10 self discovery projects
- Write down 50 values that characterize you, and rank order. Reflect on your top five values. When you have doubts about your decision, remind yourself of these values.
- Data Science
- Data Governance
- Digital Transformationn
- Problem Solving
- Idea Framework
- Risk Management
- Critical Thinking
- Take a few personality tests: MBTI, Big 5, DISC, etc
- Compile a list of reoccurring patterns you have noted in your life
- Reach out to your closest friends and ask them to give feedback on your strengths and areas of improvement
- Write a list of accomplishments: professional and personal.
- What were the pivotal that led you to the great person you are now?
- Who impacted your life and whose lives have you impacted?
1. Your Stories
Compile a list of your favourite stories, both personal and professional. At the end, include a list of lessons learned, psychological reflections and interesting themes.
2. Inventory your core values
3. Create Frameworks
In your favourite notetaking tool, create frameworks comprising of best practices, lessons learned, and mental models for any domain you want to recall or in areas of improvement.
I have created multiple framework folders that I use for work and for general decision-making. Here is a sample
4. Create a knowledge base
A list of your technical issues and what you did to resolve them. List questions and answers to common problems: shortcuts and life hacks.
5. Psychological Profile
We often have moments of insight. A quote we read that creates a chain of thoughts. A profound realization we have at that moment. Capture it.
The contrarian question always orients me to deep thinking: What is an important truth few people agree with you on?