Jan 01 2013
Chris Brogan does a project every year called “Three Words“, which are used as guidelines for how to filter the upcoming events of the year. They’re a bit different from goals or resolutions, in that they are more philosophical in nature. My three words for 2013 are:
Learn, Expand and Do
Learn: Learn new skills, improve existing ones. This year (like last year), I am learning code. Unlike last year, I am actually making progress. In spite of it being a holiday today, I was watching a 75 minute video on Computer Science this afternoon. We are on week 1 and already starting programming in C (which is actually making sense.)
Expand: Expand your network of people that can help you reach your goals. This entails making those connections to help me, before I need that help. It means that I get out of my comfort zone and talk with people with whom I have no reason to be connected to. It’s like the office Christmas party: everyone in IT talks to people in IT and everyone in the front office only talks to those who work in the front office. This is counter to what I need for the long term.
Do: Create things, Make things, Do something with those skills learned. This is the application of the other two components.
This will be my fourth year doing this project.