Road to the MBA

Lessons learned from the application process.

Last time we chatted – back in January – you learned about my Awesome Bucket 2014 and the big plans I lined up to take down this year.

As excited as I was (and am) about those goals, there was something glaringly absent from that list: my one thing. It’s the most important goal of the year and takes priority over pretty much everything else on the plate.

Last year my one thing was to become an Ironman, and I sacrificed sleeping in, Filibertos, nearly all my free time outside of work and many a happy hour to make that dream a reality. (Read all about that glorious day in my IMAZ race report.)

When you get to the top of a mountain you have two options: head back down satisfied and keep reliving the moment; or quickly celebrate, learn from the experience and start looking for the next peak.

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Awesome Bucket 2014

My list of goals for 2014, broken down into the categories of Creative, Fitness, Travel and Awesome.

“Chemistry is, well technically, chemistry is the study of matter. But I prefer to see it as the study of change.” — Walter H. White

As we launch into a new year, change takes the spotlight for many of us.

We reflect on the year that was, look for areas to improve upon and dream about the changes we’d like to make in the future.

I’ve developed into somewhat of an obsessive, merciless, fanatical goal hoarder. As you’d imagine, New Year’s resolution season is an exciting time for yours truly.

Not only am I still riding the high from last year’s Awesome Bucket performance – a dominating 7/9 performance that left 2013’s head spinning – but I’m even more jacked up to keep the Awesome going in 2014.

Brace yourself: the word Awesome is used another nine times in this article.

What’s the point of the Awesome Bucket?

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Awesome Bucket v2013: Results

Analysis of my goals and accomplishments of 2013

This has been one of the most exciting, educational and beneficial years of my life.

And the main reason I was able to accomplish so much, is because I took the time to write down my Awesome Bucket goals at the beginning of 2013, and committed to following through in the 12 months that followed.

Setting the course early and posting them online not only set me on the right course, but it also helped me stay organized and accountable.

And for the most part, I was able to keep my eyes on the prize throughout the year. In June, I checked in with a mid-year report card, and now I’m following up with a final recap.

Read on to see my goals, the results and how much of my Awesome Bucket v2013 was accomplished this year.

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Awesome Bucket v2013: Mid-year Report Card

A look at my goals for 2013 and the progress made after six months.

Back in January, I was pretty inspired when I posted my Awesome Bucket v2013, listing out my goals for the coming year.

My passion bucket overflowed with aspirations of becoming an Ironman, feeding my writing tree, and setting a course toward travel, development and above all, excitement.

I posted my goals to hold myself accountable for the rest of the year and help keep them top of mind.

And now that we’re about halfway through the year, it’s time to check in and report on how things are going.

Did my passion bucket drain when the rubber met the road?

Was my plate too full with all these goals?

Have I lost focus and forgotten about my one thing?

Keep reading to find out.

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Awesome Bucket v2013

bucket at sunset

In my previous post, you saw how my passion bucket runneth over in excitement for the coming year, and learned about a smarter strategy to attack our 2013 New Year’s resolutions.

Well, it’s January and naturally, we’re geeking out at the starting line. The gym is packed, junk food is tossed in the trash and – after we’ve cleaned up and recovered from all the New Year’s Eve shenanigans – we find ourselves pointed in the right direction.

Showing up is a crucial step to accomplishing our goals for the New Year. And since we’re here, with full passion buckets in hand, we can check that off the list.

But the next two steps are the big ones: finding your one thing, and mapping out the routine.

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