Where: at JFK airport
How: A stanger
Where: Albany, New York, USA March 2015
How: My dear friend Janet gave me the card. I plan to pass the card on to someone who inspires me to dream bigger and let go of fear.
Story: Last summer I started having some health issues that resulted in me seeing a neurologist. After several tests and appointments, I was informed that I have lesions on my brain and there was a possibility that I had MS. I spent the next few weeks thinking about my life, my dreams and what was really important to me. For years, I chased after a career - living to work and not working to live. I decided that I needed to change the way I looked at life, and that there is more to life than working, paying bills and trying to maintain a certain lifestyle. We only have one shot at this so why do we waste so much time worrying about the things that don't really matter? I used to stress out about the smallest things and would quickly forget all the wonderful things in my life. I have always been grateful for the blessings in my life, but this experience opened my eyes and today I am truly grateful for EVERYTHING, including the things most people don't think about being grateful for, like walking. Fortunately, my story ends with a negative diagnosis of MS. The experience of not knowing what my future would be like allowed me to look at life differently. I changed my priorities and today my life is more full because of those few weeks.
Where: Anaheim, CA USA Feb. 16, 2015
How: Received from our company conference.
Where: Schoolsfirst DTC 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Anaheim, CA on 2-16-15
How: Jon Petz after his Presentation. He was the Key Note Speaker.
Story: I will pass on the person/Member who shows a true Show Time Spirit.
Where: Gorham, Maine; Mine Youth Leadership Seminar
How: I will give it today to my best friend's mother who is dying of ovarian cancer.
Where: Montreal Quebec, on January 29, 2015
How: My leadership teacher
Where: Orchard Park, NY. I bought my own deck.
How: This one of many cards I have goes to one of my closest and best friend, Deyanira.
Story: My best friend told me about this and honestly I didn't really think this would be a big thing, but I was wrong. I looked at this website and listened to Jon tell his story and I was really moved. I always felt like "just a" student and "just a" kid, and now I don't really think of myself as that anymore. That I actually matter in peoples lives and I don't that special someone i my life to feel needed. Thank you for telling me to look at this website.
Where: 12/25/14 Orchard Park, NY
How: Hi. My name is Jackson and I’m 14 years old. This card took a while to get, and I don’t mean to brag, but the story up to it is pretty great. My mom works for Fisher Price, and a couple months ago she hired Jon to come in and talk about his book, Boring Meetings Suck. She said her experience was awesome and she said I’d like him a lot. She told me he was an author, motivational speaker, and a magician. I was interested to hear that Jon had so many skills, and I asked her about his books. She told me about BMS and then Significance. She covered it briefly, and didn’t tell me the ending. The next day, she bought the book, and Jon signed it to her. She came home that night and told me to read it. I was moved. If measured in distance, probably 2 or 3 football fields. I loved the book and I loved the message. Towards the end of my mom’s project at work, she invited Jon to my brother’s birthday dinner. It was great. Jon did some magic, and amazed us all, even the waitresses! I retaliated my making his dessert disappear. At the end of the evening when we were getting ready to leave, Jon told me to make a difference. To change the world. To make my life, Significant.
Story: After that night I didn’t really hear from him. My mom finished her project and that was it. I kind of shrugged it off up until recently. But on Christmas morning, when I opened up a shining new copy of significance, I smiled. When I opened the cover, my card sat there. Next to my personal Jon Petz autograph. It said, “Jackson, never forget the importance of simple moments in life. Don’t watch it happen – Go make it happen! It’s Showtime! – Jon Petz” I grinned ear to ear. By far one of my favorite gifts ever, and it’s right up there with my laptop and Disney World trip! I looked at the card and studied it. It brought me to this website, and I spent lots of time figuring out what to write and when. I decided to tell a couple of my close friends, and bring the book to my English teacher. They all loved it. One of my friends bought a deck of cards. I’m pending on my card choice, but in the meantime I’m spreading the word. My point is this story changed my life. And so did Jon. My message is if you haven’t already, buy this book. Buy the cards. Or just tell people about the story. I’m going to carry out my quest of significance, and continue to change people’s lives, and you should to.
Where: I received this card in Montreal, Canada on December 29th, 2014
How: The card was given to me by the parent of a student of mine.
Where: I received my card in Orange County, CA 12/2/2014
How: My amazing friend Jon Petz-author
Story: I am "just a" volunteer for the Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types. I was "just a" raffle prize coordinator for their Family Conference. I received a beautiful sterling silver key lock necklace as an in kind raffle donation from a jewelry store. The winner was a young 13 year old girl (living with ichthyosis). Seeing the huge smile on her face as she walked up to receive her prize warmed my heart. She immediately put that necklace around her neck and she felt so beautiful. Because of her I decided to host a fundraising gala for Ichthyosis in 2015. Starting to plan for next year I began feeling that I am "just a" volunteer again and now from the Significance in Simple Moments book my outlook on my contributions has shifted. I am a volunteer and advocate for the Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types. I matter in other's lives.