Yesterday, Uncertainty was launched.
But, this post isn’t about the book, it’s about what happened during the 3 1/2 hour live-streaming book launch party that brought me back to what matters.
People were hanging out, bantering and connecting from all over the world. At points, close to 200 were at the party. That alone is amazing. That I could throw a launch party for a book, sitting in my friend, Lewis Howes’ apartment in New York City, yet be partying, goofing around and talking to people from all over the world.
But, that’s still not what this post is about…
At some point during the live-streaming launch party, we started to give away prizes. They started small, things like $25 or $50 gift cards for Starbucks or iTunes or Barnes & Noble. Then, at some point, someone in the chat room asked if they could buy books for us to give away to others at the party. Then someone else joined in. Then another.
Not because there was something in it for them, but because they thought it’d be a cool, nice thing to do. Both for me, and for the other folks at the party who would love a copy of the book, but maybe didn’t have the money right then.
That. Is. Amazing.
Then, we decided to do something really cool as the final giveaway. We had a Color Nook and an Amazon Kindle Fire (the one just announced on Weds) to give away to two people who created a video about a time they embraced uncertainty and posted them online.
Here’s the winning video from Wendy Thomas. It made this dad melt…
How powerful is that? The second place, btw, is this one from James Hagarty
Then, you add to this the fact that during the 3 1/2 hour live-streaming bonanza, my friends Lewis Howes, Clay Hebert (pronounced A-bear, in case you were wondering), Derek Halpern and Marie Forleo not only jumped in and out as guests, but were monitoring the lightning fast chat and twitter streams, interacting with guests, feeding me questions.
All the while, tons of other friends stopped by our virtual gathering, my wife even jumped in and out of the chat. And rumor has it, my daughter and mother-in-law tuned in at the local Apple store for a few minutes, even.
That, alone, is amazing. I love these people. But, then, in the final 30 minutes, Lewis, Derek, Marie and Clay all offered an hour of their consulting time in exchange for purchases of books. When these guys consult, and they rarely do, it’s usually for around $1,000 an hour and they were offering it up at a massive discount in exchange for people at the party helping their friend. There was no other benefit.
This day was amazing on so many levels.
Yes, my book came to life. But, in the moment, that seemed so dwarfed by the realization that I was surrounded by people I cannot get enough of. Who are kind, who treat me well and often ask nothing in return.
The people in your life. The ones you choose to surround yourself with.
They matter. Heck, they’re everything.
What an incredible day it was.
What an incredible tribe.
You. All. Amaze. Me.
And I thank you.
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