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2012 Annual Review: Looking Forward

I did it. I made it to Tuvalu, the penultimate country! It took a while to get here, but that’s to be expected. Someone said they spent 20 minutes reading the Tuvalu Wikipedia page the other day. I said I was surprised it took 20 minutes—that’s the same amount of time it took me to…

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2012 Annual Review: Overview

Greetings! Every year I devote an entire week—and usually several weeks of blog posts—to an Annual Review, where I look back on the previous year and make plans for the coming year. Many of our readers now do the same thing, some by following the same structure I use and others by modifying it to…

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2011 Annual Review: Looking Forward

Merry Christmas and Happy Everything! Wherever you are and whatever you’re celebrating, I hope you’re having a great holiday week. This is the final post of the 2011 Annual Review series. Looking back over the year, here’s what we’ve covered thus far: Overview of the Process 2011 Highlights and First Thoughts 2011 Business Lessons 2011…

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2011 Annual Review: Looking Back

Greetings, everyone. I’m finishing up my latest trip to Africa, and I hope you’re well wherever you are. Below is the first part of the 2011 Annual Review. Two notes on this year’s series: first, at the end of each post over the next few weeks, you’re invited to leave your own response. Second, we’re…

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2011 Annual Review: The Beginning

Every year since 2006, I’ve set aside an entire week in December to review the year that has almost passed and look ahead to the next one. I certainly haven’t got everything in my life figured out, but I can honestly say that this exercise has been the most helpful exercise in all that has…

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Two Days Until Your Best Year Ever?

Greetings, everyone. I made it home from my Annual Review trip and have been enjoying the holiday week at home. Only two days remain in this entire year… which brings us to this non-commercial reminder: If 2010 was an awful year, well, it’s all over and now you get a new start. If 2010 was…

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2010 Annual Review: Looking Forward

After looking back on the year that’s nearly finished, I spend most of my Annual Review time thinking ahead to the forthcoming year. While I wrapped up the 2010 review and looked ahead to 2011, here are a few of the summary notes I wrote to myself: *** As a big 2010 came to its…

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2010 Annual Review: Business Lessons

As I look back on the year during my Annual Review, I think about what went well and what didn’t in my business work. I’ve been self-employed for most of my life and have never had a real job, but the learning process over more than a decade now has been entirely through trial and…

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2010 Annual Review: Looking Back

After a great time with a fun group in Seattle last night, I drove down through Washington and crossed over the Columbia river… hello, Oregon—also known as state #50 on the 50-state book tour. States #1-49 are now complete, and tonight is the grand finale at Powell’s in Portland. *** Since time is short and…

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2010 Annual Review: The Beginning

Every year since 2006, I’ve set aside an entire week in December to review the year that has almost passed and look ahead to the next one. I certainly don’t think I’ve got everything figured out in my life, but I can honestly say that this practice has been the most helpful exercise in all…

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Annual Review: Every AONC Article from 2009

After beginning in early 2008, 2009 was the first full year of AONC articles. It’s also been a pretty full year in general! This wrap-up post includes every article that was published during the year, in chronological order. (To view the posts topically, check the category links at the bottom of any page, or in…

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Annual Review: 2009 Travel Roundup

As part of my annual review series, I’m looking back at everywhere I went in 2009. It’s a long list! Let’s kick it off with an observation that’s either interesting, awesome, or troubling (I can’t decide which): when I started writing this post, I had trouble remembering all the places I went this year. I…

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Annual Review: 2009 Business Lessons

As part of my Annual Review series, I’m looking back at the development of AONC and the related business during 2009. I hope you’re having a great December, wherever you are. *** The business side of AONC happened quite organically in the beginning. The only real business goal I had when starting the site was…

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