Leading gratefully

When was the last time you gave thanks to your loved ones, your direct reports, your peers, or even your enemies?

I truly believe that everyone in my life is essential.  The fact that people spend life to do work for me or with me is worth appreciating.

Ultimately, what can be more precious than a person’s life-time?

The Art Project

Yesterday, my little brother came to my place and we did an art project together.

At first, he said, “let’s make some fierce monsters!”  He then started drawing some really scary monsters with claws and sharp teeth.  They all had an evil look with an overwhelming intent to do some damage.

On the other hand, I sat there quietly, witnessing all this and thinking what I should draw instead of a fierce monster.  I drew a pair of large wings because I was thinking about angels as Christmas is near.

My little brother looked at me and said, “I know what they are!  They are wings!”  I smiled and nodded.

Then, I could see a light bulb appeared above his head.  He quickly scratched out those scary monsters and started drawing a very cute SpongeBob.  He looked happier in doing so.

We pasted our drawings to the first page of his new sketchbook, dated December 5 2009.

After he left, I found this on my desk:

My tears almost dropped.  This has been my best Christmas present in 26 years — a sincere thanks.

Are you happy with where you are right now?  Do you want to achieve more and live abundantly?

Try living gratefully — you will see some unexpected doors opened just for you!


About Daniel Chu
“Success is to drive and continually shape the excellence in you and around you” – Daniel Chu Born in January 1st 1983 in Taipei Taiwan, Daniel Che Yi Chu moved to Ontario Canada by himself at the age of 14, seeking for better education. In 2007, Daniel obtained his Honor Bachelor of Science (with distinction) in Computer Science (Software Engineering) from the University of Toronto, St. George campus. Currently an IT Project Manager at TELUS, Daniel is leading teams with up to 15 members and managing budgets between $100K-$800K, facilitating a $900M deal with the Quebec government (http://bit.ly/17A6tu). Since graduation, Daniel joined TELUS’s Leadership Development Program (http://bit.ly/bLnKD), which gave him an opportunity to explore different professional roles, such as a Business Analyst, Developer, IT Project Manager, Human Resources Project Manager, and Strategic Advisor. Continued to grow, Daniel joined Toastmasters in 2008, and obtained both the Competent Leader and Competent Communicator designation in 2009. Also in 2009, Daniel was nominated and elected President of his Toastmasters Club (http://www.telespeakers.com). Daniel is a committed Christian who is also a committed volunteer at Big Brothers and the Crisis Center. He helps the Crisis Center deliver suicide prevention workshops at Vancouver’s high schools. Daniel enjoys various activities, such as swimming, playing basketball, and bowling. He also enjoys reading and writing.

One Response to Leading gratefully

  1. cathy says:

    he is very sweet !

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