New Year's Resolutions!

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Starting this one early, and publicly, since i'm going to mexico tomorrow until 2nd week in jan. Booohoooo rich parents sob sob.

My NY Resolutions in no particular order:

Learn German (gf is german). Target goal, be able to have a normal conversation without assistance with someone. Awesome language even if we split.
Get in serious shape. (not turning this into a body building internet dickfest, so leaving numbers out). I'm in good shape already, but want to be in stellar form. I'm worth it. I have this quantified.
Start a career I really love OR go to top20 business school. Kinda done with what I do atm, I'm good at it, but its not for me.
Read more: Classics. Read the top 2 books by the top 6 thinkers of the classic era.
Get distractions OUT of my day to day. Have a to do list for tomorrow, written up each day ,and do it before I even think about turning on facebook or personal email.
Social: Spend more time with the friends that really matter to me (and family).
Start a side business with/without a friend. (yes we have an idea and are going at it already, have a timescale for launch included in this as well).

Edit: I've asked friends/family to add a few in too

Floss Regularly
Keep a journal, write it before I start the day, this will replace my todo list entry above.

Aim high.
Seek discomfort
and live your damned life.

Happy Christmas and rock this new year.

T

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Dec 19, 2013

Talk to my mom more. My fiance calls hers everyday. I barely talk to mine once a week, through email.

Kick butt in grad school.

Actually enjoy everything NYC has to offer.

Do a triathlon

Get back in to my soccer shape (this is partly required for the Tri)

Dec 19, 2013

Get back to hockey shape. It's sad, my body used to be a machine and now I can't get up the stairs without losing my breath.

Pay off student loans.

Pay off engagement ring.

Get a couple bespoke suits.

Read 12 books.

Prepare for GMAT.

Dec 19, 2013

1. Pay off credit card debt.
2. Lose the stomach pudge.
3. Get a new job.
4. Take and kick ass on the GMAT.
5. Get treatment for my anxiety disorder.

Currently: future psychiatrist (med school =P)
Previously: investor relations (top consulting firm), M&A consulting (Big 4), M&A banking (MM)

Dec 19, 2013

1. Sit the fuck down and bother attaining higher GPA
2. Spend more time with close relatives
3. Grab a decent internship for the summer
4. Learn some Latin, German and perhaps even French
5. Find a pretty smart girl to GET DOWN WITH, aye.

Also, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you primates!

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Dec 19, 2013

I'm not into the whole resolutions things, but I do make goals at the start of every year. Same basic concept, I've just always found the whole "resolution" thing sorta lame. Probably because everyone talks about them 24/7 and 90% of people don't do shit to make them reality (obviously most WSO'ers make theirs happen). Here's a quick overview of what some of my goals will be (obviously I have all of these quantified, but that's personal):

1) Go from good to amazing shape
2) take my poker game to the next level
3) become fluent in Italian
4) read more
5) crush the GMAT
6) start my job out on the right foot

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Dec 19, 2013

I've always thought resolutions and goals were pretty much the same thing...?

Currently: future psychiatrist (med school =P)
Previously: investor relations (top consulting firm), M&A consulting (Big 4), M&A banking (MM)

Dec 19, 2013

1. Start a company - more specifically, finish what I'm developing in the next couple months and start building user base and revenues by end of year.
2. Write a fiction novel and get published.
3. Increase fluency in Spanish and learn a Slavic language - deciding between Czech and Russian.
4. Get into regular exercise and diet routine and be consistent with it.

Dec 20, 2013

I studied Russian for ~2 months in Kyrgyzstan, so take my advice with some salt. Russian is definitely more useful (maybe not in Business/Finance though) than Czech. It's also really challenging, but different from the kind of challenge that learning all of the subjunctive moods in Spanish is. At the beginner level, Russian is mostly just memorizing rules and how/when to apply them.

Dec 19, 2013

Nice. Yeah the main reason I'm considering Czech is because I already know a decent amount from spending a semester abroad over there and could see myself possibly returning one day for some time. The obvious downside is that there are so few speakers in the world, while Russia is enormous.

Dec 20, 2013

Actually try and not get wrapped up in work for an entire year. I tried this last year and it was going great for about 6 months, then I got thrust into a sale and started working again. I've gotten fed up with this work crap and will be trying to take an entire year off and do some traveling.

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Dec 20, 2013

a few that come to mind:
get 1000 loyal followers for my new blog/business and post up at least 50 pieces of quality content (blog or video posts) over the year
be known as a latin america travel expert
be known as a "digital nomad" expert
live in 6 countries for a min. of 6 months & live in medellin colombia for 6 months
learn to surf well enough so that i can say to the chicks "yeah, i surf"
give a martial art a real shot (never tried one), thinking Brazilian jiu-jitsu but open to try others, Krav Maga?
improve my spanish (from conversational fluency to actual fluency)
continue to work on meditation & yoga
read 30 non-fiction books and 10 fiction books
learn to cook several dishes in each country i live
learn to salsa dance well so that i can say to the chicks "yeah, i salsa dance"
marry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_Colombia_2013
keep livin the dream

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Dec 20, 2013

live in medellin colombia

Out of curiosity, why are set on this. How do you expect it to be different than other LatAM places...I know about the "paisas" but if you are looking for beautiful women they're everywhere [and almost certainly in Bs. As.]

Dec 20, 2013

if you've lived in s.america it's known as a hub for us digital nomads

i haven't actually been, but have heard more than enough good stories, and know a few people there who can help me out. additionally, looking for a place to pass the hot summer - the weather is very predictable (city of eternal spring), beaches are a 2hr (or less flight) away, the cost of living very reasonable, and most importantly I guess, I want to live in Colombia and have already visited Bogota/Cartagena/Santa Marta but no desire to live in either of these places.

"Medellin is where it's at" - so they say, we will see :) and to answer your question of how I expect it to be different, once you're used to things down there colombia is HUGELY different from bsas, imo.

as to bsas, already lived there 2.5 years and plan to go back next summer, rio and/or florianopolis are on the list as well to live. beyond that would like to try living in cuzco peru, ushuaia patagonia, la paz or santa cruz bolivia, mancora peru, and salinas ecuador

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Dec 21, 2013

Sounds like you should just hang out with Tim Ferris.

edit: not meant to be sarcastic--you just have similar paths/goals (living in latin america, dance, language, etc)

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Dec 20, 2013

Network, meet new freinds
Land a Full time job, really want to move out and begin my career with a big step
Get back into football/bodybuilding shape
start touching base with the old freinds. Everyone has been so distant to me, miss a lot of people.

Dec 20, 2013
RealMeal:

Network, meet new freinds

Land a Full time job, really want to move out and begin my career with a big step

Get back into football/bodybuilding shape

start touching base with the old freinds. Everyone has been so distant to me, miss a lot of people.

awwww do you not have any friends??? :(

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Dec 20, 2013

1) Find great food
2) Sex
3) Money

In that order. Not really a new resolution, more of a "things to do/keep doing" list.

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Dec 20, 2013

Seems to be a lot of out of shape guys who want to go to B-school. Shocking. Good luck to all.

Dec 20, 2013

In no paricular order:

1) Get in shape. I weighed 230-235 when I played football in college. I got down to 205 my senior year of college after football. I gained a little back during training (having a 7 week paid vacation in NYC will do that to you), but now I'm pushing 250. Probably could stand to lose at least 30 lbs.

2) Get better at my job. While I was one of the higher rated analysts in my class, I wasn't the best. Great motivation going into the new year

3) Quit partying until 7am as much and move more towards boozy brunches. Decimating my sleep cycle each and every weekend renders me worthless most Mondays

4) Eat better. See number 1

and lastly...

5) Don't let the stress from work leave the office with me. It's just not worth worrying about everything that I have going on at the office when I'm not even in the office.

I would agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

Dec 20, 2013

boozy brunches > partying til 7am imho

Dec 20, 2013

1) Quit smoking.
2) Quit smoking.
3) Quit smoking.

Dec 20, 2013

drink more, think less, and come up with even cornier puns unintentionally

Dec 20, 2013

Start smoking

Dec 20, 2013

Pass Level III

Dec 20, 2013

Become insanely knowledgeable with options
Learn Java and C++
Get 100 percent in Calculus 2
Be better in terms of academic success than the vast majority of students at my school

Dec 20, 2013

1) Pass CFA Level 3.
2) Find a more challenging role.
3) Travel to SF or NY.
4) Pay off all debt except student loan and save a nice emergency fund.

Dec 20, 2013

Mine: To be happy and enjoy the year.

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Dec 20, 2013

1.) Learn Spanish fluently. I live in Honduras right now and while I know enough to survive and make a little small talk, I want to be able to have a full conversation.
2.) Apply and get accepted into a good school (undergrad). I'm in the military and finish up my contract later in 2014.
3.) Continue to hit the gym until I feel physically awesome. Then maintain that
4.) Save up as much money as possible. I might need some reserves while I'm a full time student if the gi bill can't cover all of my expenses. And the va will probably take forever to start paying my housing allowance.
5.) Continue taking online classes. It's free, and every A should help my case to be accepted into a good brick and mortar. They might even accept some transfer credits.
6.) Subscribe to either the WSJ or FT and read every day.

Dec 20, 2013

I'm already perfect.

Best

Dec 21, 2013

1. Keep hitting the gym and stay in shape- this past year has been fantastic for me in terms of exercise. May sign up for a marathon or longer race as a way to stay motivated.
2. Not become consumed by work- find time for friends, family, relationship, etc.
3. Save more $$

Dec 21, 2013

Starting a 52 books in 52 weeks challenge. I'm pretty excited for it since my to-read list has started to overflow

Dec 21, 2013

Become better at work, push the envelope in (endurance) sports, be happier/more grateful.

Dec 21, 2013

1. Grow a beard.
2. Get over 25% on my PA, with a drawdown of less than 5%.
3. Throw away all the stuff I don't need.
4. Enjoy single life (just got out of a 4 year relationship).

Dec 21, 2013

1. Make serious progress on finding a new job
2. Save more money every month (I have a tangible amount in mind)
3. Get in better shape (from 155 to 175 lbs)

Dec 21, 2013

1. Kill it at work.
2. Explore my city as much a possible.
3. Workout to attain the body of a greek god.
4. Smash as much poon as humanly possible.

I'm bi-winning. I win here, and I win there.

Dec 20, 2013
stillwinnning:

3. Workout to attain the body of a greek god.

YES

Dec 23, 2013

Quit the television industry.

Go to business school and not fuck it up.

Bust my ass networking and hopefully land an internship sometime during business school.

Get my ass working on Wall Street, here's hoping.

Dec 20, 2013
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