When I started my journey as a youth motivational speaker around the age of 17, I would constantly travel to events and conferences to listen to professionals in the industry speak. Even if I wasn’t necessarily invited to some of them , I would always find a way to sneak in the back door to listen and learn (the first step to recovering is admitting you have a problem). From early on, pros like Patrick Maurer, David Faustina, and others served as role models for me to look up to and envy (I’m lucky enough to consider these people close friends today).
About a year into my learning experience, I received a signed book from a speaker named Keith Hawkins. The book included a full paragraph encouraging me to continue with my passion and wishing me good luck in the process. Though I had never met him in person, his words alone served as a huge boost during my first few years.
I flew out to the bay area earlier this week to present at a CADA leadership conference. Less than a week before I was set to fly out, I received a list of the other presenters for the event. As I skimmed through the list, one name caught my eye. A call home to check an old book confirmed my hopes: Keith would be presenting at CADA as well. Needless to say, I was extremely excited to not only meet him, but to thank him for the early encouragement.
I was finally able to meet Keith early Monday morning. As we shook hands, I presented the book he had signed for me years ago. After a quick read over, a huge smile came to his face. The conversation that followed was one of the most rewarding I have had in quite some time. Getting the opportunity to thank someone who had encouraged me so much at a young age was more than enough to make my day. Though he didn’t even know who I was at the time, the effect he had on me years ago was enormous. If random chance had not paired me up to meet Keith and share his book with him, I may have never had the opportunity.
I think that a lot can be gained by thanking the ‘silent heroes’ in our own lives. Yes, today is about expressing gratitude towards those who you are thankful for (and I hope you take the time to do so). Often times though, some of the people who have had the most profound impact on our lives may not even know it. A special teacher, close friend, coworker, family member, or simply an acquaintance may have changed your life more than they even begin to realize.
As you sit down to eat and enjoy time with family and friends, I encourage you to think of the silent heroes in your own life.
Today just might be the perfect day to thank them =)
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
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