Never Underestimate the Power of a Doughnut

It's the little things.
 
We've had a great week: unexpected new opportunities, wonderful new people, long-term goals newly achieved. We couldn't have asked for a better start to the summer.
 
Sometimes, however, we forget one of the essential elements of success: celebration. It's important to take a moment to reflect and be grateful for the successes that come our way, both big and little. After all, while we work hard to earn that success, much is gifted to us.
 
Not only do we sometimes forget TO celebrate, occasionally we forget HOW to celebrate. We forget what it looks like, how it feels, why it's so important to the people who, together, create the culture of the company. We over-complicate it. We put it off. Worse, in rare instances we write it off as an unnecessary luxury. And we couldn't be more wrong.
 
Forgetting the little celebrations is big mistake, but celebrating doesn't have to be big ordeal. It's the little things that matter most.
 
For example, never underestimate the power of a doughnut.
 
In case you missed it, today is National Doughnut Day. It would be easy enough to overlook it as another novelty "holiday" created out of thin air by corporate marketers to sell more doughnuts. Nobody would fault you; you'd probably be right. But what if we appropriate these days and turn them into opportunities to celebrate people?
 
In true Quantum fashion, this very box of donuts was here to greet us when we arrived this morning. It did, more or less, appear out of thin air without fanfare. Someone thought it would be a great way to celebrate the success of the week and the people who made it happen. And that person, whoever it may have been, was right. On the surface, it may seem silly or frivolous, but it wasn't. Far from it; it was a meaningful box of sweet little trophies acknowledging the week's victories.
 
In the end, it's not about parties or promotions or awards. It's not even about doughnuts; it's about the people eating them.
 
So, take a moment and raise a doughnut to the people in your business and in your life, and celebrate the fact they are there.