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This is a great time of year to be thankful for all the good things in our life.  It doesn’t matter what religion you are, if you live here in Canada most people tend to get a little more time off, 2012 is coming to an end and we live in one of the best countries in the world.

Gratitude has a way of bringing us back down to earth, and that in itself is a good exercise.  It doesn’t matter who you are, the good things in your life are not there just because of you.  So be grateful!

I started my business 16 years ago and it has by all measures been a pretty successful run.  I must be amazing!   Whoaaaaa!!!!!   Actually I was in the right place at the right time, I have partners that have been on this ride with me for 16 years, I have had great people working here over those 16 years; I live in a country that allows entrepreneurship to thrive; we could not be successful without the clients, suppliers and professionals that we work with.   So … yes I am grateful, for the opportunity, for the support, for the people, for this country!

I am 57 years old and still in good shape.  I have had an interesting and varied life … different careers, living in different countries, with many and varied experiences.  I could not have enjoyed any of this without my health, without the opportunities afforded to those living in the “first world” cultures.  So … yes I am grateful, for all of those things!

I could go on about the million and one things in my life for which I am grateful … the ability to be able to play soccer for more than 50 years, the fast toys in my life, the friends, the family, the places I have lived!   I AM grateful for all of it.

What is my message?

1.  Find the things in your life to be thankful for.

2.  Don’t EVER think YOU did it alone … it doesn’t matter if you are Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, The Queen of England or Wayne Rooney!   We are all a product of many inputs, our place of birth, our families, our heritage, the accidents that did not happen to us, the disease that did not affect us … so ALWAYS be thankful!

3.  When you have that list of things to be thankful for, keep it handy.  The next time you feel sorry for yourself or just a little blue, pull it out and remind yourself of just how lucky you are!

4.  None of this takes away from one of my favorite sayings … The harder I work, the luckier I am!

5.  Go build on your luck … and be thankful that you can!

Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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3 thoughts on “Gratitude

  1. I have had a few questions from friends and acquaintances, so in case you were wondering …

    1. Yes that is me in both pictures.
    2. The soccer game was a year ago, in 2011, playing for the Ottawa Royals (a club I have played with since 1982).
    3. The motorbike is mine … its a Kawazaki Ninja ZX14 (one of the fastest road bikes on the planet).

    As far as I can tell, you only live once … make the most of it!

  2. Kevin….I am biased and identify with the majority of your posts already 😉 But I wanted to both recognize how important it is to be Thankful and also to tell the people in our lives that we are thankful for them being present in our lives.

    You have been a very positive and impactful presence in my life since we first met in 2006, I have worked for you and your company and I have benefitted from your advice and friendship both directly and indirectly since then…So my friend I am grateful for you being in my life and for always being there to help! I often remind myself to walk my own talk in my everyday life and I can always count on you to do the same! It`s appreciated!

    Merci mon ami! Bonne Année!


  3. Pat … thank you for your kind words, its nice to know someone, besides my mother, reads these blog entries 🙂
    Have a great 2013 my friend!

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