My 3 Words for 2014

  • Jeff Gibbard
  • 3 min read

Last year, I started following in Chris Brogan’s footsteps by doing a blog post called “3 words.”  (Here’s this year’s post by Chris.)

Here’s a few others to check out:

Now that you get the concept, here are my 3 words for 2014, but first…

My 3 words from 2013

My 3 words last year were: Hungry, Focused, Breakout.  I think I managed to live each of these three themes successfully in 2013.

I played 2013 with a ferocious hunger to win and extreme focus (enabled by technology, medication, and intense commitment).

Breakout wound up taking on a slightly different form than I anticipated.  The biggest reason is that even though I worked at it all year, I think the actual breaking out, happened in the last 2 months of the year.

My 3 words for 2014

My 3 words for 2014, much like last year, could be words for life, not just a single year.  But to be words for life, the words first need to be the theme for a year (because there’s no way I’m going to stop being hungry, focused and aspiring to break out).


Last year, I took my first vacation in 4 years.  It was significant.

  • I remembered why I work so hard in the first place.
  • I was reminded that life is about more than work.
  • I was haunted by the impact that my workaholism may have had on my marriage.
  • I was shaken by how little quality time I’d actually spent with my mom, my dad and step-mom, and my dog.

This year I want to be more balanced.  Work must be one component, not the only component.

I also spent a lot of this past year building systems so that I could do more of the work I enjoy, and less of the work that I don’t.  Delegating more effectively should allow me to feel more balanced.


This year, we grow.

  • We grow revenue
  • We grow our team
  • We grow our client list
  • We grow our impact on the world

This year, everything grows.


Sure, this is a universal one, right?  Here’s why I’m choosing love as a theme for this year.

Last year was both an amazing year for me and a tough one.

My marriage fell apart and I got divorced (both good and bad).   Divorce (obviously) can have a profound impact on your emotional state.  As a result, I don’t think I put nearly enough love out into the world.

My other 2 words are destined to fail if I do not put more love into the world.

I cannot feel balanced if I am not loving to those around me.  My friends deserve more, my family deserves more, my dog deserves more, and equally important, I deserve more.

I cannot grow if I am not injecting more love into my work.  I already put my heart and soul into what I do, but I know there is more.  I left some in the tank last year and I’m not doing that again.  This year, I play til I’m on empty; that great and delightful emptiness.

What are your 3 words?

6 replies on “My 3 Words for 2014”

  • Karen Ebbert
    January 2, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Excellent article.

    • January 2, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Thank you Karen. 🙂 What are your 3 words?

  • Karen Ebbert
    January 2, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Create. Focus. Share.

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