2022 Annual Review
This year’s annual review, AKA retrospective, came in a bit later, but nevertheless, better later than never. This time, I decided to follow Farnam Street’s awesome Annual Review format to guide my thinking and I found it to be an awesome framework for conducting this kind of reflection. Also, looking back to previews reviews helped me see how things evolved in my life.
2022 was marked by several meaningful changes, including quitting my job, taking another break from work, getting married and having a baby! It wasn’t all roses though.
While (f)unemployed, I struggled with lack of focus and self-doubt. Knowing that the family is growing, I felt an increased (self imposed) pressure to be employed and have a steady source of income, especially during the unprecedented negative financial and economic conditions that permeated the past 12 months globally.
- I got married in July and am becoming a father! 👶
- Had an amazing experience traveling to Doha in Qatar for the World Cup! ⚽
- Spent one month traveling around Portugal with my wife!
- Quit my job at QuickNode and have been taking some time off from work since August
- Learned a lot about trading and macroeconomics
- Improved at bouldering 🧗
- Started meditating semi-regularly
- Recurring family health issues have made my life more chaotic than I’d have liked
- Haven’t played soccer much and, when I did, I got injured
- Broad economy and market downturn, uncertainty, layoffs, high inflation. 2022 was an unusually bad year for investors (including myself)
- War in Ukraine 😢
- Struggled to find product-market fit, market and monetize Huskly
- Struggled more than usual with lack of focus and too many distractions
Favorite books I read 📚
- Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order: Why Nations Succeed and Fail - Ray Dalio
- Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow - Yuval Noah Harari
Favorite quotes 💭
- “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
- “So much advantage in life comes from being willing to look like an idiot over the short term.”
- “Instead of ‘why the addiction’, ask ‘why the pain?’” - Dr. Gabor Mate
- “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” — Viktor Frankl
Questions to ponder 🤔
- How do you know that you’re in the good ol’ days?
Most interesting things I came across
- Theory of Mimetic Desire - Luke Arthur
- Apophenia - the tendency to perceive a connection or meaningful pattern between unrelated or random things (such as objects or ideas)
- High Agency - Shreayas Doshi
- Debt Spiral - James Lavish
- 68 bits of unsolicited advice - Kevin Kelly
I’m optimistic about 2023, and I do think it will be a better year now that Covid is behind us and the worst of the bear market is also over. With US interest rate increases tapering off soon, risk assets will start growing again, including crypto. With more liquidity flowing into the system, companies won’t have go through more layoffs and the entire industry will thrive again. At least until the end of the next cycle, when inflation comes back and we start all over again until everything blows up to space 🙂
Alright that was it for my annual review. I hope you enjoyed reading and that you have a great 2023!