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11/22/2016 11:35 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Give Thanks to Success - Validate your Unsung Heroes

In a prior post Success: Circumstantial or Choice, I highlighted - Choice not Circumstances determines success.

This applies not just to the determination of ones success, but ones choice to influence success of others. What makes you yourself? DNA? Pre-instincts (acquired subconsciousness)? Knowledge learned in life? The web is filled with 'X ways to influence your child's success', 'traits of successful people', '26 scientific ways your childhood influences your success', etc. There are some good recent posts on gratitude as well by friends Deidre Paknad and Faisal Hoque.

People help people succeed

Motivational speaker Jim Rohn famously said that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. Perhaps true and while linearity can be seductive, the path to success is often non-linear and is a collection of choices, of influences.

Søren Kierkegaard a famous Danish philosopher once said "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards" and was later cited in a famous Stanford commencement speech by Steve Jobs said "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future." I was reminded of this phrase again as I celebrated a birthday last weekend and reflected back to the dots and connected them backwards.

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Thanksgiving offers a great opportunity to reflect and connect the dots looking backwards. To reach out and thank those that have helped you succeed or nudged you on your path to success, success as to be defined by you. It could be a family member, a co-worker, a founder, a team, a teacher, coach.

'Sometimes it's the very people who no one imagines anything of, who do the things no one can imagine' - Alan Mathison Turing

Validate your unsung heroes.

Thank you for reading and sharing if you are so inclined. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.