Last week I got a call at 9 AM from a buddy I hadn’t spoke to in a while. It went something like this:
Me: “Yo, what’s up?
Amigo: “Hey, I just actually wanted to call you to say thank you.”
Me: “For what?”
Amigo: “For making an impact on my life.”
Me: “Okaaay…Wait. What do you mean?”
Amigo: “Well, remember when we were at that Dodgers game a few years back?”
Amigo: “I was struggling with my business at the time, and you said to me ‘if you believe in what you’re doing keep going. You’ll figure out a way to make it work’. Well I stuck to it like you said, and the business today has never been better. Two weeks ago, we hit $1M in revenue. So I just wanted to say thanks. That conversation had a huge impact on my life”
Me: “Well holy shit, man! Do I get a cut??”
I didn’t actually say this last part. It was more like this:
Me: [stammering and kind of speechless] Uh…I don’t even know what to say. Thank you, man. That means a ton to me. I’m really at a loss for words.
After I got off the phone I thought to myself. “Jeez, well that was a pretty radical way to start off a morning.” So, knowing how good it had made me feel, I decided to pay it forward and give this same gift to others. Over the next few days I emailed three people to let them know how they have impacted my life.
The nearly uniform response I got back from everyone was something along the lines of: “Wow, thank you. This means more to me than you realize.”
I recommend trying this out yourself. It’s easy. It’s fun. And it makes you feel good.
If someone has made an impact in your life, whether it’s a friend, a parent, a teacher, a sibling, a boss, let them know, and be as specific as possible about the piece of advice that helped shape your life. They likely have no idea that what they said had an impact on you, and I guarantee it will make their day. It will probably make yours too.