Today the US recognizes all the hard work those employees and owners do daily to keep our economy moving forward. One day does not equal all the hours, days, and years of hard work but it’s still at least a moment to pause and recognize the sacrifices made daily. Success is earned not given!
It’s important everyone takes time to stop and recognize that gift of being able to work. I am not saying work is easy or fun. However, I am stating that at least we can earn money for ourselves and families. My Dad would give anything to have the opportunity to work a normal day again. Unfortunately, at 75 years old and pretty much paralyzed, he can’t do what he loved, which is work.
Having the opportunity to work with others on a team is challenging and rewarding. Finding new ways to bring people together with the same goal is difficult. However, those teams that find a rhythm can produce great results and that feeling is amazing!
You need to take time to stop and enjoy the work you are doing and with the people you serve with. It’s hard to do when you are in the moment, but time slips by fast and one day you will regret not appreciating it.
I know as 2021 was so hard for me in business and life. I was expected to lead, and my heart was broken. I saw close friends leave our company, people accuse me of not caring about company and I doubted my own ability to lead well. I felt like a failure in all areas of my life. Thankfully, I had close friends in my leadership team that picked me up when I was down. They took time to encourage me and show me that I am the leader the company needed to get through the difficulties. I was grateful to have a place to show up where I could work hard and with people I love.
I hope your Labor Day is spent with love ones and friends. You sacrifice so much to help your company thrive. You deserve a day to smile, laugh and hopefully enjoy some great food. You are not alone and together we can help each other keep going!
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