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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