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3 Words for 2023

I’ve been following the practice of choosing My Three Words at the beginning of the year for some time now. The idea comes from Chris Brogan, who started in 2006 with “Ask. Do. Share” as his guiding words for the coming year. Here’s how he describes the process:

The My Three Words idea is simple. Choose 3 words (not 1, not 4) that will help guide your choices and actions day to day in the coming year. Think of them as lighthouses. “Should I say yes to this project?” “Well, does this align with my three words?”

The words only need to have meaning for you and that there’s no need to define them. However, I like to write a few words about each one, just so that I don’t forget what I was thinking at the time. As an example, you can check out my 3 Words for 2022.

Making your 3 words public is good for one’s accountability and the feedback can be enlightening. Here is this year’s collection:


In archaeology, many things remain hidden until they are methodically uncovered. And once discovered, their use or meaning may not be clear without careful examination. I want to avoid uncritical acceptance of surface appearances.


Objects and ideas that are not working as well as they used to don’t have to be discarded entirely. It may be possible to re-imagine them in ways that allow them to remain important and relevant. 


Don’t be afraid of looking foolish or less than knowledgeable. Questions, opinions, ideas, emotions and alliances can’t have an impact if they remain hidden.

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