2018: A Year in Review

2018: A Year in Review

2018, what a year. I highlighted some of my favorite moments of the year HERE.

For starters I’d like to clarify that I’m not typically a fan of New Years Resolutions. I find that too many people procrastinate on setting goals ‘until next year’, only to give up when things get tough in February.

This year, my goal setting practice coincidentally coincided with the New Year, so I made some ‘resolutions’, but in short, I believe goal setting should be an ongoing practice done on our own terms, not sitting back and waiting for an arbitrary calendar to tell us when to get hustling.

That said, I started this year listing my New Years Resolutions which were to do the following:

1. Grow ConsciousPoker Revenue to X.
2. Take 2 Detox Vacations.
3. Read 25 Books.
4. Crush Crypto.

In this post, I’d like to recap my progress on each of these goals, followed by sharing some fun lifestyle habits which I keep track of on a daily basis.

1. Grow ConsciousPoker Revenue.

What a year it’s been for ConsciousPoker. From hosting our first ever live mastermind in Los Angeles with people from all over the world, to growing our Pro Membership, from crossing 40,000 subscribers on YouTube to launching our premier course, ‘Hand Reading Mastery’, it’s been an incredible ride.

We’ve also grown our team, both in strength and in numbers.

I’m proud of the work that’s been done on ConsciousPoker in 2018, and confident we’ve laid the groundwork for an incredible 2019. I’d definitely call this year a success with the business and can’t wait for what’s in store!

2. Take 2 Detox Vacations.

I described a detox vacation as one where I’m completely off the grid. Essentially, not sharing my life on social media nor working. I knew this would be incredibly tough, as I love to work and admittingly, am often addicted to my technology.

And while I didn’t achieve my goal of taking two separate trips, we took one extended three week trip to Sardinia in the summer, which was awesome. Combine that with some other semi detox trips (like Lisbon in February and Santorini in October) and I’d say I quasi accomplished this goal.

I hope to make this a regular practice as the 3 weeks of R&R in August recharged me for the entire rest of the year and helped change my relationship with technology and work.

3. Read 25 books.

I crushed this one, coming in at 29 books in total.

I read some amazing books this year ranging from fiction to biographies, so it’s hard to say which are the best, kind of like comparing sushi to Italian food. That said, my favorites were as follows:

1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

If you truly want to get to know the man, the myth, the legend, this is an incredible read. Talk about the life of a fascinating man who truly did do what he set out to: make a dent in the Universe.

2. Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke

A great read, especially for poker players, who will undoubtedly relate to the analogies and non results oriented decision making progress. I love this read because Annie so eloquently simplifies the process of making rational decisions in a way that’s practical and you can apply to everyday life.

3. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Intelligent, fun and insightful, Aziz analyzes dating in our modern, technology driven world. It’s highly entertaining and written in his usual witty tone and voice. I’ve been married 5+ years so I’m out of the scene, but still believe this is a great read for singles and couples alike.

4. Home Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

By far the most insightful and provocative book I read, I also found this the most gripping (along with Steve Jobs). I was glued to the page for the entire read, fascinated by his bold predictions about humanity and our future. A must read in my opinion.

5. E Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber

It’s an all-time classic for entrepreneurs and I finally got around to reading it. It definitely lives up to the hype and I recommend this book for all aspiring entrepreneurs and successful business owners alike.

If you want more great books on entrepreneurship, check out this blog post on the ‘5 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2019.’

In short, carving out more time for reading each day was one of the best habits I made in 2018. I’m proud of crushing this goal and intend to make reading an ongoing habit, with an annual goal of 25 new books.

One hack that helped me accomplish this goal was using Audible, so I could listen to books while traveling, walking or at the gym.

4. Crush Crypto

If you’ve been following the markets, all I can say is, lol.
Of course, my opinion is just speculation and not intended to be investment advice, but at this moment I’m still temporarily short on Bitcoin and the market in general, but still very bullish long term on the technology backing it all, blockchain. I think Bitcoin is going to the moon in 5-10 years, and the bearish run is just temporary.


In the next post, I’ll be detailing my goals for 2019, but for now, here are some fun facts my life for the year 2018.

For the last several years I’ve kept track of random habits about my life. Tabulating various behaviors is mostly for entertainment and curiosity but does have some practical purposes, as the accountability of writing something down helps to alter behavior for the better.

I recommend doing this for anyone who wants a more accurate picture of themselves. I personally find that how we think we behave is different than how we actually do.

Countries Visited: 7 (Italy, USA, UK, San Marino, Portugal, Greece, Germany)
Glasses of Wine: 34
Hard Alcoholic Drinks: 8
Cups of Coffee: 318
Workouts: 320
Miles Ran: 203.5
Movies Watched: 25
Hours of TV/Netflix Watched: 56
Books Read: 29
Average Time in Bed: 8:48 (includes reading and time to fall asleep).
Average Screen Time: 2:36 (from the app ‘Moment’. This is far too high, but admittingly it includes a modicum of ‘productive’ activities such as meditating, phone calls, exercise apps, etc.)

How did you do on your New Years Resolutions for 2018? What do you have in store for 2019?
Look forward to hearing from you.


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1 Comment

  • Bobby Hoffman January 10, 2019 6:21 pm

    Drink more wine!

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