The Other Thanksgiving

It's Thanksgiving Day in the United States - which is a good thing and a bad thing.

On the good side, it reminds us that we should be grateful for all the friends, family and opportunities that come our way.

We join together with those we love (and some we don't) to spend time focusing on our lives - not our work...right until the moment we start talking about our work.

Because we do. Because for so many our work isn't just a job. It's a passion.

And when our work is our passion, there's nothing better or greater we can do in our professional lives. That's because we bring everything we are to everything we do.

And that makes all the difference.

This isn't about being an entrepreneur, business owner or C-suite executive. If you work, you're adding value. The question is whether what you do is adding value to your life at the same time. That comes from the passion.

So, no matter where you are, here are some Thanksgiving thoughts you might consider:
  • Am I passionate about what I do?
  • Do I bring everything I am to what I do?
  • Do I consistently try to make what I do better for myself, my colleagues, my customers and my suppliers - internal and external?
If the answer to all those questions is yes, you're doing great. If not, it's time to take a look at how you're spending your time - because there's something more and better you can be doing for yourself and others, whether at your current employment or in some other capacity.

It's time to make your life what you want it to be.

Then it's time for the thanks - which takes you to these questions:
  • Do I thank the people who help me along the way?
  • Do I thank the small-minded, obstructive bastards who try to keep me from succeeding...not knowing that they're part of what keeps me motivated, engaged and amused?
Yes, you even have to thank the bastards. After all, every time they try to get in your way and you don't let them, your win is bigger and you, hopefully, teach them not to try that on you again.

As for that 'bad' thing that I mentioned? It's that it takes a National Holiday to remind us of something we should be doing every day.

So, no matter where you are or whether you celebrate "Thanksgiving" US-style, start today - then remember to do it again tomorrow and the next day and the one after that...until it's part of you every day. The results will wow you.