Thankful to Be an Entrepreneur

Here in the northeast United States, spring is here. The days are brighter, warmer and new life and growth is happening all around.

As much as I like winter, spring is always a welcomed season and it always causes me to pause and remember just how fortunate we are to be a play some part in this game called Life.

Entrepreneurs, by our very nature, are optimistic, growth-oriented people. We seek out opportunities to serve and help others and in return we’re rewarded in so many ways. What defines “reward” is up to each of us and recently I came across an interesting list that put a smile on my face, which I thought I would share with you.

It was written by real-estate entrepreneur, Jack Miller and it’s titled “What I’m Thankful For.” Here it is for your enjoyment (and reminder).

“What I’m Thankful For” by Jack Miller
• I am healthy, productive and happy.
• I’m surrounded by family and friends who support what I do.
• I live and work in a lovely place that I selected myself.
• I don’t have to commute to work at all. No rush-hour traffic.
• I get to wear (or not wear) anything I like all day long.
• My pay is based solely on how long and productively I want to work.
• I get to start work as early as I want, and to work as late as I want.
• I can take vacations where and when I want without asking permission.
• I have no boss to make me waste my time and do stupid things.
• I get to make all the decisions regarding my financial security and that of my family.
• I am free to take responsibility for all my activities, good and bad.
• I can do what I do in any place in America and in many foreign lands.
• I am able to make more than most of the people in the world.
• Because I work for myself, my company won’t be merged.
• I don’t have to worry about being laid off, down sized or fired.
• My retirement plan is within my control.

Click here to download a PDF of Jack’s article and leave a comment below to let the world know why you’re thankful to be an entrepreneur!

About Mike Capuzzi

I'm a speaker, author and high impact marketing strategist for business owners and sharp, aggressive entrepreneurs looking to get to the next level in their business. I'm also the the inventor of the world-famous CopyDoodles. CopyDoodles are the world's largest library of handwritten fonts, hand-drawn doodles, comics and more designed to grab attention and boost your marketing results!


  1. David Yates on April 24, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I am thankful that I get to decide who professionally I wish to [and wish NOT to] do business with.

  2. Edwin Soler on April 24, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I’m thankful for the fact that you can create your own opportunities and that the limit of how you can learn is in your own hands and not some one elses.

  3. Mike Gibson on April 24, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I am thankful that people like Mike Capuzzi shares their expertise…and articles like this…with us!

    • Mike Capuzzi on April 24, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Mike – thank you! Appreciate the kind words!

  4. Greg Russell on April 24, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Great Post! I keep a gratitude rock on my desk. Every time I look at it or move it I think of all the things I’m thankful for. This is a great list I can a few of those to my list.

  5. Jeff Arrowood on April 24, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I used to be a classroom teacher and while I miss the constant personal action with my students, I’m so thankful that
    1. I get to be at home with my children (my main reason for quitting)
    2. I don’t have to deal with idiot principals – I had some good ones and some real doozies!
    3. I don’t have to deal with unrealistic parent expectations
    4. I don’t have meetings, meetings parent-teacher conferences, and more meetings!
    5. I still get to do what I love – teach and learn!

    • Mike Capuzzi on April 24, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Jeff – that is great! Thanks for the note!

  6. Rebecca Bloomquist on April 24, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Love the article and reminder…I, too, are thankful for so many things.
    I’m thankful for the energy Mike Capuzzi brings to my inbox, SMART Ideas and Simple PURLs too!

    • Mike Capuzzi on April 24, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      Thanks Rebecca!

  7. Martin J. Fischer on April 24, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Michael, Thank you…its ironic, I take a gratitude walk once per week and I state all the reasons my I am thankful. Your post reinforced I am doing the correct things!!


    • Mike Capuzzi on April 24, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      Martin -keep up the great work you are doing!

  8. Michael Phillips on April 24, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Thanks Mike, I love this article! I also love that we as an entrepreneur we can start a business, build it up, sell it and do it all over again! Have a great weekend.

  9. Chris Vercelli on April 24, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Having the ability to create something, watch it grow, watch it help people and get paid well for it is awesome!

    I believe that each person has a God given ability to create things that are valuable but entrepreneurs are ones that a. Recognize that ability inside themselves and b. don’t bow down to fear of failure but instead launch out in faith believing that what they are doing is going to make a difference and its worth the risk.

    I’m so thankful that I’ve been blessed to do both of those things.

    • Mike Capuzzi on April 24, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      Excellent points Chris – I appreciate your thoughts.

  10. Alan on April 25, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Grateful and thankful for being the recipient of the business and marketing wisdom that you so generously share Mike. Jack Miller’s list was truly awesome and inspiring.

  11. Shane on April 26, 2013 at 12:18 am

    I teach Martial Arts for a living and get to teach kicking and punching rather then ‘punching’ in for work everyday !!!

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