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by mkeefe on Jan 2nd, 2015

A Brief Look Back on 2014

Not sure if it was just me, but it feels like I was just reflecting on 2013. This past year has had some lows and highs, but overall its been a great year. To start, rather than listing out those traditional New Years resolutions (as if a ball dropping marks some reset in productivity or bad habits). I like to take the start of a new year to reflect on the previous accomplishments and setbacks, learn from them and hustle harder in the year to come.

Things Never Go as Planned

Let’s start with what didn’t work or go as planned. I had set a goal of hiring a full time sales person last year, but due in part to timing I decided not to risk it. This was single handily the worst possible idea, we were really busy at year start, saw a lull in the mid-year and thankfully ended off strong. However, had we taken that sales risk, it would have been a much more profitable year. In addition, we let outreach and marketing take a back seat to client demands which in turn contributed to that lull during mid-year. Rather than sit and sulk (no point in that) we took this experience and set aside a plan to expand this year and continue to grow our service and market range.

Key takeaway: Don’t let fear and failure stop you from taking risks.

Focus on the Good

Thanks to amazing opportunities, PixelBit was able to work on and ship some great projects. If you’d like to see more of the work shipped last year, just head on over to our updated website, go ahead, i’ll wait. :) One of our clients had the great fortune to be featured on a TV show focused on bars. In addition, we were able to secure the trademark for PixelBit, which while not groundbreaking is a big step to expanding and validating our brand. We are already working on 2015 and will be sure to post updates. Of course if you want to follow our progress, you can do so on Twitter and Facebook.

Personal Updates

On the personal front I was able to achieve one of my goals, which was to buy a sports car, purely for fun and enjoyment. Not long after buying the car I joined the BMWCCA and was instantly exposed to autocross. I won’t go into many details (I have blog posts for that), but I will say it was an amazing experience. One i’m looking forward to attending in the coming year. In addition to autocross, I am hoping to make some track days.

Additionally, my wife and I finally were able to take some time off and took a road trip to Florida. We spent some days on the road, about a week in Disney, some time with family and then drove back again. It was quite the experience, compared to flying and one i’m excited to do again. Not sure our son enjoyed it as much, but next time we plan to stop more along the way. Hopefully make the trip the fun and the destination the cherry on top.

In all 2014 was a good year. It had personal and professional accomplishments, lots of growth and i’m excited for what 2015 offers. One thing for sure I know I am focusing on this year is family, friends and experiences. Of course i’ll still be working and growing, but money/success/growth isn’t the only thing in life. So, now that i’ve rambled on for a while, how is your reflection on last year?

by mkeefe on Jan 4th, 2014

Another Year Another Goals List

Just like previous years i’ve created a public goals list. This one doesn’t have any long term goals, just things i’d like to accomplish this year. I got some pretty good feedback from this in the past, so lets hear it.

What are your thoughts on public goals lists? Do you think being held accountable helps you achieve your goals?

by mkeefe on Nov 20th, 2012

This week 10 years ago

The Beginning

Its amazing to think that 10 years ago in the comfort of my room while still in high school was the beginning of mkeefeDESIGN. It started as a free time hobby before the logos, website and advertising. It mostly happened during time at the computer lab. I will never forget helping the teachers with graphic design questions, getting access to thousands of dollars in software and in some cases skipping classes to stay there. Not to mention developing an amazing dynamic website on lycos.co.uk. Anyone remember that host? They offered PHP/MySQL servers FOR FREE!

Making it a Career

The Fall after I graduated was when I really started looking at this career path and it was that November Thanksgiving that I was excited to tell my family all about my new “company”. Of course some thought I was insane for working with computers, not going to college and “wasting my time”. Though to my pleasant surprise my dad was excited for me and I really do owe ALOT of my success and experience to him.

Soon after creating mkeefeDESIGN I learned that graphic design was not my preference (great, picked a name with design in it…) and started to learn coding. I picked up some web design books and started created websites. First it was gaming sites, personal weblogs and small business sites for local clients. Then as I began to grow my skill level so did the caliber of clients I had the opportunity to work with. Over the next 8 years I would have the immense pleasure of working with amazing brands, some of which included Adobe, XM Radio, Delphi, Microsoft and Warner Brothers.

Thanks for all the Support

To think if I had been too busy partying and “being a teenager” I wouldn’t have my dream job at my own company still working with some amazing people. Thanks to all my supporters both professional and from my family. I owe much of my success to that constant stream of support.

Now I have my wife supporting my dreams (and I support hers) and putting up with long and tireless hours. I also have my own son who i’m already seeing his dreams be formed and excited for the opportunity to help him achieve them.

Never give up on or let the doubts of others stop your pursuit of your dreams.

 

by mkeefe on Jan 2nd, 2012

Personal Accountability in 2012

I’ve found that when you keep secret goals you are less likely to accomplish them. Of course this isn’t true for everyone but part of success is learning your limits/uniqueness. Me being one of those people I decided to publicly post my 2012 goals list so I can not only keep posted on the progress but also be held accountable for any that I mess up.

Would love to hear others thoughts on public goal lists. For now, here is mine:

2012 Goals List

01. Cook 50 healthy and new meals
02. Lose 25 pounds before wedding
03. Learn Portuguese. Finish Rosetta Stone Level 1
04. Improve my firearm proficiency. Visit range at least 25 times.
05. Continue to grow PixelBit and work with more freelancers.
06. Pay off ALL wedding expenses BEFORE wedding date.
07. Put away more money towards a down payment on a house.
08. Write 50 new engaging articles for Scriptplayground.
09. Learn a new programming language by building something.

As you can see some of these goals are much larger than 2012 but a new year is a perfect time to start new things.