Happy New Year and welcome to a blank slate. That’s right; you have 12 months (give or take) to explore, learn, create and teach.
What are you going to do with that gift?
Recently I wrote a piece about the art of the side project for Quill, the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists. New Year, New You is my attempt to convey how much I’ve learned over the past decade while writing books, teaching, launching startups and attempting to build products – all as side projects.
I believe in side projects, because I believe in constant learning, exploration and self-improvement. Reading and researching is valuable, but getting your hands dirty and really digging in to something is more powerful. Testing what you learn and your new ideas on other people – through writing, teaching or making new things – is the ultimate test and the ultimate experience to build upon.
Imagine yourself on New Year’s Day 2016 and relishing what you have learned – and how you have grown – because of your latest side project.
Now go make it happen.