thankfulTwo days until Thanksgiving?! Don’t panic. You might be sitting at work thinking about all of the things you still have to finish. Maybe you are trying to work & asking yourself what last minute items to pick up on the way home. Maybe you’re just checking the clock over & over, waiting for Thursday with excitement. For some reason, stress can fill the happy, wonderful holidays. Sometimes we need a reminder to what Thanksgiving IS. It is the start to the holiday season, the reminder that even when you feel rushed, SLOW DOWN, be Thankful.

As a small business 9DOTS experiences these feelings as well: distracted from the work day due to less than exciting quarter results, stress for deadlines, or maybe an unhappy client. We sit at our desks and stress & occasionally wish for Friday to come as fast as it can. In doing all of that – we forgot to be Thankful. Small business Saturday is THIS SATURDAY, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It’s perfect. Thanksgiving is headed here as that big reminder to slow down, life is so short so don’t rush your days only thinking about the things that make you feel stressed, sad or unhappy.

Go into the Holiday season this Thursday (maybe even start today!) by being Thankful! Be thankful that there is food to rush home & grab, for the family & friends you’ll see over the holidays. Be thankful for your team, your customers, your blog readers, even the people who sometimes are frustrated or unhappy with you. You wouldn’t be where you are without EVERYONE, every obstacle, every boring day, every exciting day.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving with friends, family, customers & all. And we would be remiss if we didn’t say – Happy Small Business Saturday! Use those Black Friday savings to share with family at your local small businesses on Saturday.


Need some more motivation for your business leading into the new year? Our CEO, John Florio, writes a post once a month, check them out here 

This is 9DOTS first video in 9DOTS video series Show Your Work. These videos will show you exactly how 9DOTS solves a problem for a client by showing you exactly how our products work with videos, tips & tricks.

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After 30 years working both in the corporate industry and as an entrepreneur, I have recognized that there are certain undeniable traits that high-achievers and great leaders share. People often associate achievement and success with a number of things, like the right timing, circumstance, education or natural talent. I have found that the true origins of success are more elusive. These are traits that have been cultivated and built over the years.

Below are 7 Traits that I believe create a great leader & can drive you to success:

1. A Well-Developed Personal Way of Life

Successful leaders know what their philosophy is; they understand their own thinking and reasoning. A clear viewpoint allows you to set expectations and articulate your definition of success so you can set a clear path to your goals. It prepares you for an extraordinary destiny.

2. Undeniable Persistence

Edison failed 2,000 times before he discovered the light bulb. Walt Disney was fired from his newspaper job because he “lacked imagination and creativity”. He then went bankrupt several times while creating Disneyland. People who are successful never quit, and people who succeed never give up. When failure is not an option, don’t give up. Find another contact, another way, another point of entry, and keep trying until you accomplish what you have set out to do. Persistence means picking yourself up every day and going after what you want without allowing anything to get in your way.

3. Meaningful Purpose

Every leader must be able to identify his or her purpose. Know your “why.” When you do, you can connect with the purpose that will drive you toward your unique vision. Your purpose tells you why you’re here and what legacy you want to leave. When you have a clear purpose, you know where to spend your energy.

4. The Art of Persuasion

Everyone, in every occupation, can benefit from skills in persuasion. They will help you influence others and persuade them not just to listen to you and trust you but also to partner with you, help you, and support you. Mastering communication and understanding human nature are essential if you want to effectively persuade and influence people

5. The Power of Passion

If you want to succeed, the most powerful weapon you can have is passion. It provides the fuel for success. When the passion drives you, you will do whatever it takes to make it a reality. Without passion, you don’t have energy. Without energy, there are no possibilities. With no possibilities, you are stagnant, with nowhere to go. But when you can ignite the fire of passion, it will give you the energy to propel yourself toward possibility. Successful leaders understand that they are only great when they act from their passion. If you aren’t passionate about what you do stop doing it.

6. Ethics and Integrity

Successful leaders honor their principles. They know and live by their values & convictions. Their ethics and integrity are deeply rooted beliefs that help them make decisions and chart their course. Your moral compass starts with basic beliefs and values, and it will guide you to do what is right, not what is easy. Trust yourself and as Jiminy Cricket said, “Let your conscience be your guide.”

7. Excellent Performance

Proficiencies are important. Performance is imperative. It’s great to have a vision, purpose and passion, but you bring it to reality through performance. Bring the highest level of excellence and quality to everything you do, and keep raising your level of aspiration and expectation. Always show up tomorrow better than you were yesterday.

Factors like timing, luck, and circumstance may play some role in success, but it’s the deeper traits–the ones that lie within–that count the most.

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Finally, some John’s posts have been “Adversity, How Will you Respond?” and “FEAR: Face Everything And Rise”