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It’s never the ones we can say easily. Yes, we say ‘thank you’ all the time in various forms. From daily gratitude to emails and messaging with friends on social media. But what are we really grateful for when we say ‘thank you’? It’s easy to be grateful for the things where we can see positive results: wins, new accomplishments, and success. But what about the other half? We are who we are today not just because of the positive experiences but the challenges we have faced and overcome. Are you ready to embrace both parts of who you are? If I express gratitude only to the ones I love, I am forgetting the other half of players and experiences in my life that helped me become who I am today.

That is why, as we enter the week of Thanksgiving holiday, I want us to think more about empathy and self-awareness instead of just gratitude. Is there someone who you should express gratitude to that you have not got a chance to? Is there an experience you should be grateful for that you may have looked over?

Acknowledge them. Be intentional and thank them, really. Saying thank you is not enough if you do not mean it. Just like saying you are innovator is not enough unless you mean it. It will be tough to find positivity in your hardest moments but having the lens to see positivity and opportunity of learning is a deeper way to experience the power of gratitude. Take this week to have the courage to say thank you (and mean it). Your honesty can create a powerful ripple effect.

Happy Thanksgiving!

With love,

Founder & CEO, InnovatorsBox

About the Author

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Monica H. Kang

Monica H. Kang, Founder, and CEO of InnovatorsBox® and Author of Rethink Creativity is transforming today’s workforce through the power of creativity. She helps companies rethink culture, leadership, and team development by making creativity practical and relatable regardless of industry or job title. She has worked with clients worldwide including Fortune 500 companies, higher education, government, and nonprofits. Monica’s work has been recognized by The White House, Ashoka Changemakers, National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Prior to InnovatorsBox®, Monica was a nuclear nonproliferation policy expert. She holds an M.A. from SAIS Johns Hopkins University in Strategic Studies and International Economics and a B.A. from Boston University.

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