Refining your goals

In the technology industry, it’s incredibly easy to become sidetracked. Being aware of your end goal and taking a step back once in a while to analyze yourself is important. Without proper outside guidance, it can become messy. Beyond that, it’s also easy to get sidetracked in life. I’ve personally been on a mission for months to finish some of my apps, but it seems every time I go to work on them, something new and shiny pops its head out. I’m sure I’ve written about finishing projects before in this blog, but it’s especially true after years past. Dusting off my old hard drives or looking through my Github makes me cringe at how many unfinished ideas and half-finished games are laying around. It’s disgraceful, really.

Or is it? I don’t think that not working to completion on every idea I’ve ever had is a bad thing. Finishing every project would take a super human to do.

One thing I’ve learned is that it’s not the amount of failures that define your success, it’s the number of successes. Look to your finished projects, see what you could have done better. Analyze if your current projects are helping you reach your goals. In life, sometimes, we’re all over the place. My experience recently has been very exciting, as I delved whole heartedly into the securities trading world, and even started to build my own High Frequency Trading algorithm in order to capitalize on the Forex market movements.

It’s okay to be doing many things at once, as long as you are working towards your ultimate goal. I believe setting a strong, fun, attainable goal is important to keep motivated, and to shape your projects with an overall idea or theme.

Pretty messy blog post overall, but you get the idea. It’s 3:04 AM, give me a break.

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