Let’s take a few minutes to talk about gratitude. We’re all familiar with the concept. Some of us practice it regularly. The question, however, is whether or not we practice it correctly.
If I asked you to create a gratitude list right now, what would be on it? I’d guess your family. Friends. Shelter. Job. But when you’re an entrepreneur you need to take it one step further than that. How many of you are thankful you woke up this morning? How many of you are grateful that you are capable of reading this article? What about the fact that you have an amazing opportunity to change your own situation?
One of the biggest things I am grateful for as an entrepreneur is the chance to pursue opportunities on my own terms. Even if I fail, I will forever be thankful that I failed my way. I didn’t have to lose on someone else’s terms. I’d take that opportunity over the alternative each and every day, so I try to remember that gratitude as I continue to pursue success, because, when you get right down to it, gratitude is all about perspective. As entrepreneurs, it is important to think about gratitude not only in terms of what we have and what we’ve achieved, but also in terms of what we could do.
There’s a common misconception among the general public that to be successful is to be a bad person. Somewhere along the way, making a lot of money became synonymous with being evil. I’m here to tell you that this is an extremely inaccurate generalization. You can make money and be a good person. Take a second to think about those things you are grateful for. Take a few more seconds to think about how you might be able to provide those things to someone else.
Let me demonstrate my point with a personal story. Through my nonprofit group, The Aaron Sansoni Foundation, we were able to donate 50,000 meals to hungry citizens of Australia. 50,000 is no small number. That’s a lot of food and a lot of food requires a lot of money. I am grateful that I chose to pursue and achieve goals that allow me to contribute to such a worthwhile cause. And make no mistake — it was my choice and I made it on my terms, and for that I am thankful.
Looking at your gratitude list has the potential to make you feel a bit more alive. It can change the way you think about your problems or the way you choose to approach life as it comes at you. If you begin each day thinking about all of the things you are grateful for, and all of the things you have the opportunity to be grateful for in the future, would that not impact your decision-making process?