During the holidays, especially Thanksgiving, we are often encouraged to take time to reflect on what makes us grateful. Often, the focus is on our personal lives—our homes, the food on our tables, and the people around it.

Of course, these are all important parts of life, and we should be grateful for them! But it can also be beneficial to take time to recognize the people who have helped shape us professionally.

Whether it is a teacher, professor, former boss, colleague, or mentor, we can all point to individuals who have shaped us in some way. There is a saying, credited to a variety of people, that we are the combination of the five people with whom we spend the most time. If this is true, then we can (and should) credit much of our success and growth to those people, including the ones with whom we work.

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