Yesterday, Scott Beatty, a former student of mine, who received about $129,000 in scholarships, spoke to my current scholarship class. His message was powerful, but he reminded me of the power of a thank you note.
Most of us are aware of the importance of sending a thank you note when we are given a gift or when someone does something thoughtful. How many of us have thought to send a thank you note when we were passed up for a job or a scholarship?
Scott told the story of mailing a note in 1995 to a woman who had given him $50 to help with his career. Amazingly this woman kept the note on her desk for years and then later actually sponsored his last year in graduate school. Through the years, Scott has made it a habit to send a thank you note even when he hasn't received a scholarship and it has paid off.
Remember, even when you have been turned down for a job or scholarship, there is a magic that is cast by the courtesy of a note of appreciation.