Be thankful for the support of friends and family who are supporting your journey.
In life, we have so many choices to build a career. Some of us will choose to work in a great company crafting our skill. Others will start and grow a company. If you are a founder or entrepreneur, no mater where you are in your journey, there’s quite a lot to be thankful for. First, the fact that you have launched a startup or are running a small business, means quite a few people have probably helped you. If you think about all the people who have helped create your journey, family, friends, mentors, investors, your network, etc., remember to say thanks.
When I helped build a billion-dollar company with co-founders, it was due to my family trying to understand the crazy path I was on and tolerating me. It was due to the three mentors I had, who without them, I certainly would not have experienced my success. To this day, I still don’t quite understand why my mentors cared so much about my life.
So, in this holiday season, be reflective and understand all the good things you have. Be thankful and make sure to actually say thanks to the people who have helped you so far on your journey.
Freedom and accountability: As an entrepreneur or founder, you enjoy all the freedoms of choice. You get to decide on products, services and the clients you work with and the customers you serve. With that freedom comes accountability. Take a moment to enjoy the freedom, then get back to work. 🙂
Co-Founders: If you have co-founders, when was the last time you thanked them for being on the journey with you. It’s easy to take people for granted in the heat and passion of building a company. Take the time and thank them personally.
Family support: It’s a fine balancing act to try and grow a company and not have it impact your family. As hard as the work is at times, you have to live and enjoy your family. All they really want from you is your time. Make the time to create special memories that could last a lifetime.
Great team: No one has ever built a worthwhile company without a great team. Talented people can work anywhere and the fact that they are working with you is important. Let them know you appreciate their efforts.
Network that cares: In your network, there are people who have cared about you at some point and that has led to success in your career. Take the time to look into your network and thank the people whose random act of kindness made a difference in your life.
Serving customers: You would not have a company without customers. If you have a call center or customer service effort, take the time over the next two weeks to work for four hours or perhaps the whole day interacting with your customers. They will appreciate it and you will gather more insights on your key customers. Let them know you are thankful for their support.
Love what you do: You hear people say it all the time but it may be hard for everyone to understand it. “Love what you do, follow your passion,” are catch phrases to some people but you just might be living the mantra. Appreciate that you actually get to do what you want to do.
Challenge of every day: Some people say that entrepreneurs have a massive amount of ADD and need to be challenged to be happy. The truth is that you thrive on every day being different as it pulls on all your senses, knowledge and spirit to be able to solve a variety of problems that come up every single day. And it thrills you.
Control your destiny: While this sounds like something Yoda might say to Luke Skywalker, the truth is, that within some element of control, you do control the journey you are on. You might not be able to control the everyday, but you chose to be on the ride, so enjoy the ride.