On this Thanksgiving Day, there are many things to be grateful for. Family, friends, good health, and freedom top my list. Thinking about my business brings several other things to mind that I’m grateful for.
1. Business associates
I’ve been at this for a long time, and I’m pleased to say that I continue to work with a number of the same folks for many, many years (e.g., almost 38 years with one person; over 30 years with another). It’s a blessing to have these long associations, and to be able to count on these people.
2. Stimulating subject matter
I’ve repeated it often: I’ve never been bored a day in my life. That’s due in part to focusing on small business matters, and taxes in particular. Things change every day. There are new developments and lots to pay attention to. While not every piece of news is fascinating, there are enough “wows” on a regular basis to keep things very interesting.
Having my own business has given me flexibility to run my life on my terms. While I work many hours more than 9 to 5, I can (usually) arrange them for my convenience. This was especially helpful when I was raising my children; it’s great now, too, because I can enjoy the sun (I’m in Florida) and more.
4. Financial rewards
Being in business has given me the financial success that I probably couldn’t have achieved in a more corporate position. This has enabled me to provide an education for my children, live comfortably, and give to charity. While I’m not a one-percenter, I’m grateful for what I have.
5. Learning opportunities
One thing that contributes to staying young (at least in heart and mind) is learning new things. Technologies and business practices are always changing, and I enjoy keeping up.
In the words of Thornton Wilder:
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”