Awesome Email of the Day: Increasingly dissatisfied by how little influence I feel I have

I am a very fortunate person. I feel it every day. Some days I get the most incredible emails that make me realize it even more deeply. A few months ago I got this one, and I was given the permission to reprint it.

This is why I do what I do. I know so many people who deep down believe that they have more to give, but are too afraid to try. I used to be one of them. I often still am.

Thank you, Pete, for the best gift you could have ever possibly given me.

From: [email protected]
To: Me
Subject: Evangelizing Yourself
Sent: Sep 4, 2010 12:21 PM

Hi there….

I just wanted to say thanks for the Evangelizing Yourself presentation…I stumbled across it in the archive of the Boxes and Arrows podcast the
other week.

I’ve been working in digital media in one form or another for 15 years, and though I feel I’ve got loads to contribute, I’ve become increasingly dissatisfied by how little influence I feel I have beyond my immediate circle, and consequently feel I’m under-achieving considerably.

Your presentation was a real injection of motivation for me. I have consequently (and finally!) got round to launching a blog ( and made my way down to the dConstruct design conference over here in the UK.

I particularly like everything you said about not being afraid to promote yourself. Although I’m very opiniated, and very sure of my own abilities, I’ve always been way too modest about it (a characteristically English trait I think!). Your presentation has given me the confidence to just go ahead and stick my voice out there – better for people to think I’m promoting my opinions too blatantly than for them to not know my opinions at all!

Anyway, thanks again… great presentation!

Keep up the good work,

Kind Regards,


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