New Year’s Day! A day to reflect on previous 12 months, and to look ahead at what the next 12 months may hold.

I would say that 2014 was a decent year for progress towards my goals.

  • I have managed to complete 12 semester hours (5  more classes) towards Creighton’s MSAPM program. I have somehow managed to maintain a 4.0 grade point average, and I only have 3 classes remaining.
  • Perhaps my crowning achievement for the year was that I passed the CFA Level I Exam and became a CFA Level II Candidate.

Despite the above mentioned successes, I have had a few areas where I fell short of my goals.

  • My Microsoft Excel skills are roughly the same as they were at the start of the year, I am just treading water in the MS Excel department.
  • I have hardly studied any German over the past year. You would think that by virtue of living in Germany, I would become adept at the German language, but this has not been the case. Nearly every German speaks English and they make it too easy for me to avoid learning their language over here. In fact, most Germans view my presence as an opportunity to practice their English.
  • I only have a rudimentary understanding of R programming. I have studied “R” even less than German – ouch!

So, I have made good progress towards my master’s degree and I am now a CFA Level II Candidate, but I fell short in a few other areas. I think it would probably be helpful for me to acknowledge the fact that the MSAPM program and the CFA Exams are my primary goals, while MS Excel, German and R programing are secondary goals. This is just how I spend the majority of my time and change is unlikely. At least until I am done with the MSAPM program. Additionally, I feel zero pressure to immediately accomplish my secondary goals, while my primary goals are continuously breathing down my neck….only 155 days left until the CFA Level II Exam, and yet another MSAPM class starts in 4 days for me!

So, with this in mind I will start 2015 with the following top priorities:

  • Pass the CFA Level II Exam.
  • Finish at least two more classes in the MSAPM program. If I have an opportunity to finish my last three classes before the end of the year, I need to take that opportunity.

I will continue to keep MS Excel, R programing and German as goals, but these will remain in my periphery and will not be my main focus in 2015. I am going to keep my nose to the grindstone in 2015, as Joe Dirt says, “You gotta keep on keepin’ on.”