There is a secret to making me help you: say thank-you. It’s so simple and easy, and yet so many people don’t say it. It seems automatic that if you donate something, do a good job, or just volunteer some time…someone will say “thank-you.” But, whenever it happens, I am ecstatic. It means so much that someone took the time to evaluate what I’ve given them and put in equal effort to express their gratitude. I especially try to say thank-you to every crew member, employee, or contractor. I probably say it more than necessary, because it’s important that everyone I work with hears it.
Why doesn’t everyone say thank-you? I think many people don’t say it because it’s an admission that someone else made them awesome. Saying “thank-you” can somehow subtract from their efforts. I kinda get that. After working on especially arduous project, the last thing you want to feel is like you didn’t do enough.
However, I take a different tactic: everyone is awesome. And all we have to do is keep being awesome–together–and the result will be collectively more awesome. We all put in time, money, effort, sweat, blood and tears. Saying “thank-you” is the just the gratuity. It makes someone walk away not just satisfied, but glad they worked with you.
Ok, so, this brings me back to the card. I got a friggin’ card from a production team that used my office a couple weeks ago. I would have given them access regardless. I didn’t expect anything except maybe no trash when I came back one Monday. This isn’t just thank-you. This is the whole crew collectively taking at least a minute to say thank-you. Individually and awesomely. That means a lot. They could have used my office, dump their trash, and walked away. But they bought a card! A card!
Oh. My. God. You guys are welcome. When can you come back?