In his book, “Seven Steps to a Life of Significance,” my friend, personal development expert Paul Brown, writes about our ability to “make it a great day.” Paul’s observation immediately resonated with me. But why stop with a single day? As the holiday season gives way to 2023, my wish for you is to stack up those great days – and make 2023 a great year.
As bankers and investors, we know the value of compound interest with our money. But what about compound interest in our lives? Improving just a little bit every day can create a life-changing impact over time. But we often spend so much time looking forward to “what’s next” that we forget about “what’s now.”
Making 2023 great is about consciously engaging with the world to recognize the everyday opportunities you have to improve your community and your life right now. But instead of trying to move mountains, consider sparking joy by moving just a step at a time.
It might be as simple as sending a thank-you message to a former teacher or the person who gave you your first career break. Maybe it’s letting someone go before you in the checkout line. Or maybe it’s saying yes to a volunteer opportunity that seems a bit outside your comfort zone. At Fidelity Bank, we try to make those daily strides with our clients through care, clarity, and confidence.
With 2022 wrapped up, I hope you take the time to look at the big challenges you’ve overcome and the successes you’ve achieved. But I also encourage you to remember the little things – those times you took an action that made your day a bit better than before.
By investing in our communities through goodwill and empathy, we can make those small daily decisions that add up to a great year.
Soon, we’ll all be wishing each other a Happy New Year. I also wish that you “Make it a Great Year,” built through a succession of great days.
— Ed Manzi Jr., chairman and CEO, Fidelity Bank