It’s the Season of Thanksgiving
This time of year, I am prone to reflect on the gifts of life for which I am most thankful. I hope that sharing my list might prompt you to share your own list with those you care about the most.
I am thankful for the clients I work with that challenge me in ways they may never realize and in return provide me with rewards beyond belief.
I am thankful for the chill of fall, the warmth of spring, and the brilliant colors of both seasons.
I am thankful for low-interest rates, relatively high employment, and an economics degree that helps me make some sense of both.
I am thankful for the opportunity to spend a month walking the 400 mile El Camino Santiago in Portugal and Spain this past year.
I am thankful to have had my mom (who passed away three years ago) who inspired me with her tremendous spirit and passion for life and a dad that left this world way before his time, but who lives within me each moment of the day.
I am thankful that almost every day my computer turns on and works flawlessly despite the bombardment of spam, spyware, and nasty viruses.
I am thankful that I live in a country where my religious faith is used less like a sword and more like a shield.
I am thankful for the great entrepreneurs of our time, such as Ray Kroc, Bill Gates, and Herb Kelleher, who have, through their own classic examples, set magnificent examples for the entrepreneurs of the future.
I am thankful for having relatively good health that allows me to walk, swim, play tennis, and barely keep up with two rambunctious sons.
I am thankful that despite all the complexities of business today, despite the overwhelming assortment of technologies that plague us, despite the ever-increasing number of adverse events we as business owners face each day; the basic principles of business have stayed steadfast. It’s still all about solving customers’ problems profitably.
I am thankful that at 18 I followed my instincts and traveled a great distance to pursue my post-secondary education which resulted in a great academic experience, a band of lifetime friends, and the opportunity to meet the girl of my dreams and life partner for 39 years.
Lastly, I am quite thankful that Small Business still Matters.
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving,