Where's Your Happy?

July 10, 2017
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Me and My Wife at Lake Winnipesaukee

I recently had the pleasure of doing a fireside chat with my son, David, at a Marriott conference. The theme of our conversation centered on how we promote associate wellbeing through our TakeCare program and where we find our happiness. It’s a simple topic on the surface, but the answer means something different to every person.

It may sound cliché, but I really do find my happiness when I’m with associates. It’s why I spend so much of my time traveling from property to property around the world. I love meeting our associates and watching them create memorable experiences for our guests. I’m happiest when our associates can succeed, grow, and be happy.

One of my favorite stories that, to this day, brings a smile to my face is that of Marriott’s Vice President of Global Operations, Lenny Jachimowicz. Lenny joined Marriott in 1972 as a plumbing assistant for one of our hotels. He worked his way up to the top of his department. Lenny deserves every bit of credit for his success, but it makes me incredibly happy to know that we provided an environment that allowed him to grow and want to stick around for the ride. He will retire this summer with more than 45 years of experience. Congratulations, Lenny!

Though stories like Lenny’s bring me much happiness, I must admit my happy does extend beyond the confines of Marriott properties. David wouldn’t let me off the hook that easily at the conference. He knows that if I had to single out my one true happy place, it would be spending time with my family at the lake in New Hampshire. There’s something about that place that relaxes and rejuvenates me more than anything else. I’m blessed to have children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren who join me and my wife, Donna, at the lake.

My Son, David, and I at a Marriott Conference Panel

I say this all because we cannot succeed in our personal or our professional lives without finding our happy. Whether it comes from listening to our favorite song (mine is “As Time Goes By,” by Herman Hupfeld), finding time for our favorite hobby, or spending time with those who matter most to us, we all need time for ourselves and to TakeCare. Embrace that time and enjoy it fully. You deserve it.

Where do you find your happy?

I’m Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.

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Thank you for sharing such a beautiful message, my happy/happiness is my family and of course Im more happy if I can travel with my family to a Marriot resort :)

wow...what a great story and a very inspiring to those who aim to be successful in their careers..like me anyways..
An optimistic people or individual will never be afraid of aiming to reach their goals in life even in a hard times but still striving. Sir Bill Marriott you're such a good rule model of all human kind with such a good heart and God fearing together is in with you. I am quite so sure your entire roots inherited your goodwill. I might say, " good tree will always brings forth good". May God bless you with the abundance of health and long life as well. Thank you. From Philippines.

An optimistic people will not afraid to reach their goals in life even in the hard times. I am so pleased and inspired upon reading your story Sir Bill Marriott, you're such a good example to all human kind with good heart and God fearing. I am quite so sure your goodwill was inherited by your roots. Good tree always brings forth good. May God bless you with the abundance of good health and gives you long life sir..

wow...what a great story and a very inspiring adventure to those who aim to be successful in their careers..like me anyway...

Hi, Mr. Bill Marriott :)

I must say that stories of humble beginnings make me teary eyed.
I admire the fact that you are always 'On the Move' to reach out all your employees in all of your hotels in different parts of the world.

I have heard about the job opening of the Courtyard Marriott Hotel here in Iloilo City, Philippines and I am hoping that I would be fortunately selected to join the workforce for this has been a dream of mine when I was young and till now.

The world needs more people like you. Someone who is God-fearing; values happiness: in life, self, family, work, companies; and, cares for workforce/employees' well-being, welfare, and safety.

Thank you for providing equal opportunities to everyone.

Thank you and more power to you and your company!

Good luck, good health and God bless you, your family, your business, and workforce/employees :)

Thanks Marriott for such an interesting post with us. I really very enjoying the reading your comments. It remembrance my childhood days. I enjoyed them very much and really want to back. Really really enjoy... Congrats Lenny from my side!!

Mr Marriott, I worked for Marriott from 1970-2002 in several division all over the country. On August 18,19 & 20th in Boston, a group of former Marriot management are having a reunion of a team that managed the Eastern Airline Terminal under Louie Peskey in the mid to late 1970's .Carlos Ramirez, Sal Carbone & the widow of David Zabaglo [Barbara] & myself are getting together to recall the good old days ! If you are around Boston , we would love to buy your lunch or dinner !
Thanks Len cell # 985-768-1782 P.S. still have your picture ,taken by your wife, at Children's Hospital on Christmas Day, on my desk at our business.

Thank you for this I know I find my happy not only helping others at Marriott but mostly when I'm with my grand-children they are my Happy! and can't forget time spent with my pet dog Sophie she makes me happy!

Great advice! Thank you, Mr Marriott! Have read your blog since you first posted and look forward to the next one!

I absolutely enjoy reading Marriott on the Move. I'm still hoping that one day one of my grandchildren will work for the Marriott company. I know all about it because I read your book and I very moved by it. Keep my joy coming. I can't wait to read the next message.