Reflections of 2015

Well, it’s the end of the year and when I take my traditional leave of absence from work and reflect back on the past year, my failures and successes and my life in general. But before I disconnected from all things technical and digital, I read one last email from a friend.

You see, my friend has had a very tough last few months due to family tragedies and pain. Death of a family member, cancer in his immediate family and the general weight of his company struggling to redefine itself. All this gloom and dread would make anyone sadden and place them in a dark place. Yet, for all the hardship he found a light flickering in all this darkness.

That light was merely three words. Words he heard so often from the one who passed that now ring so clearly to him that he felt he must share and share he did. He took those three simple words , wrote them in an email and shared them with over 200 others.

It’s these words, that child spoke so many times and I wish to pass on to you.

“Make it count.” 

To many times in our life, we ‘just do’ and not take the effort to do a little more. Enough makes no impact. I spoke with someone at lunch yesterday and we chatted about purpose versus process. All too many times, people start projects without defining the purpose and how it will impact others. To be successful, create purpose or improve others we simple must step up a little more. Don’t just do what is expected or just gets the job done, take a moment and ponder on how you can make each action count.

When we make something count, we can give it purpose, yes, we can even give ourselves purpose. So, when you start that new business, make that new relationship or start some new endeavor, remember these three simple words from a child whose life has passed way too soon, ‘Make It Count.’

May the coming new year bring you the best of all things, but most of all, I hope you can start 2016 with “Make It Count.”

See you all in 2016.

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