Last week I wrote a post listing some of the best year-end reviews from the WordPress community. I found them very inspirational and the perfect way to start the new year full of motivation to reach new heights in my own business.
However after we published that post we also had some people comment and say that these posts are basically an ego-booster for the people who wrote them, and can also promote envy.
I know most of the people who wrote those reviews and I am sure that they wrote them to contribute back to the community by inspiring others and showing what is possible to achieve. Sure, some people might be envious, but rather than envious I think the vast majority of people in the community will feel that they are in the right place. Yes, WordPress can be a viable component of your business, whether you develop plugins, themes, or offer consultancy services.
Following the controversy, my friend James Laws from WP Ninjas (one of the people who had written a year-end review) has followed up with another post about the dangers of success by numbers. In this article he explains what the numbers really mean for him and why he believes that people who share their business stats are helping the community by offering a glimpse into the inner workings of their business and life.
Pippin Williamson has also followed up his own year end review with an insightful article that explains what one of the biggest contributors to his success was. Getting to $780,000 in annual revenue was a long journey for Pippin, and in this post he talks about something we all have to deal with as we grow our businesses: relinquishing control.
So what do you think about year end reviews and sharing of revenue statistics? Do they help and inspire you?