Do you want to truly impress someone? Perhaps someone who has sold more than a million books and has spoken in front of tens of thousands of people. Someone that you consider “famous.”
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Mark Sieverkropp didn’t set out to do that…but he did. And he shared his story with me recently. It’s a story of how the Thank You Revolution helped Mark connect on a deeper level with John Miller, the author of QBQ.
Here’s Mark’s story:
Last time I guest posted for Matt, I talked about some hard advice I received from John G. Miller.
In that post, I talked about how it was a bit embarrassing and I felt like I was a complete idiot for the things I had screwed up. But John was very gracious with his help, and as I mentioned in the other post, I was grateful that John was the type of man that would take the time to figuratively put his arm around me and give some advice.
Well, now let me share with you what legendary radio commentator, Paul Harvey, would’ve called “The Rest of the Story”…
Like many of you, I have joined the Thank You Revolution. So after getting over being embarrassed, I sat down with a pen and a blank card and wrote John a little letter.
It wasn’t long, and it wasn’t much. Basically I told him how grateful I was for him taking the time to share some advice with me, then I again apologized for my screw up, and told him if I could help him out in anyway, to please let me know.
And off the little note went on its journey to QBQ headquarters.
I didn’t think anything more of it. I did it mostly in the hope of repairing any damage I may have caused to John’s impression of me. That was enough.
Then, low and behold, a few weeks later I come home to find a package in the mail. It’s from QBQ!
Before I could even open the package I had to stop and read what was written on the package…
“Mark, You’re hand-written note spoke volumes! Impressive!” Signed, John.
I was blown away! I had never in a million years expected to:
1. Receive a package in the mail in response to my note and
2. have that package have a personal note from John written on it!
So I assumed that there probably was a book in the package, but I didn’t expect to see the note on the inside that I found, “Mark, Clearly you are a QBQ Guy! Be Outstanding!” Signed, John G. Miller
Wow. What a compliment!
This free book, valued at over 30x what I paid for the thank you card and the stamp to mail it–is the result of my joining the Thank You Revolution.
But do you know what I received because of this one thank you note that I value infinitely more than the book? The relationship that I have begun to develop with a man that I greatly respect.
John G. Miller—Mr. QBQ himself—referred to me as a “QBQ Guy”. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to brag or say “look at me, look at me”.
What I am trying to do is paint a picture for you of the value of that thank you note you will write this week, or next week, or next month. Will it lead to a free book? Maybe. Maybe not. But it will strengthen relationships, it will heal hearts, it will open doors, it will advance careers. It will change lives – yours and those around you.
That is the power of the Thank You Revolution. That is the Power of Gratitude in your life. That is the gift that Matt has given me and countless others by challenging us to look past ourselves and our concerns and to be grateful for the people in our lives.
If you haven’t done so, read Matt’s book, The Power of Gratitude. I’m not exaggerating when I say, it will change your life. I can say that, because it has honestly changed mine! If you haven’t joined the Thank You Revolution, don’t waste another minute, sign up. Take Action. Become a QBQ Guy or Gal!
Now it’s your turn. In the comment section below, share a story of the blessings you have received from expressing gratitude to someone you respect.