Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love the food, the time with family, the lazy afternoon of watching football, and most of all I love the fact that this holiday is something that we all can participate in. Regardless of religion or cultural background, we all can share in the universal human experience of expressing gratitude.
When you start a business, it can be hard to find time to reflect on life. Chances are you’re too busy pursuing opportunities and paying bills and keeping your head above water. But for entrepreneurs, Thanksgiving takes on a whole new meaning. Because the truth is, when you start a business, every day is Thanksgiving.
Do you ever stop and think about how incredibly awesome it is to be self-employed? How great is it to set your own schedule, be your own boss, pursue your passions in life and get paid to do it? Isn’t that enough? Even if you never become rich and famous from running your business, isn’t it amazing that you can make it work and pay the bills and be successful?
Every day of running a business brings new things to be thankful for: customers who buy from us, partners and contacts and colleagues who refer business to us, people who pay their bills on time, all the little “lucky breaks” and moments of new opportunity that come our way.
Most of all, entrepreneurs should give thanks every day for having the freedom, the energy, the good health, the motivation, the drive, the ambition, the skills, talents and relationships to make a business succeed.
Here are some of the things that I’m grateful for on this Thanksgiving:
- The Internet. This sounds so simple, but it’s true – isn’t the Internet amazing? How often do we take the Internet for granted? I still can hardly believe that I get to work from home, I get paid to be a writer, and I get to work on fun projects with awesome people like CorpNet CEO Nellie Akalp – and none of it would be possible without the Internet. I’ve been doing this full-time since July 2010, and the newness of it still hasn’t worn off. I love working online. I love working with clients all over the world. I am grateful for Elance and other online tools that make it easier than ever before for freelancers to connect with clients and build a business.
- My clients. Every time I land a new project, it brings a surge of gratitude and a smile to my face. I still get the same feeling of exhilaration that I got when I met my first freelance client. To all of the people who have ever hired me, THANK YOU. I hope that I can continue to serve you well.
- My skills. I’m so grateful to have some skills that are in demand and that people are willing to pay for. So many people in America are struggling right now, through no fault of their own, because their job skills are no longer in as high of demand. Entire industries have seen huge collapses in employment, and the people who used to work in those fields are now going through the emotionally-difficult process of re-training, adapting and adjusting to new jobs and new expectations. Whatever your business offers, I think we all should be grateful to be “in demand” in whatever markets we serve.
- My family. Everything I’ve accomplished in my self-employment career is thanks to my family. I love my wife, I love our kids, and it’s because of them that I do what I do. I’m grateful to have a wife who supported my dream and who helps take care of the kids so I can run upstairs to my office and write for hours at a time. I’m grateful that they put up with my sometimes-frenetic pace and emotional ups-and-downs that go with running a business. I’m not always the easiest person to live with, especially when I’m in the grip of a big project or an urgent deadline – so I’m thankful for the wife and kids who provide me with a rich and fulfilling life outside of work.
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? And how can entrepreneurs make Thanksgiving into an “everyday” affair?
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