#asksmartpeople: questions to ask yourself to do better in 2014

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It’s almost 2014 and it’s as good a time as any to think about being better in the coming year. I decided to ask some incredibly smart people in the digital space that I’m lucky enough to know a simple question: “What should people ask themselves at the end of the year to be better in the next?”.

Here are the results:

1) Work/career
Tom Foremski (Silicon Valley Watcher) : “Should I continue with certain projects or fold because success is unlikely, or is this where persistence pays off?”
Mathew Ingram (GigaOm) : “How far short of your goals did you fall and why?”
Jeremiah Owyang (Crowd Companies) : “What is my career mission and how am I achieving it?”Anon (Anon) : “Will I regret sending this email in the morning?”
Levi Shapiro (JIMMI Fund, Partner) : “What won’t change in 2014 and how will I focus on creating products and services addressing that ongoing, consistent human requirement?”

2) Life
Katy Hill (TV/Radio Presenter) : “How would you live 2014 if someone told you it would be your last year?”
Darika Ahrens (Grapevine Consulting, Owner) : “How are you really using your 168 hours every week?”
Josh Rubin (Coolhunting, Founder) : “How can the world be a better place because I’m in it?”
Ringo Moss (Nerv, Product Design Director) : “What caused me the biggest pain this year?”
Rhys Howell (TGTHR, Founder) : “Have I used the internet or has the internet used me?”
Emily Miller (LinkedIn Tutors) : “Have you made room in 2014 for silence in your life/diary?”
Joshua March (Conversocial, Founder) : “What can I do every single week to make my life better?”
Sarah Evans (Sevans Strategy, Digital Consultant / Correspondent) : “”What am I doing that ignites my passion, serves a purpose and aligns with my mission?”

3) Other

Cristian Cussen (Google+, EMEA Head of Marketing) : “What’s the worst thing that could happen?”
Martin Brooks (Work House, CEO) : “Has my main thing been my main thing?”
Jeremy Thomson (Steak) : “What have I learnt and how do I use it?”
Caroline Ratner (Ratner Communications) : “How has not listening harmed me?”
Matt Parkes (Dirty Dozen, Founder) : “Am I happy and what makes me smile?”
Marshall Manson (Social@Ogilvy, MD) : ”How will you change your behaviour in 2014 to reflect what you learned?”
Ron Peterson (AKQA, Social) : ’What have I done this year worth building upon?”
Natasha Pergl (CapGemini, Digital Consultant) : ”What did I start and not finish?”
Courtney Boyd Myers (3460 Miles, Founder) : “What made me feel happiest?”

This article by Paul Armstong originally appeared on PaulArmstrong.net, a Burn Media publishing partner.

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  • http://www.siliconvalleywatcher.com/ Tom Foremski

    Silicon Valley Watcher not Silicon Alley… And not a single link in the entire post?!

  • Benn Pienaar

    It seems that your smart buddies detected the weariness inherent in the question …and responed likewise.

  • memeburn

    That was an oversight on our part… sorry about that. The post has been fixed now.

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