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Year in review 2020

2020: Year-in-Review

For those of you who don’t know, this is my annual letter – to my blog readers, to my family & friends and to myself. I’ve been writing it since 2016, so this is my fifth letter.

My family and friends ask me why I write these letters annually. Here’s the answer: I firmly believe that if I’m the same now vs a year ago, then I’ve wasted that year – I didn’t learn anything and did not grow or evolve as an individual. I try to navigate my life proactively rather than reactively.

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2019: Year in Review

Alright, ladies and gents – it’s time for my annual year in review. This year’s review is a special one because it’s the end of a decade.

So what did Madhav look like 10 years ago?

18 year old Madhav

  • Computer science engineer
  • Incredibly animated
  • Unhealthy
  • Long hair & no beard
  • No spectacles
  • Questioned a lot
  • Loved music

28 year old Madhav

  • Marketer
  • Less incredibly animated
  • Healthier
  • Short hair & sports a legit beard
  • Spectacles
  • Questions a lot
  • Loves music

Not a lot of change…

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Mind-mapping 2017

I’ve been waiting to do this Year-in-Review thing for a while now and I kept postponing until the last minute. It’s Dec 30 2016 and I’m finally sitting down to write it.

So every year, I’ve followed the tradition of setting new year resolutions. 2016 was special because I actually managed to complete 80% of my new year resolutions – talk about a home run!

For my 2017 resolutions, I wanted to do something different. I came across this mind-mapping technique to figure out what I want to do in my life next year, shared by a former Google career coach. Read More