By Rieva Lesonsky

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s not just the license to eat (though that doesn’t hurt). It’s the spirit of the day, the shared joy celebrating with people you love.

But it’s also a day that compels us to acknowledge the people and things for which we’re grateful. Since this is a business newsletter I won’t bore you with my personal gratitudes, though I think all entrepreneurs should be particularly thankful for the support of their family and friends. Sometimes we’re not the easiest people to be around, and I could not get through the day without the support of my boyfriend.

That said, I want to give thanks to Karen and Maria, my partners (and friends) who make owning a business a whole lot easier—and much more fun. A big thank you to our service providers, the people who do our taxes, fix our computers, and otherwise make sure we can do our job.

We are grateful to our clients for being, well, our clients. But also for sharing our mission which is to help the entrepreneurs of the world start and scale their businesses.

Which leads, of course, to you. Thank you for caring about what we have to say. For reading the thousands of words we write each week. For sharing with us what you think, and what you need to know.

But mostly I salute you. For persevering through the hard times, for staying positive amidst massive amounts of negativity, for having the courage and vision to follow your dreams.

President John F. Kennedy once said, “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” Those people would be you—so thank you, and have a happy Thanksgiving.