Solitude>Gratitude>Attitude>Altitude. In my previous write-up, I confessed that I didn’t have an attitude switch… and that if I sought “altitude,” a healthy attitude would be essential.

4ti‘tudes part II was devoted to solitude. Now on to gratitude!

I’ve found gratitude to be the true source of joy in my life. I personally have a difficult time holding onto a sour attitude and funk when I truly put things into perspective and have a heart of gratitude and thanksgiving. Happened again just this morning!

Almost universally, I’ve discovered that those in our world who are genuinely grateful, generally have terrific attitudes and achieve greater levels of success and happiness in their life.

For crying out loud, we live in United States! What an unbelievable starting point. During a recent trip to Guatemala, our team was reminded just how “set up” we are as a people group for opportunity and success. People come from all over the world to pursue the American dream. I’m grateful my seeds were planted and grew here and that I wake up every day with countless freedoms and liberties that others on our planet don’t have.

What is on your list?

Drew Hiss
Post by Drew Hiss
July 10, 2018
Drew Hiss launched his outsourced payroll and HR technology solutions company, Checkdate Solutions, in 1994. The entrepreneurial venture was a classic bootstrap start-up whose launch plan underestimated capital needs and ramp up time by significant multiples. The adventure predictably included scrapping for cash, overhauling the business model, rebranding, refocusing, redirecting resources, shifting tech platforms, praying, seeking counsel and wisdom, etc.. Not surprisingly, deep entrepreneurial scar tissue was forged. Ultimately Checkdate Solutions became one of Kansas City’s fastest growing companies and was named one of the Greater KC Chamber of Commerce Best Businesses not once, but twice. Additionally, Checkdate Solutions ranked as one of KC’s top 100 fastest growing companies for nine consecutive years and was in the top 25 nationally in its industry. Today’s workplace culture tends to compartmentalize personal virtues from commerce, creating silos and compartmentalization between business, family, community, values and faith. But as a CEO, Drew and his company grew when he “decompartmentalized:” on his journey, he learned to integrate his life of commerce and his life of family, faith and values. Drew merged Checkdate Solutions with payroll industry leader Paycor, stepping away from the company in 2008 and serving on its board for eight years. Drew remains an owner in the firm. Today, Drew’s heart to help business owners leverage the influence of their business platform for eternal impact is at the core of Acumen which he founded late in 2015. Acumen is a catalytic iron-sharpening-iron environment forged from the fiery furnace of entrepreneurial battle, marketplace survival and integration of the timeless wisdom of the ages. Drew and his wife, Sarah have been married for 32 years and have four children (plus two beautiful daughters in law) ranging in age from 28 to 22. In early 2020, Drew and Sarah relocated to Evergreen, CO, He is a raving-fan congregant of Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette, CO, and enjoys snowboarding, hunting, cycling, hiking, and a variety of outdoor activities and adventures including running with his two dogs.