2014 Goals


1) Improve my Chinese reading and writing skills
2) Improve my Spanish overall

Life Goal: Stay fluent in Chinese and become fluent in Spanish, French, and Russian.

Reading List

1) PayPal Wars
2) Leaders Eat Last
3) The Hard Thing About Hard Things (finished in June)
4) #GIRLBOSS (finished in July)
5) The Presidents Club (finished in June)
6) A Thousand Splendid Suns (finished in July)
7) The Big Short
8) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
9) The Alchemist (finished in July)

Life Goal: Write a book that becomes a New York Times Best Seller.

Fashion and Entertainment

1) Manufacture and sell my completed dress designs
2) Complete the movie I’m producing: www.APlaceCalledHollywood.com

Life Goal: Help produce a movie that wins a Golden Globe or Oscar.


1) Learn to play the cello and perform Bach’s Suite No. 1 in G (got a cello on August 10th!)
2) Practice piano every day.
3) Publish at least 1 new piano composition.

Life Goal: Perform at Carnegie Hall. Compose music that is performed by a Grammy winner.


1) Box each week.
2) Sleep at least 4 hours each night.

Life Goal: Run a marathon.


1) Grow Enplug.com to 1,000 clients.
2) Continue bring extraordinary talent to Nanoly Bioscience
3) Become a contributing writer to a popular news site.

Life Goal: Enplug grows to a multi-billion dollar company and becomes the standard software for a public digital displays. Nanoly Bioscience’s product saves millions of lives by enabling vaccines to be transported without refrigerators. Be on the board of 2+ Fortune 500 companies. Start a venture fund that focuses on women-founded startups. Teach entrepreneurship or business at a university.

Review of 2013 Goals: What I got done on the list

1. Practice piano at least twice each week.
2. Read at least 1 book each month.
3. Go to Europe for the first time. I ended up going three times in 2013!
4. Grew Enplug.com to 25 full-time teammates.
5. Submit music to a piano composition competition.

Review of 2012 Goals: What I got done on the list

1. Increased 5.5 miles/hour run to 6 miles/hour
2. Performed and recorded a piano-singing duet with a friend
3. Improved my Chinese reading and writing
4. Improved my Spanish
5. Launched a tech company (www.Enplug.com)

Review of 2011 Goals: What I got done on the list

1. Passed motorcycle test
2. Finished reading The Fountainhead and Monkey Business
3. Learned to use Linux efficiently
4. Wrote and published piano pieces
5. Created a mobile app using Python

49 thoughts on “2014 Goals

  1. why should u have wanted to hitchhike across south america if u got your motorcycle license? ;)
    get on the motorbike, if u fulfilled it in 2011, and go for a ride.
    i may be hitchhiking on the road, instead. hehe.
    ride your 2012, nanxi. thanx for coming by my illusive place

  2. What an awesome set of goals! Even though you forgot the Spanish you learned, I expect it will come back to you quickly when you have time to study it again. My ex-husband found that to be true — he had a B.S. in Spanish, didn’t use it for many years, but it came back to him when he started watching TV in Spanish!

  3. What an impressive list of goals and a diverse website. Also, thanks for visiting my blog today. It’s always fun for me to see how different people are creating exciting lives for themselves. Looks like you’re flourishing in a wonderful way!

  4. My goodness, you are really a “super achiever” with incredible goals. Good for you!

    Thank you for reading my blog on the glycemic method. How did you find the blog? I am still a novice on these things, but grateful for your comments.

    Happy New Year, and Happy (almost) Chinese New Year.

  5. Hi Nanxi,

    Thanks for visiting my blog. BTW, I just got a 125cc scooter (Piaggio X9) a month ago, and feel like in love again!!!! Never ‘ve had motorcycle or else, thought I was mad buying it, but now I can’t stop riding it. Go ahead!

    Happy New Year!

  6. Hi Nanxi,
    Thank you for reading EcoLeader’s Blog. Your 2011 goals were excellent – especially with your honest metrics. I look forward to reading about your 2012 goals (Year of the Dragon); they may trigger me to raise the bar of what I (or others) should aspire for this year. Also – keep up the great work on your blog.

    All the best,

  7. Nanxi, thank you for visiting my blog. You are very ambitious. Also, I am very impressed by the amazing set of admirers you have on this website. Best – Misha.

  8. Your love for languages is admirable. I too am on that path, especially for computer languages. I find that they are just as interesting as the spoken word. Good luck on your endeavors this year and I look forward to reading your posts! -Alf

  9. Hi, thanks for stopping by my place. What kind of bike do you have? I have to admit I put The Fountainhead down over a year ago and forgot where I left it… what did you think? You’ve also made me feel guilty for not learning more Irish :)

  10. Funny to learn that there are other regular falks out there who read the bible just because they want to. Like you I am also reading the old testament, but being Jewish, I am relieved from reading the new testament (and it is also my good fortune to be able to read the Hebrew Bible in Hebrew). I really like the stories and there are plenty of learning and ‘deep thinking’ opportunities. Enjoy

  11. Nanxi, Did you ever learn C and C++? I started to take a course in C++ but, backed out because the labs were too involved for me and I was working full time and taking a sort of a pre-med course. I was going into respiratory therapy. I love computers and technology and maybe if I live long enough I’ll get back into the technical end.

    • I’ve never learned C or C++ :/ would definitely like to though! You should definitely take it back up during your spare time. You should blog about your learning process when you do!

  12. You make me feel lazy! :) How many of your goals have you checked off. That’s always interesting to me. If you haven’t checked any…just push out your time limit. :) Thank you for checking our blog! cheers!

  13. Sounds as though you’re a woman of many accomplishments who doesn’t plan to rest on her laurels. Good for you and blessings on fulfilling these. Now that our younger daughter is off to art school (thanks for reading about it at http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/houston-we-have-liftoff/) my biggest goal is to get our house ready to sell and on the market. That should keep me busy for awhile. :-) As far as finding a buyer, I’m leaving that up to the Lord as it’s too big for me to worry about!! Stop by any time.

  14. wow, what a list! Did you like the Fountainhead? I loved it. Read it while travelling ten years ago and ended up bed-bound by stomach bug. Stayed up all night to read it through. Amazing. What sort of music are your piano pieces? I’m awe-struck and inspired by the variety and depth of your goals and achievements – amazing!

  15. I really appreciate who you’re about, N. How you push yourself to a better you. My Tiger Mom article is in fact out now. Am waiting for my copy in the mail. Here’s a glimpse:


    We have music and piano in common. I know….can you believe scaling down practice as we have? Pun intended.

    Thanks for the like on my East Meets West.
    Cheerleading your success….

  16. I don’t want to take up your time so I’m not sharing the entire post from the early days of my blogging, but I see you in it. Here’s an excerpt:

    When change propels us forward, it is one for the better – to higher consciousness and goals, a broader base of knowledge and achievement. I think of my husband who is ever pushing the frontiers of his own learning, creating the next place to get to. The next instrument to craft, the new Samba beat to teach. While setting fresh goals for his son. Were we instead to devolve, we wouldn’t be living our human potential. One of the most tragic sights is the rich, talented, and beautiful executing their own ruin, squandering faculty and resources on addictions. When, on perfectly good legs, they turn and walk away from the horizon of promise. It is pitiful because this forward movement is a capacity especial to man, as the sweep of history shows. Mineral, plant, animal remain their characteristic matter and energy over time. But giraffes over two thousand years ago did not learn to build fire or revamp their lifestyle by the industrial revolution. Human energy can carry a powerfully constructive, creative momentum.

    It’s a compliment.

  17. I’ve been reading your blog for a while, and you’re so amazing and accomplished! I’m just curious. How did you learn how to code? I really want to learn, but I don’t know how. Did you take classes or teach yourself?

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