Reflecting on life’s many lessons
Last week the chamber kicked off its 60th anniversary celebration with a party at Tep’s Villa Roma. This anniversary represents thousands of hours of work by many dedicated board and staff members who worked tirelessly alongside a cadre of volunteers to benefit the South Shore. It is to these individuals we owe a debt of gratitude and it is these individuals we celebrate.
As with all birthdays or anniversaries, part of the fun is reflecting upon risks taken, lessons learned, goals accomplished and the evolution these experiences resulted in. So it is with the chamber, too. As we culled through the memorabilia from the two organizations that merged to create the one we are today there were many landmark moments jumping off the pages. I found myself looking for common themes and lessons from the images so carefully preserved. What wisdom did they garner that might apply to todays’ businesses and our chamber as we all strive to keep up with the times?
I think those who have been part of this journey might share some of these lessons with you if they had the opportunity:
• Remember that those you meet on the journey may cross your path numerous times, so take time to develop relationships based on trust and respect.
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• Embrace technology and don’t be afraid of the new. You’ll be considered a trendsetter or, in today’s terminology, an “early adopter”.
• Don’t hold a grudge. If you are stuck in anger and resentment you are crippled from navigating the future.
• Be willing to take risks. The only thing certain about not taking risks is that the status quo will freeze you in place while others pass you by. Suddenly you’ll be living in the past instead of participating in the now.
• Invest in yourself and your team, as they are the most valuable assets of any organization.
• Spend time with family and friends. In the end, this is all that really matters.
• Don’t take yourself too seriously – sometimes you just have to put on a wig, dance a jig and make fun of yourself!
Thank you for the memories and lessons. I look forward to sharing more of them with you as we continue to celebrate our 60th anniversary and the City of South Lake Tahoe’s 50th anniversary throughout this year.
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