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Here are my 2014 new year’s resolutions to make me a better marketer and professional.

Learn To Code Ruby

railsAfter the growth hackathon, I saw the HUGE pain of not being able to code. I am so frustrated by my inability to make my ideas into reality, coding is always that last missing piece to being able to fully complete my ideas. I believe coding can make me a significantly more effective marketer and raise my competitiveness to a whole new level.

After working with so much ubot, HTML and CSS, my ability to comprehend code has never been higher. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still going to be tough, but I am in a significantly better place to learn code than I was two years ago when I gave it my first attempt.

My resolution for 2014 is to be able to code the backend of Gradworthy.co by myself.

Stay At One Job For All Of 2014 And Beyond

MVP_Horizontal_FullColorIt’s no secret that I have switched out of 3 companies in the last year and a half. Two of those cases were because of cost cutting efforts as I was simply not essential enough to keep around. Another was because my skills did not match up to what was needed at the stage of the company. Fortunately, I am still being actively recruited, but the truth is that leaving companies so many times has taken a toll on my confidence. I now I have a chip on my shoulder that makes me want to prove to myself and others that I can be competent and irreplaceable.

2013 gave me a much better understanding of my skills, desires and limitations. I realize that I skipped the learning part and jumped straight into earning without the adequate skills or confidence. I need to take a step back from the lead positions people have been giving me to take and find somewhere that will provide me with mentorship that will help me grow.

In 2014, I resolve to get this chip off my shoulder by proving that I can be an integral part of a company by staying with them throughout 2014 and beyond.

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Worked growth marketing in startups my whole career and now sharing my stories on this blog. Always down to grab some coffee and talk shop.

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