Who have you thanked this morning?

Posted: March 7, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I am not sure when you read this post, but if you were reading this first thing in the morning when you get to work I would say, stop, and go to your e-mail application and find someone in your contacts who has most recently helped you out, then send them a nice thank you e-mail. You may ask why  do this. I would answer if you asked because it is nice to get a thank you and it is nice to get a thank you first thing in the morning. Also this is nice for you too.

Mark Twain put it well when he said; “great people are those who make others feel that they, too, can become great.”  A simple act of gratitude can make someone feel validated and encouraged. You did that with that quick e-mail. Isn’t that great?


I am not sure about you but my day is filled with e-mails to colleagues that usually contain information about broken process and problems. It felt good this morning when I sent my first e-mail thanking someone for something. “Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.” –Oprah Winfrey

Besides setting your day and the receivers day off on the right foot, an early morning thank you note will also grow your network. As you look for people to thank and interact with them you will quickly realize how many contacts you have. A large network is a powerful tool. Websites like Facebook and Linkedin have made a killing on developing social networks. “Rolodex power. Your power is almost directly proportional to the thickness of your Rolodex, and the time you spend maintaining it. Put bluntly the most potent people I’ve known have been the best networkers — they “know everybody from everywhere” and have just been out to lunch with most of them.” —  Thomas Peters

So this morning or tomorrow if you missed this morning, first thing when getting in fire off that thank you e-mail. You will be glad you did.  You may even want to thank me john@john3c.com




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