As we are preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving here in the United States this week, I thought I would take this opportunity to share what I am thankful for (and attempt to draw a business lesson from it).
I am thankful that I have a roof over my head, a great group of friends and solid relationships with my extended family. My dad passed away this year, but I am thankful for the 41 years we shared together. I am thankful for my kids, their youthful outlook on life energizes me and brightens my day if I am feeling down. I am thankful for my wife, her unwavering support makes it possible for me to accomplish all that I do. My house could be nicer, my kids could be better behaved and my work days aren’t always the easiest; but I wouldn’t trade them for the world.
At work I am thankful for our leadership team, the challenges they place on me push me to grow. I am thankful for my coworkers, the friendships I have made will last a lifetime. I am thankful that we are not perfect, the work I do to help fix things makes me a better businessman. I am thankful that I get to work with people from different countries and from different backgrounds, those interactions help me see situations from different vantage points and gain a new perspective on things.
My challenge to everyone this week is to be thankful for what you have. Not every day at work is going to be perfect and we won’t always see eye to eye with our teammates, but we should look at those situations as opportunities for development. If you can be positive through the toughest of times, it is likely that someone in the organization will be thankful that you are on their team.