“Shouldn’t I be grateful for something other than Tivo? And Lost?”
~ Christine Kane, “What the Hell Am I Doing with My Life”
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the U.S., a holiday traditionally dedicated to heroic feats of overeating, football watching, and avoiding delicate topics of conversation with family members.
But I’m told that before the development of these fine traditions, the holiday was supposed to be about gratitude.
And since gratitude is one of my favorite feelings, and one that’s been scientifically proven to make us happier, I thought I’d share my gratitude list with you.
Maybe it will inspire you to add a few items to your own list. At the very least, it’ll give you something to talk about with your extended family other than politics, religion, or whether your cousin is ever going to get a job.
And we can all be grateful for that.
New ways of doing business
Copywriter Gary Bencivenga once said the internet was the world’s biggest printing press combined with the world’s biggest post office, both free.
He might be oversimplifying slightly (good copywriters sometimes do), but not by much.
Running a business is never simple, but there are so many new tools that have made it simpler.
Getting the word out, finding new customers, staying in touch with the customers we already have, creating new products … there are dozens of ways that information technology is making business better, more profitable, and available to more people.
We’ve all heard the clichés so often we could barf.
- The Chinese character for “crisis” is “danger” combined with “opportunity.” (It turns out that isn’t exactly linguistically correct, but never mind, it makes for a good cliché.)
- Every problem contains the seed of its own solution.
- The night is always darkest before the dawn.
These are all ways to feel a little better about how hard everything is right now. The economy is shifting, fast and hard. Technology is accelerating faster than anyone can keep up. A lot of jobs have been lost. We’re all having to learn new things just to stay afloat.
It’s really hard.
It’s also really amazing.
Have you had to learn something tricky this year to keep yourself going? Turn around and teach it to someone else.
I’ll never tell you that 2010 was an easy year for any of us. But the sharper and more difficult the change, the more opportunities are created.
A business teacher once told me that really tough times are the best time to become a millionaire, because so many more people need help. If you keep that outlook in mind, you can both do well for yourself and you can help a lot of people. Don’t underestimate the greatness of that.
Three people in particular have made my life a lot easier (and more fun) this year: Carole Brown, Taylor Lindstrom, and Robert Bruce. Thank you so much, guys. Really, so much.
I’d say something mushy about Brian here, but he hates that, so I’ll just say thanks. It’s been a wild couple of years, and I don’t see us slowing down any time soon.
And of course, I have to mention how grateful I am to the extraordinary folks at Copyblogger Media, both partners and staff. I’ve never seen a more passionate, capable crew. You guys are like the Enterprise. It’s going to be a gas to bravely explore new worlds and new civilizations with you.
Amazing people (redux)
I can’t let Thanksgiving Day pass without a shout-out to the amazing members of Inside the Third Tribe, the Remarkable Marketing Blueprint, and Teaching Sells.
A lot of people think that online marketing education has to be full of hype and make a lot of bogus promises. You guys prove them wrong. You don’t chase the latest “Internet Push-Button Cash System.” Instead you take action, you build real businesses, and you get amazing results.
It’s a privilege to see the projects you all have in the works. I’m so excited by everything you’ve done, and everything you’re doing next. Thanks so much for letting me be a part of that.
As my little boy likes to say, “For real.”
What’s on your list?
Got a gratitude list going? Let us know in the comments what’s on your list this year.
About the Author: Sonia Simone is CMO of Copyblogger Media and founder of Remarkable Communication. Share your 140-character gratitude list with her on twitter.
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Reader Comments (47)
Nice list Sonia, and there’re so many things to say about Brian but we don’t want him blushing.
Randy Kemp says
I’m happy you mentioned Copywriter Gary Bencivenga. I just read a great piece yesterday by him, in the “Makepeace total Package” ezine/blog. In it, he answered some common questions he’s gotten over the years, on copywriting.
I’ve also ran into this before: The Chinese character for “crisis” is “danger” combined with “opportunity.” . It’s funny that in US Army studies, it takes twice as long for westerners to learn an Asian language (i.e. Chinese, Japanese, etc.) as a western language (i.e. French, German, Spanish, etc.). Perhaps it’s because the characters can have different meanings?
Thanks for mentioning Thanksgiving and honoring it. I know that Copyblogger has readers around the world, but it’s base is the US. Hum? I wonder? Will someone deliver a post on Thanksgiving day?
Poor Charlie Brown. He puts too much trust in Lucy to hold the football and not pull it away – at the last moment. At least I’ll say one thing about Lucy – she’s consistent.
Thanks for honoring the US holiday in today’s post. Happy Thanksgiving to the US readers, and happy holidays to all readers.
Sonia Simone says
Bencivenga is a master. He has a great copywriting series on the web called ‘Bencivenga Bullets.”
Chris Robinson says
Being from Canada, I don’t share your Thanksgiving woes about relatives and football. Up north, we did that a good month ago, now. Minus the football. But, I still share your sentiment of being thankful.
Here’s why. About a year and a half ago, I was graduating from university. I had my bright, shiny Bachelors degree, a whopping student loan, and no job. Pretty common themes for people around my younger age.
I wanted to make a living with writing, and I had an interest in computers. But, when I tried to find some “writing for the web” courses at my university, I found they didn’t exist yet!
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m thankful for the opportunities that these economic shifts create. I’m employed now as a web content specialist, by the way.
I’m also thankful for the internet itself. I learned a lot of my online writing skills that I use everyday now, from sites like this one.
I I guess it just goes to show you that even training for marketable skills is shifting. People won’t hire you based only on your degree anymore (though it helps). They’ll hire you for real, tangible ability.
– C. L. Robinson
This probably sounds corny, but I’m thankful for Sonia and the wonderful folks at the Remarkable Marketing Blueprint. They’ve seen me succeed, stumble, and are still there for a good pat on the back and sincere enthusiasm and interest. We’re like one big virtual family over there and taking that course has taught me that you can be remarkable just by being yourself (although good copywriting and SEO skills do come in handy).
Ditto! Sonia, Brian, Darren, Chris and the entire team have taught me so much over the past year, and I’m truly, truly thankful for that! THANK YOU!
Sonia Simone says
A big (mwah) to you both. 🙂
Thanks, Sonia, and right back at you! I’m grateful for the community of amazing people you have gathered around you at the Remarkable Marketing Blueprint. You, and they, are such a great group of cheerleaders and supporters helping us all make our way in this online world. Thank You!
Awesome List Sonia –
I have to say Thanks back – for continuing to allow me to contribute to Copyblogger and for Teaching Sells + Third Tribe. 2010 was and still is an interesting year for many reasons but I do believe we can make 2011 110% better.
“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” ~Frank A. Clark
I love your advice about teaching others what we’ve learned during this past year. I couldn’t agree more.
Teaching is a way of being grateful.
Thanks for this, Sonia!
Fran Civile says
I’ll never understand all the hoopla about eating turkey and all that, but I am grateful for lots of things and Copyblogger’s writers are way up there on my list after my children and my social security check!
I start my day reading my Gmail and visiting the sites I’ve bookmarked … and being at the top of the alphabet,
Copyblogger is the first one …
I don’t always comment but I really appreciate you Simone and Brian, Darren Chris, Happy Thanksgiving!
Mary E. Ulrich says
I’m thankful you let me hang out and learn.
My blog is now 4 months old. Just a baby. But, because of the advice of Copyblogger and other social media sites –it’s growing and getting better every day.
Enjoy the holiday.
I’m going to have to jump on the cheese ball / shameless flattery bandwagon and say I am extremely grateful for Copyblogger.
The posts, recommendations, guest bloggers and just your general outlook and vibe has added a ton of value to my freelance writing and Internet marketing efforts.
I’m dedicating tomorrow’s over eating, binge drinking and the inevitable nap that follows to you!
Thanks again everyone at CB and keep up the good work!
Sonia Simone says
Ha ha, I am totally laughing at “jump on the cheese ball.” Very nice.
Brenda Horton says
I am from Texas, but I never made a great Texan….Football fan, and indulging in meat. So, I moved to Northern California 20 years ago where I fell in love with a geek.
Grateful for Copyblogger, ThirdTribe, Seth Godin, and Hubspot…all have been helpful in shaping my software startup as we prepare to launch.
If someone had told me 20 years ago that I would be doing this today, I would have called that radical.
Carol Hess says
Geez, Sonia, do you know my family or what?!
Only I’m the cousin they’re talking about that still hasn’t gotten a job. I’ve got a business I love instead.
And I have a bunch of wonderful people to thank for that — including you of the lovely pink hair and all the Copyblogger and RMB’ers. One of the best tribes there is. For real.
Oh, almost forgot! There’s one other very important thing I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving. That I’m not a turkey, at least not most of the time. 🙂
Sonia Simone says
My sister is still very big on comments like, “Oh, did you get a job?”
We love them anyway. 🙂
What a lovely post Sonia. Happy Thanksgiving to all you folks in the US we celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada a month ago but hey I’ll take any excuse for another turkey dinner 😉
The theme seems we’re all grateful for you folks at Copyblogger and I’m gonna jump shamelessly on that bandwagon.
I so enjoy checking out your daily posts… and have been particularly inspired by Sonia’s writing.
Just one nugge t- lets not forget what this life is all about… connection ( at least for most of us) & family and I’m thankful for that.
Angela Artemis says
What a great post – I really enjoyed it.
I’m grateful that I started my blog. It has proven to be the greatest motivator in my self-development ever.
I’ve met the most marvelous people and can now say I have “friends” all around the world.
Blogging can be life-changing.
I’m grateful that the experience with mine has been nothing short of miraculous!
Even though we celebrated Thanksgiving last month here in Canada, I’m still feeling grateful – so I’ll say thanks for your post!
I am also (for quite obvious reasons) thankful for Copyblogger Media 😉 And I, too, am grateful for technology. I’m not that old (mid-30’s isn’t old, right?!) but I can remember when most of the technology we take for granted now was the sci-fi of my childhood. These are, in spite of the economy, good times to be living in!
Frankie Cooper says
I’m grateful for my family, friends, and for having a job. Also, for exciting content posted on blogs that help me to learn more about writing better and running a business.
Thank u for this reminder of the power of gratitude. Love the quotes. These are hard times just as they are brilliant times and I often feel gratitude is the key to changing our perspective. I’ve begun asking people who are unwell to write a gratitude journal and the shift is felt. A powerful , powerful tool .
Kim Brebach says
I share most of the sentiments but I’d be really thankful if we all – and copywriters especially – stopped using the word AMAZING to describe absolutely everything positive out there. there must be at least 365 words that are more specific in their description power, please don’t let them become endangered species.
Have a good Thanksgiving, I’m off to the beach.
MaLinda Johnson says
Great post Sonia (as always)!
As I’ve commented before, I am most thankful for the awesome people I do business with. My mentor Susan Greene, Jnspire who’s sites I market for and the awesome clients I have the pleasure of working with. All the content and skills in the world mean nothing without the people to share them with.
And last but not least, I am thankful for Sonia, Brian, Johnny and all the other staff and contributors here on CopyBlogger. My business would not be half as successful as it is without the knowledge I’ve gained from you all.
Catherine Caine says
I’m intensely grateful for Sonia, the Blueprint, and all the other learning resources that took me from “maybe one day I’ll start my own business” to “Full-time entrepreneur”.
ditto…I hate not being unique.
I am so grateful that as soon as I realized I was clueless to blog, I found Copyblogger. You make my day and are one of a few incoming that I read each day. You have been just in time with information and inspiration. And I would have to say you are the number one source that I recommend for anyone thinking they wanted to write and have customers.
So…ditto. A humble thanks.
John Sherry says
I have one biggie Sonia, that’s right up there with the highest values I hold. I’m grateful for all the friends I have who accept me as me. No trying to change me, no trying to make someone like them, no agendas. They love me as I am. I can’t ask more and it gives me amazing confidence. To be you is to be true and they are always true to that cause. Be blessed with bliss this Thanksgiving Sonia and in the months and years ahead.
Thank you for this post! Every Thanksgiving, I think of my family and how much I am thankful for them, my health, etc. I forgot to consider the people in my life that influence my career. I am so thankful for the opportunity to Steve Visio has given me with Heligonix, with Evangel University that helped me achieve my degree and the Association for Women in Communicaitons, Hubspot and Social Media Club for the networking and software opportunities and training.
There. I feel better now. 🙂
Marshall Adler says
I normally don’t like to comment after reading a post, I prefer to quietly suck in the information and go and apply little tricks to my business and content but I felt compelled to at least give thanks to Brian and Sonia. If it wasn’t for Internet Marketing for Smart People and the constant barrage of valuable insights and information from Sonia, I don’t think I would have made it this year as far as I’ve come.
I got into Copyblogger last year with less than $60 to my name. Long story short, I’m ending the year (after having done specific things I learned from Brian and Sonia in their newsletters) with thousands made, saved and liquid in my accounts and a full fledged online business that truly helps people!
I owe much of my success to you guys and for that I am thankful! Happy Thanksgiving!
Sonia Simone says
Dang, I love that. Thank you for letting us know about it! And good for you for taking action and making it happen,
William Taylor says
Thank you for your post Sonia. As to what I am thankful for, I am thankful for your mentioning Gary Bencivenga, it gives me another person to study. I am also thankful for the first dollar earned by my blog yesterday. Google adsense is great.
Sonia Simone says
Great milestone! May it be the first of many. 🙂
Mike @ Blog Success Resource says
Great reminder for things we should be thankful for. I am thankful that I have a choice, clean drinking water and an access to internet and living in US. Many people in other part of the world do not even have basic necessities, I am hoping to make a change in at least one of these people.
Happy Thanksgiving, and Thank you for wonderful place to learn and express our thoughts.
greg urbano says
i am thankfull for all the experiences i was able to share on my blog!
Dennis M says
Although I’m from Holland and we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, I do like to show gratitude. Time to get real personal:
I’m very grateful I have such a supportive girlfriend in my life. And without her and my business partner Eric I don’t know where I would have been. Because 2010 has been a really, really tough year for me. It still is. I have been working 80 hours a week. Why? Because my business doesn’t earn me enough money to pay the bills, so I have to have a fulltime job just to survive. It’s extremely stressful, devours all my time, deprives me of proper rest, and I was recently forced to cut the time I spend on my business in half if I don’t want to suffer from serious health problems.
I truly believe in having balance in life and in “success is useless if you can’t share it with anyone”, but I don’t have the money to create a balance. I have to do a lot myself or my business will go under. That’s why I’m thankful for having incredibly motivating people in my life, because I simply would not make it without them.
I’m also thankful that I managed to get my site from 100 to 4400 visitors a month, for the incredible loyalty of some of my customers, and I’m incredibly grateful that Amazon exists. Seriously, without them making all those (internet) marketing books available and shippable to me, I would not have been where I am now. Thanks to those guys I’ve managed to singlehandedly create a real sturdy foundation for the rest of my marketing career.
Enough with this monologue. I think you guys get the point 🙂
You have a great list! 😉
I’m thankful for my beautiful familly. Their support brings me success in everything!
Vaclav Gregor says
Thank you. You made me realize something that’ve almost forgotten and that was: “Every struggle and problem we have to face is in fact an opportunity for us to grow higher.”
Have a nice Thanksgiving, that is something that I really miss here in Czech Republic.
Carol Tice says
Did a post on my gratitude list here.
To which I’ll add — grateful to be back on the Internet after nearly 48 hours without power here in Seattle’s wind/snowstorm! We’re so reliant on our electrical connections to others now. But I discovered G-d wanted me to sit by the fire and play board games this past Tuesday and Thursday, and build snowmen, rather than working. Grateful for that insight, too.
Kevin Dumville says
Great post, and I love your blog. Just found out about it this week. Tons of great ideas and tips.
Note that while it’s good to be thankful to people, the first president of the U.S., George Washington, established Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. as a day to be thankful to the Almighty, our Creator. That gets lost in all the hype.
It’s not about pilgrims or indians either. Without God, none of this blogging, Internet, commerce, or life as we know it would be possible. That, ultimately, is who we are thanking.
Hey there! 🙂
Time to say thank you for all the awesome posts you keep coming here on copyblogger all the year! 🙂
I always take some time out of my week-end, get the weekly wrap-up (which is a really thing by the way!) and get some inspiration from your posts.
So keep up the awesome work and have a beautiful week-end! 🙂
Opportunities! I’m always thankful of opportunities and the strength to make use of some of them. We live in better times compared to what it used to be (some sort of a communication darkness). No matter how insurmountable the difficulties seem right now the most beautiful thing is we can all communicate to each others through the Web and this is one of the greatest opportunities we have been provided with.
Tia Peterson says
This year, I’m incredibly grateful for success as an entrepreneur and a single mom, however marginal it is. Beyond the fact that my family and are healthy, living, and thriving, as I sit here on a nice laptop, drinking tea, while my two/almost three year old watches The Disney Channel on cable, I can be nothing but grateful for these things that so many do not have. I am truly blessed.
Congrats on your success here at CopyBlogger!
Ayanna Mitchell says
Great post. I’ve noticed a change in my life and in my business since becoming focused on remaining grateful for all things. I journal daily those things, people, events in my life for which I am grateful – even the little things. That which you focus on will increase in your life. If I want more to be grateful for – then I must focus on being grateful for what I already have.
Kathi Rabil says
Thank you for this post. I am grateful for many things from this past year. The healing and recovery of my husband from emergency surgery and a life-threatening infection. The marriage of my first son, Stephen, to his lovely wife Rocio. The continued good fortune and love of my husband and all 5 of our children.
I am especially thankful to you, Sonia, for introducing me to Gary Barnes and your series, “On Purpose Results”. I was truly “stuck” in my business and your coaching has given me a new vision for the opportunities that are coming with the new year. In fact, those opportunities have already begun to come my way and I’m just in awe of what has been developing. Thank you for all your encouragement and for keeping it “real.”
A little bit late after Thanksgiving, but I’m most thankful for my family. Everything I do is for them and it’s totally worth it. My son is the most wonderful 2 year old I know and it’s the greatest thing in the world to hear him shout “Daddy!” when he sees me.
I’m thankful that I have the ability to provide for my family and do good things for my son.
Marla Levie says
Your post made me sentimental! Great comments too! I am mostly grateful for the health of my family and friends. As I learned years ago, as one ages, your status goes from wealth to health.
Enjoy every moment; things can change in an instant!
Carmen Brodeur says
I am grateful for the awesome career that the internet has provided me. The internet is the “great equalizer” in real estate. It doesn’t matter if you are a relatively new agent. You can compete on an equal playing field with the old timers. Even better…the oldies in the profession have little interest in investing the time to create great blogs so the newbie Realtors look even better than the dinosaurs of the profession. I am also grateful for my blog coach who has helped me blossom this year.
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