8 Things Entrepreneurs Should Appreciate in 2012

Usually in January of every year we all write down what we need to change, improve or modify in our life to be successful or happy for the upcoming year.   Even though I did write down a few things I wanted to improve-upon, my list was relatively short.  When looking at my list, I wanted to write an article about what I appreciate, or am thankful for, not what I intend to change.

My Top 8 Things Entrepreneurs Should Appreciate

  1. Innovation – it is the thing that keeps us pushing forward.
  2. Customers – these are the people that buy our crazy products or services.
  3. Collaboration – being able to find like-minded people that are as driven as we are
  4. Long Hours – being thankful that our long work hours go toward achieving that my goal.
  5. Change – we all have the ability to adopt / adapt  (i.e. technology, the economy, etc.).
  6. Family/Friends – that support our ingenious or sometimes not so ingenious ideas.
  7. Helping Others– being able to help other entrepreneurs, so they can learn from our mistakes.
  8. Failure – without failure we won’t be who we are today.
I am a very positive person by nature and my struggles, failures and roadblocks in life have made me what I am today.  I would never take that back.  I am a strong, diligent, driven entrepreneur that is ready to take on the world!  Who’s with me?
Shane Barker is a digital marketing consultant who specializes in sales funnels, targeted traffic, and website conversions. He has consulted with Fortune 500 companies, influencers with digital products, and a number of A-List celebrities.


  1. Nilesh 03-01-2012 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    Excellent tips shane 🙂 I hope 2012 will be a great year…..

    • Shane Barker 04-01-2012 at 8:39 am - Reply

      Hey Nilesh!
      2012 will be what we make it. So with that being said, yes…it will be a GREAT year!

      Thanks for connecting my friend,

  2. Joe Ginese 04-01-2012 at 1:14 pm - Reply


    I’d add one more – instigation. It produces innovation, change, conversation, and re-framed perspectives!

    Rock on,

    • Shane Barker 04-01-2012 at 1:19 pm - Reply

      I love it Joe! Instigation would be a great addition to the list of things to be thankful for.

      Cheers man! 2012 is going to be AMAZING!


  3. Rosh Sillars 07-01-2012 at 8:00 am - Reply

    I enjoyed your list. It’s amazing how helping others will support your business.

    Make it a great 2012


    • Shane Barker 07-01-2012 at 8:08 am - Reply

      Hey Rosh,
      Well my reason for wanting to help other entrepreneurs is because I understand it is not an easy road, it is very rewarding but hard. If I can help one person save some money or avoid the pitfalls that my journey has blessed me with, then I have done my job.

      Cheers to a GREAT 2012! I’m ready!

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