My five big challenges for twenty twelve

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If I thought I’d be here twelve months ago I wouldn’t have bothered. I’d have gone straight to jail, not passed go and not collected my £200. I reckon most of us would have preferred to be on the subs bench this year. At least I’ve given up smoking even if I feel a decade not a year older.

Looking at 2012, I’ve given myself five challenges which might resonate with you.

  1. This year I turned 50, with that milestone I realised that I am now the head of my family, I need to step up to the plate and accept responsibility not just for my children but my parents who are now are going to get back some of the support I’ve got from them for five decades.
  2. 2012 is going to be the year of pension awareness– I’m going to do my bit to make Government, providers, trustees and advisers uncomfortable about the lack of understanding people have of what they need to do to insure their retirements. That means getting better savings vehicles, better decumulation vehicles and more prioritization of pension saving by both people and those who pay their wages.
  3. 2011 was the year I turned into a Tappertubby, 2012 will see me drinking less, eating better and getting back on my bike
  4. In 2012 I’m going to up my Klout score by 50%. If you don’t know about, press the link you almost certainly have a Klout rating, I’m going to get a Klout rating on everyone I interview next year. What’s a Klout rating – it’s a measure of your social influence derived from your social media activity and if you are too stupid or arrogant not to care about that, I don’t want you working with me.
  5. Last but not least , 2012 is going to be they year that I hold on to my driving licence. Since attending my “drivers awareness course in May, I have committed a number of driving crimes including overtaking an unmarked police car in a 30 mile an hour zone. 2012 will be the year I won’t speed, won’t drive dangerously and won’t talk on my mobile when driving. Thanks to the good magistrates at the North Oxfordshire magistrates court for their clemency on Monday, much appreciated.

I’m not sure how much of this resonates with you so I’m attaching a little poll which allows you to vote for the challenge that most resonates with you. There is one further challenge which I won;t articulate as only I can meet it. I’ll tell you if I met it this time next year. According to word press , my blog has been visited nearly 30,000 times this year which is up 250% on 2010. Thanks to everyone who bothers to read my stuff, I look forward to posting regularly next year and to reading what you lot have to say in “comments!” and through your own warbling.


About henry tapper

Founder of the Pension PlayPen,, partner of Stella, father of Olly . I am the Pension Plowman
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