Monday, November 24, 2008

Early Thanksgiving & Birthday thoughts

One of my clients is Main Street Cyclery in Seal Beach, CA. One of the team members is Julio - who just celebrated his 23rd birthday. What was cool was that he didn't broadcast his birthday, but simply mentioned it towards the end of the day. He has many of the qualities that I think employers look for: focus on tasks, responsibility, good communication skills and a pleasant demeanor. Further, he shows up for work! In a time where there is much uncertainty and often little loyalty to a business, all of our team at the bike shop takes ownership of creating a successful business.

So I wanted to share some early Thanksgiving thoughts.

1. Family is number one - I have parents both who have survived cancer, multiple hospitalizations with my partner and dealt with friends who have sero-converted. Be sure to always make time for family. You never get any of those moments back, and you need to be there when times are good and bad.

2. Come from a heart full of appreciation - We have so much to be thankful for: life, liberty, health, friends, family and a nation which is at the lead in the world. Much still needs to be done to right wrongs and make the world better, but if not for the accident of my birth, I would not enjoy so many of the liberties that others have fought and died for. Be grateful and humble for what we have.

3. Do something to help strangers & pay it forward - In addition to family be sure to do something to help others. Sometimes it is the comfort of strangers which can start to change the world. Give of your time, treasures or talent in some way which will help in ways you can't directly perceive. An example is the Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Seal Beach - I am donating a bottle of champagne to the volunteers (LOTE) who help make that happen. If we all did three nice things as businesses and individuals, how much better could we make the world?

4. Take some meditative silence to fill your heart with joy.

5. Tell people (when appropriate!) that you love them. Give hugs generously.

6. Thank your employees or team members.

Go ahead and make the world a better place! Have a great week.

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