Resolution 2007

"You must be the change you want to see in the world" - Mahatma Ghandi

Measureable Goals

Updated: 17 June 2007.

After moving to Vancouver and finally settling in, it's time to set some goals for 2007.

I have to remind myself that "Goals MUST be Measurable", so here they are:

1. Update my website for the new year. COMPLETED!
2. Get Java Programmer (SCJP) certification from Sun Microsystems.
3. Write and maintain a new blog about my personal development.
4. Stay abreast of the job market by attending at least one job interview every quarter.
5. Increase my base salary by 10% by year-end.
6. Compose one new song.
7. Re-make an existing song, and make it my own.
8. Perform music in front of a live audience. COMPLETED!
9. Participate in a public sports event or competition. COMPLETED!
10. Read and comment on one book every month.

In order to make sure I achieve these goals (and I don't get complacent about them), I'm going to write about how I achieve each goal in my blog. Additionally, I will put in any new impromptu goals and write about those too. That's the only way I'll actually act upon what I plan. Hopefully I'll stay motivated enough to follow through.

My ULTIMATE goal, is to have some kind of long-term 10-year plan for myself, which I still don't have yet. So this year will be a soul-searching year for me, as I determine what I want to accomplish for myself.

Book Reviews

Updated: 16 October 2007.

So as part of Goal #10, I said I'd do 1 book review a month. I've posted my book reviews in my blog. But just to keep track, here is a listing:

1. Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking, by Malcolm Gladwell
2. Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem, by Simon Singh

1. Maximum Achievement: The Proven System of Strategies and Skills That Will Unlock You Hidden Powers to Succeed, by Brian Tracy

1. The Hidden Wisdom of Parents: Real Stories That Will Help You Be A Better Parent, by Samuel Osherson, Ph.D.

1. The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy, by Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D. and William D. Danko, Ph.D.
2. My Love Affair with England: A Traveler's Memoir, by Susan Allen Toth

1. Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference, by Malcolm Gladwell
2. Running for Peak Performance, by Frank Shorter

1. The Visionary's Handbook: Nine Paradoxes That Will Shape the Future of Your Business, by Watts Wacker and Jim Taylor (with Howard Means)
2. Why We Want You To Be Rich: Two Men, One Message, by Donald J. Trump and Robert T. Kiyosaki

1. Inside the Tornado: Marketing Strategies from Silicon Valley’s Cutting Edge, by Geoffrey A. Moore

1. Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not, by Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter, C.P.A
2. The Versatile Leader: Make The Most Of Your Strengths Without Overdoing It, by Bob Kaplan with Rob Kaiser


1. Rich Dad's Guide to Investing: What the Rich Invest in That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not, by Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter, C.P.A

Lifetime Goals

Posted: 23 March 2007.

Well, I'm starting to think about things I'd like to do within my lifetime: Lifetime Goals. Here are some thoughts:

1. 10-year Anniversary in France (that's in 2010, only 3 years from now)
2. Visit New Zealand before Ayu finishes her PhD (maybe in 2011 or 2012)
3. Publish a Book, any kind of book, possibly a children's book
4. Learn Mandarin, and be fluent in it.
5. Compose / Produce a Soundtrack for a Movie or TV Series
6. Start and Manage a Thriving Business
7. Be SUPER good, an expert, with one musical instrument (Need to decide which one, though)

This is a work in progress, subject to change.

Material Wish List

Posted: 17 June 2007.

If you're thinking of getting me something, here's a list. If you're not, here's a list of things I'd like to get for myself, not all at once, but as a reward for myself, should I feel I deserve it (and have the means to afford it).

1. MP3 Player, to listen to music that I'll perform in my band RCA Lyra TC1501B
2. Practice Drum Pad and Drum Sticks, to practice my drumming at home or anywhere else
3. Digital Camera, to document and share my experiences with my kids Kodak Easyshare 7.1MP Camera (C763)
4. Sofa, so that my house guests don't have to sit on the floor of our living room Foldable Futon (Yard Sale)
5. MacBook, to produce my music and video clips of my kids
6. Home Theatre System, so that Movie Night at home, is really Movie Night at home (requires sofa: See #4)
7. Car, so that it's more convenient to travel with my family
8. Bicycles, one for Melur and one for Arman, because they deserve it Melur got one from Toys 'R Us

Here's another list of things I'll always want, but will probably never get because I won't have time (or money) to enjoy it:

1. Ping Ping Paddle - No Time, No Friends, No Money
2. Electric Guitar with Effect Pedal - No Time, No Money
3. 5-String Bass Guitar and Bass Amp - No Time, No Money
4. 5-Piece Drumset - Too Noisy
5. Mountain Bike - No time, No Friends, No Money, No Transport
6. Sound System for my MP3 Player - Low Priority
7. Home Studio - Had one, gave it up, too much to maintain

Wish Me Luck!!!

Copyright Azroy Kandan 2007

Last Updated: 16 October 2007