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Thanksgiving is a Frame of Mind
As Thanksgiving draws closer, our social media feeds will be inundated with pictures of Thanksgiving feasts, family gatherings and heartfelt posts about the blessing of family and friends. As the naive optimist I am, I absolutely love this time of year!
It’s also a good reminder to take the time to reflect on the year and what you have accomplished at work, school or within your organization. Too often we are caught up in the day-to-day activities and pushing onward towards the next project or deadline. We are so busy keeping our heads down and grinding, that we fail to recognize how far we have come and how much progress we have made.
This is a great time to reflect on the impact you and your teams have had on others and on those who have impacted you. It’s a great time to not just think about those people, but to reach out and thank them for being part of your growth.
I’m thankful for 28 years at Brewer Science working with incredibly talented people who willingly step into the fire with you and because of their commitment and dedication, they make sure everyone comes out of the fire stronger. It has been a company that has not only helped to foster my growth but has allowed me the opportunity to expand the ways I can impact others that do not naturally align with my position and job description. A company that gives me the freedom to share, through my writings, a part of me in hopes that it will make a difference.
I’m thankful for the wonderful feedback and support I have received from you, the readers. Your willingness to share your own stories and experiences and how they connect to what I share fuels my desire to find more ways to expand how and where I can provide impact.
I used to be worried about the scope of my impact. How I can maximize the amount of impact I can have on the company, people, and organizations. Then I realized that the scope is not nearly as important as the impact itself. Impacting a single person at a single moment in time may be extremely important to that individual. That moment, however fleeting, may be of immense value to that individual and to the lives that they touch.
So be thankful for those moments. Don’t just post those thanks on social media but reach out to those for whom you are thankful. Let them know that they are appreciated. That they have made an impact on your life and the lives of others. Be thankful for those who impact you Beyond Today.
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Tom Brown - a husband and a father who is simply trying to make a difference. Using my experience as a Manufacturing Executive to connect leadership from the boardroom to the hardwood to help teams grow and develop to make a difference in the lives of others.
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