This is my first column of the New Year. I am not big on a New Year's celebration. In fact, my wife and I usually stay at home on New Year's Eve, and although she'll watch Dick Clark ring in the New Year at midnight, I am already asleep. My favorite time is actually the next morning.

I look upon every January 1st as a new beginning. It is a time to capitalize on all that I learned over the last year and start anew applying my recently acquired knowledge to the 365 days ahead.

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