I never really knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. In hindsight I can see how so many of the things that interested me in my youth have contributed directly to my ability to do the work I do today, but back then I really had no clue.
I guess that's probably why I washed out of college after just a few months. College seemed like a lot of work when I lacked to ability to put a spotlight on the thing I was working toward.
What age and experience has taught me is that I never really cared about the answer to the question "what do you want to do for a living?" because that was just a means to an end. The question I cared about, but couldn't conjure with any coherence, was "how do you want your life to matter?"
Today I own a printing company and leverage the freedom to define my own priorities to speak, coach, and give away thousands of thank you cards every year because I don't want to be the worlds greatest printer, I want to help people do their very best work and use the resources at hand to leave things better than when I showed up.
Geoff Welch is the owner of Fairbanks, Alaska’s award winning Date-Line Digital Printing, where his “crisis of gratitude” was the genesis of their remarkable Thanks Fairbanks project. Each year they share thousands of free thank you cards with area residents as a way of spreading a culture of gratitude in their Fairbanks, and their lobby has been dubbed "The Fortress of Gratitude."
A humorous and engaging public speaker with irreverent perspectives on leadership, gratitude, service, and being a human at work, Geoff frequently speaks in classrooms, at conferences, and currently facilitates Leadership Fairbanks for the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce.
Always up for a challenge, Geoff and his wife Nicole have chosen to raise a small human named Maddy without the aid of any formal training.