Happy New Year! My self-improvement hopes for 2011…
I was lucky enough to ring in 2011 in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa is another post in and of itself– absolutely gorgeous country, fantastic food, people, wine… an amazing place I can’t wait to return to.
Thinking about the new year in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar customs, culture and the like led me to think about resolutions that transcend time, culture, and context– easy things universally applicable to any aspect of life from meeting with lawyers to haggling with street vendors.
Full disclosure that this is super cheesy (especially unnatural feeling as I’m donning all black and motorcycle pants posing as a New Yorker this week), but here are some things I’m thinking about in 2011 to improve my life all the time, from touristing to entrepreneuring…
- look nice: looking frumpy has probably never gotten anyone anywhere. not a lot of downside to that extra 5 minutes to look presentable and every now and then it pays off.
- be interested: not everyone is going to be interested in me and my work, but i can always be interested in them.
- be happy: there’s some very cheesy buddhist saying about one person smiling at a random person, who smiles at another random person, leaving the whole street smiling for no reason– this is pushing the limits of my cheese tolerance, but the point is that i plan to smile more.
- reward real: it’s not always easy to tell the truth, hear the truth, or have honest conversations. here’s to real in 2011.
Yes, this list reads like a cheese platter, but I’m letting myself indulge for now. Maybe it will get me places in 2011. Like funded.