Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Be Thankful – It’ll Improve Your Health & Your Bottom Line

November 25, 2009 by  
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Since Thanksgiving is tomorrow, I sat down today to write a post of some of the things I am thankful for this year. Upon checking my email, there in my inbox was a post from the newsletter blog, Strategic Profits and a timely article by Todd Brown. 

He cites recent University of California published results from a series of studies on the nature of gratitude, its causes, and its consequences. The studies found that “spending time each day reflecting on the aspects of your life and what you are grateful for is both healthy and rewarding”.

In his article he gives a simple 3-step exercise he calls the “Entrepreneurial Gratitude Intervention” which I highly recommend to you. You can check it out here.

So in that vein of gratefulness, I’m going to share some of the things my wife and I are thankful for.

Of course being thankful for our family, friends and health are really all a given. This year saw some health issues with my parents and I am so thankful that they are still here and doing well. I am also grateful that I was able to help my sister launch a new website and watch as it took off in ways I’ve not seen any of my other sites do. And my wife just heard the news this week that her family has grown via the birth of her niece’s new son. A new branch has been added to the family tree. Good luck, little fellow.

But for this article, I want to focus on what we are grateful for – as entrepreneurs.

I am thankful to you, our subscribers and readers, who have been interested in our subject area of information publishing, specifically special interest videos. This site is growing every day. We started it to see if there was interest in this subject and we have some great plans for its growth in 2010.

I am also thankful for the plethora of ideas that come to me daily, sometimes hourly. Occasionally I curse it because there simply isn’t time to follow up on every idea, but I am still grateful that there are so many opportunities available. It’s like low hanging fruit and it is abundant.

I am thankful for my teachers and mentors – Dan Kennedy, Bill Glazer, Ali Brown, Yaro Starak, Greg Cesar and others who are teaching this marketing, internet, adWords stuff. Following their guidance, we have seen a 50% growth in our business – during a recession. I am thankful that I spent the money and invested in training programs for my business and myself. And that we took a risk to implement many of their suggestions on two of our eCommerce sites – PatrickSmithOnline.com and LearnToDetail.com, some of which didn’t work that well, but several that did to our happy surprise.

I am thankful for the guys who invented the internet and made it so accessible to small players like me who can now do business in ways inconceivable before. We truly are able to compete with the larger corporations out there – and make a great living doing what we love, working from anywhere.

I am thankful for the beleagured US Post Office who still has the most consistent, reliable AND affordable shipping options for me to be able to compete with larger online companies. The service we get at our local office is extraordinary. Those people get so much undeserved grief. We’ve been witness to that, yet they give great customer service despite the occasional rude ignoramus who makes a spectacle of himself or herself.

I am also thankful for our UPS driver. She is a petite woman and we’re last on the route. At this time of year she often shows up in the dark, wearing a headlight so she can see in the dark while lugging heavy boxes of books for us. Thanks, UPS lady.

So now I am going to do something I am so thankful for, I am going to take the afternoon off! A huge benefit to being self-employed. It is a beautiful day in my neck of the woods. The Christmas lights are calling to be put up, local hiking trails are crying to be traversed and wines and cheeses are beckoning to be tasted and evaluated for bringing as gifts to my friend’s house tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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One Response to “Be Thankful – It’ll Improve Your Health & Your Bottom Line”
  1. Claudia says:

    Rick & Kim,

    I’m thankful for the day Rick sat down in my dental chair to have his teeth cleaned. How weird is that? Because of that encounter, my life has been enriched tremendously. Due to Rick’s extreme patience with me during our video editing sessions, I now have the confidence in my skills that I know I will NEVER have to clean teeth again! Hallelujah! AND…I love being able to tap into my creativity to produce a product that is meaningful to others. It is very, very rewarding.

    I am also thankful for Rick introducing me to Kim. She too is patient and is always sharing her latest ideas for editing with me. I couldn’t shoot weddings without Kim. Her help is invaluable to me and we have lots fun in the process.

    Lastly, I’m thankful for your friendship. Jim said to me just last week that we need to have you two over for dinner again soon. So, let’s set it up.

    Warm regards,


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