Sunday, January 3, 2010

Reflection upon 2009

Stopped counting the years passing. Instead, the milestones are no long the calendar, but the events. 2009 is an overwhelming and hectic year. It is filled with many success and challenges:

Finance, boy, what a year, investment was down 70% during the first three months because I hold on to risky equities and not reacted fast enough. Since March, I started to watch and market closely, woke up every morning by 6:30 AM and actively managed my portfolio and took on more risks!! This is against most of the investment book I have read. Fortunately, till the end of the year, I recovered most of my investment and gained 50% on top that. The fund is now enough for a basic level of financial independence.
Career, slow but steady forward. Selected, trained, monitored several managers in ITCD and CALMAT, they are true stars. Each is very capable and enthusiastic. Started the Institute for Innovation project in the summer. The institute project was not on my plan but it was dropped on my and I felt obligated to assist the university in getting the institute started. Published a couple of papers; helped WASC to review several degree programs including one remarkable trip to Prague. CALMAT is moving forward, it is still in its infancy, needs a lot of attention and handwork, but I am rather happy with the results so far. We started with nothing but a dream, now we have all basic structures and have continuous operation.
Personal, had my second cello recital, stopped tennis, got a dog, got a covertable, learning how to pace myself, had a better time management...

Living the dreams

I used to just nod politely saying "just fine", when people ask me "how are you doing?".  I decided to change that. ...