👋 Welcome to, or welcome back to my monthly newsletter! Before we depart, I'll tell you a little bit about me. I am a 14-year-old technology enthusiast with a mission to solve important, real-world problems and positively impact the lives of billions.🔑
This month was a great mix of school, TKS, personal and family. With winter break, I spent time reflecting on this year and especially the last 4-5 months, as well as committing to my growth.
First Stop: Consulting for Billion-dollar company Instacart
As I briefly discussed in last month's newsletter, through my program at The Knowledge Society, we had been given the challenge toimprove the customer experience at grocery delivery giant Instacart. This was a very complex problem and could be approached from numerous different angles.
This month was our standalone deck submission deadline and it was a crazy grind! All-day calls with my team, completely scrapping or revamping ideas and so, so, so, much brainstorming and idea formulation. It was an amazing experience and you can find our final recommendation deck below!
This month I dove really deep into nanotechnology and explored a lot more about how it worked, its applications and more, following my curiosity and passion. As of right now, I am working on 2 nanotechnology projects/pieces of content that will be finished shortly.
The first piece of content is an Introduction to NanotechnologyYouTube video, complete with oversimplified explanations, animations/illustrations and more. I am super close to finishing this one so stay tuned!
The second Nanotechnology project is a lot cooler in my opinion. Using SAMSON Connect, I am 3D modelling a Silicon-Graphene Lithium Ion Battery, which has dozens of benefits. I will go over everything in an article and another quick video.
Keys that Skyrocketed My Growth
These are the three main tools/strategies/mindsets that helped me grow as much as I did in the last couple of months.
Action Inspires Motivation
This is one of the key mindsets that helped me accomplish everything I have done or learn. We all have days or times where we don't feel like working or are not interested. Understanding that once you take that first step it all becomes so much easier really helped me. Often times what worked for me was that once I had started a project/article, my interest in that topic made it much easier to continue.
Make Sure You Don't Get Stressed
Doing a lot of work, producing content, breaking bad habits and more takes a lot of time and effort and it is very easy to get stressed or overwhelmed. What really worked for me was simply focusing on being present in the moment and not worrying about other things/work. There are a couple of tools I have used to help me with this:
Not being too hard on yourself
Internalize What You Are Learning
This one is often seen as a lot less important, but for me, it was crucial. There is always a lot of information available and as I followed my passion, I only discovered more information. One of the ways I was able to take everything I am learning and use it to grow was to spend time really understanding it and implementing it in my life. This works really well when learning about mindsets/mental frameworks.
The cover image of this month's newsletter is a graph from Atomic Habits, which you will read about in the section below. The graph is displaying compounding growth, with the example of improving 1% each day for a year. This has been one of my goals for the past couple of weeks and continuing into January.
💡 Spotlight: Two Must-Reads 📚
This month, because of the winter break, I had a lot more time, which allowed me to dedicate time to reading, and I am so glad I did. I finished my old book and read a lot of another book.
I finished The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. Seriously, this was an amazing book filled with practical knowledge and applicable wisdom from start to finish. Essentially, the book discusses, while being brutally honest, how to make you happier and in turn, your life better. Trust me, it is not like any other self-help book. This video and this video summarize the concepts extremely well.
The book I started this month was Atomic Habits by James Clear. This amazing book focuses on the surprising power of habits. It discusses why and how habits can impact your life, the value of developing good habits and, as the title suggests, ways to break bad habits and develop good ones.
My Goals for January
My fully finished Personal Website (almost done)
The Introduction to Nanotechnology Video
A Fully modelled Graphene-enhanced Silicon-Lithium Ion Battery
An Article and Video explaining my project above
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Oh well, it seems this magnificent journey is coming to an end. I hope you enjoyed learning about my adventures this month and if you did, be sure to share with your friends, family, etc. Catch you guys next month! 👋