The Ripple Effects of Gratitude

On the afternoon of May 22, news of the terrorist attack in Manchester, England, passed through my consciousness as quickly as a radio advertisement for tree stump removal might. I heard the initial reports about a bombing outside a concert, and then in that sad, numb manner with which so many of us absorb and process word of tragedies in distant places these days, I thought to myself, that’s awful. And then I promptly carried on making dinner.

Maybe an hour later, though, I received a phone call that was the first of its kind—a SUCCESS cover shoot scheduled for the next day would need to be postponed due to an international tragedy. The dots hadn’t connected at first, but of course Scooter Braun would be on the first flight to meet and support one of his biggest clients, the pop star Ariana Grande. In the weeks to come, Grande and her manager Braun would become pillars of strength and love in the face of senseless violence. Our writer, Michael Mooney, recounts those rattling first few days after the attack in his eye-opening profile of Braun.

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The Gratitude Issue is intended to motivate by reminding you of the amazing people and gifts you’ve been blessed with in this life.


Braun had been slated to front our November gratitude-themed issue for months, because gratitude for his fellow person is the foundational value that has guided his rise as a mover and shaker in the entertainment industry. But it was only after the awful events in Manchester that I was struck with a new sense of gratitude of my own. Watching Braun’s brave response to the events in England, I swelled with newfound appreciation for my work at SUCCESS, which allows me to meet and absorb the inspirational power of stand-up people, doers like Braun who gather many talents and direct them in ways that make the world a better place, or at least instill a greater sense of humanity when it goes missing.

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Braun is the perfect choice to front this edition of the magazine. The Gratitude Issue is intended to motivate by reminding you of the amazing people and gifts you’ve been blessed with in this life. Every story is a reinforcement of the powerful effects of this humble practice, a challenge to embrace the things you’re grateful for not just on Thanksgiving, but throughout the year and all through your life.

The issue includes one feature that outlines the very real health impact of living in appreciation of what you have, and others that will guide your pursuits by reminding you to cherish the people you come in contact with, from strangers, to your dearest loved ones. A reckoning with the wonder and opportunity each new day brings drove our managing editor Jesus Jimenez to pen one of the deepest essays SUCCESS has ever seen, just as it could push you to devote yourself to a renewed purpose. And be sure to read the inspiring story of one purpose-driven company, Love Your Melon.

As much as I cherish the work my team put into this issue and the incredible people whose stories you’ll find throughout, I am most of all grateful for you. The decision you made to pick up this issue of SUCCESS shows that you are determined to make a difference in the world. The progress you make on yourself will ripple across the globe in ways you can’t begin to imagine.

So let me just say from the bottom of my heart: Thank you very much.

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This article originally appeared in the November 2017 issue of SUCCESS magazine.


Josh Ellis is the former editor in chief for SUCCESS magazine. Before joining SUCCESS in 2012, he was an accomplished digital and print sportswriter, working for the Dallas Cowboys Star magazine, the team’s gameday program, and Originally from Longview, Texas, he began writing for his hometown newspaper at 16.

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