Revisiting 2019 – Simplicity is The Ultimate Sophistication!


There are solely 52 weeks in a 12 months, and even when we stay a life for 70-years, it will be solely 3640 weeks.

Out of those 3640 weeks, I’ve already accomplished 1700+ weeks. So, to be exact, I’ve near 2000 weeks left to contribute my life for attaining my targets, my household and the work that I contribute for my prolonged household, that’s you.

This submit is a mirrored image of my whole 52 weeks that I spent in 2019.

Yearly is particular, we win some, we lose some, however we will’t stay our lives afraid of constructing errors. Most significantly we be taught issues that assist us stay a greater and extra significant life within the days to return.

Properly, this yearly evaluate submit is all about this.

  • How was 2019 for me and what all did I be taught?
  • My errors and my targets for 2020

Seize a cup of espresso and browse each sentence such as you studying somebody’s autobiography.

If you wish to revisit my final 12 months, right here is: Revisiting 2018- Do what your coronary heart feels is correct!

The 2019 12 months in evaluate:

January: Good day Goa!

On 31st December, I used to be on the Kochi seaside with locals. It was only a easy evening with the grand view of limitless sea and sounds of Arabian sea vastness. There was one thing particular in that simplicity and one thing I took with me this complete 12 months.

I began the 12 months with a objective of retaining my life easy and peaceable.

One of many main highlights of January was my journey to Goa. I spent a while with an previous good friend of mine “Gaurav Mishra” who based few companies and is now on a lead position in one of many largest tech corporations on the earth.

In these few days, we had an extended dialogue on stuff like synthetic intelligence, machine studying and on persona constructing.

We created a number of personas for the ShoutMeLoud viewers and in addition interviewed a few of our common readers. We interviewed customers who’ve made a purchase order from ShoutMeLoud or by ShoutMeLoud and each interview lasted for 90 minutes.

In any case, after a number of interviews, it gave me the route for the following few months.

February 2019: Meditation and USA journey

February was began with my yearly retreat for Vipassana. It is a 10 days silent meditation retreat. I began this custom virtually three years again, and since then, yearly, I am going for one 10 days retreat, and one three days retreat.

Being disconnected from the outer world and connecting with my internal self helps me in decluttering my life and concentrate on what actually issues.

I’ve seen a profound impact of this follow in my life. I additionally made a video to assist others change into conscious of this free follow which is accessible for everybody.

In truth, I consider that is the perfect free factor that’s obtainable on this planet. When you’ve got an oppurtunity, do take out 10 days and plan a Vipassana retreat this 12 months.

As soon as, I used to be again from the silent meditation retreat, I went to the USA to satisfy my buddy Syed in Miami and to attend the Visitors and Conversion Summit in San Diego.

I frolicked with Syed Balkhi in his Miami home for sooner or later and we chatted about numerous issues. I used to be so intrigued by his life story and his journey as an entrepreneur.

I’ll most likely invite him to share his journey with the world. For now, listed here are a number of photos:

From there, we flew to attend the Visitors & Conversion Summit (San Diego), the place I met my buddy David Henzel and it was three days of data bomb on the T&C convention.

I did share a few of my learnings and takeaways on this podcast:

In LA, I met Tejas who’s within the management position at SocialPilot and it was the primary time I drove a automobile within the USA. I at all times needed to drive exterior Asia however was anxious concerning the left facet driving, and mate, I did it this time and that too on the Hollywood. It was such an exhilarating expertise for a first-timer.

Certainly one of my targets for the approaching 12 months is to lease a automobile and drive throughout cities within the USA or Europe. Let’s see how that seems to be.

March: Slovenia for InOrbit

In March I traveled to Slovenia to talk at InOrbit. Right here I shared my journey to constructing a million-dollar enterprise from the consolation of dwelling.

Slovenia was a spot that I’ve by no means seen earlier than. With mountainous terrain and primarily continental local weather, It was an ideal place for a digital advertising convention.

I met with a lot of my digital advertising colleagues, mates and made so many new acquaintances. It was nice to satisfy Andrea once more, who I’ve met many instances previously 1 12 months.

Listed below are a number of photos from InOrbit:

April – Could: My Video Weblog

In Could, I visited my ancestral home in Rajasthan with my grandfather. In case in case you are not conscious, my grandfather is the largest inspiration of my life.

His story of how he moved from a small village to create a thriving household in an enormous metropolis. How he lived life together with his ideas which have made him a revered particular person and a frontrunner in the neighborhood. One thing, that takes numerous insights and persistence to construct.

Now, once we keep in two totally different cities, I attempt to spend as a lot time as I get a possibility. As he’s growing old, dwelling with him provides me a lot perspective about life that I presumably couldn’t put it in phrases. His perspective in the direction of relationship constructing and generosity has at all times impressed me to do the correct issues.

Yearly, we do a highway journey from Delhi to Rajasthan and go to many locations together with our ancestral dwelling and often, he blesses me together with his childhood tales and knowledge.

In the meantime, a video interview I did with one other digital marketer (Sorav Jain), went stay on YouTube. You’ll be able to watch it under:

Quickly after that, I went to Hyderabad for a photoshoot with my School buddy, Aditya, who’s now a passionate photographer. I meant to do an expert photograph shoot for some time, and eventually, we spent two days in Hyderabad doing the photoshoot.

That is the primary time I additionally made a video weblog that you could watch under:

This video weblog was created with the assistance of simply two instruments:

And this complete course of of making the video weblog didn’t take a lot time. Nevertheless, I don’t fancy placing my day after day life on YouTube until it provides any type of worth for my subscribers.

In 2020, I plan to do a number of extra video blogs particularly after I’m attending a convention. The following one could be Wordcamp Asia.

June – Diving with Sharks

In June, I went to Thailand to swimming with Sharks. In case in case you are not conscious, I really like Scuba diving, and one in every of my ambition is to change into PADI licensed in order that I might dive at many unique areas around the globe.

Diving with Shark is accessible at Sealife Ocean World in Bangkok and it was fully totally different and more durable than diving within the sea. I at all times needed to see the sharks up shut and the entire expertise gave me the goosebumps.

At one level of diving, a Shark was coming straight to me in a slim path, and I zapped for a number of milliseconds, and I seen my teacher signaling me to maneuver, and inside seconds I used to be away from the trail of the Shark. It actually rubbed me from sideways, and it gave a pleasant thrill to each inch of my physique.

Going through concern up shut and transferring forward is what made this dive very particular.

Listed below are a number of photos from diving with Shark:

Once I was again in India, the remainder of the weeks went into diagnosing the site visitors drop on ShoutMeLoud. We had been hit by one of many current algorithm updates and site visitors was down near 30%. Nothing important was modified from the web site architect.

Nevertheless, whereas diagnosing, I spotted the principle wrongdoer is the Key phrase cannibalization and subsequent few months, I frolicked fixing the KW Cannibalization and bettering previous weblog posts. It was a devastating time as some modifications had been making an enormous distinction in key phrase rating and a few of them had been hardly transferring the needle.

None the much less, the general rating and site visitors drop weren’t bettering however as I’ve skilled many such cycles previously, I knew the way in which ahead is to proceed working, and reward would observe.

July: SEMRush Summer time Jam and Solo journey

In July, I went to Portugal to attend Summerjam. It is a yearly personal occasion hosted by the SEMRush workforce with trade thought leaders, web optimization ninjas, and folks that matter.

This was third 12 months in a row that I used to be attending the occasion and the workforce at all times leveling up the expertise. I received to satisfy many aged mates and received acquainted with many thought leaders. One of many agenda of this occasion is to work with product house owners at SEMRush to construct the device for the longer term.

I feel that is one method of constructing customers the a part of the product creation, that differentiates between an peculiar product from a world-class product. One thing, numerous SAAS corporations might be taught from the SEMRush method.

We additionally had a workshop with David Allen, who’s popularly generally known as The GTD (Getting Issues Performed) man. He shared his knowledge of learn how to method in the direction of getting issues finished and it was very insightful.

Within the later a part of 2019, I carried out his method and will see a exceptional affect on my profession. When you’ve got bother being organized or having initiatives caught in between, you must learn his bestseller Getting issues finished ebook.

Listed below are a number of photos from SummerJam:

After three insightful days with the SEMRush workforce, I traveled to Lagos and Albufeira for my first solo journey previously few years. This was first such a visit, the place I used to be not assembly any good friend or enterprise colleague, and it was pure solo exploration.

I shall be making one such solo journey yearly to expertise the lifetime of my very own. Nevertheless, subsequent 12 months I shall be touring with out my laptop computer and maybe carrying only a diary and a pen. When you’ve got by no means made a solo journey earlier than, do plan and get one finished. It will be the most effective belongings you could be doing for your self.

Listed below are a number of photos from my first solo journey:

August: My look on Radio and Household journey to Goa

August began with my first ever Radio interview. As an avid listener of Radio (when driving), it was such a pleasant expertise to be on a radio present. We talked about how mobile phone dependancy is turning into an epidemic and one thing we (netizens) want to pay attention to and motion we might take.

I may also be doing a video on this matter quickly, as I nonetheless really feel quite a bit must be finished earlier than this dependancy might hamper the expansion of many people together with our kids.

In case you are a curious one, do examine “NomoPhobia” to be taught extra about it.

On the identical time, I additionally traveled to Pune to satisfy my good friend Rishabh Parakh and met Sujay Pawar, who runs Brainstormforce.

As we had been anticipating a brand new member to affix our household, I deliberate a visit earlier than that and picked Goa for a household retreat.

It was a three days journey with household and books.

Furthermore, I stored my previous couple of months free from any talking or public apperances, as my focus was to spend extra time with my spouse in her journey of delivering a child.

I turned down many talking gigs and conferences that I needed to attend, and being with household turned out to be the wisest choice of 2019.

September- October: Content material and web optimization

As all these months I used to be optimizing ShoutMeLoud and rewriting actually a whole lot of content material to make it future proof. I began seeing many enhancements and our site visitors was coming again.

Furthermore, within the course of itself, I discovered numerous new issues about content material advertising and web optimization. This complete course of additionally made me extra organized and I began utilizing a guidelines and to-do’s to remain on the observe.

I had an enormous pile of unused devices that I needed to eliminate. I adopted the GTD philosophy and created a challenge and plan to eliminate these devices. Inside the subsequent 45 days, I bought most of these unused devices on websites like Olx, FB teams and some different locations.

Promoting greater than 6 devices, It not solely introduced important cash from the gross sales but additionally decluttered my dwelling workplace. None the much less, now these devices are being placed on good use by others who purchased it at a throwaway value. It was a win-win for all.

Loads of credit score for this goes to Getting issues finished ebook, because it helped me add extra construction to my To-do’s.

Word: After utilizing Wunderlist, Nirvana, now I’ve lastly began utilizing ToDoist as my to-do app. It’s not notably designed with the GTD technique in thoughts, nonetheless, you may configure it to observe the GTD technique.

November- December: Good day Kiddo!

November was a life-changing second for my household, as Ehan (The new child) joined us on the auspicious full-moon day. Once I consider the second, I picked Ehan for the primary time, a sense of pleasure enriches me, even after I’m writing these strains.

If I’ve to explain the sensation, it’s like falling in love at first sight. The sensation of pure love and accountability is what I had and have since our little one has joined us.

Our life since then has modified quite a bit (all for good), and we’re loving each little bit of second since he has arrived. I’ve been informed that turning into a father or mother modifications you, and I vouch for it. You’ll understand a number of the modifications whenever you expertise such a life occasion.

Within the final week of December, I spent on reflecting on how the entire 12 months was and designing my 2020.

I mirrored on a few of my philosophies of life resembling “Much less is the brand new extra“, “Ecstatic but Easy life” and put an motion plan to place sure segments of my life which might be sidetracked from my philosophies.

You will note much more about this from me in 2020.

A couple of issues that I’m taking away from 2019:

One app slightly than many

I take pleasure in discovering and attempting new apps and placing them on use. Nevertheless, on this course of, I find yourself attempting too many apps for a similar factor, and at instances missed out experiencing the true potential of the app.

So this 12 months, I plan to select solely the perfect of the apps (Which I often do) and persist with one, whereas I be taught all of the options and implement them.

You’ll be able to count on extra tutorials and guides on particular apps on this 12 months.

Private finance: Be taught & DIY

My journey to non-public finance began after I learn the ebook referred to as “Wealthy dad, poor dad“.

For years, I’ve had a monetary advisor to assist me to handle my investments. Nevertheless, this mid-year for the primary time my funding was within the unfavorable, which is okay as its a part of the market cycle.

Earlier than this unfavorable return, I by no means paid consideration to investments and was joyful that I’m accumulating wealth and reaching in the direction of my objective of economic freedom.

Nevertheless, when my years of funding was down slightly than going up, I considered spending a while to find out about market and funding.

You already know what stunned me probably the most, I used to be paying virtually 1% of each funding to my advisor as a fee even when the return is unfavorable.

It simply didn’t make sense to me because it was a passive funding. Extra like a technique that you just crafted and carried out, and now you don’t have to do something aside from persevering with investing. Furthermore, of all of the funding finished, I used to be paying 1% yearly for all previous investments.

So in the previous couple of months of 2019, I spent a major time of my life studying about private finance and methods I might decrease down the price of fund administration.

I did some write up about my studying at ShoutMeTech, and sooner or later, I could spin-off this as a brand new weblog fully concentrate on private finance or simply proceed doing the identical on SMT or

Nevertheless, right here is one essential takeaway:

Identical to when you have a medical drawback resembling a headache, you go to a physician and pay him charges for his consultancy and take his prescribed medication. Now, even in case you are taking his prescribed medication sooner or later, would you pay the physician each time?

Equally, in private finance, you’re higher off paying a monetary planner one-time charges to make a monetary plan and technique for you, slightly than paying them all through your journey. The unhappy half is, finance is a really personal matter, and, as a result of this, individuals find yourself paying a hefty sum to distributors with out being conscious of it.

Nevertheless, as I’m anticipating monetary know-how to penetrate quickly in rising markets resembling India, Brazil, Philippines, all of us could have extra consciousness and middle-man shall be minimize down from the method, bringing advantages to finish customers such as you and me.

Loads of such fashions have emerged currently and you may be taught quite a bit from apps like ZerodhaVersity or do it your self with the assistance of apps like Goalwise.

Both means, I urge all of you to concentrate to your private finance and be taught to speculate early, to have a fear much less monetary future.

What’s in retailer for 2020:

This 12 months, I wish to be extra conscious of my intent and do issues with a function. I’ve been following this philosophy for a very long time, and I deliberate to the slowdown in order that my work could have a greater affect on the lives of others.

A number of the issues I might be doing and planning on doing in 2020:

  • Add new content material on ShoutUniversity
  • Transfer ShoutUniversity from Thinkific to ShoutMeLoud utilizing any LMS plugin
  • Put the brand new design of ShoutMeLoud – I’ve shortlisted a combo of Astra + Elementor theme for a similar.
  • Put extra web optimization + WordPress oriented content material.
  • Discover a new area of interest and create a microblog for experimenting
  • Publish a brand new model of our books on ShoutMeLoud retailer
  • Full Scuba certification
  • Foster higher relationships with present and new mates, household, and enterprise colleagues.
  • Take a 90-day problem to kind new habits and go away some dangerous as soon as
  • Journey to USA, Europe, Tanzania
  • Put the brand new design for Should you wanna see the brand new design and assist me enhance it, simply ship me a DM on Twitter @denharsh
  • Create four video collection within the 12 months and a pair of podcast reveals each month.
  • Proceed the common follow of Yoga + Meditation.
  • Being conscious of my eating regimen and be taught cooking.

As chances are you’ll discover, I don’t publish new content material often on ShoutMeLoud. The reason being, I’m spending a major period of time, rewriting present content material.

Furthermore, as I discussed in my few earlier posts, I consider in high quality over amount. Let’s see how this performs out in 2020.

Properly, it’s simply good to replicate upon your final 52 weeks after which have a route for the following 52 weeks. Loads of us don’t design our life, but it surely is likely one of the important issues each one in every of us ought to do to maneuver forward within the route that aligns with our life callings.

So, now it’s your flip to let me know the way was 2019 for you? What are the belongings you achieved and the way you’re planning to take advantage of out of 2020?


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