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Sean Williams, ARA of Illinois president, highlights why you need to support those who assist you

By Sean Williams, ECP-SM

July 7, 2023

Sean Williams, ECP-SM

Sean Williams, ECP-SM

Hello, American Rental Association (ARA) Region Five members. For those who don’t know me, I am Sean Williams, president of First Place Rental in Oswego, Ill., and am currently serving as ARA of Illinois president.

At our business, and I am sure at yours, too, we are in the thick of the business hustle and bustle. That is great and vital for the health of all our businesses, but it is important that we don’t become consumed by our own commitments, responsibilities and ambitions. As our schedules fill up and demands pile high, we often overlook the importance of caring for those individuals who have consistently supported us during our busiest times. It is my hope to shed some light on the significance of valuing and nurturing relationships, even when life gets chaotic, and provide practical insights on how to avoid neglecting the people who support us.

In today’s society, being busy has become a badge of honor. We pride ourselves on our productivity, achievements and packed schedules. However, amid the flurry of deadlines and obligations, it is crucial to remember that relationships are the lifeblood of our well-being. Whether it’s our family members, friends, partners, employees or mentors, these individuals play an integral role in our lives by providing emotional support, guidance and love.

Acknowledging the contributions of those who care for us is the first step toward preserving these relationships. Take a moment to reflect on the people who have been there for you during challenging times, offering a listening ear, providing words of encouragement or simply lending a helping hand. Recognize the effort they have invested in your well-being and realize that their contributions deserve gratitude and reciprocation.

Time is a finite resource, and its allocation reflects our priorities. Amidst our busy schedules, it’s essential to carve out dedicated time for the people who matter most. Actively schedule moments to connect with them. By doing so we demonstrate that we value and cherish these relationships, ensuring they remain a priority even during hectic periods.

Taking care of those who take care of us extends beyond time spent together. Expressing gratitude and appreciation is equally vital. A heartfelt thank you note, a small token of appreciation or a simple act of kindness can go a long way to demonstrating our love and gratitude. Such gestures not only reinforce the bond we share but also inspire reciprocation, fostering a positive cycle of mutual support.

Busy periods in our lives often lead to a breakdown in communication. However, it’s essential to maintain open lines of dialogue with the people we care about. Be transparent about the demands of your time and seek their understanding while also encouraging them to share their own challenges and needs. By fostering open communication, we ensure that both parties are aware of each other’s circumstances and can provide support when it’s most needed.

Striking a balance between personal aspirations and nurturing relationships can be challenging but not impossible. Remember that success is not solely measured by professional achievements but also by the quality of relationships we maintain. By consciously allocating time and energy to the people who take care of us, we cultivate a support system that uplifts and sustains us during both busy and quiet times.

Remember, in the race to achieve our goals, the journey becomes more meaningful when we have those who support us by our side. So let us not forget to cherish and take care of those who have consistently been there for us, even in our busiest moments.

In line with this, I know that many of our state chapters in the region are planning events this summer. Attend, bring your employees, network with your peers and bring your family to the social gatherings. These events can be a great way to show your support. Don’t miss out.

Sean Williams, ECP-SM, ARA of Illinois president
First Place Rental
Oswego, Ill.
630- 554-3155