If there is anything most people learned from 2020, it would be how to prepare for uncertainties. However, we can’t live in the despair of 2020 forever. The time has come for everyone to move on and chart a new course for the new year.
One of such people eager and prepared to approach 2021 with a positive mindset is Sawyer Winston. Over the years, Sawyer Winston has established himself as one of San Diego’s finest serial entrepreneurs.
He had a lot to say about the past year. But more importantly, he lets us know where he is headed for the coming year. Here’s Sawyer Winston outlining his goal-setting approach for the new year.
Sawyer, you kept a low profile in 2020. How did the year go for you?
On a personal note, 2020 was all about personal development. Being in lockdown allowed me to spend quality time with family. I was also able to do some individual learning all through the year.
On the other hand, business did not go as smoothly as expected at the beginning of the year. As we all know, there were a lot of uncertainties surrounding the year’s progress. The pandemic has hit everyone hard, and small businesses took the heaviest punch.
So, businesses were stuck as to what decisions to make. Thankfully, adapting to technology came easy for me as a serial entrepreneur. Safe to say, I’m leaving 2020 better equipped than I entered it.
You’re a key figure in San Diego’s business world. How did San Diego’s economy fare?
San Diego is a haven bustling with encouraging entrepreneurial activity. As a significant player in the economy, I witnessed firsthand what the pandemic did to the economy.
San Diego lost as much as $12 billion due to the pandemic. Tax revenue and job losses were also low points for San Diego in the year. However, I’m sure the economy will bounce back in the coming months.
What is your goal setting approach for 2021?
I take each year as a business adventure. So, I tend to adopt the SMART goal approach.
In the end, I want to be able to measure how much I have achieved within the time frame. For everything I hope to achieve, I make sure they are realistic and timely.
I also try to separate business, personal and physical goals. The aim is to have a work-life balance and still emerge as a complete individual at the end of 2021.
What should we expect from you in 2021?
I see myself venturing into new projects, all things being equal. Real estate has always been an exciting area of business for me. I’m looking to launch new businesses in that area.
Also, one thing people should know about Sawyer Winston is that I am passionate about helping communities. I will focus on providing aid for struggling communities within and outside San Diego.
Where do you see San Diego in 2021?
I see San Diego tapping into its immense potential. I believe the government is making great efforts to speed up San Diego’s recovery. The passion for innovation in San Diego is also enormous. I have no doubt 2021 will be a positive year.