2012: Year In Review

Posted by on Jan 6, 2013 in Leadership, Legacy, Life | 6 Comments

2013

My goals for 2012 were:

  1. Publish and release my book.
  2. Travel outside of the US at least once.
  3. Increase Strengths Doctors revenues and client list.
  4. Speak more targeted gigs (corporations, conferences, leadership institutes, etc.) and get paid regularly for them.
  5. Do yoga Get some form of physical activity/exercise and floss every day (hey, I like my teeth). (UPDATED 4/10/12 — apparently I’m just not ready for every-day yoga yet! Baby steps.)

Overall, I did pretty well meeting my goals for last year. My book was (finally) released in October, I was able to travel to China, my business and speaking roster grew considerably, and I flossed every single damn day like a obsessive dental hygienist. (This didn’t stop the actual hygienist from telling me I was still “doing it wrong” last month, mind you. I’m starting to think this special brand of condescension may be why they’re paid so well — they have quite a gift for it.)

My big failure of last year was in the physical activity category (even after I downgraded my goal, geez). We’ll see how I do in 2013, I suppose!

Accomplishments & Highlights From 2012:

One of my other favorite micro-moments of 2012 happened right near the end of the year as I was having coffee with a friend. We sat down to catch up and she pulled out her massively dog-eared and scribbled-in copy of my book. It’s almost impossible to say how much of a flattering experience this was.

Goals for 2013:

  1. Regular physical activity every day (let’s try this again!)
  2. Sell 2,500 books (that’s a little more than 200/month if you’re counting)
  3. Increase speaking income (target = 30% of total revenue via speaking)
  4. Double overall business revenue from 2012
  5. Release a brand new eBook (I’ll give more details about this soon, but for now I’ll say it will be very short, very interesting, and all about my time working at Apple)
  6. Re-edit and re-release my first book, Blur, as an eBook
  7. Officially launch The Work Revolution project (you’ll find this at workrevolution.org — though there’s nothing there quite yet!)
  8. Blog less, publish more

The last one I want to explain a bit — since, if you’re still reading this, you’re clearly a very loyal blog reader. In order for me to meet my other goals, it’s become apparent to me that I need to continue “widening the circle” of who I can reach with my writing. As evidenced by the Fast Company article, etc., I can do this more easily by leveraging sources that already have larger audiences. I’m not sure yet of my new blogging schedule (as you know, I was doing a new article every single Monday), but I do know that I am still planning on bringing new, original thoughts to this blog on a very regular basis.

What do you need to do? Absolutely nothing. Except, perhaps, you may occasionally have to click a link to read my latest thoughts, as they will be published somewhere else — I’m guessing/hoping you won’t mind that too much. Everything I write will still be listed right here on this blog, and this will continue to be the best way to stay connected to what I’m learning about the future of work, company culture, etc.

I have a few other extraordinarily exciting things that I’ll be sharing in 2013 — I just can’t talk about them quite yet. You’ll just have to wait to hear about those… :-)

Until next time! As always, my most sincere thanks for reading.

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If you liked that post, then try these…

Self-ish Leadership In Overdrive by Josh Allan Dykstra on June 4th, 2012

Why Value Is King & ‘Departments’ Should Die by Josh Allan Dykstra on February 28th, 2011

The Artificial Scarcity Of Promotion by Josh Allan Dykstra on February 13th, 2012

6 Comments

  1. Aly Hazard
    January 6, 2013

    Wishing you more continued success in 2013!! I have now added your book as one of my 2013 books to read :) I look forward to reading more of your accomplishments as the year progresses.

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  2. Marc Luber
    January 6, 2013

    Great post Josh! I’m officially a bit more than 1/2-way through your book and enjoying it. Just hit several great points in The Rules. Hoping to make it Tue night.

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  3. Ryan Hartwig
    January 7, 2013

    What a great year, Josh! Congrats!

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