2021 in review — 5 things I learned.

Derny Augustin
4 min readJan 6, 2022

No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again. — Buddha

Photo by Andreas Dress on Unsplash


365 days around the sun flew by so quickly. From yay moments like getting my first car, to rough spots like failing tech interviews for my dream companies, I learned a lot.

If you are new to my blog you will soon realize that I like to share my annual self-performance review with my top lessons.

1. Minimalism

You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need. -Vernon Howard

This year, I had a plan. I had to figure out how to separate myself from material things and stop spending money on things I don’t need. First thing on the menu, my living space. My thought was that if I can focus on the things I see every day, I can appreciate them more.

With my interior designer friend, we decided to go for a simple theme. White walls with some wall art, plants and a small dresser. I could clutter my room with so many things, but ultimately it would affect my mind.

My takeaway: You have to start somewhere to live a frugal lifestyle. Start with your living space, and it will affect your life immensely.

2. You can work out anywhere.

I’m not a gym person.

I’m a team-sports kind of guy. However, with lockdown and sports cancelled, I had to find a way to stay in shape. During the summer of 2021, I was a software engineer intern. This meant 8 hours of sitting down coding or in meetings.

Thankfully, I found the Nike training app (I know I’m late 😆), and it changed my routine completely. I was able to do lower and upper body workouts with no equipment!

My takeaway: Stop finding excuses to avoid working out. With a mat and some motivation, anything is possible!

3. Stop trying to get everything now.

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. — Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace.

Derny Augustin

Software Engineer — Nap enthusiast.