A Moment of Gratitude

It’s the holiday season - traditionally a time of looking back over the previous year and reflecting about what you’re grateful for. Here’s what I’m grateful for…

I’m grateful for my family and friends

I just spent the week of Thanksgiving with my family, including my youngest brother, who was able to make it home from Anchorage, Alaska. I’m also looking forward to spending Christmas with my wife’s side of the family in a few weeks.

I’m grateful for the businesses that serve us during the holiday season

It still strikes me as semi-miraculous that Kelsey and I are able to purchase a relatively-inexpensive ticket for a seat inside a large pressurized metal tube designed to reliably hurtle us through the air at hundreds of miles an hour so that we can see our loved ones thousands of miles away. How many businesses will invisibly support you in the background as you travel, spend time with family and friends, and give gifts this holiday season? Take some time to reflect - it’s probably a few orders of magnitude more than you think.

I’m grateful for my colleagues and mentors at P&G

I have learned a great deal over the past few years about how to improve businesses large and small. My time at P&G has been tremendously educational, and over the past several years I’ve experienced every part of the value chain that operates one of the largest companies in the world. The people I’ve worked with at P&G are top-notch, and I’m thankful for the lessons they’ve taught me in my tenure there. I’m particularly grateful to have learned from several great managers and mentors. Even the challenges of doing good work inside such a large company have been valuable - they’ve taught me who and what I want to be, and what I want to do with the time and energy I have each day.

I’m grateful for you

As of November 1st, I have been dedicated to improving the Personal MBA and launching related projects full-time. The Personal MBA has grown large enough to support Kelsey and I without the need for a full-time day job, and I’m tremendously grateful for your encouragement and support. Being a full-time entrepreneur has been a lifelong dream, and this would not have been possible without your support and encouragement. I’m looking forward to continuing to help you achieve your business and personal goals for many years to come.

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Published: December 9, 2008Last updated: December 9, 2008

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