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The following is an excerpt from a recent Dilbert newsletter. Hope every
one will have a happy holiday season!


A Kind Word





What is the value of a kind word?


In January of 1986 I was flipping through the channels on TV and saw the
closing credits for a PBS show called "Funny Business," a show about
cartooning. I had always wanted to be a cartoonist but never knew how to
go about it. I wrote to the host of the show, cartoonist Jack Cassady,
and asked his advice on entering the profession.


A few weeks later I got an encouraging handwritten letter from Jack,

answering all of my specific questions about materials and process. He
went on to warn me about the likelihood of being rejected at first,
advising me not to get discouraged if that happened. He said the cartoon
samples I sent him were good and worthy of publication.


I got very excited, finally understanding how the whole process worked.
I submitted my best cartoons to Playboy and New Yorker. The magazines
quickly rejected me with cold little photocopied form letter.
Discouraged, I put my art supplies in the closet and decided to forget
about cartooning.


In June of 1987 -- out of the blue -- I got a second letter from Jack
Cassady. This was surprising, since I hadn't even thanked him for the
original advice. Here's what his letter said:


Dear Scott


I was reviewing my "Funny Business..." mail file when I
again ran across your letter and copies of your cartoons.
I remember answering your letter.


The reason I'm dropping you this note is to again
encourage you to submit your ideas to various publications.
I hope you have already done so and are on the road to
making a few bucks and having some fun too.


Sometimes encouragement in the funny business of graphic
humor is hard to come by. That's why I am encouraging you
to hang in there and keep drawing.


I wish you lots of luck, sales and good drawing.


Sincerely


Jack


I was profoundly touched by his letter, largely I think because Jack had
nothing to gain -- including my thanks, if history was any indication. I
acted on his encouragement, dragged my art supplies out of storage and
inked the sample strips that eventually became Dilbert. Now, seven
hundred newspapers and six books later, things are going pretty well in
Dilbertville.


I feel certain that I wouldn't have tried cartooning again if Jack hadn't
sent the second letter. With a kind word and a postage stamp, he started
a chain of events than reaches all the way to you right now. As Dilbert
became more successful I came to appreciate the enormity of Jack's simple
act of kindness. I did eventually thank him, but I could never shake the
feeling that I had been given a gift which defied reciprocation.
Somehow, "thanks" didn't seem to be enough.


Over time I have come to understand that some gifts are meant to be
passed on, not repaid.


I expect at least a million people to read this newsletter. Each of you
knows somebody who would benefit from a kind word. I'm encouraging you
to act on it before the end of the year. For the biggest impact, do it
in writing. And do it for somebody who knows you have nothing to gain.


It's important to give encouragement to family and friends, but their
happiness and yours are inseparable. For the maximum velocity, I'm
suggesting that you give your encouragement to someone who can't return
the favor -- it's a distinction that won't be lost on the recipient.


And remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act
creates a ripple with no logical end.




Have a great holiday. Thanks to all of you for giving me a spectacular
year.

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