My 300th Post: Thank You for Your Encouragement, Motivation
Unlike my 100th and 200th posts, I knew my 300th would arrive. This year saw substantial jump in visitors, so it’s like this: before if I stopped blogging few would notice, now quite a few would. Heck, people notice if I’m not online for a few days.
All this produces a pleasant feeling of responsibility. Yes, I enjoy writing for myself and learning that someone likes what I write, but when that writing actually helps, it becomes a tool and rewarding to me. My series on Emotional Self-defense for Sensitive People is the best example of this.
When you strip back this responsibility, you find people . . . and more importantly, individuals. What differs with my 300th post from my other hundredfold posts is this: whereas meeting people was fun, exciting and inspirational – all of which is still true – I now appreciate more the encouragement and motivation they give me.
I’ve come to appreciate these more because in my real life, business has been increasingly good, active and challenging. Yes, positive, but many times I’ve wondered whether those priorities will allow me to continue with this blog and other social media activities. But, it never fails. When my most serious doubts begin to infect me, blog visitors say something about what I’ve written and they overrun those doubts for me.
Yes, I am extremely thankful for those antibiotics: your encouragement and motivation.
However, the challenge in my blog’s growth is recognizing all of those who have helped me and who make my life better. Please review those I mentioned in my 100th and 200th posts, many continue. In the meantime, here are those whom I wish to acknowledge publicly. I believe adding them to your lives will make your lives better too:
- Again, my wife Kathy who continues to support my work (however, she appears on no social media), so I guess you have to accept my word that she does exist!
- Jeannette Marshall @Optioneer JM who said, “You’ve got to get on Twitter!” and gave me sound advice on how to start that and this blog
- Sandra Semjonova @SanHarmony who has been one of my (if not the most) reliable visitors and supporters
- Bill Gaul @GaulBill who I’ve known from a previous life and is just a very, very good person to know and shares my love of baseball
- Douglas Rice @douglaserice who actually discovered we live close enough to each other to meet in person and possesses tremendous energy that infects you
- Vanessa Peterson @vanesadawn who is very encouraging, loves life and improves the lives of all who experience her
- Samantha Hall @Samantha_S_Hall who asks significant questions, discusses topics on a myriad of levels (sometimes at the same time), writes superbly and has offered me tremendous encouragement and support (Read her blog!!)
- Paul Voss @PaulWVoss who regularly promotes my work in his Leadership-elite Daily
- Scott Mabry @scott_elumn8 who gave me the honor of guest writing for his blog and provides sincere, valuable commentary (Read his blog!!)
- Scott Boulton @HR_ScottBoulton who gives great practical HR advice, has been supportive and (most importantly) hales from my favorite Canadian province, Nova Scotia
- Subodh Abbhi @abbhi who has been encouraging, supportive and from the other side of the world
- Aniruddha Sastikar @asastiker who everyone should get to know, very encouraging, enthusiastic and enjoyable
- Francesca Romana @chiccafabris whose CD, Travelling, I bought and is providing me great inspiration as I write now (checkout the song “Off Site,” my favorite)
- Celina Nutt @CelinaNutt who is very supportive, encouraging (especially on Facebook) and just a good, good person
- Harold Stiver @HaroldStiver who routinely retweets all my new posts and has beautiful nature photographs on his site
- Natalia @Lady_N_lady who is not only supportive, but humorous, insightful and from the other side of Russia (aka other side of the world)
- Eric Thomas @seams16 who is very encouraging and supportive of all writers, especially those who put themselves “out there” and “on the line”
- Marlene Ellis @howcrazy who is a wonderful painter, a poly-artist and a source of brightness in this world
- Diane Breedveld @RodeRobijn who knows rock music (PERIOD EXCLAMATION MARK), encourages creative efforts and possesses wit . . . Oh! And KNOWS music and musical talent
- Sheryl Andrews @howtoleadateam who dives deep into subjects and dedicates herself to helping people succeed through Clean Language
- Delphine Szwarc @LVPokerQueen who makes you wonder who would dare play poker against a woman named after the most important oracle in ancient Greece
- Mehul Pithadia @Deumintra who is a doer, encourages the creative process and adds to all our lives
- José Armando Mistage Ochoa @calabozo43 who is proof that two people don’t need to speak the language to speak the same language
- My 100th Post: Thank You for Your Inspiration
- My 200th Post: Thank You All – Again – For Your Inspiration
- My 300th Post: Thank You for Your Encouragement, Motivation
- My 400th Post: Thank You for Your Growth and Endorsements
- Thank You for Your Encouragement and Motivation at 500
- Post 600, Thank You to the Disagreeable and Dislikeable People
Much obliged to you, Mike, for your support, encouragement, influence and friendly communication! I’m looking forward to your coming awesome posts, pointed analogies and original quotes, that provokes pondering more and makes our life better and filled such as our conversations too. Thank you!
You’re welcome, Sandra. I appreciate your support over the last two years as this blog has grown. I’m pleased the posts encourage pondering about life and more. Take care. ~Mike
Congratulations on your 300th blog post Mike!
Deeply honored that I made it on your list as a source of encouragement and support. I must confess that I have received the same in return from you, my friend. In many ways you have been one of the people in my life that ensures I do not throw in the towel on the human race! (grins)
Not only has your blog been meaningful to me, but also your sincerity, acceptance, patience, kindness, encouragement when it comes to the way I think, write, and express. All of which have made a positive difference in my life.
I value your contributions in my world and without hesitation, I would recommend you to anyone I know.
Thank you, Samantha, for the kind words. All I can say is that the human race needs you, so keep on writing which I’m sure you will. I’m pleased that our interactions have positively influenced your life. They have mine. Thank you again. ~Mike
Dear Mike – what a fantastic idea to do a THANK YOU Blog as a tribute to those people who help you on your success journey (an idea of which I may have to “borrow”) since that has been the basis of our association which started out on Linked In and then on to Twitter, Facebook …. the messages, quotes and wisdom that you share are inspiring, motivating, intellectual and just down-to-earth-common sense! To be named as someone who helps(ed) you is a HUGE honour from someone who shares wisdom so freely to help organizations and individuals. I especially appreciate your “change management” intuitive insights and coaching. Your material is top notch, just like you. I’m just one of the lucky ones who made the right “connection” with you and am always thankful to have you on my team of experts.
Wishing you continued success!
“Helping others strive beyond average to remarkable”
Well, Jeannette, I’m pleased I can “repay” you with an idea or two after you’ve given me so many! I do prefer, though, to view our connection as more than just luck. I like to feel that synchronicity was at work. Nevertheless, it’s all here and now. Again, thank you for your help and encouragement. ~Mike
Congratulations on your success and longevity! What an amazing list of gratitude!
Thank you, Hania. I appreciate it. Yes, I do believe those are the list are special. We are all interconnected, meaning that we all help one another in some way. These folks have been especially helpful to me. Thank you again, Hania.
Hearty Congratulations on your 300th post, Mike!
What a wonderful way to express gratitude. I am deeply touched with this post. You and your works always are inspiring, thought provoking, and pump a lot of enthusiasm in me. It really is an honor being your friend and making it to this list of wonderful people.
Falling short on words to convey my heartfelt thanks.
I am very late in doing this. Apologies, My Friend.
Wishing you all the very best.
No problem, Aniruddha. I am pleased you found it heartfelt. I do appreciate the connection we’ve made. Continue your good work. Thank you for visiting. ~Mike
Congratulations on your achievements.Your
teachings have certainly enriched my life,Mr.Lehr.
Many more blessings to you and your family!
Thank you very much, Jan. I’m pleased my life experiences and experimenting have helped you. Thank you for your enthusiastic support of my work. ~Mike