A Note on Being Grateful

Posted by | June 04, 2014 | Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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My energy, every single ounce of it, comes from gratitude.

I was born in Belarus in the former Soviet Union — probably the least capitalist place in the whole world — and had the serendipity of being able to come to the most remarkable country on earth when I was three.

I’m grateful to live in a country where entrepreneurship is something to be celebrated.

I honestly hate it when people hate on this country. You should hear my dad go off when people do. His Russian accent cranks up to 11 and he just loses it: “These fucking Americans don’t understand,” he says. And it’s because there is so much good here. Sure there are bad things. There is tons of bad in everything, but it’s all about weighing the options.

I’m grateful for the health and well-being of my family. It’s bittersweet, but I lost three of my four grandparents before I had a chance to know them. On the other hand, that’s meant that I’ve had a long, happy run in life of never having to know that kind of ultimate pain.

Do you know how grateful I am that you’re even sitting here reading this piece right now?

I’m grateful for the fact that my mother and father, though incredibly different, are an amazing set of parents who were able to reverse-engineer exactly who I was. I’m an immigrant, and classically, the way immigrants get out of poverty is through education (at least on paper). My parents watched me be a D and F student and allowed me to be the entrepreneur I wanted to be. They let me sell $1000 worth of baseball cards every weekend while I was failing classes during the week. I’m so grateful that they allowed me to do what I needed to do instead of getting caught up in the conversation of their contemporaries.

I will never take it for granted.

I’m just so thankful. Do you know how grateful I am that you’re even sitting here reading this piece right now?! That you even care about anything that I have to say? It’s an incredibly ridiculous feeling. I was thankful when I had nine followers, let alone a million.

I’m just very, very, very grateful. I will never take it for granted. I understand the perspective of it all. And I hate how many people think “glass half-empty” when their glass is really four-fifths full.

I’m grateful when I have one drop in the glass because I know exactly what to do with it.

  • SeaWorldMommy.com

    I completely agree. A
    friend of mine lives in a war zone in another country. Recently we were up
    chatting in the middle of the night when he shared how his buddy was
    gunned down the other day (and shared the heartbreaking photo). Another friend’s house burned to the ground.. His business was destroyed
    and he and his family have little to eat.

    We all still have
    troubles every day, and I’m not going to tell people that because my friend’s problems (or other groups/people/countries) have it so bad, they have no right to feel their own… But I do ask that we look beyond all the stuff we complain about (myself included) and
    remember all the things we have in this country for which we should be
    thankful every day.

  • http://www.honeybeemama.com Missy David

    This is great! I have been learning so much about practicing gratitude, in every area of my life, including my business. We have so much when we take the time to look around and notice! Thanks for posting!

  • http://triumphpreneur.com Steven Johnson

    Being grateful is a great key to success. Just saying. :)

  • http://en.gravatar.com/technospunky Techno Spunky

    this is why you rock. Your candor, energy and heart make you someone worth knowing. Thank you for all you provide. (and yes I bought your book(s) and I am ordering more to hand out – they are relevant and just worth having. :-).

  • http://www.twitter.com/ gyfooma the dotcomgal

    I too am grateful, for all your content help engaging theres no one like you Sir Gary of Vaynerchuk giggles

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