I’m thankful for the freedom to set my own hours,
Thankful to use the full breadth of my powers,
Thankful for customers who provide me with work,
Thankful I can say no to serving a jerk,
Thankful for my team who helps me succeed,
Thankful to have “take a risk” as my creed,
Thankful I don’t need a boss’s permission,
Thankful to spend time fulfilling my mission,
Thankful for my family’s love and support,
Thankful I was born as the independent sort.
Most of all I’m thankful this Thanksgiving,
That I get to do what I love for a living!

C.J. Hayden, MCC, CPCC, is the author of the bestseller Get Clients Now! A 28-Day Marketing Program for Professionals, Consultants, and Coaches, Since 1992, she's been helping self-employed professionals survive and thrive. C.J. is the author of five other business how-to-books, and has taught marketing at Mills College and John F. Kennedy University. Find out how you can work with C.J. as your business coach or attend one of her upcoming programs.