Everyday I feel myself growing. I have figured out exactly what I want to do with my life, what kind of life I want to live and what kind of business I want to build. On some days, I read from the moment I wake up till past midnight with just a few breaks in between. I'm learning business skills I wouldn't have realised their importance if hadn't quit my job. I occasionally feel my forehead aching; I hear it's the part of the brain responsible for the intellectual stuffs we do. I see it as the evidence that I'm working my mental muscles hard. And it's not like lifting dumbbells and weight bars, amassing useless muscle mass for show off. It's more like training like a soldier, for survival and real battles. All I read is purely for my survival and not to show off; not to sound intelligent during discussions or be able to pick arguments more frequently. Like a soldier, I have a strategy and everything I do is to aid me in perfectly implementing the strategy.
Currently, my strategy is to engage in activities that build my experience and competence in:
- Microsoft Excel Consultancy (training, templates designing, dashboards and complex Excel VBA programs)
- Entreprise Apps development (I'm planning to shift to a product based business model, not a training and consulting business model I currently operate)
- Professional writing. I have bought a lot of books on writing and grammar. Last week I did a yearly subscription to AP Stylebook. And I wrote several editors at The Economist for advice on how to build my journalistic writing competence. If things go so well for me, writing will become what I do full-time while Excel and programming will become hobbies.