Although to many entrepreneurs, Thanksgiving means a day off of work, a 4,000 calorie meal and relaxing time with family. But in reality, the holiday couldn’t speak more true to the hard work of an entrepreneur—not their limited time off. Thanksgiving is—of course—all about saying thanks to the things that we are most grateful for. For entrepreneurs, that could be a successful small business, the wonderful people we have the opportunity to work with, or our families that support us along the way.
Thanksgiving is all about the best American qualities – hard work, diversity, strength, and finding effective solutions to problems. These, in effect, are the same qualities that are the cornerstones of successful entrepreneurship. When the Pilgrims were invited to the harvest by the Wampanoag Indians in 1621, it was an invitation to survive the first winter in the New World. The Pilgrims owed their survival to the goodwill of the Indians, who had taught them how to grow corn and how to fish in the very unfamiliar New England soil and seas. This took guts, tenacity, a sense of adventure and just unbelievable hard work and perseverance among everyone. And isn’t that, in a nutshell, what entrepreneurship is all about?
So today, entrepreneurs, give thanks. Give thanks to what you have become and give thanks to where you are going. Give thanks that this nation has provided you with the ambition of a great American Dream. Give thanks for the time that you can spend with your family. Give thanks that you are given the opportunity to strengthen the American economy. And finally, give thanks that you have the gift of Thinking Big. Happy Thanksgiving!
Written by Allison Way. Allison is a writer and videographer for Think Big Partners and bizperc, two of Kansas City's newest entrepreneurial resources. To read more of Allison's work, check out the Kansas City Entrepreneurship Examiner.