2016 Annual Review

This is my annual review for the year of 2016. I reflect on what went well and what didn't, and I think about how I can improve things in the coming year.

Diner Ismail

7 minute read

Last year I wrote my first annual review, and it has been a very useful exercise and a positive experience. I want to continue that tradition, so this is my annual review for 2016 where I publicly reflect on the previous twelve months and I answer the following questions:

The Pursuit of Mastery

Thoughts on the pursuit of mastery through deliberate practice and mentorship.

Diner Ismail

3 minute read

I keep highlights and notes for most of the books that I read. Today I was going through some of them, and I really enjoyed reviewing the book Mastery by Robert Greene, which I have read two years ago. I remember how that book instilled in me a strong desire to relentlessly improve, while making me place less importance on inborn talent, and instead place more importance on hard work and practice.

Dissove Your Dogmas

Question everything. Ultimately, most of what we're doing is based on just a fragile collection of socially reinforced beliefs.

Diner Ismail

2 minute read

“I unsettle all things. No facts are to me sacred; none are profane; I simply experiment, an endless seeker, with no past at my back.”