2017 was a great and eventful year. Looking back at it, it seems like the best word I can use to describe it is “position.” In 2017, I set out to explore a new identity besides my day job as a mechanical engineer. I began positioning myself in the local market as a guy that works with teams and organizations to help them create human-centered products and experiences. To an extent, I’ve had progress in doing so.
Late during the year, I was able to land my first consulting client. We are now working on redefining their experience and boosting their sales. (More on that soon). In 2017, I was also able to land my first request for training. Design For Impact is a training program that I’m preparing at the moment for delivery in March, 2018. The basic premise of the program is that it teaches aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators a disciplined approach to imagining and designing human-centered products and experiences.
Landing those opportunities was, to me, validation that I’ve successfully positioned myself. However, 2018 is where things will get interesting. 2018 will be the year I deliver my first formal training program, launch my first physical product (Taobla), and closeout with my first consulting client. For 2018, I have set the following personal targets:
If 2017 was the year I started positioning myself, then 2018 is shaping up to be the year I build social proof and credibility through projects.
Last but not least, I wanted to share with you my favorite books from 2017. Those have not necessarily been released in 2017, but are ones that I’ve read this year.
Wishing you all a happy and productive 2018!