1 MIN TO READ: The reason for this post is to encourage people to have a go and consider what’s the worst thing that could happen? 99.9% of the time, nothing bad. So have a crack!!!
Early 2014, Growing With Gratitude started (that’s a story in itself, in why it started). Having literally no idea what I was doing, but being an insanely driven person, I thought it was the common thing to reach out to the person who is the founder of something and seek advice/help. In this case, it was the founder of one of biggest movements in recent times. This person is the the founder of Positive Psychology, Professor Martin Seligman.
I found his email address and sent him an email (see it attached). Knowing what I know now, it’s a terrible email and just having re read it, it’s very embarrassing. I’d rate it a 0.5 out of 10. 0.5 because I sent it. How’s the nerve of asking for an endorsement of something that hadn’t been created from one of the most influential people in recent times? whoops, haha!!!
Hey, you don’t know, what you don’t know!!!
I wrote that email thinking – what’s the worst that can happen? He doesn’t reply.
Well, I was blown away. He did reply, by saying simply – “I don’t endorse programs, but this seems a worthy endeavour.”
That reply was enough motivation to give it my all to create Growing With Gratitude. Professor Seligman, went on to share further resources and pointed me in the right direction, which was incredible. He also said in an email he thought gratitude practice would only be impact 10 – 12 year olds in primary school and not so much younger students. Being a teacher, I totally disagreed with that and was determined to prove him wrong. Young, little humans are like sponges and I knew they could benefit, as long as they were given the opportunity to practice.
At last weeks PESA Conference I had the opportunity to meet Martin Seligman. I relived the story with him. Mind you, he had no idea what I was talking about, haha, but it was very cool to let him know, that simple reply was so influential.