While we tend to focus on the debacles and tragedies of a given year, it’s also important to acknowledge the successes, enabling us to appreciate our accomplishments over the march of time, and perhaps use them as focal points for future endeavors. If you’re reading this, I hate to tell you: You probably didn’t make the cut this year as one of the nine most successful men of 2012. But. But. But…let this serve as your benchmark for next year, whether you’re striving to create Netflix but for puppy rentals or, I don’t know, a baby pacifier that tastes like bacon. Whatever your dreams are, in your pursuits, use this list of nine folks who got it right in 2012 as your beacon.