My 2017 Goals, And Why I’ll Crush This Year


Happy New Year!

Are you pumped up for 2017? I have to be honest: I am more excited for this year than any year before. And I’m not just saying that to be positive or try to convince myself. It’s legitimate.

This year I’m going to think bigger, work harder, and stay committed until every last goal is accomplished. The process will be challenging, but that’s how I like it. Do you feel me?

I’m so confident that 2017 is going to be my breakout season. You can call this my Joe Namath guarantee.

Enough of the pump up speech. Below are my five goals for 2017 (the first three goals are my main priorities).

Hopefully this post inspires you to set big goals and take action all 365 days. Get hungry!

2017 Goals

1) Create three online courses

No reason to wait to announce this monster goal. Creating three online courses is going to be the defining achievement of my 2017.

This isn’t to say I’m done with writing books. Books will always have a special place in my heart. And I know I’ll write more in the future. However, 2017 is the year of online courses for me!

What will the courses be on? I’ll wet your appetite a bit with the first one. My first course, going live this January, is called Master The Resume. This course is going to take any job applicant—college student, recent grad, or young professional—through three steps to master their resume and cover letter, so they win competitive job interviews (and job offers).

And you’ll just have to wait for more information on the other two online courses. They’re going to be world class.

2) Publish 52 YouTube videos

I’ve written 229 articles for Take Your Success since its inception. That’s around two to three a week for two years straight.

However, I’ve realized that not everyone learns the best by reading a blog post. Some people are visual and audio learners who comprehend information best through watching a video.

To best serve you and the Take Your Success community, I’m going to publish 52 YouTube videos in 2017. It’ll be different and weird at first. Though I believe a ton of good will come out of adding video to my content. (If you want to follow, subscribe to my YouTube channel.)

On the other hand, like I said, people prefer to receive their information in different mediums. So I’m still going to continue to write articles. That’s not going away. All you readers out there, like me, don’t have to worry.

3) Read 52 books total (and 3 tax books)

I already know I’m going to complete this goal because I love reading and I’m a big believer in the benefits of reading. So I’m going to read 52 books in 2017.

I didn’t pick the number 52 by random chance. As many of you know, I started the TYS Book Club. This is where I read and summarize a book related to success every Friday. Setting this 2017 goal helps me stay committed to the Book Club each week—extra accountability is never a bad idea.

And here’s why I want to read 3 tax books. Being an entrepreneur, I feel confident in every financial aspect of running a business—except taxes. Understanding tax laws and how to get the most out of business expenses is a weakness going into 2017.

That’s why this year I’m going to work to learn taxes on my own, which will be profitable information and possibly save me from paying a professional. Taxes can’t be that painful if there’s a bunch of money to be made (or saved), right?

4) Reach 75,000 Instagram followers and 20,000 Twitter followers

I’m currently at 52.7k Instagram followers. So reaching 75k is the number I’m shooting for by the end of this year. And besides being good for marketing and personal branding, I’ve met some really cool people through Instagram—including a crazy successful doctor I’m going to interview for you guys in February. If you’re an entrepreneur or have a side business, I highly encourage you to get your Instagram hustle on and meet new people.

There are 11,000 people following me on Twitter. And my growth is honestly slower on this app since it has less users and daily activity than Instagram. That’s why I’m shooting for 20k followers. Recently, I’ve been having a bunch of fun and gaining valuable insight through Twitter polls, like the one below.


Want to help me reach these social media goals? You can give me a follow on Instagram and Twitter.

5) Get to $1,500 annual dividend income

Dividend income is when you invest to own shares of a stock—a dividend paying stock—and the company chooses to return some of their profits to investors through a dividend check. You can cash it or reinvest it to gain more shares (and more dividend income in the future).

Dividend income is essentially free money, that I reinvest, to create more free money. Investing in dividend stocks (and my favorite low-fee index funds) is as close as you’re going to get to growing money on trees.

If you want to add a dividend income stream to your bank account and join me, order Freedom Mindset. It’s the exact investing strategy I use to date—and it works.

Why I’ll Dominate 2017

This is the first whole year that I’ll have all my chips in the entrepreneurial bucket. That means there’s no comfy corporate salary to rely on for the first few months of the year, like last year.

I like this because I get to have a fire under my butt to start the year. And I also see this as an advantage because that means I’ll have more time to dedicate to you this year compared to last year.

And lastly, Take Your Success will dominate in 2017 because I just want this badly for you and me. The best time to change our lives as we know them is this year, and specifically today.

Let’s find our dream job. Let’s live in our favorite city. Let’s take steps to financial freedom. Let’s be more productive. Let’s have more fun. Let’s live big.

I’m going to provide value to you in all of these categories. And the best part is I’ll require nothing from you. If you want to buy one of my books or upcoming courses, awesome. I know you’re going to benefit from it.

But even if you don’t purchase anything, I want to help you become more successful on whatever success means for you and your unique situation. That’s my duty to you.

So let’s do this and take our success together. We’ll have a blast in 2017 and we’ll be so well positioned for 2018 that looking back will be a joke of how far we’ve come.

Brian Robben

Brian Robben is the founder of Take Your Success, a site dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and wantrepreneurs grow a profitable business and reach freedom. For in-depth training, visit:

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  1. Brian,

    I’m looking forward to seeing which books you pick – (especially the tax books). It will also be interesting to see you document your growth from reading. I truly believe that time spent reading is one of the best ways you can spend your time.

    Also, I think YouTube will be a lot of fun for you 🙂

    2017 will be a great year for us all. Cheers!


    1. Brian Robben

      What’s one of your goals, Erik?

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