Greetings YES community, and welcome to 2021.
Like many Americans, I spent a good deal of the holiday season enjoying holiday movies. Also like many Americans, I watched movies that made me laugh. In my case, that meant a healthy dose of Will Farrell’s antics in Elf.
I never really contemplated the ending before, but through the lens of 2020 and its economic disruptions, I saw Elf in a new light.
James Caan’s Walter, Buddy’s father, fights against the gift given to him in Buddy not only personally but professionally. He loves his work but hates his employer. All the while the answer is staring him in the face [and destroying his entertainment cabinet but that’s another story].
It’s not until the end of the movie that Buddy’s story launches Walter’s own publishing company. It got me thinking: how often do we miss opportunities as entrepreneurs because we are evaluating options through our own bias-based lens?
I believe that there is no greater journey than that of the business owner. But traveling on our own can be challenging. This is why YES exists, and it is our purpose for being. In 2021, we are working to continue to grow our community and increase our influence in our families, our communities and the world.
Are you in?