On my birthday, I was blessed with a plethora of well wishers. From FaceBook, Twitter, texts, emails, and personal conversations I was wished Happy Birthday. One of my friends, who commented on my birthday on FaceBook, eventually expressed her aggravation with the amount of updates she was getting on her cell phone every time someone said happy birthday. But she was more aggravated because she kept getting my thank you’s also.
She asked, “Are you going to thank every single person?” I told her, “Yes. If someone feels I’m worthy to take the time to express a thought to, the least I can do is say thank you; and I prefer to do it personally.” I know the time will come that I will be too busy to answer them all personally. When that happens, I have a plan.
Some NASCAR drivers are backed up 2-3 years on autographs requested from fans in the mail. Now I know many of them are busy, but some are just lazy. Before Dale Earnhardt died, he was BY FAR the most popular driver in NASCAR. He received 1000 of autograph requests per week. This is not news. What is news is the fact that when he died, he was only 3 weeks behind, while at the same time, I’m told, Dale Jr was 2 years behind. The difference. Dale Sr took time every day he could just to sign things. Arnold Palmer and Richard Petty would sign every autograph until the last fan left the golf course, and the race track, respectively. Phil Mickelson does that now, too.
This is the right thing to do. I’m no big star (yet); but I am beginning to generate a following. People are listening, processing, and some following my lead. I inspire some of them to do better, or to just do more. And when they take the time to reach out, I’m humbled and I’m honored. The least I can do is to say thank you. I hate when I reach out to congratulate or praise someone, and they ignore me. It makes me think differently of them, and makes me wish I hadn’t contacted them. I never want to do that to anyone. When I get to the point my schedule is too busy to thank someone. I WILL hire a person whose sole purpose is to thank everyone that reaches out to me. That may sound silly but you know what, without the people supporting me, I wouldn’t be busy. I consider that just a part of giving back to them. I owe them that much. If i have never said thank you for supporting me, following me, or reading my blog; I want to take this time to say thank you. From the bottom of my heart. I truly appreciate all of your support
God bless and dress well,