Thanksgiving is upon us once again, a time when Americans eat delicious food, spend time with family, and (hopefully) step away from work. And as always, it's the perfect opportunity to reflect on what you're grateful for.
And why not? After all, gratitude has been proven to increase health and happiness. In fact, studies have shown that people who practice gratitude experience fewer aches and pains, feel healthier, are more resilient, and even sleep better than those who don't. Thanksgiving or not, everyone should make a habit of practicing gratitude.
This year, I'll be reminding myself of what I'm most grateful for: the gifts of entrepreneurship. Here's why.
1. Waking up every day with purpose.
In the media, we see famous entrepreneurs who grew their startups into huge multinational corporations and became incredible wealthy. But the reality of entrepreneurship is far less glamorous.
The biggest entrepreneurial low point I ever hit was during a new product roll out. We recklessly overspent our marketing dollars. We lost so much money, my whole business almost folded. But what kept me going was my purpose.
To have a purpose like this is a gift. Many people trudge through their day jobs watching the clock. But my purpose as an entrepreneur has given me genuine satisfaction in my work. And for this, I am thankful.
2. Building something from nothing.
When you're an entrepreneur, you're doing everything for the first time. Uncertainty makes you second guess yourself. In times like these, I try to accept and embrace that uncertainty.
I've built my company from the ground up. This is immensely gratifying, and I am so thankful to have had such an opportunity.
3. Working with an awesome team.
One of the best things about being an entrepreneur is that you get to handpick your team. That's a pretty amazing perk. I always looks for people who are eager to learn and are excited about trying new things. We're a quirky bunch, and it's great.
I'm thankful to work with such a passionate, energetic group of people every day.
4. Being passionate about what I do.
As an entrepreneur, you're going to hit roadblocks. They're inevitable. They will also be immensely frustrating. One time, my team and I were trying to increase our conversion rates on a certain product. But no matter what we tried, we saw no change. After our tenth failed solution, we were ready to pull our hair out. But in the end, we didn't give up. And on the eleventh attempt, it worked.
At the end of the day, even if things suck in the moment, I am grateful for being able to solve challenging problems creatively. I love coming up with new ideas, and testing and tweaking them endlessly.
5. Helping customers realize their dreams.
I'm in a unique position because my company's products are highly visible. I often see our logo designs on trucks, banners, and storefronts all around the world. I've seen them everywhere from Boston to San Diego to Iceland. Over 800,000 people have used our tools to build a brand for their small business. We've helped them realize their dream of being an entrepreneur.
I literally get to see our work in action all the time. And I am ever grateful for the opportunity to see this impact.
6. My support network of friends and family.
On really tough days, months, or even years, it's easy to feel defeated. In times like these, I've been able to turn to a network of wonderful people.
My close friends and family have supported me through hell and back. Without them, I would never have been able to power through self-doubt or scary, unstable business quarters. On Thanksgiving, I give immense thanks for them.
At the end of the day, entrepreneurship's challenges will push you to the brink of sanity. But the euphoric highs of winning and the opportunity to see a vision come to life will keep you alive. There is so much to be grateful for in being an entrepreneur. Never lose sight of this.