2019: A Year of Learning, Shipping, and Getting Better

I’m a firm believer that learning is one of the most important things we can do for our careers. I’ve…

bookshelves full of books

I’m a firm believer that learning is one of the most important things we can do for our careers.

I’ve made continuous learning and shipping projects a priority in 2019 and will continue to place a great amount of value on both throughout the rest of my life, not just my career.

This is the first year in a long time that I haven’t read anything not career-related and I plan to get back into reading about some of my favorite topics including US History, specifically topics related to the American Revolution and World War II.

I’ve provided a list of what I’ve read, watched, listened to, attended, and shipped in 2019:

Here are some of the things I’ve participated in:

  • Completed Seth Godin’s 100-weeklong The Marketing Seminar
  • Became a member of Forward Link (a community for Akimbo Alumni)
  • Became a member of a Mastermind group of TMS alumni
  • Became a member of the Right Company; a community of support, accountability, and knowledge sharing for people building companies or working on projects.
  • Created another post-TMS alumni Slack group for staying connected with and continuing to learn from members of my cohort
  • Completed the Akimbo Story Skills Workshop with Bernadette Jiwa
  • Was accepted into Seth Godin’s altMBA which will begin in January 2020

I attended two marketing-related conferences:

Read the following books:

  • Rocket Surgery Made Easy; Steve Krug
  • This is Marketing; Seth Godin
  • Obviously Awesome; April Dunford
  • A Whole New Mind; Daniel Pink
  • Measure What Matters; John Doerr
  • Unf*ck Yourself; Gary John Bishop
  • Digital Minimalism; Cal Newport
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck; Mark Manson
  • Do Better Work; Max Yoder
  • Difference; Bernadette Jiwa
  • Story Driven; Bernadette Jiwa
  • Fortune Cookie Principle; Bernadette Jiwa
  • Footprints on the Moon; Seth Godin

Listened to the following audiobooks:

  • This is Marketing; Seth Godin
  • The Best of Guerilla Marketing: Guerilla Marketing Remix; Jay Conrad Levinson
  • The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More; Chris Anderson
  • Leap First: Creating Work that Matters; Seth Godin
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us; Daniel Pink
  • Linchpin: Are you Indispensable?; Seth Godin
  • Start with Why; Simon Sinek
  • Tribes; Seth Godin
  • Make Your Idea Matter; Bernadette Jiwa
  • Marketing: A Love Story; Bernadette Jiwa
  • The Art of Possibility; Rosamund Stone Zander;
  • How Brands Grow; Byron Sharp

Read the following books on Kindle:

  • The Right Story; Bernadette Jiwa

I started a podcast (The Winding Road) so I could learn a new skill and find a different medium for sharing ideas, perspectives and what I know

I started two new blogs (,

Created a video series shared on social (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube)

I listen regularly to the following podcasts:

  • Akimbo; Seth Godin
  • The Gary Vee Audio Experience
  • The Tim Ferriss Show
  • Duct Tape Marketing
  • The Science of Social Media
  • Marketing School
  • Social Media Marketing with Michael Stelzner
  • HBR Ideacast

I subscribe to (and read regularly) the following emails:

  • Seth’s Blog
  • The Story of Telling by Bernadette Jiwa
  • Occam’s Razor
  • Daily Carnage
  • Harvard Business Review’s Management Tip of the Day
  • Marie Forleo
  • Christopher Penn’s “Almost Timely News”

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