I received a text message out of the blue a couple of weeks ago. The message read:
“Anton, I am so thankful for our friendship.
Man, you were so integral in my success.
I am so appreciative for you. Have a blessed week!”
I was blown away by the message. It came from one of the most highly decorated clinical leaders I have ever met. I don’t have his permission to share his name, but I will tell you that he is in the top 25% of his medical specialty in the United States of America. He also has provided specialty care to some top-level musicians, actors, producers and other celebrities. He is someone that I believe is the ideal leader we need in health and medicine.
I didn’t know our friendship had that kind of impact on his success. I was almost speechless that someone so accomplished in life would see me as integral to their success. So, when I received the message, the first words that came to mind were, Thank you.
I don’t know what sparked him to send me this message but it had a very meaningful impact on me. It came at the end of a very stressful and emotional week. It was at a time when I wasn’t feeling the best. However, his message changed my whole outlook. The simplicity of his ‘thank you’ had a big impact on me. It reminded me that we should always remember to say Thank you, to those who have had an impact on our lives.
I challenge you to make a list of ten people in your life who have helped you in some way. Then reach out to them and say, Thank you.
You never know what they may be going through and it might make all the difference to hear those words.
Thank you for reading,
PS: Check out this 3-Minute TED Talk on the Importance of Thank You.
PPS: Check out this Harvard Business Review Article on The Two Most Important Words.