Hi, I'm Tommy Oswin Williams, 29, and I live in London, UK. Starting on my birthday (19th February), I have embarked on a Year of Projects.
Over the last decade and a half, whenever I've come up with any idea, no matter how strange or obscene, I've always noted it down. Some of them are potentially great business ideas, some are downright weird, some are more creative projects, some more charitable, some will never make money, some hopefully will.
The problem is, in the busy world of structured education and work that I've been living in, I always 100% focus on the task at hand, giving little or no time to these projects. I recently ran a little thought experiment:
"In 5 years time, if I haven't done X, how does that make me feel?"
Insert your own X. For me, thinking "In 5 years time, if I haven't ever tried any of my business and creative ideas" seems like a missed possibility, never knowing what could have been. And so, this year is the trial year, Version 1.0, a Year of Projects. All being well, this continues on to become my career - a diversified source of income through a Life of Projects.