We hear the word “community” thrown around a lot – find IT, get involved in IT, tap into IT; not to mention the various types of “community” any one could be referring to at any given time. With this word being used so frequently, it’s easy for the concept to lose its weight; the true meaning of it seems to slip by because “Yeah, yeah I know, I’ve heard it before”. But when I look around Louisville, I get a sense that a lot of people around here actually do care about community, in whatever capacity they view it, and they are running with it! That’s why I am writing this little tribute to the love of this community.
So what do I mean when I say community? Well, I view community as a group (large or small) of people who genuinely care about staying connected. That connection leads to them taking a deeper interest in those people’s lives, leading to a unique support system grounded by a common interest or goal. Plug that into the idea of building a “business community”, and suddenly you have the potential for a very strong force for mutual success. This isn’t some deep or poignant viewpoint, but sometimes it’s nice to remind ourselves.
When I was given the opportunity to work with Trailhead Wealth Management, LLC, I was tasked with creating our “brand” and presence in Louisville. Our first thought was to become a part of local organizations here, and see what we could participate in around town. The goal: to get our name out there and find out what the people of Louisville were interested in; what we found: that strong force for success I mentioned earlier was definitely evident, there was a true sense of togetherness – people CARE here, and that was a unique and fantastic discovery! It is what has kept us coming back to every event, and making sure our memberships around town are always up-to-date. By diving into this community, we not only gained meaningful business connections, but more importantly, we developed friendships and experiences that are irreplaceable as a company, as well as individuals. I found myself catapulted from a newcomer to this town, hardly knowing what a Chamber of Commerce did, to part of the Board of Directors, working alongside passionate people with a desire to make this community (yes I said it again) even greater than when we found it.
My experience in the business world is fairly new, I haven’t been involved in numerous organizations over the years, nor have I been jaded by the cutthroat corporate world, but I can tell you that based on my limited but growing experiences in the work force, I know we have something special here in Louisville. Maybe it’s the way we have a small town feel with big-city success, or maybe it’s because the people who choose to live and work here have adopted the concept that it is important to look outside yourself to better your life, and the lives of those around you. Whatever it is, I LOVE it! Our COMMUNITY is special and I want to thank all of you for being a part of it. If you’re new to it, I want to invite you to get involved with us! I know it can be intimidating, but I swear it will be worth it. Can’t wait to see you around!