. Secured a safety net for the next 2 years.

  • Built 4 new projects: a website about bags, my first iOS app, a platform for gamers and a SaaS about climate I’m about to release.

  • Started getting advice and meeting new people with The Family.

  • Pulled the plug on projects that couldn’t work and required customer service.

  • Made a bunch of great stock investments during the Corona dip.

Life

  • Bought and converted a camper van.

  • Lived surrounded by good vibes and made dozens of new awesome friends.

  • Although I basically haven’t attended any class for the past 2 years (mix of hacks and circumstances) I’m officially a college dropout and won’t ever have to think about it again.

  • Spent 5 months and 8.000 km road-tripping by van and motorbike, visited 6 awesome countries.

  • Lived in a Taoist temple in Taiwan.

  • Read ~20 new books (1/2 were fiction for a change)

  • Improved significantly my surfing level in the Canary Islands.

Failures

  • Failed to attain 2000$ monthly profits on a project. 

In retrospect, there’s nothing surprising with my mindset of building² , and this will be the focus of 2021 with Fresh and new projects.

We attained good numbers with BattleBuddy (2000+ users, +$10k revenues) and if we play our cards right, 2021 will be promising. (Or not, will be a make-or-break).

My new product, Fresh Offset (with help from Mathias @ The Family) is one of the most promising project I’ve worked on. 

I’ll force myself to actually sell it, instead of pathologically switching to a new project next month.

Can’t wait to see how it does.

  • Failed to become fluent in Mandarin. 

Achieving conversational level in Chinese was one of my objectives for 2020.

I started studying Mandarin with a mix of apps, flashcards and watching Chinese TV shows but I hit the harsh reality on my trip to China and Taiwan: I didn’t focus on tones, and nobody understood me.

The original timeframe of getting to a conversational level in 6 months was maybe too ambitious but I’m not giving up. 

I’ll keep going in 2021 and will get lessons with native speakers to actually practice real-life talking. Might try Gwoyeu Romatzyh (recommended by Tim Ferris).

I also started learning German. Learning languages is awesome.

  • Failed to stay off social media

My attention got hijacked substantially this year, although it improved toward the end.

My new rule concerning social medias is 100% creation 0% consumption, but harder said that done.

Objectives for 2021

  • Finally pass this 2000$ profit milestone from products.

  • Change from 95/5 build-sell ratio to at least a 70/30 ratio.

  • Completely remove the distraction of doing freelance/consulting: I’ll continue increasing my rate until I stop getting clients.

  • Get to a conversational level in 2 new languages.

  • Share more about the journey. Write more. This is hard for me but important.

  • Most importantly keep having fun and being astonished by life :) 

Let’s double up. 

Godspeed.