Consider Your Achievements

It’s January 1st, 2017. I’m taking the day to think about what I achieved in 2016, and how I can make 2017 better.

First, let’s take a look at my achievements for 2016:

  • Worked on about 15 game projects.
  • Worked on my first VR project, Oceans VR: Net Positive, which premiered at the New York Film Festival.
  • Released my first solo EP, Meet The Light. It’s still the best selling Video Game Remix album at Bandcamp.
  • Pixel Prison Blues, the game I worked on last year for ESI Design, is now playable at the Garden State Plaza Mall.
  • Started working at Bloomfield College, teaching sound design for visual media.
  • Moved into a new apartment, one that doesn’t suck ass.
  • Collaborated with my bandmates in Asphalt Grey to release “Beaten Black and Blue“, our 3rd album.
  • Guest lectured at Bay State College, Dakota State University, and Bloomfield College.
  • Spoke at East Coast Games Conference and MAGFest.
  • Took 3rd place out of 30 for a Smash 4 Tournament at AVGC.
  • Montclair Gamer Symphony Orchestra performances at AVGC, and at our own standalone concert.
  • Interviewed with Remeshed, Source Gaming, OCRemix Podcast, NinImpact Gaming, and more!

So why am I writing this blog post? I think its important to think about your achievements. You may not feel like you’re achieving a lot in your day-to-day life, but you are. I believe you should sit down from time-to-time and list all the things you’ve achieved in the past month/six months/year. Do it today. It will remind you that you’ve been working hard, and keep you on track for even more success in the future.

Right now, I’m looking forward to a lot. I’m coming back to Bloomfield College for another semester. I’m speaking at MAGFest about game audio with my friends/colleagues Marc Straight and Ben Burnes. I have plans to speak at East Coast Game Conference again, and to attend GDC (since I missed last year). I also want to get even more downloads/sales for “Meet The Light”, and keep taking steps towards scoring a mainstream game release. I also want to fully pay off my credit card bill, as well as the majority of my student loans. And I want to start investing in a new wardrobe, because presentation is important. As far as lesser goals go, I want to win a Smash tournament, and play the game with more confidence.

Right now, I’m sitting down figuring out how I want to spend my time this year. I’m super proud of the progress I made this year.

Take some time today to think about your achievements from 2016- and feel free to tell me about them on Twitter!

Here’s to an awesome 2017!

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