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Give Thanks - Day 7

I am grateful for the founders who took a risk and founded the companies that have provided me with a lucrative career. I have been truly blessed to be able to be a part of the companies I have.

I am grateful for the opportunity I have everyday to learn new skills and try new things.

“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”

― C.S. Lewis

Give Thanks - Day 6

I am grateful for people I have had to opportunity to work with over the course of my career. Each person has had an impact on me and I am forever grateful for your assistance, mentorship and examples. Each and every person I have or will interact with at work has left me with something, Thank you.

I am so grateful for the experience of serving a mission as a 19 year old kid and the eye opening experience that was for me. It showed me so much that I had never even considered.

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give Thanks - Day 5

Years ago if you had asked me what I would be doing, depending on the day, the answer would have involved airplanes or accounting; programming was something that special people did, that was definitely not me. Then my boss offered to pay me more if I learned to program. Thanks, Min.

After building Wordpress marketing sites for a few year I wanted to do something a bit more meaty and started interviewing for a new job. Unfortunately, years of building wordpress themes does not make a strong resume. Thankfully, despite that I got the option I really wanted. Thanks, Jeff, for having faith in me and giving me a chance.

Joining my first real job I had a unhealthy dose of imposter syndrome and was absolutely convinced that I would be found out and fired. Thankfully I had a great mentor who never judged me for stupid questions and with a healthy dose of snark helped me become a better engineer. Thanks, Zack, I learned so much from you and knowing you had my back gave me confidence.

Learning the practice of SAAS software at a hypergrowth startup is never easy. Years of the same problems kicking me in the teeth started to make me doubt myself. Thanks, John, the confidence you showed in me during those early Employee Experience days meant a lot.

Joining the fledgling data platform team pre launch was probably the most pivotal moment of my career. Despite the countless long hours I learned so much from the experience. Thanks, Ryan, you supported me before you were even my boss, then actively recruited me giving me one of the biggest opportunities of my career.

The last couple of years at Qualtrics were a roller coaster for me. Years of operating without enough hands to do the work, a tendency to jump in whenever something broke, and a stint in a role that wasn’t right for me resulted in some severe burnout. Thanks, Scott, you always had my back and were always there to encourage and support me.

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”

― Phil Jackson

Give Thanks - Day 4

The past decade has had quite a few ups and downs, but I couldn’t be more grateful for my wonderful partner through it all, Megan. She not only makes me a better person but she drives me to be better every day. I love our 3 wonderful kids and 1 puppy and can’t wait for the adventures we will have over the next decade and beyond.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

― Theodore Roosevelt

Give Thanks - Day 3

I am grateful for the countless men and women who have sacrified to give me the opportunity to live in this country, and enjoy the many freedoms that come with it.

I am grateful for the diversity of thought and ideas that continues to drive this country forward to find the best solutions to problems.

I am grateful for my ancestors who sacrificed much to provide me the opportunities I have been given.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

― Edmund Burke

Give Thanks - Day 2

I am grateful that in this unprecedented time I am surrounded by a wonderful family. That they have patience and understanding as I am home but not really home.

I am grateful that I get to eat lunch every day with my family and put my son down for naps.

I am grateful for a workspace with a door I can close that makes it possible to work effectively from home.

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

- Albert Schweitzer

Give Thanks - Day 1

I am grateful for the extraordinary examples of people sacrificing their time and safety to help those around them.

We live in a world of celebrities but in the past 6 months I am grateful that everyday heroes have become the celebrities.

I am grateful that despite a rough election, we live in a country that still believes in democracy.

I am grateful for people willing to take a stand for their values, regardless of the cost or value of it. Because to me it was not meaningless.

I am grateful for agency, and the wonderful thing it is that we all have the ability to choose for ourselves how we will live.

“The most important step is the next one.”

- Dalinar Kholin