Three Things I’m Thankful for in Business – By Heather Blanchard

It’s often at the end of the year we take time to consider what we’re grateful for in our lives. Business has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I’m truly thankful for every experience it has brought me. Growing up, I watched my parents succeed and fail in their own businesses. And though there were many ups and downs, the lessons I learned helped motivate me to work hard and become the first in my family to graduate college with a business degree. My time in the business world has given me much to be thankful for, but these are the things I value the most:

1. The Endless Opportunities: Business has given me opportunities far beyond the office cubicle. My first job was working for one of my father’s pet stores. As a 17-year-old high school senior, I quickly learned what it meant to be on time (and late), how to have genuine conversations with people, and just how much it took to keep a business up and running. These first skills helped me build the confidence I needed to pursue bigger opportunities in my career, which ultimately changed my life for the best. Working in business, I’ve had the chance to create, travel, and learn from incredibly talented people. Business has helped me achieve some of my biggest goals and continuously motivates me to do better in everything.

2. The Value of Relationships: If there is one thing business has taught me, it’s the value of relationships. Throughout life, I have always been independent and believed I could do anything on my own. But when I started working in business, I learned that you need a combination of determination and support to achieve great results. Taking the time to build strong relationships with your colleagues, leaders, and clients helps you unify your efforts and work more efficiently toward common goals. I’m thankful for the daily opportunities I have to cultivate new relationships in business.

3. The Cycle of Constant Learning: Every day, there is a chance to learn something new in the world of business. My career has allowed me to be a chameleon of sorts—with no two jobs ever being the same—and I’ve had to adapt to a cycle of continuously learning new things. Wearing as many hats as I’ve had to has enabled me to gather a diverse set of skills that I now use to my advantage while working in business. Getting in the habit of learning new things opens up your mind to new ideas and ultimately gives you the confidence to tackle the unknown.

There are so many things I’m thankful for when it comes to business. But I’ve learned that the endless opportunities, invaluable relationships, and the environment of constant learning are what I’m most grateful for.

Thank you to all the business leaders for sharing your valuable lessons and insights!

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