New Year's Resolutions!

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.


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Dec 19, 2013 - 12:52pm

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)

make it hard to spot the general by working like a soldier
Dec 19, 2013 - 3:25pm

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 - 3:58pm

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 - 5:03pm

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 - 8:09pm

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 - 5:22pm

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 20, 2013 - 9:07am

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 - 3:15pm

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"
keep livin the dream

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Dec 20, 2013 - 5:25pm

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.]
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Dec 21, 2013 - 1:33am

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 20, 2013 - 3:44pm

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 - 3:47pm


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??? :(
Calm down.
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Dec 20, 2013 - 3:56pm

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.

"You stop being an asshole when it sucks to be you." -IlliniProgrammer "Your grammar made me wish I'd been aborted." -happypantsmcgee
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Dec 20, 2013 - 4:12pm

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

Please don't quote Patrick Bateman.

Dec 20, 2013 - 4:28pm

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 - 4:31pm

boozy brunches > partying til 7am imho

"You stop being an asshole when it sucks to be you." -IlliniProgrammer "Your grammar made me wish I'd been aborted." -happypantsmcgee
Dec 20, 2013 - 7:15pm

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.

"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." - George Bernard Shaw
Dec 20, 2013 - 7:27pm

Mine: To be happy and enjoy the year.


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Dec 20, 2013 - 8:15pm

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 21, 2013 - 3:29am

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

Dec 21, 2013 - 5:10am

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 - 12:00pm

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 23, 2013 - 6:07pm

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.

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