big-red-lollipop (small)Drew Dudley fundamentally changed my life. I haven’t met him in person (yet), though a couple years ago I happened across his TED talk titled Everyday Leadership. In it he shares a story of someone who tells him about the incredible impact he had on her life with one simple act of his. Ironically it was a moment he didn’t even remember. He asked the audience if there was someone who had had some impact in their lives as well, and then of those, who had shared that with the person.

Leadership & Lollipop Moments

Immediately after watching the talk (it’s only 6 ½ minutes, so go watch it by clicking on the link above) I wrote three emails to people who had given me a lollipop moment. As I hit ‘send’ on each, it made me smile as I thought of the way they had impacted me. Each had had some part in shaping me into the man I am today through their interaction with me, and I’m eternally grateful for that.

Two of the three people emailed me back within a couple hours and expressed gratitude at my email, and the third responded the next day (she had been traveling for work.)  And as I read their responses it gave me that same appreciation as I’d received when I hit send on my first email. I had also given them a powerful gift by acknowledging their impact upon me, and helped inspire them to share lollipop moments they’d recognized in their own lives.


I am guessing that either as you watched Drew’s talk or as you were reading this, someone came to mind for you that created a lollipop moment for you. I invite you to reach out and let them know about it. Write an email, pick up the phone, tell them face to face…it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you let them know.

My challenge for you is this: from this point forward, when a lollipop moment happens, make sure you let that person know about it.

Don’t let that person who has made your life better go another day without knowing it. Think about how we can impact those around us by sharing these messages. As Drew says:

“…if you can change one person’s understanding of [the world], one person’s understanding of what they’re capable of, one person’s understanding of how much people care about them, one person’s understanding of how powerful an agent for change they can be in this world, you’ve changed the whole thing.”

I’d love to hear about some of your lollipop moments, so feel free to share them in the comments section.