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2018 Year in Review

A tradition unlike any other
2018 Year in Review
By Zack Jones • Issue #63 • View online
A tradition unlike any other

This post is the third of its kind. Follow these links to read my reflections from 2017 and 2016. Each year I take stock of the accomplishments, ideas and reflections that have stood out to me. It’s always been informative and eye-opening and only takes a few hours.
Professional Updates
As the director of Dual School, nearly all of my professional energy has been spent trying to grow our organization’s impact on the community. In 2018 alone we worked with over 100 students and 20 educators, together representing 19 different schools all across the county. These students launched summer campspublished books on Amazonwon pitch competitionsspoke on panels, and much more.

In the third annual year in review post, I share thoughts on a wide variety of events like running Dual School, giving a TEDx talk, getting dogs and more. As always, the practice of reflecting on the past year was grounding. Especially after a chaotic past few months that left me feeling drained, it was great to remember some of the big accomplishments from earlier in the year.
It’s not too late to conduct a quick inventory of your 2018! If you already did, reply to this email and share it with me because I’d love to read it.
Reading
After years of hearing about Ready Player One, I finally started reading it and I’m obsessed. It’s been a very long time since I’ve had this strong a desire to read and it feels good to be back in a groove.
Not only is the book captivating and packed with action, but it also raises some deep questions about virtual reality and the future of technology. I’m dying to discuss more with others who have read it. I can only imagine how great it would have been to read in high school and pair with a class about ethics in technology. It is RICH with questions and conversation starters that I’m sure would lead to varied responses.
Habits
Exercise
Working out before work is the easiest way to win the day. I did it all last week and felt so relieved knowing that every night when I finished work I was already done with exercise.
Personal brand
I’ve written a blog post every day for nearly two and a half years at this point. I’ve been writing this email newsletter for almost three years. Both are great habits which I would recommend to others. As I reflect on my personal growth, I’m thinking about how to take my blog, my newsletter and my personal brand in general to the next level. I think the answer has something to do with consistency in theme and solving some set of problems for the reader. I’ve yet to define the reader so everything I write now is pretty much whatever is interesting to me in the moment. Which makes it easy to write, but harder to commit to reading.
If you have any thoughts on what you’d like to hear more about, or what you think I’m qualified to talk about, I would love to hear.
Thank you for reading,
Zack
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