It’s that time of year. Buy the turkey and cranberries, invite the relatives over and, of course, we count our blessings.
This year, I can’t help but think of the many blessings I have had at work and in my career. And for me, it’s about the conversations, the small kindnesses ~ the little things that often go unnoticed at the time.
This year, I am especially grateful for:
- The countless people who said “I have an idea” and made something great happen and we all learned something new.
- The bosses that took the time to ask “what do you want to do next?” or “what are you interested in?” – and really listened. It made me feel valued and important.
- Those who took the time to say, “I have someone I want you to meet,” or “you two should know each other,” and it led to friendships, new ideas and opportunities.
- The people who had absolutely nothing to gain by helping me, but “paid it forward” knowing that I would do the same for others.
- Those who made me howl with laughter during crazy times and sometimes when we probably shouldn’t have been laughing – but it sure made work a lot more fun.
- My team who literally propped me up, stood by me and covered for me when my Mom was dying of cancer. They got me through it and I’ll never forget it.
- The boss early in my career who was so uninvolved that I was thrown into situations and responsibilities way beyond my years or experience, but survived. At the time, I thought he was terrible. But, looking back – thank you. I learned about one of those “dog years” when you come out the other end seven years ahead of when you started.
- The countless advisors who, when I started PeopleResults, gave me such wisdom and insight that I still recall on a daily basis.
- All those who led by example and who had the utmost character. Their words and actions were one and same. We all learned by watching you.
- The amazing team I work with today of smart, talented and interesting people who make work fun every day. Thank you.
I am reminded that kindness, concern, interest, laughter, learning and “paying it forward” are what stands the test of time.
Have you said thank you to those who have made a difference for you and your career? Now’s the perfect time. It’s Thanksgiving after all.
This was originally published on PeopleResult’s Current blog.