I was reminded again today how important the relationships are that you build along the journey; often far more than the destinations even.

As I thought about that I reflect on a few specifics.

First, I had lunch with a former teammate who is still one of my favorite people. New hire became teammate became friend.

Next, I had a text ‘check in’ from another former colleague. Just wanted to see how I was doing. He worked with me for maybe 2 years, and left (and moved out of state) about a year ago. We still talk often.

I had another text chat later with a former colleague as well; I met her 18 years ago, and 3 companies ago. And we’re still close.

I had a call this week with a former account manager for a software company I used to do business with. We spent an almost an hour catching up. He hasn’t been our account rep in a several years, and I don’t even work there anymore of course.

And last, I am reminded of you, those who are reading this. Several work for a software company that we (my former company) left 2 years ago, but I can still call friends. Some left the companies THEY were with as well and we still talk.

The point? The mark you leave is more important than the ‘deal’ you made.

When you wake up in the morning, building relationships that matter is more important than anything else you do.

That’s how I want to live my life.

And today, as always, I am

That Planning Guy

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