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8 Years of Gratitude

In the 8 years I’ve been at Tebo Dental, I’ve had the honor of working with people I genuinely admire and respect. In view of the current climate of today’s workforce and with newfound clarity on the importance of prioritizing employee values in the workplace, we’re launching this new blog alongside our Career & Life-Development Podcast of the same name, "The Think Tank" (hosted by Brandon Akira & Ryan Dinning), which is currently mid-season. Ryan worked in Public Relations on my team at Tebo and has since moved on to focus primarily on his acting career, as we are both aspiring actors. Still, we are equally passionate about our vision for "getting the conversation" going about developing a mindset and lifestyle for happiness and success— both personally and professionally. I've realized it's time to acknowledge the fact that there's been an evolution of business ethics that encourages company leaders to bridge the gap with their employees by being more transparent about who those leaders really are. It's time to give more than we get by sharing more of what we have to offer— and it all starts and ends with being deeply-rooted in being grateful for everything we have.

A Little Backstory

I wrote an article on LinkedIn some time ago, “7 Years of Gratitude,” which includes “12 Laws of Happiness” that were key revelations I’d learned from research and experience into personal growth, employee engagement, and achieving professional success. I re-sent the 12 Laws of Happiness in an email to all our employees after delivering the keynote at our CompanyWide Meeting, “Evolution 7: CWM 2018.” I felt it important to share such relevant, timeless ideals with all the new employees that had joined our company since some time had passed. I think these values are the most important thing, so I want to offer a newer, more refined version of my “7 Years of Gratitude” article with you now.

My Message of Gratitude

I feel a true sense of purpose in my servitude to help drive value for our patients and team members through our work and company culture each day. It gives my life substance, and having such purpose literally makes me a happier person.

In a way, I feel I’ve “figured happiness out” just a little bit, and I want to open up about what I’ve learned because I think it might help some people looking for something meaningful— not just at work, but throughout their entire lives.

Having good people around you is so important! Because of the people, working at Tebo Dental truly has been the most incredible experience of my business career.

I work with people that really care. I mean, really care. I feel a sense of ownership in the company and a responsibility to each of you to always be honest with you, to push you to be your best (and never settle!), support you, be loyal to you, and to fail forward with you.

I want to expound on that last one for a minute: "Failing Forward." Over the past few years, I’ve come to realize that we really only have one shot in this life to make a difference— to be something good. People are naturally designed to want to share happiness, peace, and positivity— perhaps this is why it is so much easier to smile than it is to frown.

I’ve learned so much from my mistakes that I’ve learned to love them. I embrace the falls because the rise is just so sweet. I am thankful to be given the chance to fail, learn from it, and then rise to the occasion when it matters most— even if that simply means admitting when I’m wrong and becoming better because of it.

So, here are a few lessons I’ve learned that may help each of you on your journey in life, as they have so greatly helped me.

12 Laws of Happiness

12. Don't think about it: just take 'Massive Action.' Just get up and GO. Understand that in order to surpass any goal, one must first determine the appropriate level of action it will take to achieve that goal. Then, multiply that level of action times 10. This is called "10X-ing" your goal. Under this logic, even if you fall 50% short of your new "10X'd" goal, you will still exceed your original goal by 500%. Example: do you want to win the lottery for $1 million dollars or $10 million dollars? Exactly. 10X all your goals and be blown away by the results.

11. No one can become successful at anything without consistency.

10. Your reputation and time are your most valuable and most irreplaceable assets. Your reputation and track record are your leverage. Accept that social media and technology aren’t changing us; through them, we are revealing who we really are. Understand that developing strong relationships is key to having a successful career, so listen to people who know more than you. Learning from others will never hurt you. And if they are wrong, learn from their mistakes.

9. Learn Pareto’s Law and understand its incredible power when enacted in one’s personal life. Pareto’s Law (aka) "The 80/20 Principle” states that: 80% of the consequences come from 20% of the causes [or] 80% of the results come from 20% the effort and time. If you’ve ever heard the term, “it’s the little things that make a big difference,” that’s Pareto’s Law. If that one thing someone said ruins your entire day, that’s Pareto’s Law, so understand your control of it.

8. Own it. Be accountable. If you’re going to point fingers, make sure you’re standing in the mirror first. No one controls your environment or your circumstances more than you.

7. Never, ever, ever underestimate the power of your decisions. Your decisions impact your results more than anything. Making a decision is usually easy— the real challenge lies in staying committed to your decisions and keeping to the path that follows. Stay committed to your decisions but remain flexible in your approach. Most people don’t have the courage to make tough decisions because they want to make the right decisions— and they end up making no decisions. This process results in people "hamster-wheeling,” stagnation, or blaming others for otherwise avoidable problems, which is an unhealthy cycle that steers people away from success 100% of the time.

6. Commit. Commit, commit, commit. You have more time than you think you have, and nothing worth having comes without significant time invested and great sacrifice. Netflix, Call of Duty, and the Bachelor aren't going anywhere.

5. Stop doing things that have nothing to do with your goals. Further, train yourself not to dwell on unimportant things. If you aren’t clear on your bigger picture goals— just think about what you don’t want and do the opposite, step-by-step. Your big path will become clear as you begin taking small steps away from what you don’t want.

4. Temper your emotions when it comes to business and career decisions. Although emotions can cloud your judgement, it is possible to focus your emotional energy on things that will help you crush your goals. Think about how easy it can be to speed while driving when you’re angry or to run when you’re scared. Understand that emotional responses are often nothing more than a signal that you should do the opposite of what you feel. Emotions and instincts are not the same thing.

3. Learn to love your failures. No one's perfect— and that's okay. Embrace them; your power is in your ability to fail and learn from it, which makes you stronger. We tend to focus more attention on our own mistakes than others ever will. Getting "caught up" distracts you and slows you down.

2. Master the art of having patience. It is the ultimate competitive advantage.

1. Be grateful for what you have. This creates true purpose. Produce a habit in yourself to be constantly overwhelmed with gratitude. Make giving your priority and you will always receive more than you give. Remember this: if what you have is not enough, nothing will ever be enough.

I look forward to connecting with you and getting the conversation going.

Live Prosperously!

-B.A.
TDG

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