What are You Thankful for this Thanksgiving?

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday. It provides us with an opportunity to give thanks for the many people in our lives that make it special. This year I wanted to thank the people who make my life an adventure. The people who get me out of bed every day. The people who constantly challenge me to grow and learn new things every day. I cannot imagine my life without you. I’m thankful for you!

I’m thankful for the people who challenge me. I find the people who are willing to challenge my thinking help me grow. As I get older, I look back on my life and see a series of synchronistic events that helped shape who I’ve become today. Let’s see if you have a similar pattern in your life.

The first people I’m thankful for are the people who inspire me. These people are committed to making a difference in the world. I bet you know who they are. They are the people who inspire us. They motivate us by helping us grow even when we don’t think we can grow any more.

They are the friends, teachers, or family who ignite a spark that sets our lives ablaze. They share their mission, vision, and values to help us grow. They see in us things that we could only dream about before we met them.  I’m thankful for the dreamers.

The second group of people I’m thankful for are the people who share their knowledge with others. It’s easy in life to not share what you know, keep your head down. Never challenge the way others think. I love people who bring new ideas to a conversation. They are willing to stick out there neck and they just keep growing. 

Do you have to be a writer or speaker to share your advice? Judging by the people I’ve met, no. You just have to be willing to share part of yourself with someone else. Sounds simple, but it can take courage to stand up for what you believe. It takes courage to be willing to provide others with direction or feedback.

Trust me, you may not always see the impact, but it is there, getting people to change or grow. I’m thankful for these special people who are willing to share who they are to help us become who we might be. I’m thankful for you who share your advice and knowledge to help build a better world.

Finally, I’m thankful for the people who lift us up. I’ve known many well-known leaders over many years. You would think these incredible people had many people supporting their efforts to succeed. Many times you would expect that they had everything going their way.

When talking with them, a pattern emerges. All had a single person who believed in them, even when they didn’t believe in themselves. This person was their biggest cheerleader. This person helped them understand their potential, moving from promise to action.

As we go into Thanksgiving, are you willing to be this person for someone else? Are you willing to help others dream bigger than they thought possible? If each of us would take on this challenge, we would see a changed world before the beginning of 2017. I’m thankful for your efforts to change the world.

I’m thankful to so many people who let me be their coach every week. We work together to make the world a better place.

I look forward to helping you grow in your life and business so you can help others become who they are destined to be.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. See you here next week.

About the Author

Tripp Braden partners with clients to create an anticipatory strategy and mindset. The resulting culture breaks down barriers to combine planning and innovation in a way that elevates and accelerates results.

He’s a growth strategist and IBM IoT Futurist who turns strategy into implementable options for increasing market share, revenue, and profits. He has proven success seeing the big picture and creating new market opportunities.

Ask Tripp how to turn disruption and change into your opportunity and advantage.

Tripp can be contacted at [email protected] or send him an invite on LinkedIn. You can find Tripp’s other blog at Developing High Performing Teams.

Tripp Braden – who has written posts on Market Leadership Journal.


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