Ways to Distinguish Yourself #206 – Thank Powerfully!

Ways to Distinguish Yourself #206 – Thank Powerfully!

By Rajesh Setty on Thu 12 Nov 2009, 12:57 AM – 8 Comments

Note: Thanksgiving is coming soon but I wanted to share this way before that date. You will see why as you read the post.

Everyone knows that an attitude of gratitude is important to grow. In fact, you might remember your parents telling you to be thankful to people that help you.

Yes, I subscribe to the above views whole-heartedly.

You are where you are today because of MANY people who helped you get here. It is easy to forget the people that helped you. Sometimes you might think most of your success is because you are smart and of course you did some get a little help here and there. In most cases you are wrong. In reality, you are not so smart and you got a LOT of help to get to where you are today.

So, the first step is to recognize the real contribution of people around you and to go ahead and thank them.

There are many ways to thank people. Here are some:

  • Send them an email
  • Call them and thank them
  • Take them out for coffee or lunch
  • Send them a greeting card
  • Send them a gift card
  • Send them a gift
  • Send them money
  • Send them flowers

I can go on.. there are a thousands of ways to thank someone. Some are easy and some are difficult. Some cost nothing and some cost a fortune. Some are useless and some are meaningful.

If you spend a few minutes though, you can find some thoughtful AND powerful ways of thanking people.

Think about it.

The best way to thank someone is to help them with their project without adding additional cost to their lives. Do something that will enrich their lives.

People are always working on ONE or more projects both in their personal and professional lives ( for more on this, please read the introductory chapters of “Beyond Code” [foreword by Tom Peters] – Free download here) However powerful they are, they need help. They help others but they need help too. In the world of social media, it is not hard to see “what matters most” to the person that has helped you. You are smart and it is not hard to imagine how you can add value to one of more of this person’s projects in a meaningful way.

I can provide ideas but you can come up with your own. The key is to do something that enriches the life of the person that has enriched you. To make it even better, do something that will not introduce new costs in the life of this person.

Go ahead, thank that someone before the upcoming thanksgiving day and do it powerfully.


Note 1: Here are links to the other 200 articles in the series

Rajesh Setty: Best of Life Beyond Code – Distinguish Yourself #1 – #50

Rajesh Setty: Best of Life Beyond Code -Distinguish Yourself #51 – #100

Rajesh Setty: Best of Life Beyond Code -Distinguish Yourself #101 – #100

Rajesh Setty: Best of Life Beyond Code -Distinguish Yourself #151 – #200

Note 2: The first 25 entries in the series have been packaged in a ChangeThis manifesto that was published on September 07, 2005. You can download that manifesto here:

ChangeThis Manifesto: 25 Ways to Distinguish Yourself (PDF, Free)

Note 3: My latest manifesto on ChangeThis was published on August 6, 2008. This is a photographic manifesto featuring 15 of my mini sagas (stories in exactly 50 words). Here is the link:

ChangeThis Manifesto: Mini Sagas – Bite Sized Lessons for Life and Business (PDF, Free)


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8 Comments so far, Add Yours

Prashant  on November 12th, 2009

Dear Rajesh,

Thank you for inspiring me during the last few turbulent months in my life. Your lectures and your writings have shown path to me when I was down. Please continue to do so. I wish you the best in all your endeavors.


Tim Bursch  on November 12th, 2009


Great idea. It takes being intentional to do more than words. We all like to be appreciated. Easy way to keep friends and build deeper relationships.

Thank you for being generous with your ideas!


Rajesh Setty  on November 12th, 2009

Prashant and Tim:

Thanks a bunch for your kind words here. Have a great day.



Kathy Holzapfel  on November 12th, 2009

Raj! Your succinct brilliance never fails to amaze me. Thank you for sharing. I also liked Tim’s words “it takes being intentional.” A great phrase to sleep-think tonight.

Happy Thanskgiving!


Kathy H.

Rajesh Setty  on November 12th, 2009

Thanks Kathy for the kind words.

BTW, did you receive my email with my mailing address?

Kindly let me know or I will resend the email.



Kathy Holzapfel  on November 12th, 2009

No, I did not receive your email. PLEASE resend. (And this time, if I don’t hear from you within a day or two, I’ll know to come haunt you :-)



david corbin  on November 18th, 2009

the attitude of gratitude! couldnt agree more. i think that when we understand what people appreciate and give it to them then the rest is commentary!

personally i am a big fan of the positive mental attitude philosophy – practice the ‘think and grow rich’ principles of napoleon hill and others.

however, i know at a deep level that there is nothing in that that tells us to ignore negative issues. therefore i hope that you take a look at the ‘illuminate the negative’ site where you will find some amazing eye openers- especially the book, Illuminate:Harnessing The Positive Power of Negative Thinking which has been my life’s work in consulting, etc. Raj, you’re gonna like this. keep up the great work. http://tinyurl.com/kk28ch. enjoy!!!

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