index

Become a better

Welcome to Become a better me!

I'm lazy, I'll admit it from the get-go, because my laziness is the ultimate reason why I started this website. I'm also a big picture person. I've always had grand visions of the amazing things I would do:

 

- Be the best architect the world has ever seen

- Become a great graphic designer

- Be an amazing photographer

- Come up with an amazing business idea and make millions of dollars

- Volunteer my time every week

- End homelessness

- Feed the hungry

- And many, many more grand plans

 

How many of these things have I achieved so far? A big, fat ZERO! And at the end of the year, after I assess how many of my new year's resolutions I have achieved, I end up being totally embarrassed and ashamed that I am no closer to my goals than I was when I created them.

 

There's lots of reasons for this. First, I really should create better goals that are more specific and have a timeline associated with them. There are literally thousands of articles that prove that succinct, direct goals that have a specific timeline work best with the way our minds are wired. Second, I never really held myself accountable for achieving my goals. I just assumed that, Hey, I set my goals, I did what I was supposed to, now everything will work itself out and I will achieve these somehow by the end of the year. Yet, 99% of the time, that never happened!

 

So, this website is a way to try to better myself as a person and achieve the goals I set. I've always been interested in attempting the 30-day challenge. Watch this TED talk if you haven't already on trying something new for 30 days. This allows you to try something, see if you enjoy it, and then decide whether to continue with the habit or drop it altogether. This is perfect for me, since I am always scatter-brained and get distracted by shiny things and new ideas. This is the way that I am going to be able to determine what I actually should spend my time on and what I actually enjoy and care about and it is a perfect alternative to the new year's resolutions that I never kept.

 

Each subject will yield different posts. I plan on posting a weekly digest (unless the subject warrants daily posts) that recap my adventures for the week. I also plan on including, books, articles, blogs, podcasts, and anything else that I have found relevant on the subject so that anyone else that is interested in pursuing it further can have ample resources to explore. So, perhaps some will find this useful, but the main aim is to have  a place to throw everything that is running around in my head.

Cheers!

Dan

recent posts!

  • Sketching – Day 4 of 30

    Taking a picture of your work can give you a new perspective and see things in a different light.
  • Sketching – Day 3 of 30

    When you start, you can't produce work you like. But, you can recognize something isn't good, so you have to keep working to get where you want to be.
  • Sketching – Day 2 of 30

    Sometimes to get better, you have to learn where you want to go. Copying things you like is a good way to do that.
  • Sketching – Day 1 of 30

    You have to start somewhere. Wedding party ideas. Not happy with any of them, but practice makes perfect, right?
  • Website Resources.

    So the first 30 days was actually a lot of fun. My goal was to craft this website into something that allowed me to take a vision in my head and transform it into something that can live on the web.