Five Ways to Make 2014 Your Worst Year Ever

Lance has put many of these year-ruining tips into practice
Lance now serves as a very different type of inspiration to millions

Tired of all those inspiring, motivational ring-in-the-new-year articles by happy, successful people? Had enough of all that pressure to make next year arbitrarily “better,” just because the Earth has finished another lap as defined by a very clever, very dead pope? Tell me about it. Follow these five simple steps to make sure that your 2014 feels like Blackberry plus JC Penney, raised to the power of Kozlowski. Maybe we’ll see you soon on the outside, Dennis!

  1. Surround yourself with people who share your worldview and skill set, but are less capable. Along with shielding you from any diversity of thought or challenging new ideas, this tactic will minimize the risk of receiving any feedback that could result in a beneficial learning experience.
  2. Sleep briefly and erratically, after consuming way too much fried food and beer. Not only will this strategy reduce your life expectancy, you will also put many others around you in harm’s way by increasing your accident risk.
  3. Devote a few hours each month to making random strangers feel frustrated. Buck the trend of increasing volunteerism in America by performing random acts of savagery. Push yourself to go beyond driving rudely into the realm of vandalism, and see how many bad days you can leave in your wake.
  4. Publicly humiliate your family and alienate your longtime friends. Take a page from the Book of Spitzer or channel DSK to see if you can flush your professional and personal relationships through a series of short-sighted, self-indulgent choices.
  5. Clean out your savings and destroy your credit to speculate on cryptocurrency and foreign exchange trading. After ruining your health, family, friendships, career, and community, the final step in ensuring 2014 is your worst year ever is to gut your financial standing. Rely on your deeply rooted mammalian instincts to chase returns, sell in a panic on price dips, and get cleaned out by well-researched, professional traders on high speed platforms.

No matter how 2013 treated you, this advice will guarantee 2014 feels like moving to Greece in comparison. Thanks to everyone who has followed Leadertainment so far, and have a terrible year!


The most overlooked resolution: do more of what you do best

Maybe you are part of the 55% of Americans who don’t make New Year’s resolutions, or maybe you are instead part of the 8% who self-report as being successful in achieving them. Losing weight, saving money, spending more time with family are all popular resolutions. Reading these statistics about New Year’s resolutions prompted me to observe that because most resolutions involve change, we are overlooking a powerful way to improve our lives: resolving to do more of what we do best.

We all have a number of strengths, and focusing our resolutions (New Year related or otherwise) solely on the aspects of ourselves we wish to change risks spending precious time and energy on efforts that may not make much of a difference in our lives overall. Think of it as re-balancing your portfolio of personal attributes: you might achieve a higher overall return by investing more in your stars and not waste more time and fees fiddling with the dogs.

Cover of "Strengths-Based Leadership"
Some personal development pundits have suggested this approach as well, most notably Tom Rath’s book Strengths Based Leadership. I’m not suggesting you put on rose-colored glasses and ignore the aspects of your life you’d like to change. Often the act of writing it down and creating some accountability by telling others your resolution can help spark the change. But don’t overlook the aspects of your personal or professional life that you can resolve to do even more of, and have an even happier New Year (just don’t greet anyone with that phrase in March!).