I was mentioned in a blog this morning by a brilliant and talented young man Jason Hewlett and I want to share that with you (but not yet). I also want to share up front that my purpose in doing so is NOT to say “look at the difference I made”. Rather it is to say “Look at the difference anyone can make” if they will take the time and make the effort to “believe in people.”
What’s very intriguing to me about his post this morning is that I just spent 2 hours last night with a group of leaders talking about how they can be more effective at doing this very thing. And this consulting/training engagement is less than an hour from where Jason lives… so I flew 4 hours to be here and end up in the same city where Jason then dedicates a blog to the very principle I was hired to speak too…. hmmn. It was like it was meant to be.
Now before you go to his blog… and perhaps even to his website… I invite you watch this 4 minute video of the legendary Victor Frankl as he speaks to this very principle. For those who are familiar with Victor Frankl he was a trained psychologist of Jewish decent who survived the horrors of one of the very worst Nazi prison/death camps and wrote about what he learned about human behavior from this extreme experience in suffering. His book “Mans Search for Meaning” has inspired and influenced millions… and is a foundational piece of Stephen Covey’s life’s work in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
In the video the relevant principle is introduced at the 1:35 mark…with an airplane story. Listen for the line…”If we take man as he really is we make him worse”. It’s great.
Then I invite you to meet my friend Jason… and I promise you if you knew him as I do, you would love him as I do. And if you knew him as I do… you would most likely have said the same thing to him that I did…which was simply in effect…”Jason you were born to be a speaker who inspires, connects, entertains and changes lives. Your incredible achievements as an entertainer are only the beginnings and foundation of your life’s work.”
Also just visit his home page and watch some of his incredible videos. http://jasonhewlett.com/
And let people know you believe them…don’t just take them as they are and make them worse.