My 2016 Annual Review

Every year, I conduct my Annual Review and share it publicly.

I find it helpful for me to reflect on my successes and failures of the previous 12 months, but also I hope you can learn something or be inspired reading my reviews as well.

This annual review is more detailed than my previous ones as I’ll look back at what happened in the 9 most important areas of my life last year by answering the following 3 questions:

  1. What went well this year?
  2. What didn't go so well this year?
  3. What am I working toward?

Let's get into the details...


Health & Fitness

What Went Well?

  • Maintained a good health throughout 2016 without any major sickness
  • Consistently worked out 3 to 5 times per week
  • Ate clean and healthy very consistently (5 to 6 times per week)
  • Got stronger and bigger than I was in 2015 and that’s thanks to the Kinobody’s Greek God program

What Didn’t Go Well?

  • Progressed slowly with my key lifts due to my constant neck and lower back pain problems
  • Still had a hard time following my macros in order to shred some fat and achieve the lean physique that I want

What I’m Working Toward?

  • I decided to take a break from weightlifting as it seemed to be the cause of my neck and lower back problems.
  • I’m currently working on improving my flexibility, mobility, core strength and straight arm strength by following GMB’s programs (Elements and P1).

Headstand at Mui Ne's beach.

Mind & Emotions

What Went Well?

  • As I got older, I noticed a lot of changes in terms of beliefs and perspective.
  • I thought about deaths a lot and knowing that me or my loved ones can leave this world anytime soon makes me a much more responsible person.
  • I actively spent more time with my family and close friends.
  • I realized that I need a lot less to be happy and that I actually have everything I need to be happy now.
  • One person that heavily influenced my way of thinking is Derek Sivers. I’m a big fan of his work and his approach to life and business. I actually had a chance to briefly meet him in person at DCBKK 2014.
  • Here are some of my most favorite pieces of content from Derek:
  • Overall, I’m calmer and happier than I’ve ever been.

What Didn’t Go Well?

  • There were still some moments when I felt stressed and unmotivated to do anything, but that’s normal. Everybody has low times.

What I’m Working Toward?

  • Meditation helps a lot when it comes to training the mind to be calm and happy so I’ll try to maintain a daily meditation practice with the help of the Headspace app.


What Went Well?

  • Maintained a loving relationship with my girlfriend, Hannah.
  • We are celebrating our 4th year anniversary this week and our relationship is stronger than ever.

What Didn’t Go Well?

  • We do need more romantic times though as I still spend a lot of time working on my business.

What I’m Working Toward?

  • Plan more romantic times and trips.


What Went Well?

  • I only visited my hometown a few times this year, but I did have some quality time with my family there.
  • We did a family trip in the summer.
  • I also took my sister to Singapore and we had a good time there.

What Didn’t Go Well?

  • Nothing that I can think of.

What I’m Working Toward?

  • Call my family weekly.

Social & Friends

What Went Well?

  • Spent the most part of this year in Saigon hanging out with my awesome entrepreneur friends from the Dynamite Circle
  • Met a lot of new friends and made some close friendships
  • Had some quality time catching up with my best friends in Hanoi
  • Picked up playing a video game again (Dota 2) with my best friends and it’s been fun.

What I’m working Toward?

  • Organize at least 1 fun activities per month with my friends to strengthen our friendships.

Fun going out with my buddies in Saigon

22th birthday party in Hanoi 😀

gym session with my new friend and soon-to-be biz partner Alec in Bangkok

Steak dinner with Nate, Clayton, Michael, Josh, Mark, Kiet, and Alec.


What Went Well?

  • Had some good trips with family and friends:
    • Mui Ne in March and June
    • Singapore in June
    • Bangkok in October
    • Phuket in October

What Didn’t Go Well?

  • Due to my focus on the business, I didn’t travel much this year.

What I’m working toward?

  • Visit 5 new countries
  • Go on a scuba diving trip.


What Went Well?

  • 2016 was my best financial year​
  • I’m not comfortable sharing my exact income in numbers, but it’s in the low six-figures.
  • I was able to saved half of my profit.

Career & Business

What Went Well?

  • This year I really focused on 2 main projects and the focus has paid off well.​
  • Created and launched AMZ Affiliate Bootcamp which has helped many students make their first $ from the internet. Success stories coming soon.
  • I hired my best friend, Kiet, as an intern in March and he has been doing an amazing work to grow the business. He’s now the Operations Manager of my authority website projects.
  • I also brought him to the DCBKK conference last October and that trip boosted his learning/motivation significantly.
  • I hired another team member in December as content marketing apprentice and he’ll be helping me grow Cloud Living in 2017.
  • I grew our Cloud Living Community FB Group to 8,500+ members.

What Didn’t Go Well?

  • Still didn’t do a good job of keeping track of my numbers regularly.​

What I’m Working Toward?

  • Triple my 2016’s profit​
  • Create a strong system to build and grow more authority sites
  • Really grow Cloud Living to impact even more people


What Went Well?

  • Never passed any opportunity to contribute or donate to charity or poor people that came in my way.​

How Was Your 2016?

So, there you have it- my 2016 year in review. Overall, it was a good year with lots of personal and business growth.

It’s a privilege to write for you. I have said many times that I'm not an expert and don't have it all figured out yet. I'm still young (22) and have many years ahead.

The only thing I’m sure of is that I will keep working hard to become better in every aspect of my life. And, of course, I will be sharing with you what I learn along the way.

Thanks for following my journey. Hope you have a great 2017!

How about you? What were your biggest takeaways in 2016? What's your plan for a better 2017? Leave a comment below.

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Thomas Smale - January 9, 2017

Congrats on a successful year, Tung! Keep up the good work in 2017 🙂

Muhammad Shoaib - January 9, 2017

WOW! cool
congrats and update cloudliving with more useful content

Will - January 9, 2017

Nice update Tung, I can completely relate to you when it comes to spending time with the girlfriend. I work too much also and don’t spend enough time or do enough things with her ha. Also, the same regarding traveling, it’s easy to just get caught up in business and forget about everything else but having a balanced life is so important.

Good luck in 2017 bro.

Joe Elliott - January 9, 2017

Hi Tung

2016 looks like it has been an awesome year for yourself and congrats on your 4th year anniversary.

Low six figures… Man you nailed it good job!

As for the back neck pain, I suffer from back pain when I up my weights now and again, try yoga and meditation!

This is great for your body but also the mind… although you seem to be hitting the mindset.

Once again Tung, Well done man!


    Tung Tran - January 9, 2017

    Thanks Joe! 😀 Yeah I’m taking a break for Q1 and probably will be back after that. I’m really enjoying my bodyweight training now.

Joseph K. - January 9, 2017

That’s a remarkable journey Tran. I was looking forward to a comment on how you fared with niche site project.

Quy P. - January 9, 2017

Hi Tung,

Thanks for sharing your story. Wishing you a great year ahead.

Tushar - January 9, 2017

Great Tung.

I still remember you were ranking for HostGator Coupon above me in olden days. I am reading your blog since that time. You have came a long way. 🙂

Jesse - January 9, 2017

Sounds like you had a nice year Tung!!

And 2017 is gonna be even better 😉

Omar - January 9, 2017

Nice Work Tung and Congrats

good look in this year and reaching your goal

it motivated post Tung

Anna - January 9, 2017

Lovely to read your progress, it was a blessing for me to come across cloudliving and since then I have not stopped learning, I am planning to join your bootcamp this year. You are amazing

Jase Rodley - January 10, 2017

Hey Tung,

I just discovered your blog through the DC. Firstly, congrats on the goals achieved, it’s great that you are celebrating them!

I can absolutely sympathize with your neck and lower back pain problems. How have you gone with sorting that out?

I have been doing a combination of these neck exercises daily, thoracic spine massage and, although they are painful and generally very uncomfortable, scalene self massage. It’s helped, but it’s a long road.

If you’re interested, here’s my 2016 in review post.

All the best for 2017!

Vladimir - January 10, 2017

Great update Tung!

Can’t wait to see niche project update 🙂

Marcin Chruszcz - January 10, 2017

Cool review. Tung i want follow all your authority sites projects. Good luck 🙂

Anna - January 10, 2017

Congrats, your simplicity and honesty in all your work is amazing. I am blessed to have come across your website and cloud living community. Looking forward to start your bootcamp soon.

SK Rahman - January 10, 2017

Hi Tung,

Thanks for sharing your awesome journey, I am sure 2017 is going to be even better and bigger!!! Great to see you living a balanced life, so much to learn from it 🙂

Derek Sivers is the BEST!!! His words has the power to change mindsets…big time! I have listened to Anything You Want 3 times so far, guess it’s time to hear it again. Thanks for reminding 😉

All the best for 2017 and keep crushing!

Mads Singers - January 10, 2017

Fantastic Tung, nice to follow your progress, I think you should aim to hit this years goal’s by end of June 😉

    Tung Tran - January 10, 2017

    Thanks Mads! Secretly I wanted that but it’s better to set small goals then achieving it early 😛

Ray - January 10, 2017

I’ve been following you for years and I’m so glad that you had a successful year. I believe that’s such a huge achievement at your age. You inspired me a lot last year that I decided to take action instead of just reading and procrastinating. Keep motivating us with your journey and sharing with us more on CL 🙂

Idahosa - January 10, 2017

Great update Tung. You da man!!’

Mark - January 10, 2017

Congrats Tung. Keep it on.

Bob - January 10, 2017

I’ve been following since a long time and all these months you’ve been a great motivation. And, great update man.

Kidi Tran - January 10, 2017

Congrats Tung. This’s a great motivation for me.

Steve - January 11, 2017

Awesome post Tung. Congrats on making 2016 a success! 🙂

hema - January 15, 2017

thank u for your sharing your review, i will do better in IM. 🙂

Frederik Jørgensen - January 20, 2017

Looks like a great year!

We actually share a similar goal for 2017 which is building strong systems to achieve goals. I really learned how important an efficient system can be both in business and in other areas of my life this year.

Keep up the great work Tung!

Tommy - January 22, 2017

Very inspiring annual reviews. I have been reading your updates now and again for a few years now. It is great to see you grew from a “kid” to a real business man. When I first read your posts, you were just following Pat and doing something similar to him. But now you are pretty much “Pat in Vienam” with your own system, well done for such a young age.

What makes me admire you more is you are from a non-speaking country. English is not my first language as well. I always struggle to wring in English in length. Your writing skill so advanced for someone whose English is not the first language.

Wish you a very successful 2017.

Sarah - January 24, 2017

Indeed a great inspiring year! BTW, you own a rangerover? 🙂

Carl - January 25, 2017

Hey Tung,

I had taken some time away from the world of online business and just found a post mentioning you and thought I’d check on and see how you have been getting on over the last couple of years….WOW! 🙂

You have taken things to a new level friend and I want to say a massive congratulations for your dedication and committed attitude….

It’s proof that hard work pays off, keep it up!

Kani Poly - January 26, 2017

So cool

VA - February 3, 2017

Thanks for your inspiration, this is the first time I read your site.

For your neck and back pain, I would highly recommend you to take a 10 days training of Himalaya Qigoong in Hanoi. I have tried so many methods (event yoga…) but I can tell you that Himalaya qigoong has saved my life.

David Vu - February 12, 2017

What a great year! Keep up the good work in 2017!

Andy - February 12, 2017

Hey Tung, glad you’re digging the GMB programs 🙂 congrats on a great year!

John - February 14, 2017

Hey Tung,

Awesome to read your whole summary of 2016. It’s way awesome and cool. I have few things need you to answer.

Is it your own home in which you are standing with your gf? You managed it all alone with your earnings? Is it?

Secondly you are having great time with your gf and it’s your 4th anniversary but when you are going to be married officially? 🙂

    Tung Tran - February 15, 2017

    No that was the serviced apartment complex where I rented one 1-bedroom out of. We’re gonna get married in a few years 😛 No plan yet.

Hoang Hoa Tham - February 15, 2017

Một blogger Việt thành công rất lớn về MMO, chúc mừng bạn Tùng nhé.
Nếu có thể, mình muốn nhận bạn làm sư phụ!

philip landa - March 11, 2017

Hey Tung,

When are you visiting East Africa,specifically Kenya.We have Awesome Team of

Internet Marketers yearning to interact with you. They have been reading your

blog,a couple of times.Online Community is exponential growing here,though in

Viet its much established than here.

You need to visit some of Historical sites in Kenya.Its said that At the

shores of L.Turkana is the cradle of Mankind.

You are most welcome to Kenya,East Africa.


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