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In 2013 Let’s Be Worthy Together – #MyThreeWords

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 by in ThiNK First | 26 comments



Last year was my 1st time at #mythreewords. For me these posts highlight your path as you step into the unknowns of the year ahead.

In 2012 picked “I love you”. And when you look back, if you did as you said, rereading your post from last year should give you a huge sense of self-worth and accomplishment. I look back on 2012 and feel I lived up to my three words.

Nick Kellet & Steph Montreuil in LA for the Social Curation Summit

Nick Kellet & Steph Montreuil in LA for the Social Curation Summit

Self applause over. Time to move on. You are only as good as your next three words.

Trumping or matching my three words in 2013 is going to be hard. The storyteller in me won’t let me write three words that don’t say something in and of themselves. It’s more memorable for me. I’ll never forget my three words. It’s much more fun to write.

So 2013 is all about “Be worthy together”


In 2013 I want to focus on being me, moving beyond “I”. I want to learn to be more open and to be more present. All this internet makes us very distractible. I want to be comfortable in my own skin and be comfortable in the moment. I want to be more expressive.

Milestones are great but I want to “be” more with my journey. You can’t miss passing a milestone, but you can fail to notice and enjoy the journey.

I learned I’m way more private than I thought. I share my ideas, but I don’t share very much publicly that’s personal. I’m still figuring out why. I want to learn to be comfortable sharing me. I need to lean into my own discomfort.

For one, I’d never normally share photos like the one on the right – Steph and I have been becoming more than good friends  since #sobcon in Portland. Plenty of people know, but I’ve not actively shared this on Facebook or elsewhere. Steph is an active sharer of all things personal and was surely sent to help me grow.

I’m not quite sure why I tend to not share personal things. I guess starting to share them will help me figure it out. One thing I’ve learned is that we all have our challenges. Social media is an interesting mix of people. Sharing lets us learn that.

I took a Myers Briggs test this year for the first time. Steph nudged me into it. So I thought I’d share. Taking it was another baby step. I’ve always avoided this kind of thing. I’ve always felt they were invasive. Richard Taylor made me take a similar one when we worked on the branding for my site. I cringed but complied. So here I am packaged in 4 short letters.

ENFP – The Inspirer

  • Extravert(56%) iNtuitive(25%) iNtuitive Feeling(50%) Perceiving(22)%
  • You have moderate preference of Extraversion over Introversion (56%)
  • You have moderate preference of Intuition over Sensing (25%)
  • You have moderate preference of Feeling over Thinking (50%)
  • You have slight preference of Perceiving over Judging (22%)

Returning to my Myers Briggs profile description once in a while will sure help remind me what I need, what fuels me and what drains me.


The motivations for sharing have recently become worthy of my attention. I’m not long back from Social Curation Summit in LA. One of my big event takeaways was how just about everything begins and ends with a share. What does it take to be share-worthy? Getting to the heart of the motivations for sharing will help me greatly with my work on Listly in 2013.

Lurking was a big theme in my blogging in 2012 and I’ll be exploring “sharing” much more in 2013. I really sense the meaning and practices of sharing are changing.

I just wrote a post on sharing culture and got a comment to say it was “Share-worthy”. That comment tipped me to use worthy and not “share” as one of my three words for 2013.

Sharing what we know, who we know, sharing our journeys, sharing our feelings. These are all things I want to be share-worthy in 2013. Being share-worthy is an awesome goal, but I liked that worthy was a higher goal.

Rising through the noise is about being worthy – noteworthy, quote-worthy, share-worthy and trust-worthy. In a world of excess, attention is in short supply. You need to be worthy to earn and maintain people’s attention for your ideas.

I’ve talked about the idea that together we weave a cloth of generosity. You can and should be generous with yourself. Brené Brown’s work has taught me that. Beyond self, generosity to others is a way of being.

Sharing is about generosity and being useful. That’s very much my mindset as I head into 2013. I’m weaving myself a bigger cloth or rather our cloth, which leads me nicely into my third word.

Together :

Togetherness brings us meaning, connection but also scale. Collaboration and working together are not easy to accomplish it takes trust and being trust-worthy. It’s about sharing value and sharing your own community and your network.

It’s about bringing your worth to and with and for your community.

You can work alone without interruption. Nobody need touch your solo actions. Working together requires others to want to work with you and you to want to work with others. Collaboration is optional. Being successful together is a lot about strategizing and picking the right route – it’s very much about matching off what your bring and what others bring.

I’ve talked before about collaboration being a contact sport of approximate equals.

To me the word together is also about pulling together all the elements. Together is about thinking about balance – in work and in play.

I could use some more balance and perspective.

So that’s my three words for 2013

Be Worthy Together:

I know Shyam and I have big plans for Listly for 2013 any beyond. Success will come from the achievements and connections made in 2012 and earlier. Success will also focusing and and not doing a lot of stuff.

Success is never overnight. Success is built slowly like a cathedral.The road to success needs to be a fun one to travel and you need to feel connected and a sense of camaraderie with your fellow travelers.

That’s what “Be worthy together” says to me. It’s a reminder that we need to collectively enjoy the journey. It’s not a road traveled alone.

Make your journey fun, but make it mean something. I guess to paraphrase Chris from Impact Equation – Don’t just make noise.

What are your three words?

Here’s a collaboratively curated list of all the posts. If you don’t write a post you can just write an entry and tag your three words. Or just leave someone a vote or a comment of encouragement.

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My Three Words #mythreewords #3words 2013 - A collaborative list of posts

Please add your post. Be sure to tag your post with your three words (separated by commas). Then you can quickly filter and see a tag cloud of all the words for 2013

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Dec 29, 2012 - - 461
In 2013 Let's Be Worthy Together - #MyThreeWords | via @nickkellet

Inspired by Chris Brogan, my three wrods has become an annual tradition for many people. What three words will define your 2013?

Jan 01, 2013 by Steve Garfield - - 501
My Three Words for 2013: PLAY, FUN, and SURPRISE


Jan 01, 2013 - - 486
3 words for 2012, 3 words for 2013 - @cspenn - Christopher S. Penn : Awaken Your Superhero

At the beginning of 2012, I kicked off the year with 3 words that would define it: story, restoration, and compassion. Let's see how things turned out for the year. Story worked out as planned. A number of folks commented throughout the year that the work I did on my storytelling paid off, especially in…

Jan 01, 2013 by Paul Hugh O'Mahony - - 365
Attention, Delivering, Laughter - @omaniblog

Podcast monologue that aims to help others cope with the complexity of the year ahead...

The core idea came from #ChrisBrogan of #HumanBusinessWorks

Jan 01, 2013 by Stéphanie Montreuil - - 354
3 Words For The New Year @jasondyk

Curiosity, Execute, Simplify

Jan 01, 2013 - - 425
Bombshell, marathon, pen pals | @PeevedMichelle

I have big plans for 2013 #mythreewords #bny

Bombshell, pen pals, marathon

Jan 02, 2013 by Betsy Wuebker - - 359
In.The.Moment : Principles for 2013: My Three Words | Passing Thru @betsywuebker

Hi Nick - Cool feature. Here's my actual post.

Jan 03, 2013 - - 436
The Three Words for 2013

Distilling your focus to three words is a challenging but rewarding exercise. Here's my crack at it.

Dec 31, 2012 by Martina McGowan - - 456
Three new words to bind the year: 2013 | @MartinaMcGowan
Jan 01, 2013 - - 370
My 3 Words for 2013 Walt, Ender, Monchu | @chrisbrogan

Walt, Ender, Monchu

Jan 01, 2013 - - 375
Rob Hatch via Chris Brogan

Systems, Service & Now

Jan 01, 2013 - - 425
Stream, Dream, Clean : Three Words, The Future - Happy New Year! - @JeffCutler | Social Media Journalist

I enjoy reading Chris Brogan's article on three new words every year. While I've been a bit unfocused since dad died in 2011, I've still tried to emulate t

Jan 01, 2013 - - 461
My Three-Word Theme for 2013 | @swbuehler | Steven W. Buehler

So it’s time to swap out the 2012 calendar hanging on the wall for a shiny, new 2013 one. Time to spend the next two months accidentally writing “2012″ on your letters and checks ...

Jan 01, 2013 - - 491
Menu, Build and Minimize in 2013 | C.C. Chapman

What I'll be focusing on for the next 365 days.

Jan 01, 2013 - - 456
Work, Focus, and Sell in 2013 - @tojosan

Welcome to 2013. Shifting to a new year is mostly symbolic. No magic happens nor are there any shifts in us physically.  A new calendar year does remind us of renewal and restarts. It's once again time to commit to ourselves, to refresh our plans, goals, and habits.   Three words, it doesn't seem lik

Jan 01, 2013 by Jane Boyd - - 466
My 3 Words for 2013 - Think, Rejoice & Be | @boydjane

And so 2013 is now upon us. It’s a whole new year; starting with a brand new day. An opportunity for everything to begin one more time.

Jan 01, 2013 - - 370
Tweet from Ann B - @AnnBac9

Inspire, motivate, support.....#MyThreeWords

Jan 01, 2013 - - 390
Tweet from Montez - @tezero

@Tojosan @chrisbrogan #mythreewords health, hope, happiness ( all are under my control)

Jan 01, 2013 - - 425
Tweet from Jackie Jimenez - @jackiej04

#mythreewords for 2013: Growth & New Beginnings. What's yours?


My Last 3 Words Standing | @ajaxwoolley

Jan 01, 2013 by Ajax Woolley
My Last 3 Words Standing | @ajaxwoolley

Confidence. Control. Cash.

Jan 01, 2013 - - 425
In The Moment : Tweet from betsywuebker - @betsywuebker


Jan 01, 2013 - - 395
Tweet from Arti - @urstrulyarti

LEARN. UNLEARN. RELEARN. #mythreewords

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  1. Thanks rt @tryan2thomas @gingerconsult In 2013 Let’s Be Worthy Together – #MyThreeWords ” RT like it, good message,

  2. @moha_doha @NickKellet I agree! Resolutions & Change: Lessons I Learned in 2012 #misswordy #newyearsresolutions

  3. Hi Nick,
    Great post and a #worthy addition to #mythreewords. 

  4. @mamabritt I love this! @NickKellet 2013 is my year to KNOW MY VALUE. So thanks for the inspiration. #MyThreeWords

  5. I like your three words for 2013, Sherry Nouraini had given me the three words “smart, sexy and sassy” in 2012 but I think for the new year my three word theme will be “Let us Rock!” inspired by your three words and keeping the 2012 words in mind. This coming year I will be inspiring people to rock and put their best foot forward : )  THANKS for writing this.

    • GigLogo Thanks Karla. I like your “Let us Rock” – I can’t wait to read your post! I also thought Sherry’s words were fun too. I enjoyed our hangout.  We should connect in person 1:1

  6. Good choices, Nick. I have two set up for sure- “arete” and “service,” almost have the third under control. 🙂

    • Martina McGowan Yes there are hard choices, but a fun exercise:) Dont’ forget to add your post to the list:)

  7. Thanks @ThinDifference Great #life advice // In 2013 Let’s Be Worthy Together – #MyThreeWords via @NickKellet

  8. @nickkellet I’m planning to do a #MyThreeWords post, but only after @ChrisBrogan does his first! #blogchat

  9. @NickKellet Loved yours. #MyThreeWords may be: Life Loving Change. I’ll ponder, and write one for you.

  10. Thanks @ChrisOwenby Definitely Share Worthy! @KeeleyMcG: In 2013 Let’s Be Worthy Together – #MyThreeWords

  11. My three words post is slated for Wednesday. Perhaps I should return then? 🙂

  12. @NickKellet Thanks for sharing your three words! Doing this tonight! #mythreewords

    • diancrawford Cool, well don’t forget to add your post to the list (and embed in your post)

  13. Funny, when I thought about writing a “My 3 words” post I decided that most of my words are too private to share this year 🙂 
    You Nick continue to be an example to strive for! It’s encouraging that you continue to find things to improve and I’m looking forward to “Be Worthy Together” with you in 2013
    PS: One goal of 2013 for would be to meet Steph_Montreuil  🙂 …. good thing that my “real world” includes social media

    • Tweet4OK One of MY goals includes visiting Kelowna – so let’s make that meeting happen 🙂 Here’s my post

  14. Love this concept!  #MyThreeWords for 2013 are  “Seek Risk Share.”  Thanks Nick for providing some much needed inspiration for a new year.

  15. @hadi_1969 Thanks very much for the RT

  16. Nick, 
    I”m so happy for you and Steph! I”m also delighted about your excitement regarding the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. I use the MBTI in my work as a consultant so this means to administer it I’ve studied, payed a fee and passed the exam.  
    Just like you, I’m passionate about all the practical wisdom that can be achieved with a deep understanding of the MBTI. While typically I’m not very picky about words I think it’s really important to point out that MBTI is not a test. A test gives us right and wrong answers and MBTI  as you have shared is about preference. For example as a right handed person If I had to I could use my left hand but certainly it would not be my preference. If I had to use my left hand it would take me longer to perform tasks and the results would not be as good. 
    I”m glad you shared your degree of preference. This is often left out and that’s a shame because of our degree of preference is as important as our four MBTI preferences. 
    The MBTI is a wonderful tool and so I hope people will consider working with a person who has certification in MBTi so they can have an even deeper understanding of the rich understanding of both themselves and others.


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