Yeah! So to date, we’ve completed 993 interviews in the last 5 months. Our 1,000 interview is this Friday with an author by the name of Chester Elton, who wrote a book by the name “The Carrot Principle” that’s sold millions of copies in 30 languages. And so our research study has led us to understand that what we’re trying to bring to this world is to help people become a little bit less lonely, and to help develop greater empathy. Empathy is an end-of-the-road noun or adjective or adverb, whatever it is. In order to develop empathy, you have to take action. And the action that we use, the tool we’ve invented to develop greater empathy, is to give gratitude to others. So when we ask our gratitude question - if you could give credit or thanks to one person - that’s the tool needed to help people develop greater empathy for each other. When you can ask someone to tell a story of someone from their past that’s either helped them or hurt them, a positive or negative experience that they don’t give enough credit or thanks to, you hear stories of perseverance, regret, shame, personal liberation, connection. Those stories you hear from the person you ask that question to develop greater empathy for the person you’re listening to. So in the 1,000 interviews we’ve done, 25.6% of our respondents have given voice to their mothers. Only .2% have given voice to themselves. We’ve heard great stories of people overcoming fear. For instance, a man lost at sea while scuba diving, the boat drove away from him, having him just swim around for 8 hours, he gave credit and thanks to the person who rescued him, because when the man pulled him up on the boat, he gave him food, he gave him water, he made him dry, and then he PUSHED him back into the sea. So that Thomas would not be afraid of scuba diving for the rest of his life. We’ve heard stories of people overcoming fear in the MOMENT fear arises.
We’ve heard stories of forgiveness. This one single mother who gave credit and thanks to her own mother, who gave her up for adoption at the age of 8, re-adopted her at the age of 14, only to then kick her back out on the city streets with her two younger siblings. But now that this person is a single mother herself, her mother full-circle has become the best grandmother she could ever ask for. So while someone may have failed as a mother, they have succeeded through the intergenerational transfer of wisdom as a grandmother.
We were empowered to complete this great deal of interviews with a wonderful partnership with Alpha HQ.
My father’s day gift to my dad was a promise that I would carry on his greatest legacy. Many people know my dad as a real estate agent. What they don’t know is he has been a very successful motivational publishing author for over 40 years. And THAT is his greatest legacy. I’ve made a commitment to write a book about our findings, and to share the stories of those who have given gratitude to the unsung heroes in their life.