It’s the biggest night of your career. Over 30 million people will watch you take the stage to accept an award. Filled with pride and gratitude for everything that it took you to get to this pinnacle of success, you lift your trophy and approach the microphone.
You now have 45 seconds to express what’s in your heart. Go.
During last night’s Oscars a few took the opportunity to use one of the world’s largest stages to make an overt political point — no doubt earning appreciation from their fans but derision from those who disagreed with their views.
Others took the more standard approach of trying to squeeze into those 45 seconds as many names who worked with them on their film or supported them in their career.
But what if these two approaches were merged. The list of individuals actually MADE an important political point.
In a country that prides itself on individual accomplishment, the reality is that these speeches can serve as reminder of exactly how many different influences it takes to make our life story possible.
Imagine you are giving an acceptance speech for a major award, like the Oscars. Who would you thank? God? Your Mom? Your agent? Would the press write articles about how your hard work allowed you to overcome some struggle in your life to reach this pinnacle?
If this sounds familiar, it’s because it is. It is a familiar script on how we tell our stories about becoming successful (hard work) and who, if anyone, we have to thank for it (the usual suspects).
Now check out Kevin Durant’s MVP speech. You’ll be tempted to think that you don’t have time to watch it right now. Avoid that temptation. You’ll be happy you watched the whole thing.
He says towards the end, “I don’t know about you, but when something good happens…I tend to look back at what brought me here.”
You don’t need a national stage to tell those in your world that you’re thankful for them.
Take a few minutes today to think of five people who “brought you here.” Give them a call, send a text or an email, walk across the hall. And say thanks.
As a bonus, research shows that when we express gratitude to others, we feel better about ourselves too.
Read more about the power of SAYING THANKS.