Welcome to 2018! I hope everyone is off to great start to the new year. This has been a great month to begin understanding YOU. After all, we are closing in on Jan-YOU-ary. There is no better time than the beginning to review yourself. Recognize the faults and opportunities for growth & use them to TRANSFORM. If January got off to a rough start, begin again with February.

The definition of transform is “to make a thorough or dramatic change in the form, appearance, or character of.” The 9DOTS team isn’t changing our P&L, or our core competency! Our culture, commitment and mission will always remain the same. But we need to comb through 2017, even the days of 2018 as they come, and identify where change is necessary. I have to understand the choices I made & make a new choice to dramatically change for the positive of the company.

When I look back on the 9DOTS yearly results (& even my own personal results), I’m forced to think about what we did differently. I even think about where we stayed the same. There is the old school of thought that says, “if it aint broke don’t fix it.” And the new school that says, “Adapt or die.” Is it ok to grow the business at 3, 5 or 7%? Jeff Bezos at Amazon would tell you NO.

What I see when I look at our financials & how we do business, I see that we need to TRANSFORM. We need to empower our teammates, our partners, our employees to help us understand the WHY behind the numbers. I need to make changes based on mistakes in the past. I see that we have to understand the heart of who we are in order to become the best version of 9DOTS. This is the same when it comes to our personal lives as well, not just business. The openness to being wrong in some of our choices must exist in order for growth & transformation to take place.

Friedrich Nietzsche said, “A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us.”

Here at 9DOTS we will continue press the limit. I challenge all of you today to make the transformation. Find the WHY, challenge and welcome the possibilities. Transform in 2018.

You cannot and will not grow exponentially without transformation. You have to review your mistakes, review your actions & use them to transform into an even better version of yourself. Once we study our process at all levels and question the status quo, once we CHALLENGE the status quo, then maybe, just maybe, that one singular thought, that one singular possibility, will transform us.




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