Being the Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg gets a lot of media attention. Recently I read an interview and profile article about him in BusinessWeek. What I found most interesting in the article is that Zuckerberg sets a personal goal every year, to become a more educated and compassionate human being.
In 2010, he wowed to learn Mandarin. In 2011, it was to eat only animals he slaughtered himself. In 2013, he set out to meet a new person who doesn’t work at Facebook every day.
In 2014, Zuckerberg intends to write at least one well-considered thank-you note every day, via e-mail or handwritten letter.
Writing a thank-you note every day is not a new idea by Zuckerberg. I first heard about it in the book titled 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life by John Kralik. The author tells how writing a thank-you note a day changed his life.
I am glad Zuckerberg has set this as his personal goal for 2014. As an influential individual, he has the power to inspire others to do the same.
I like to write thank-you notes or express my thanks in person. Today I wrote a thank-you email to an individual who did a Webinar presentation I attended.
I received the following response: “Many thanks for your wonderful email. It definitely brightens the day!”
A thank-you note warms the hearts of both the sender and the receiver. Everyone needs encouragement. Everyone wants to feel appreciated and valued. It feels good to be appreciated, especially when it’s not expected.
A simple thank-you note is good for our soul, mind and body.