I wrote yesterday about my “smile file” and the importance of keeping mementos that you receive.  Today I urge you to remember the impact you are having that never becomes tangible enough to make it to paper.  Don’t forget all the thank yous that are due you from people you have never met.

Many people work in fields that make difference in the lives of people you don’t see, or that make a difference many years down the road.  The social worker may not know the happiness of the children of the child they place in a loving home.  Those in education may not ever hear the thank you from the student they taught.  A builder may not ever realize the joy that the home he built brought to the next generation.  A banker may not know the impact of a loan.  The admissions counselor may not know the career success of the students they recruit.

We do our jobs in a way that impacts lives that we will never know.   Warren Buffet wrote: “someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

Be that someone who plants trees — creating shade for those to come far down the road — whether you ever meet them or not.

— beth triplett

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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