bridge_cropAs we head into the Thanksgiving holiday it may be a little harder to think about all of things we have to be thankful for, given the hits that our market has taken, the state of the economy, the mounting job losses….wait that’s not where I was going with this. Yes, it’s been a difficult year. But we’ve had difficult years before and somehow we get through it. I’m not saying that it is easy right now, because it isn’t. We have to work harder for every deal, we may have to offer additional services at no charge that we were used to charging for, or make less on every job.

But we also have the opportunity to work in an exciting, dynamic, ever-changing industry. I personally believe that one doesn’t work in the CE industry without being some sort of gear-head – for me it has always been musical instruments, killer stereos and TV. Lots of TV. In fact I got my degree in broadcasting and started out my career in television in San Francisco. So the fact that I now have the opportunity to drive sales and marketing strategies for a company that helps custom electronics professionals sell, design, and deliver their jobs is not only a great gig, it is something that without really planning it has been what all of my previous professional positions have lead me to.

Opportunities arise often out of the most unexpected and often dire circumstances. Necessity drives innovation, we’ve all heard that before, but stop for a minute and try to apply that to your current situation what ever it may be. Are you just sitting there waiting for things to get better or are you actively participating in driving change – change that will help you better your circumstances, change that could help alleviate a nagging problem or deficit, change that could help you become a better person. Change happens because people get fed up with waiting do something. Anything. Are you contributing to your organization in a way that helps it navigate through difficult situations or are you waiting for someone else to do something?

I am personally thankful for all of the good things I have – a wonderful family, good friends, and a great career and work environment. Taking a moment to appreciate what I have actually drives me to want to continue to improve in all of those areas – and change the things that I know may not be where I want them to be. I know it’s much easier said than done, but the fact remains that we all create our own realities to a point. If things are difficult whether it be at work or in your personal life, you need to look at the problem areas and try to improve them. This may include sloppy or often non-existent processes, it may be un-realistic expectations of your family, friends, staff, or co-workers, it may be a general apathy or indifference to the bigger picture – “well I have no control so I’m going to do nothing” – but what does nothing get you in the long run? Right. Nothing.

So be thankful for things you have, and make the commitment to improve what you can – even if it starts with just your attitude – (and I believe that is where any positive change begins) and sure enough change will come. It’s on it’s way. It’s just up to you to drive it.