As I always do at the start of the year I’d like to put forth the HPN values to help guide us through the next 12 months. Love you all and let’s put 2021 in the books and move go rock into 2022, I’m looking forward to it !!!!
Here are the founding values of the firm and what we guide ourselves by.
Family First – for most of us our family and loved ones are why we do this, they are why we get up in the morning and go do what we do, time with them is the most precious thing we have. Hug them every day.
Have FUN – Have fun every day doing what you do. If you enjoy what you are doing, it pretty rapidly ceases to be work, it’s pretty cool to do something every day that you are having fun at ! A lot of people go thru life without ever having that opportunity. We are in the best business in the world ! I’ve never met a happier, more fun and successful group of people in my life !!
Be Nice to People – It’s a basic fact, People are nice to people who are nice to them, we are in the service business, people buy from people they like ! My mother’s favorite saying was that “you catch more flies with honey than you do vinegar” it’s absolutely true.
Be Passionate and Enthusiastic – Both are absolutely infectious, I put on a positive attitude every day first thing in the morning like clothes, Every day is the best day of my life because I choose for it to be that ! Be passionate and enthusiastic about what you do and success will certainly follow.
Life is all about Relationships – Relationships, Relationships, Relationships ! At the end of the day nothing else matters but the connections we make with other people, people we work with, people we love, people we do business with.
Change is our Friend – It’s another fact, everything changes, We learned that over that last couple of years for sure . We all learned how to adapt and overcome. No matter what you think is the status quo, it is in fact, going to change and increasingly rapidly. The people that can assimilate and appreciate, and perhaps even lead change, are the ones who are successful, the ones who don’t adapt to new circumstances are rarely successful.
Do what you say you are going to do – Business (and our competitors) are full of people that say “yea, I can handle that” and then drop the ball or don’t follow through. Nothing is worse in business than relying on somebody to get something done and then having it not happen, most especially in the service environment. Do what you say you are going to do every time !! Success will follow !
Let go of Negativity – Stuff is going to go wrong, again we learned that in the last couple years. Somebody or something is going to make you mad, deal with it and then let go of it and move on. Harboring ongoing negativity hurts you, not them. I’m by no means saying to put up with bad behavior from toxic people, but get over it and realize life is too short. The past is the past, the only things we can affect are in the future. Just get rid of the toxic people in your life.
Take care of your friends – All our leadership has your back every minute of every day and we all know who our friends are….. in life and in business, take care of them and be a good “friend” and they will step up and take care of you when it matters. Let’s make sure we take care of our business partners who have our backs.
Be a “Kid” as much as possible – I know it is hard sometimes but its tonic for the soul. Laugh easily and often, run around and play with your kids, set off fireworks, do silly things with your family and loved ones, learn something new every day, cook something you have never cooked before, just have fun…….. life is short
Be Grateful – for the people in your life and what you have. We are all blessed and lucky to be who we are.
Be Kind and Compassionate – Kindness is key, you never know what the person on the other end of the email or telephone call is going through.
Thanks again to everybody for all your efforts in 2021, the firm had an awesome year thanks to you all, and here’s to an new year, You are all sharks, let’s go be scary and bite stuff and show the world !!!!!
It’s time to move FORWARD and the future awaits !!!!
Absolutely love you all !