As I look back at the last year, it's nothing short of amazing. Thanksgiving isn't really a holiday at all without first thanking God… thank-you God! You've truly blessed me and my family this year. My son and daughter are the greatest gifts I've ever received in my life. I'm not always the best father in the world – sometimes missing opportunities because of business – but it can't take away from how I feel. If I lost it all tomorrow, my children would still keep a smile on my face.
I started to write a list of the people and businesses to thank this year and it honestly scared the heck out of me… after about 50, I started to sweat that I would forget someone! There are a core group of friends that I work with that I must mention, including Adam Small from Connective Mobile, Mark Ballard of Bark Mallard and Jason Carr from The Bean Cup. I worked with these guys every day over the last few months and they cheered me on, give me a hard time, and encourage me to do bigger and better. Surround yourself with good people and you'll always be successful.
PS: Mark is moving back to San Diego after Thanksgiving. Mark will be missed and I'm sorry we couldn't get his business up and successful here in Indianapolis… it's been a rough year for too many.
As always, a blog isn't much of a medium unless people listen and participate. I'm thankful for the continually growing readership of Martech Zone and for the new bloggers who have provided some quality posts and different voices here.
I can't do this post without thanking Chris Baggott and Compendium. I wouldn't have been able to launch this business without the support they've provided. Thanks to Kyle Lacy for the intro to Wiley which has subsequently turned into the book I'm writing. And, of course, thanks to Chantelle Flannery for assisting me in getting the book written!
Thanks to Ryan Cox who put this idea out to folks to raise money for #tweetsgiving. TweetsGiving is a global celebration that seeks to change the world through the power of gratitude.
November 24 ? 26, 2009, this 48-hour event created by US nonprofit Epic Change will encourage participants to express their thanks using online tools and at live events. Guests will be invited to give to a common cause at events held across the globe in honor of the people and things that make them grateful.
For those of you in Indianapolis, stop by Scotty's Brewhouse tonight in downtown Indianapolis where some money is going to get raised.