Christopher Thompson's Closing the Deal: I'm thankful for this opportunity
This week, I was having a conversation with someone I recently met about my weekly "Closing the Deal" column in the Sunday News. He was asking how long I have been writing, how it all started and was curious to learn more about how I choose what to write about every week. The conversation made me reflect on the opportunity I have every week.
My first column was published in the Sunday News on July 8, 2007. With the exception of a few technical glitches, taking a week off for my honeymoon and a few other minor issues, my column has been there every week for nearly six years. I've written close to 300 columns, generating more than 180,000 words onto the pages of the Sunday News.
As far as the topics go, I'm fortunate that the business editors at the Sunday News give me the freedom to write about a lot of different things. My goal every week is to share my experiences, thoughts and ideas and stimulate thinking to everyone who reads my column. While the majority of my columns are geared primarily towards sales, business and management, I have covered topics that aren't business related and have more of a focus on life in general.
I've written about people returning back to work from serving our country in the armed forces. I've had a few rants about political- related issues. I've even used my column to share personal challenges I've faced, with the hope that someone can learn from my tribulations.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to speak to so many people through my column each week. Writing is something I have always had a passion for, and it's not often people get to do something they truly love on a regular basis. And for that I am very thankful.
I'm also thankful for you, the loyal readers of my column. There is nothing I enjoy more than receiving emails from readers about whatever is on their mind. People share their experiences with me and are also very candid with their feedback. While I don't expect everyone to always agree with my point of view, I sincerely appreciate any and all comments from those who read my column.
Our lives are so fast paced. We are constantly on the go. Between work, family and personal interests, it's rare that we have the opportunity to take a step back and look for the positives and things we truly appreciate and are fortunate to experience.
Think about the role you play within your organization. What do you appreciate the most? If you're in sales, it's interesting to evaluate the impact you have on your company's success and of course the success of your customers. That's something worthy of appreciation, but something that we don't always think about.
If you manage people, think about the impact you have on the lives of those you manage. You are the one people talk about when they go home to their families. You are the one who directly impacts their success and long-term career. That is something to be thankful for and take very seriously.
Regardless of what you do for work or who you work for, it's important to take the time to look for the things you truly value and appreciate. Life is short, life is busy and we're all guilty of falling into a routine and focusing on the challenges we face. Be sure to look for the positives and reflect on how you impact others around you. There's a good chance you'll find something positive that you don't think about as often as you should.
Christopher Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org) writes Closing the Deal weekly for the Sunday News.