2016: what did I do this year?
Last year’s digital detox article has been tremendously successful, so I decided to keep it like a yearly meeting. But before, what am I worried about this year?
Last year I was experiencing FOMO, this year I see everyone’s digital biased. How is it possible that everyone’s thinking of appearing rather than learning?
People are pushing to get perceptions rather than for being recognised for their work or expertise. What’s going on? Are we getting into a world of people pretending to be, where the internet and the information overflow can help us learning everything on a fingertip?
I’ll leave it here for the moment and I’ll ask myself another question. What did I do this year? As you know I’m never satisfied with the results I get, and I always think I can achieve more, improving myself all the time. I don’t know if it’s because I’m writing it down now, but this year I think I’ve achieved even more than the last one and I’m very proud of it.
I learned to speak up in the right way
When you’re working with big companies you know that speaking up is not always a good idea.
Well, sometimes it happens even if you work with the small ones. But this year, thanks to the choice of going back working full-time as a growth consultant for startups I got the opportunity of working with very passionate people, talking and even arguing in order to make a product every day better.
And I learned a lot from the strength of the team, from their passion and their enthusiasm.
I also learned that at one point you need to leave some projects.. and that’s the best thing you can do to yourself.
Take your time
This year I travelled a lot, I needed it. I needed time to think, to spend by myself.
I’ve experienced the first solo trip of my life, where I hear from my silences and from the inner side of myself. People told me I’ve been brave. But why? Just because I decided to go to Lanzarote alone for one week? I learned to take my time, book my slots and avoid the rest.
In Lanzarote’s been easy.
Not sure I’m good enough when I’m back in London! 🙂
Be confident: public speaking hero
I pushed myself in terms of digital marketing workshops and public speaking events accepting the invitation to speak at the Web Marketing Festival in Italy and running digital marketing workshops for artisans and handicraft associations.
It was the first time ever I was speaking in Italian to such a big audience about my experience in growth hacking. And I’m very proud that my talk has been valued as one of the best 6 out of 160 speakers!
Be ready even if you don’t know there’s a train passing: OMG!
Sometimes you need to be ready, even if you don’t know there’s a train passing. It seems to me that, for a lot of projects I’ve been involved, everyone was just waiting for the right circumstances.
There’s a secret project you’ll hear about in 2017 (I can’t tell you more for now but I’ll let you know as soon as I can, promised!!). A few early stage startups: Rawfish is the only one I can mention, the other three are in stealth mode.
I mentored startups at H-Farm and I’m going there again in 2017 to mentor the new batch. And it’s so exciting you can’t believe. Those are a bunch of things I’ve been involved out of a plan: they just came up and I was ready to take them!
Do what you’re passionate about
This year, thanks to this blog, I realised how much I’m passionate about writing. I’ve been asked to write a piece about girls in tech and to write an article about men mentoring women for the Austin startup collection. And you know what? I love the topic and I want to do more to help more women in tech.
I also worked a lot to redesign This is Not Art‘s website and to organise the international touring exhibition Personal Relations which opened in London last December, putting together 150 artists from 3 different countries. It’s been an incredible journey and I’m very happy that 40 artists are coming from Vicenza. I look forward to the private viewing in The Hague and Vicenza…can’t wait for it!
2017 New Years Resolutions
There are 3 things I’ll keep the focus on for 2017:
- Learning where my energy is coming from and optimise that channel. Basically, it’s in the same of when you’re optimising a traffic or conversion sources running digital and growth hacking strategies 🙂
- Make the projects I’m working on amazing: set goals and build plans to always improve;
- Learn as much as I can taking part to discussions, forums and online communities, without being scared of it. If you’re confident in yourself, people will listen to you and it will enrich everyone.
Have a great break, everyone!
See ya in 2017!