The Matter of Mattering

Some time ago, I moderated a panel with a stellar group of students from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. As I am known to do, I wrote a thank you note (with a little card inside with a second note) to each student. About a week later, I received an email from a student that went on and on and on about the card I sent to him.

I was very curious as to why he had such a strong reaction. This was from a person who is all about artificial intelligence, machine learning, and virtual reality. One more piece of information about him – he has a great life, home, family, and work.

A few days later, he and I sat down and I asked him about the card. He talked about that it was paper, the message was specific to him, and it was done at all. I wanted to know how it made him feel. He told me that it made him feel like he matters.

What I learned that day is that no matter how much we have in our life, that doesn’t mean we don’t want to know we matter. So let others you care about know they matter to you.

Small action, big potential impact!

Have a great day,


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