Thankful - Will Hanke


Written by +Will Hanke on January 13th, 2017

Today I’m sitting in a Starbucks, streaming Pandora and writing, well, this.

While for many people this is no big deal, to me it is. For 17 years I worked in one capacity or another for the US government. Between my military service and then subsequent contractor roles, I always had a job.

And I hated it.

For most people, that’s life, and it will always be life.  Working is required if you want to have freedom, which is an interesting paradox.

Anyway, I’m excited that I’m sitting here, doing what I want to do.

I’m one of the lucky ones.

Over the years this blog has mostly about SEO – the three letters that really gave me this freedom. And it will continue to be about that, and more.

For now, I’m just happy to be doing what I want to do. Not many people wake up in the morning ready to work, ready to make change, ready to help people succeed, and ready to kick ass.

But I do.

I’ve read many books about business, and I watch a lot of documentaries about successful people. Of all the things I notice, I think thankfulnesss is the biggest key to their success. Yeah, there are some arrogant rich people out there, but for the most part these people are grateful for having the opportunities that they have received.

So let’s make it a great day. Be thankful you have a place to go, a thing to do, a person to help.

That’s what makes this life so awesome.


Will Hanke is the Chief Search Marketing Strategist at Red Canoe Media, a top St. Louis Search Marketing & SEO firm. In addition to helping some of the city's most recognizable brands with their online marketing strategy, Will also is an Amazon bestselling author, speaker and teacher.


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