I see you.
These three simple yet powerful words can make a world of difference in someone’s life.
We all need someone to challenge us, push us outside of our comfort zone and make us think bigger. For me that person has been my dear friend Rhonda Yaklin. I feel very fortunate that God put Rhonda and her family in my path.
When Rhonda first suggested I write a children’s book on resilience and the power of mindset I initially thought there’s no way I could do that. After all, I’m a leadership expert and business author. My audience is executives, teams, and entrepreneurs not kids.
She told me “you can do this, writing is writing. You speak to companies and teams about resilience and mindset all the time, kids need that same message.”
And I got to thinking, she’s right.
Rhonda saw an opportunity for me to share my expertise with a new audience. Great teachers and coaches do that, they see things in us that we don’t see in ourselves.
You’re in this story too.
Who is prompting you to think bigger and seeing talent in you that you don’t see in yourself?
And who are you doing the same for?
It’s no small coincidence that the theme for the 2022-2023 academic year at her school is “I See You” and I can’t think of three more powerful words. I see you is noticing someone, their talents, needs, and how you can help them maximize their potential.
I’m thankful she saw that in me, and I listened to her wisdom. Rhonda didn’t just apply “I see you” to me. She also saw the artistic talents of a young 8th grader in her school and thanks to Rhonda that young lady, Piper Colston, became the illustrator of my book.
Who are you “seeing” in your day to day life?
In five short months, my children’s book has made quite an impact. Thanks to businesses sponsoring the book, we’ve placed copies in a number of children’s hospitals across the U.S. and thanks to school districts, the book is reaching students en masse.
I just returned from a week-long book tour speaking at schools in south Texas where my illustrator Piper Colston and I shared Roody’s message of resilience from the book. We also shared our experiences with the writing and illustration process, encouraging students to enhance their own creative writing and art skills.
None of this would’ve happened without an exceptional teacher taking those three simple but powerful words and applying them well beyond the walls of her classroom.
Rhonda, I owe you a debt of gratitude for your vision, generosity and faith you placed in me. Thank you.
The takeaway for you:
I encourage you to do two things:
- Be like Rhonda to someone in your life. See them, their needs and talents. Challenge them, push them to think bigger.
- Listen. When someone sees something in you that you don’t see in yourself. Listen. Based on knowing me and my message, Rhonda saw something in me I didn’t see in myself. Perhaps God is using this person to further develop you and help you make a difference in the world.
If you’d like to order the book for your child or as a gift to a loved one, you can do so here: https://www.CUCOroody.com
Would you like to book me to speak at your school or your kid’s school?
It’s an interactive event that includes much more than just a book reading. We touch on core values and use key themes in the book to reinforce character traits such as: kindness, encouragement and being a good teammate. The book ties in nicely with anti-bullying campaigns, mental health, and resilience. Contact me at: john at coach bru dot com to book an author visit at your school.