Idea No. 14 for keeping AAJA extraordinary:
Taking inspiration from GoInspireGo’s “Chief Inspirator” Toan Lam, I’d like to us to cultivate a culture of gratitude within AAJA. Remember John Kralik, the guy whose life was transformed after he wrote a thank-you note every day for a year?
I think even if I wrote a thank-you note a day for my entire two-year term as AAJA National President, I’d still have lots of AAJA people left over. Kralik also speaks about not taking for granted things he’d never before noticed.
What does AAJA get out of it? AAJA has hundreds of incredibly tireless volunteers who work so hard taking care of the last-minute details that enable us to host all these great events and accomplish all these wonderful things, and they rarely hear a word of appreciation. Former AAJA President Dinah Eng taught me the importance of acknowledging and appreciating other people. She did it so graciously that people always jumped at the chance to do things for her. I vow to lead by example and become a more grateful president who appreciates both our members and our hundreds of unsung volunteers.