In 2017 I set some pretty big goals. If I’m gonna reach then I’m gonna reach for the stars. Even though I wasn’t able to achieve all of my goals I continued to make progress. Some of my results will look kind of skewed because not all of the information was published to this blog but I will be clearing all of that up soon.
In the next couple of days I will be publishing my goals for 2018 which will differ in some ways from my 2017 goals. Until then though I want to recap how my 2017 goals turned out.
- $600 in Dividend Income for 2017
$453.14 is the amount of dividend income that I received here on More Dividends. This is not a true accurate number because of several other factors. It doesn’t take into account the dividends that I receive in my 401K or the dividends that I receive through my ESPP. So I did not reach $600 here on More Dividends but overall I reached this goal.
- 24k visitors to the blog
I didn’t get close to this goal but year over year my visitor count more than doubled which I am very proud of. In 2018 I will probably set a more reasonable goal for this metric and hope that I can produce the same kind of growth.
- Read 1 book a month and review it
I did accomplish the reading 1 book a month but I did not review them all since I did not feel that they were all related to this blog. The books that I did review were:
One Up On Wall Street by Peter Lynch
The Ultimate Dividend Playbook by Morningstar Inc and Josh Peters
The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy
Ben Franklin: An American Life
- Maintain a weight of 200lbs
When I originally set this goal I knew that I probably would not be able to accomplish it. I was around 225lbs at the time and today I am averaging more around the 215lb area. So I did make progress but I’m not there yet!
- Obtain 1st rental property
This goal still weighs on me very heavy. Over the past year I have analyzed a lot of deals but have not pulled the trigger on none of them. I don’t want to get into a bad deal just so I can accomplish this goal. I have read and learned a lot so hopefully I will be able to accomplish this one in 2018.
- Increase my earned income by 25K
I got nowhere near this one. I did receive a raise but it was so late in the year that it didn’t move the needle much. I did earn more than in 2017 but not a significant amount. Although I didn’t increase my earned income in 2017 I was able to increase my knowledge and experience which will pay me dividends in the future.
- Continue to grow my network
I have done very well at this one. I have met a lot of great people in the dividend growth investing community. Plus I have been able to grow my network at work. Making these connections combined with a positive reputation will only help me succeed in the future.
One thing this experience has taught me is that even though I didn’t reach all of my goals I was still able to make a lot of progress. I would like to say that in 2018 I am going to set more realistic goals….. but I probably won’t. I feel that it is important for me to set high goals to keep striving for. I don’t want to get in the habit of setting small goals just so I am able to achieve them. Look for an upcoming article about all of my goals for 2018.
As always I look forward to reading all of your comments and questions, until then….. happy investing!
-Jason from MoreDividends.com
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