After a couple weeks of radio silence due to the X’mas and new year holiday, I’m now back to my regular work and blogging and inspiration hunting business. Looking back to 2009, it was a year that seeded some long due changes that are always on my mind but never have the initiative to execute. There are a few particular events that triggered that, namely:
Feb: Interaction’09, IxDA in Vancouver
Feb: Emily Carr application, submitting portfolio
May: Evernote (hard to believe right? but Evernote can really be a life-changing tool)
June: OpenWeb Vancouver in Vancouver
Nov: UF’09, UPAChina in Nanjing
…and many more.
I really wish to express my joy and appreciation of meeting some of the greatest people on the web and in the conferences. Every encounter contributes to the change of my perspective today. But it doesn’t just stop here; learning is a life-long process, and maintaining the curiosity is the fuel of moving forward. I really treasure the opportunity talking to each one of you and learning something from you.
Now standing at the beginning of 2010, the outlook is exciting yet challenging. The path I chose is not going to be easy. If I want to summarize all the experiences and inspiration in 2009 into one point, and bear it strongly in my mind when facing the upcoming challenges, it must be “don’t ASK for permission, just DO it”. Charlie Hoehn (http://charliehoehn.com) puts it in a more elaborated way:
And therein lies the best career advice I could possibly dispense: just DO things. Chase after the things that interest you and make you happy. Stop acting like you have a set path, because you don’t. No one does. You shouldn’t be trying to check off the boxes of life; they aren’t real and they were created by other people, not you. There is no explicit path I’m following, and I’m not walking in anyone else’s footsteps. I’m making it up as I go.