Door Number Three

3 Words for 2017

For the past several years, I’ve been following Chris Brogan’s practice of coming up with three guiding words for the coming year. Chris wrote a post about his 3 words for 2016 but here’s the basic idea:

Pick any three words that will guide you in the choices you intend to make for 2016. They should be words that let you challenge yourself as to motives and decisions. They should be words that help you guide your actions.

The idea behind there being three words (and not five or seven or one) is that you can create a kind of “triangulation” between three words, such that they can stand alone and work together.

Sharing your three words gives them a little added impact and hopefully stimulates some discussion. Here are mine. I add a few words of explanation to them, so I don’t forget what I was thinking when I picked them.


Recognizing my need to engage with groups of like-minded people, I expect to actively participate as a member and a leader. My goal is to find or create communities that expand my way of thinking, expose me to points of view other than my own and bring me together with people who are willing to help each other.


After many years of creating things that exist only in the virtual space of the internet, I want to build some things that exist in the physical world.


The things that we have the most control over are those that are closest to us. I want to learn more about how to create the place in which I want to live. Possibilities include: city/county government, food, financial investment, arts, culture, economic development and sustainability.

Your turn

If you feel inspired to pick three words of your own that you’d like to share, please leave them in comments.

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