With 2020 just days-away, I wanted to share some personal thoughts. Candidly, my first pass at this blog was rather "dark", and why not. There was so much I found troubling and profoundly upsetting in 2019 including:
The lack of accountability, ethics and civility of our elected officials
The continued indifference to gun violence
The speed at which we're willing to judge people based on social media
The harm we're doing to our environment
The vile and mean things people are eager to say online to strangers
On a more personal note, I was troubled (yet again) by being too trusting, only to have it backfire. People I trusted and counted on either didn't come through... or worse. I was reminded that "Trust is earned in drops, but lost in buckets".
However, it's not like me to end the end year on such a sour note. There were many things that inspired me about 2019:
More companies focusing on the customer experience
More companies putting values on-par with financial goals
Watching the careers of former direct reports blossom
Witnessing the amazing progress around 3D printing, prosthetics, cleaning the ocean and more!
Joyous family events like new babies and weddings and watching my children embrace "adulting"
Finallly, a few thank-you's are in order:
To my mentors and supporters, thank you for a year of much-needed counsel and inspiration. You have no idea how much I value your continued encouragement and wisdom.
To my skeptics and nay-sayers, thank for another year of challenging me to work harder, learn more and deliver more. Your doubt in my abilities and character fuels my passion to excel and turn non-believers into fans.
Finally, there are those strangers who have gone out of their way to help me. Whether it was fixing unexpected car trouble, giving directions, making a professional introduction or just providing a sounding board, I offer you a very sincere “thank you”. Your willingness to assist with no personal gain helps maintain my faith in humanity and on a daily basis.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season and a may 2020 be a year of of prosperity, tolerance, kindness and respect for all.