Memorial Day, here in the United States, is the day set aside to honor those who have given their lives in service to our country.
They are the people who have gone before us; who have made our current way of life possible. I’m not a fan of war, but I am a fan of freedom.
Today, I’d like to thank those people and families who gave everything so that we could be entrepreneurs and do business in relative safety.
Memorial Day got me thinking, “Who are the other people in my life that I have failed to thank?”
When I was first in business, I was tasked with giving a presentation to other relatively new employees of the company, about our division.
My boss, Dan Brown, and his boss, Pete Chomyn, were both there.
I gave my presentation.
Afterward, over a beer, Pete asked me, “Bill how do you think you did?” I answered, “It could have been better.”
Pete said, “It was terrible…But it’s not your fault. Everyone in our department needs to improve their presentation skills. I’m going to do something about it.”
And he did. He hired a consultant to come in and teach us presentation skills. We got better. I owe an eternal debt of gratitude to Pete.
A lot of what I do now involves presenting. A few years ago, I tried to look him up and thank him, but he’d died a few years earlier. I was too late.
The moral of the story is: Find somebody to thank today. Find a hero’s family, or a mentor, or a parent or co-worker. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
Do it now!
All the best!
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