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  • Writer's pictureDr. CK Bray

Tell Them


Every so often, I run across an article or book someone wrote that I wish I had written because the message is written in such an original way. This morning I read a blog from Derek Sivers. The idea isn’t original, but when he shared how he was putting it into action, I knew I had to share it. I hope you not only love the article, but you put the idea into action. You can read more of Derek’s writing at https://sive.rs



 

When you think something nice about someone, you should tell them.

People don’t hear enough compliments.

Even well-known people. We assume they must hear it too much. But famous people often say the thanks from the public is the best part of the job.

So I think of it as my duty, when someone has made a difference in my life, to let them know.

Recent examples:

  • Emailed Shruti Rajagopalan to say I’m a fan of her work, and I met two of her mutual friends in India.

  • Contacted Nancy Duarte after six years to say I’m still using her Resonate framework of presentation, and I’m glad we met ten years ago.

  • Emailed Austin Kleon to let him know that three different people referenced him last month in India.

  • Found the email address for professor Sharon Kaye after reading her book, Philosophy: a Complete Introduction, to tell her that she is the clearest writer I’ve ever read.

  • Emailed Russ Roberts to say how much I love his podcast and new book.

  • Texted my friend Laura Clesceri to tell her I appreciate our conversations.

  • Told the guy at the cafe that I loved his shirt with the Atari Adventure dragon.

  • ... and complimented three adorable dogs (to their owners) while out on my walk in the forest today.

These examples took a combined total of about fifteen minutes of my life. By text or email, I send just two or three sentences.

As soon as I feel the feeling of appreciation, I flip over to my email app, tap tap tap send, and get back to what I was doing.

There really is no better use of my time, or yours.

Side note: Only about half of them reply. But that’s OK, since I’m not doing it for the reply.


 

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