My first “real” job out of college was not exactly a perfect fit. The company (which will remain nameless, unless of course you visit my LinkedIn profile) was well-known for being a rough place to work, but I needed the experience, and so I was willing to put up with some tough circumstances in order to get them on my resume. I wasn’t the only one to dread going into work either – no joke, employee turnover was 90%, every year.
At a family dinner I complained to my Dad about how much I hated the job, and how management there didn’t seem to want to make the effort to create a good working environment. I’ll never forget what he told me; he looked me right in the eye and said “okay Mike, but what are you doing to make it any better?”.
It stopped me dead, because he was right. I was so busy feeling down because no manager ever recognized my hard work that I hadn’t made any effort to tell my coworkers what a great job they were doing. Sure working conditions sucked, but that didn’t mean I had to be part of the problem – I needed to learn to be a part of the solution.
Putting Out Positivity
That’s why I’m writing the blog today – to put a little positivity into the world. I’ve been on the receiving end of a lot of negativity recently, and instead adding more bad Karma to the world, I want to do something positive.
So, this blog is all about saying Thank You. It’s something we don’t always take the time to do, but I think now is the perfect time for me to show a little gratitude to those who make a positive difference in my life.
And so, I’d like to thank:
- My Tweeps, for making it fun to boot up Hootsuite every morning
- Starbucks, for letting me have an “office” to work from, with free Wifi and great food/drinks
- The staff at my Starbucks, who don’t give me dirty looks, despite the fact I sit there all day
- The guys at Tuesday night hockey, who make staying in shape fun, and let me keep playing the game I love
- Apple, for bringing user-experience to the forefront of industrial design
- My Mom, and Mom-in-Law, who have been so supportive with their time
- My friend Hamud, who always brings such great conversation to the table
- The staff at BC Children’s Hospital, and our pediatrician Dr. Poole, who have helped us stay calm and informed about Lilah’s condition
- Friends like Jessica Owen and Sarah Head (amongst many, many others) who have been so supportive of Wink in its infancy
- My teachers throughout the years, many of whom helped me find my way right to where I am today
- My gaming buddies, for letting me stay young, a few nights a month
- My clients, who make it seem more like fun than work
- Family like Chris and Jen, on whom I can always trust to be there when I need them
- My kids, for keeping my soul healthy
- Susan, my lovely wife, who can always make me smile even when things look stormy
- And of course, my Dad, for passing on such wonderful advice (as he always has)
In a 600 word blog I can only thank so many people (and believe me, I wish I could take the time to thank every person who brings a little positivity into my life). But even if I didn’t mention you personally, know that if you’re helping to make the world a happier place to live, then I thank you too. Because at the end of the day you can throw out Twitter and Facebook numbers, Klout or any other kind of metric – the only influence that matters is the Karma you leave behind.