Gratitude: Make It Sincere

Posted in bigWebApps, Business Building, Personal Improvement by jasonrmoore on February 27, 2009

thankyou We have had an on-going discussion around the bigWebApps virtual water cooler about the abuse of the word “thanks.”

People say “thanks” when they’re not actually thankful for the other party’s action.  At this point, it’s almost a substitute for “goodbye.”  And due to this, it is greatly cheapened.  I agree with the other party in that regard.

But it’s been taken a step further in that saying “thanks” puts you in a “position of weakness.”  I whole-heartedly disagree.

Here is a post by Seth Godin that happens to be quite timely to our conversation.  I’m posting the entire post since it’s so short (as Seth does so well).


Do you deserve it?

Do you deserve the luck you’ve been handed? The place you were born, the education you were given, the job you’ve got? Do you deserve your tribe, your customer base, your brand?

Not at all. “Deserve” is such a loaded word. Most of us don’t deserve the great opportunities we have, or the lucky breaks that got us here.

The question shouldn’t be, “do you deserve it.” I think it should be, “what are you going to do with it now that you’ve got it?”


When someone takes time out of their day to share with us a bug in one of our applications or watch a webinar where we are spouting off about something we created, I  am deeply thankful for that person doing so.  What motivated that person to spend their time from a busy day to share with us?  And more importantly, how/what can we do to deliver something to them that makes our next event with them go on their “can’t miss” list?

If that puts me in a position of weakness, then I will gladly serve that role.

In closing, I would like to say that you taking your time to read this trivial email is appreciated by me.  If it was worth your time, I look forward to the next opportunity you give me to chat with you.


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