So I came home from work yesterday and plopped down on my couch, exhaled, and opened my laptop. I figured I’d scan a few websites for blog fodder and shareable links, then switch from slacks to jeans so I could cop a life-depleting meal in the mean streets of Harlem. As much as I wanted to eat broccoli or sugar snap peas, it wasn’t meant to be. I was destined to consume a chicken quesadilla at 8:38pm ET.
Little did I know that when I opened Twitter, I’d find the most substantial and encouraging message that I’ve seen since I started blogging:
I used your advice on cover letters and already got 2 interviews so a huge thank you for sharing. -@likkle_talawa
If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ve heard me say that one of my biggest goals with writing is to help people. If I entertain them along the way, cool. But my goal with all this isn’t to be an entertainer. It’s to be a valuable source of information, that people can take away from their keyboards and into their physical lives. When I saw that tweet, I high-fived Jesus and called my momma.
Aight…I’m exaggerating. I went to my fridge to find a beer so I could toast solo to the mini success. Unfortunately, there were no beers in the fridge, so I returned to the couch somewhat underwhelmed and mustered up a sincerely enthusiastic reply:
@slimjackson honestly, that’s the best tweet i’ve seen this year. happy to hear! knock out those interviews!
@slimjackson yall have no idea how happy it makes me to hear stuff like that. i’ll take one person succeeding off (my) advice over 300 fb likes on a post.
Whether or not she gets one of these two jobs is to be determined. But in a way, I’ve achieved a dream and confirmed the foundation of one of my major goals for 2012. The takeaway here for you as a reader is this:
If you read something or listen to someone and have even a modicum of success off their words, tell them. You never know when a simple thank you will help them solidify their purpose. Gratitude can be the greatest form of encouragement. And encouragement is what helps people achieve their dreams.
2-stepping in some NY Knicks basketball shorts while making it rain fire sauce packets,