As I share my thoughts we are in the midst of turning the page on yet another wonderful Christmas Season with family and friends. There is something quite magical about this time of year with a 7-year-old running around the house. I imagine it’s the innocence of a child and the belief that anything is possible.
This is not only true of children but with all of us as we embark on yet another new year. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities and possibilities that I believe lie ahead in 2015. However, before I launch into my New Year’s resolutions and such, I have made a concerted effort to look back and appreciate all that I’ve been afforded this past year.
It was a year of two significant milestones for me as I completed my 25th year in business and I also ran my 35th marathon. I didn’t start either of these endeavors with longevity in mind, so much as I innocently started out with my own dreams and beliefs of what was possible. In both cases the results have exceeded any expectations.
Running a business is like running a marathon in that a tremendous amount of endurance and perseverance is required. My running coach once told me, “I cannot promise you much, but I can assure you that at some time during the course of the race you are not going to feel very well. You will need to find your focus to see through those difficult times if you are to reach your goals.” It has rung true in business as well. Despite the physical and mental challenges that accompany these milestones, the rewards surpass them.
There is personal reward on so many levels when reflecting on both of these accomplishments, but none compare to the relationships created through the many years.
Many people see the marathon as an individual sport; however, from my experience that couldn’t be any farther than the truth. To be a successful marathoner, I have needed the support of a community. That community has consisted of family, physical therapists, massage therapists, nutritionists, and a host of supportive friends amongst others.
The same is true of business. I am exceedingly grateful to all my employees who make a terrific team. I am grateful for all of our vendors, many whom have become good friends. I am especially grateful to all of our customers.
As good health is to the marathon, customers are to business. Both are a blessing and should never be taken for granted. As customers you have choices and I am grateful to all of you who continue to trust me and my team at Automated Records.
With the new year upon us, I thank you for being here and I hope that your dreams and possibilities are realized. I hope that you create a masterpiece on the canvas of 2015.