Letters From Leton: Thank You Very Much!

Often, we think we know a lot. Then sometimes we have an experience and learn how little we may know.

Over the holidays, Tammie and I watched the movie, Elvis (highly recommended even if you are not an Elvis fan).

I was aware of his music, his marriage, his outfits, and his unfortunate passing. I thought I knew Elvis. How wrong I was.

The movie highlights Elvis growing up around African Americans, their influence on him (in many ways beyond music), and his fondness of Martin Luther King and the pain he felt at his assassination.

It also highlighted his hard relationship with Colonel Tom Parker and how Elvis was misused as a person. I felt like I got to see more of the man – and less of the legend. I walked away even more impressed with Elvis.

In today’s banking world we sometimes think we know it all, especially if we have been in the industry for a while. Then we have experiences, learn lessons, and witness advancements that remind us how much more we need to learn, no matter our age, experience, or role in the bank.

The same can be said of any business, college, community, or individual. 

If we are not moving forward (learning, growing, changing) then we are moving backwards.

I find as I get older it gets harder for me to learn, grow, and change.

Then I think about the benefits of stretching myself and the benefits that I receive from being open to new things.

For that I say, “Thank You Very Much.”

Have a great week.

– Leton

“Letters From Leton” is a blog series comprised of the weekly updates that Leton Harding – President, Chairman, and CEO of Powell Valley National Bank, shares with the Bank’s team members. These newsletters are full of uplifting anecdotes and intriguing insights that are applicable beyond the Bank, so we want to share them with you.