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The Epic Year Project: Speed Up Personal Growth

Design your year by planning at least four life-changing leaps.

Cover photo by Jerry Silfwer (Instagram)

The Epic Year project is about speeding up personal growth.

What do you remember from a specific year in your life?

When it comes down to what we remember from past years, we tend to remember … the epic stuff.

What do I remember from a specific year?
And why do milestones matter?

Let’s take a closer look:

Milestone Density

When thinking back on a specific year, most of us will remember things like:

  • Having children or marrying someone.
  • Quitting a job or starting a new one.
  • Moving from somewhere to somewhere else.
  • Reaching a significant personal milestone, like finishing a marathon.
  • Starting a new company.
  • Being awarded or rewarded for a specific accomplishment.
  • Taking an amazing trip somewhere.
  • Completing an education or earning a diploma.
  • Meeting someone or doing something for the first time.

And so on.

Besides being positive and memorable, what these types of milestones often have in common is that they seem to propel our lives forward.

I wonder how many milestones one must have in a year to feel that life is moving forward.

Four is the Magic Number

The magic number seemed to be four; if I had experienced four leap-type events in one year, that year felt monumental in hindsight.

In 2010, I married wifey on a Caribbean beach, worked in New York, started blogging in English, and got a studio apartment in the Financial District of Manhattan. Those were four significant leaps in my life—and a life-changing year for me.

In 2013, I remember quitting my job and starting a digital PR agency, Spin Factory. That’s two giant leaps, but honestly, I can’t remember anything else but hard work from that year.

In retrospect, 2013 doesn’t stand out as an epic year.

I’m sure that marrying someone new each year would be quite memorable, having a kid or closing your old business and starting anew. But plenty of leaps won’t require premature divorce, procreation, or jumping ship.

Like blowing past a significant personal milestone. Or doing something that you’ve been afraid of doing your entire life. Or experiencing something extraordinary for the very first time. Or teaching your kid to ride a bike!

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Go For Epic Years

Achieving four major milestones each year isn’t easy (nor should it be), but I’ve found such a yardstick to be valuable and fun.

I like to call such years epic years.

Epic year = experiencing four (or more) major milestones in one year.

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I will, for sure, do my very best to have epic years moving forward. I will keep track of my years by doing annual reviews:

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Jerry Silfwer
Jerry Silfwer
Jerry Silfwer, alias Doctor Spin, is an awarded senior adviser specialising in public relations and digital strategy. Currently CEO at KIX Index and Spin Factory. Before that, he worked at Kaufmann, Whispr Group, Springtime PR, and Spotlight PR. Based in Stockholm, Sweden.



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