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Every year, people around the country and world make resolutions to better themselves and the world around them. We wanted to share our list of five New Year’s resolutions as a way to jumpstart your own list of resolutions.

 

5. Responsible Sharing

The Internet is a wonderful place, but sometimes people abuse our gullibility and post erroneous material, whether it’s link bait, bad memes, inciting (and often under-researched) articles, and more. You know what I’m talking about: a very benign example is the Back to the Future meme where someone photoshopped the date to be a different day. The most harmful include political postings (why are they always political postings!?), celebrity gossip or other harmful messages. While we’re not advocating going to Snopes.com before you share any piece of content, we do suggest turning your BS detectors up a few more notches and don’t believe everything you read without researching it yourself. As a general rule of thumb, if you don’t have the time to research something, then should you really be reposting it?

 

If you have some time, Esquire wrote a great editorial about the Internet and why sharing wrong information is a bad trend that is getting worse. Read it here.

 

4. Be Real

Another thing that needs to be cut down on the Internet: hate speech. The anonymity that the Internet affords us makes it easy to talk big and oftentimes with vitriol, but that is rarely a good thing. Threatening others, getting into arguments, name calling—it’s all petty and all activities that happen far more often online than they do in real life. If you wouldn’t say something in real life to a person’s face, then you shouldn’t say it online. We’re not naive; no one is going to be singing Kumbaya online, but that we could all be a bit nicer.

 

3. Do something awesome

There are so many ways to be awesome.  You can volunteer your time—we did at Christmas and had a blast. You can donate to a cause that you believe in. You can start something awesome, whether that’s a website or a big idea you have on Kickstarter (by the way, we’re really good at helping people out with their Kickstarter ideas). Regardless of what you choose, do it big and believe in your idea. See it to the conclusion even in those moments you don’t want to. At the end, we guarantee that even if it doesn’t turn out the way you had hoped, your project will still have taught you something.

 

2. Be someone awesome

Piggybacking off of our last resolution, we’re going to try and be awesome people. This is about much more than doing something awesome; it’s about being awesome when no one is watching. It’s about having integrity and a strong moral code. It’s about being a good friend, a good coworker, and a good family member. Awesome people don’t need to advertise the fact they’re awesome. In fact, the coolest people we know have certainly never told us that they’re cool. We all know someone that we respect and admire, so we’re going to make it a resolution to try and be more like these awesome individuals. Who is someone who is awesome in your life?

 

1. Love what you do

Your job makes up a huge portion of your life. Can you say that you love what you do? Obviously, not every day at the office is going to be sunshine and daffodils, but the majority of your time spent on the clock should be enjoyable. Loving what you do improves the quality of your work, boosts your productivity and increases your overall happiness. If you’re not doing what you want to do, figure out what’s stopping you and how you can realistically get to where you want to be. Make a plan, stick to it, maybe even fire yourself. Just find what you love and do it every day.

 

These are just a few of our New Year’s resolutions. We’d love to hear some of yours. What are you going to do to make 2014 your best year? 

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