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The Business Journals: 3 Secrets to Being Truly Thankful

Calhoun Companies president and co-owner, Andy Kocemba, is a contributing writer for The Business Journals. Each month, he offers advice on buying and selling small to mid-size businesses.

Biz Journals Thankful

We all have so much to be thankful for. By including a few simple practices into our daily routines, we can achieve a thankful attitude that sticks with us all year long.

The time of year where we are reminded to be thankful has come. Hopefully, thankfulness is a part of your daily rhythm, not simply relegated to an annual holiday, but even for the most intentional business person, true thankfulness can be hard to achieve.

We operate in a business environment where quarterly growth is expected, performance is under the highest scrutiny, and good is rarely good enough.

I’m not necessarily going to argue against this culture, because I think these character traits are what keep companies and business people innovative and productive.

I am going to acknowledge, however, that within this environment it can be hard to be thankful on a daily basis.

Here are three ways I have found that help me be truly thankful day in and day out.

1. True thankfulness cannot be based upon comparison

The measurement of wealth, status, success, influence and similar achievements is completely relative. What seems modest to you might be more than another person ever imagined, while hardly noticeable to yet another. You will always have more than someone, and at the same time, others will always have more than you.

If you base your thankfulness entirely on comparison, you are either gaining thankfulness by pushing others down, or won’t be thankful at all because everyone else has more than you.

Read more about how to be truly thankful.


calhouncosandykocembaAndy Kocemba is president and co-owner of Calhoun Cos., a top business brokerage firms in the Upper Midwest. Calhoun Cos. has been connecting buyers and sellers since 1908, working with small- to medium-sized businesses across allindustries. A graduate from Bethel University, Kocemba joined Calhoun Cos. in 2003 as a sales agent before buying the business in 2011. He is a member of the International Business Brokers Association, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and Better Business Bureau.

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