business relations

Who’s Your Hero?

Who’s Your Hero? 150 150 Pedrotti's Ranch

Have you ever considered how much impact your heroes can have on your life? It seems we think of heroes as all of the big names that are paraded across our TVs, the ones who make the big bucks and the ones who are household names. While we can find heroes in those places, it’s important to remember to recognize the heroes around you.

Two of my biggest heroes are my parents. They have taught me so much and have allowed me to experience a life of great versatility. Each day, I try to understand and learn from the business decisions my parents make so that I can continue to enhance my own professionalism. A hero doesn’t have to be someone who scores the winning run, it can be someone who encourages you in the office, teaches you a lesson in customer service and demonstrates great character in the face of adversity. These are the greatest heroes to learn from and appreciate.

Don’t get lost in daydreaming about what it would take to get fame and fortune. Instead, focus on the superstars in your own life. Let them teach you, guide you and help you grow so that one day, you can return that favor to the next in line.

Let Humility Reside

Let Humility Reside 150 150 Pedrotti's Ranch

Being humble is not always an easy task. It is natural to discuss what is going on in our lives, our businesses, our progressions and our accomplishments. It also seems innate to speak of the things that go wrong and to complain when things aren’t going exactly the way we wish.

For this reason, and many others, it is important to let humility to reside within us. I’ll speak specifically from a business perspective – when times are tough, it’s easy to gripe; when times are great, it’s easy to boast. That being said, in tough times, the best thing to do is press on and persevere. Take responsibility for what needs to be done, and do it. Work hard, do everything you can to improve and help others around you grow. Find the elements of the business you can change and develop creative ways to change them. You CAN make things happen, so put on a perseverant face and forge ahead. Don’t blame others, and don’t spend time finding faults. Take action, work hard and push through the tough times.

When things are going swimmingly with your business, it’s easy to want to shout it from the rooftops. And we all love to share good news! I am not suggesting that we should not showcase accomplishments, but it is important to remember to keep a humble mentality. Remember that you are where you are because of the people around you, the sacrifices that have been made for you, the parents or grandparents who have raised you – the reasons are truly endless.

Use the good times to take note of what went right and what you can continue to do to make the path ahead even greater. But rather than spending your time boasting about your accomplishments, instead spend it thanking those who helped you to achieve – your staff, your spouse, your friends, your customers. In your accomplishments, be happy and celebrate, but also be grateful, show your thanks and use your successes to make you work that much harder.

Two Simple Words

Two Simple Words 150 150 Pedrotti's Ranch

Thank you.

These two words are so simple, yet incredibly underused. One of the most important things that any one person can do is say, “thank you,” and recognize the efforts of others.

Here are some ways that you can make the extra effort to say thank you:

  • Pick up the phone and thank someone. This may seem like a novel concept in this day in age. Take time to thank them for their business, their friendship, their support – make it meaningful and don’t expect or ask for anything in return.
  • Thank someone for doing the little things.  It may inspire them to do something even bigger. 
  • Thank someone with food. I always love a thank you basket of food & good eats. I love giving them, too. I associate tasty treats with happiness – so I think good things about a person who shares food, whether it is baked goods, candy or a loaf of bread. Find out what their favorite type of food is and attach message telling them why it is being given to them.
  • Inquire the best way to say thanks. Talk to your clients, peers, spouses, siblings or anyone else you may want to share your thanks with. Find out what they like and what makes them smile. Make a list of these things so you can always revisit it.  Then, when you have the opportunity to show your appreciation, use the things on your list to give a “thanks” that is specifically tailored.

Gratitude in the form of the words, “thank you,” is not just a small act of acknowledgment; it is a gift in and of itself.

So in the spirit of appreciation, THANK YOU for taking the time to read these words. Use these words today – regardless of what the thanks is for, express your gratitude. You never know whose day you could be making brighter.

As Gordon Hinckley says, “Gratitude creates the most wonderful feeling. It can resolve disputes. It can strengthen friendships. And it makes us better men and women.”