My 2017 annual review

Sometimes you have to break down to get back up again.

Time for my 2017 annual review.

In this post, I’ll do my best to answer these three questions1:

  1. What went well this year?
  2. What didn’t go so well this year?
  3. What am I working toward?

Here we go:

1. What Went Well this Year?

Better at photography. Since wifey’s into photography, I’ve decided to share her interest. It’s a great way to spend time outdoors, it’s a creative pursuit, and it involves technology, software, and social media. I’ve done quite a lot of studying up on the subject and the more I learn, the better I get (which isn’t always the case). I’m not a “great photographer” by any stretch, but I’m getting to the point where I at least start to know what the heck I’m doing. I at least feel like I’ve gotten past mount stupid!

Time with my son, Jack. I’ve been able to spend a lot of quality time with my son due to wifey’s odd work hours. It feels like it’s been incredibly valuable for both of us.

Career change. I felt like my professional learning curve stalled, so I had to take action and do something different for a while. So, I abandoned my otherwise cherished life as a freelancer to pursue another entrepreneurial challenge together with others. In the processes I learned tons of video production and programmatic advertising, two otherwise weak spots in my professional toolbox.

Supporting my wife’s career. Wifey works as a television host for a daily live format on Swedish crime. She’s remarkable, I think, and I’m proud to have been prioritising her career over mine during this year. And it hasn’t been a sacrifice; it has rather been incredibly rewarding to support her in her professional development.

2. What Didn’t Go So Well this Year?

Finding inspiration and a new mission in life. Throughout the year, I wasn’t able to figure out my place in life. Maybe I’ve experienced an early onset mid-life crisis? I had difficulties updating in my own social media channels simply because I had a hard time believing why anyone would care about my life and what I had to say. And I started second-guessing my motivations for having a “personal brand” — who am I trying to impress and why?

Entrepreneurial stress. Building a brand is great fun, but most of the administrative work that goes with it is mind-numbing. And starting a brand new agency (with a new direction) with four senior consultants require a lot of new business from day one to cover all expenses. It takes a lot of energy, for sure.

3. What am I Working Toward?

Getting back into health. Sadly, I came out of 2017 in worse shape (both mentally and physically) than I entered into it. The number one priority in 2018 will to take measures to take better care of myself. I want to live a long and healthy life together with my wife and son, so I’m working on quite a few serious steps to get my personal priorities in order.

Figure out how to spend the next half of my life. My inner drive is a large part of who I am and I’m just completely lost without it. If this is a mid-life crisis, it can’t last forever anyway, right? I’m still an intelligent individual with many unique skills and I do believe that my best professional years in life are still ahead of me.

Photo by STIL on Unsplash.

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  1. The format is inspired by James Clear’s annual reviews.
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Jerry Silfwerhttps://doctorspin.org/
Jerry Silfwer aka Doctor Spin is an awarded senior adviser specialising in public relations and digital strategy. Based in Stockholm, Sweden.

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