Unfortunately, saying thank you seems to be an afterthought more and more. So at least once a month, I will take a few minutes to publicly appreciate someone that has had an impact on me.
This round: Diana Larsen
Back in 2007, I attended a session at an Agile conference by Diana. What the session was about, well, I’m not 100% sure. What I do remember is she became a speaker that was on my “list” of speakers to watch for on programs. All these years, I’ve never been disappointed. I had no idea that fast forward all these years later, she would become such an important regular part of my life.
There is so much to appreciate from her content shared to being a dancing buddy. However, I’m focusing this appreciation on a very specific aspect. I’ve contemplated and debated for years to write a book but I never had the courage. When the stars aligned for Diana and I to write together, I nervously agreed. Would I be good enough? Would this destroy our relationship? And on and on with the doubts and insecurities. To be clear, these were my issues.
Not surprising in the least bit, the entire approach was handled with experimentation and encouragement. Did we have a shared message? Did we enjoy working together? Did we want to write a book on this topic? Not once, did I feel judged. Not once, did I feel like anything would be held against me. Not once, did I feel like anything other than her peer/partner. Obviously, she has way more experience as a former author and in this industry. Yet, she lifted me up with her. She truly practices what she teaches. Not shocking to me but I want to call it out for the impact it had on me. During a year+ of isolation, there were days I desperately needed interaction…I looked forward to our weekly sessions. During a period of time when my faith in humanity was lower, before we even worked, we connected – we discussed tough world topics – we supported – we shared our lives. During a year of starting my own company, with every chapter we wrote, I felt my insecurities vanishing.
There are people that come into your life and make a huge difference. Then there are people that join you on your journey. I don’t know if I will ever be able to thank you enough or fully express how grateful I am for your influence and friendship. But I promise to keep trying 🙂
Thank you with every part of my soul,
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