2014 Summary

1.What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about?

Starting my work at Dev Bootcamp.

2.If you had to describe your 2014 in 3 words, what would they be?

ILUVU.

3.What new things did you discover about yourself?

I will overcome my fear and break with conventionality for my ideals.

4.What single achievement are you most proud of?

Josh ranking me 9th Kyu.

5.What was the best news you received?

I got the DBC job!

6.What was your favourite place that you visited in 2014?

Bear Mountain area with Mike and Ohan.

7.Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year?

Patience.

8.Who was your number one go-to person that you could always rely on?

Daria Jung.

9.Which new skills did you learn?

Lecturing, spoken word poetry, drumming, many martial techniques.

10.What, or who, are you most thankful for?

Having a job where I get to make a positive impact on over a hundred lives a year.

11.If someone wrote a book about your life in 2014, what kind of genre would it be? A comedy, love story, drama, film noir or something else?

Supernatural drama.

12.What was the most important lesson you learnt in 2014?

Always affirm “ILUVU”.

13.Which mental block(s) did you overcome?

Fearing to affirm “ILUVU”.

14.What 5 people did you most enjoy spending time with?

Daria, Ohan, Mike, Jacob, Monica

15.What was your biggest break-through moment career-wise?

Realizing I have a knack for teaching.

16.How did your relationship to your family evolve?

We’ve grown apart.

17.What book or movie affected your life in a profound way?

Convict Conditioning has changed the way I practice strength.

18.What was your favourite compliment that you received this year?

“Matt is a model educator. He believes that learning is not just the bestowment of knowledge but the training of mindset and skill.”

19.What little things did you most enjoy during your day-to-day life?

Practicing taijutsu and meditation during every day life.

20.What cool things did you create this year?

Self-Mastree, a process for tracking my practices.

21.What was your most common mental state this year (e.g. excited, curious, stressed)?

Contemplative.

22.Was there anything you did for the very first time in your life this year?

Performed spoken word poetry before a crowd.

23.What was your favourite moment spent with your friends?

Open mic night at Get Lofted.

24.What major goal did you lay the foundations for?

Achieving a black belt in Bujinkan Taijutsu.

25.Which worries turned out to be completely unnecessary?

Finances.

26.What experience would you love to do all over again?

Poconos Adventure.

27.What was the best gift you received?

An ayahausca ceremony.

28.How did your overall outlook on life evolve?

I’ve become more process oriented while my philosophy has simplified and clarified.

29.What was the biggest problem you solved?

The way we conducted assessments in phase 2 at Dev Bootcamp.

30.What was the funniest moment of your year, one that still makes it hard not to burst out laughing when you think about it?

31.What purchase turned out to be the best decision ever?

My lotus drum.

32.What one thing would you do differently and why?

Taken on fewer paid side projects and focused on my own projects because I really don’t need additional money over better tools.

33.What do you deserve a pat on the back for?

Graduating the Woodchucks.

34.What activities made you lose track of time?

Work. Three week phases destroy my connection with outside time keeping.

35.What did you think about more than anything else?

Enlightenment.

36.What topics did you most enjoy learning about?

Taijutsu, Magick, Astrology.

37.What new habits did you cultivate?

Using Self-Mastree each day to cultivate many other habits.

38.What advice would you give your early-2014 self if you could?

Build Self-Mastree earlier in the year.

39.Did any parts of your self or your life do a complete 180 this year?

Doing a startup, not doing a startup.

40.What or who had the biggest positive impact on your life this year?

My teacher Josh for continuing to push me to grow in my practice.

41.What do you want the overarching theme for your 2015 to be?

Fruition of ideas planted in 2013 and 2014.

42.What do you want to see, discover, explore?

Japan.

43.Who do you want to spend more time with in 2015?

Creative thinkers who have escaped consensus reality.

44.What skills do you want to learn, improve or master?

Teaching.

45.Which personal quality do you want to develop or strengthen?

Tenacity.

46.What do you want your everyday life to be like?

One half focus routines that build my core skills. One half unstructured forays into creative expression.

47.Which habits do you want to change, cultivate or get rid of?

I will habitually program myself.

48.What do you want to achieve career-wise?

Begin teaching online, at work earn an unsurpassed reputation for stellar teaching.

49.How do you want to remember the year 2015 when you look back on it 10/20/50 years from now?

As the year I bought my freedom.

50.What is your number one goal for 2015?

To work for myself so that I may set my own schedule.