I completed most of the items on my August tenlist. In this post, I discuss what happened with each individual item and also share my September tenlist.
August 2014 Tenlist
1. Pass Sociology 140. [Completed?]
This one is kind of funny, since I'm pretty sure I passed the class but grades have still not been posted yet. Meanwhile, the next semester at Cal has started and if for some odd reason I didn't pass the class, that means I'm going to miss weeks of instruction for any class I would have Read more [...]
I quit doing the tenlist thing a long time ago. I think I know the reason why - the end of the season comes around, and I realize I've only accomplished 2/3 of the things I listed. I end up moving 1/3 of the list to the next season, leaving me feeling like I'm behind when setting goals like this. I'm sure I'm not the only one who makes a list of ten goals constantly, but I'm sure setting seasonal goals without intermediary steps breaks the concept in some way since it's based on agile methodology to some extent. I'm going to revisit the tenlist idea, except this time drastically shorten the timetable to only one month. Read more [...]
Everyone admires the jack-of-all-trades, the person who can do everything and do them all well. But consider a group of people, each of whom is very good at one thing. In time, this group of people will surpass even the most talented person, simply because each person in the group will slowly improve and become better than the jack-of-all-trades in every skill. I'm not saying people should be narrowly-minded - after all, being good at only a small set of skills will not get you very far in this world. Instead, I believe we should think of our ambitions in terms of what we can accomplish in our lifetime. Read more [...]
Compared to my first few tenlists, this is the first tenlist that has a strict focus on one specific project. Previous lists have focused on an even spread across different genres such as athleticism, literature, and a small website project. Zems is going to be my first "large" website, as well as one that will need to be consistently updated. For this reason, the summer before college is the best time to devote an intense amount of work (remember that the beginning roots, or the foundations of a project, are usually the most important parts) to something I am passionate about. Read more [...]
If there is any problem that is the most common throughout humanity, it must be not learning from one's mistakes. I know, because I'm guilty, and in fact, we're all guilty. Every person has thought of a process in his or her head, tried it, watched their plan fail, and then tried their same plan again. And again. And again. Why? It's simple - we're stubborn, and since it makes sense in our head, it must make sense in reality. However, this couldn't be more wrong, especially in regards to getting money - lots of money. Read more [...]