Last week, we celebrated the ten-year anniversary of our firm. (Although our actual anniversary is November 30th.)
What made last week so special was not just celebrating the firm’s success over these ten years (or 3,650 days – but who’s counting?!). More than that, it was such a golden occasion because I got to see all of our people together.
From near and far, they traveled in from all over the country just for the momentous event. Friends and peers acknowledged our success with thoughtfully written notes, gift baskets, and more than a few bottles of wine.
As busy as I was, at several junctures, I just stopped and looked around. It was such a gratifying feeling to see all of us TOGETHER. And it struck me that the most vital part of this past decade was not just any success we had on paper but the people I get to work with – and to help – every single day.
That’s far richer than any amount of money in the bank, and also makes me want to renew my focus on relationships for the next ten years.
While our business model has changed (and changed many times), what also made this event so powerful was how clear our vision is for the future.
The way I see it, in business, you have choices:
And so many more.
So, what choices will we make to realize our firm’s vision?
Simply put, to dominate.
We commit to being the best we can be and work tirelessly – all on behalf of our clients. We never forget that those relationships are the most important thing – the entire reason we’re here.
Investing in meaningful, genuine relationships yields an infinite ROI. So, forging quality relationships is non-negotiable for the next ten years if we want to execute our ambitious vision.
As I warmly recall the sense of togetherness, enthusiasm, and camaraderie of our anniversary, a couple of other reflections come to mind.
It occurs to me more than ever that the only boundaries that exist are the ones in our minds. We have never had a better opportunity than right now to grow, succeed, and help even more people. The future is near-limitless.
I encourage everyone in our firm and anyone we touch to build different, be strategic, and stay nimble.
Most importantly, surround yourself with great people. Find yourself part of a circle of talented, passionate, and self-reflective people. And expect nothing less from yourself.
For that decision is the one that will count the most; tomorrow, ten years from now, or when you’re looking back on it all and wondering if you really made a difference.