Pies, bread, and achieving goals

I have exceeded my 2016 goals related to baking. My goals were the following:

  • Bake 2 pies
  • Bake 1 loaf of bread

Today, I made two more pies (one pecan and one pumpkin), two loaves of bread (a slow-rise wheat bread), and four rolls. I wouldn’t have been able to succeed at this goal without the help of my wife.

When setting goals and working to achieve them, it’s helpful to have people in your life who will encourage you in your goals, periodically ask you about your progress on them, and even work together with you to make them happen. This is true for goals at work, in the home, or in another space of your life.

Now we have plenty of bread and pie for Christmas.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you!

The whole pecan pie in a blue pie dish Loaf of breadTwo loaves of bread

Making decisions

People rarely have all the information they would like to have when making decisions.

Get as much data as you can. Learn as much as you can.

Eventually, you must make a decision based on what you know, what you’ve been told, and the advice you’ve received. You must make a decision based on what you believe about your product, your business, your team, and yourself. Know your vision, know your mission, and build something great.

In fashion, you cannot make a decision with 100% of the information. You can collect all the data and conduct all the focus groups, but that is a picture of the past. You have to [make decisions] based on demand, feelings, rationality, and emotions.

Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO of Gucci (Fast Company, December 2016/January 2017)