Leadership lessons from 9 year old Sean

I first read about Sean Thomas on the BC Children’s blog this week. As you may know, I commit $1 per fan on my Impact Facebook page because I believe the work they do changes and saves lives.

I read Sean’s story about Kids Helping Kids and watched this amazing little boy’s music video. I immediately wrote to him and asked him to write a guest blog post about his thoughts on Leadership. I didn’t give him more parameters than that- somehow I knew what came out would be awesome.

Watch this video of a person who is nothing short of outstanding in his desire (and ability) to make a difference. Last year he raised $1500 for BC Children’s and this year his goal is $2500. He has a CD and a website now, writes and plays his own music…. and has an important message to share. When you are done the video, read his blog post below that he wrote for me.

So here is Sean’s blog post for Impact People Practices… a 9 year old’s thoughts on leadership.Typed by mom, thought out by Sean.

Hi Christine,

How are you? I wrote something for you I hope you like it. If you know how to care, you can make a difference. When I was young I had 3 piggy banks. One was a save piggy, one was a spend piggy, and one was a share piggy. After a little while I realized the share piggy was getting full.

I wasn’t sure what to do with the money. A few weeks later I met a homeless man. His name was Karl. After we got to know him he told us he needed a pair of boots because his feet were really cold in his running shoes. I decided to help pay for the boots with my share money. When we gave him the boots he was so excited and happy.

Then I realized it’s not hard to make a difference for him. To me at first they were just boots, but to Karl they meant so much.

Then I thought about how I could raise money to help more people.

Then I started a program called “Kids Can Help”. Instead of having one piggy bank I realized I could give out 100 cans to other kids for them to put their money in the can and I could raise more to help more people. I decided that “Kids Can Help” could raise money for BC Children’s hospital.

“Kids Can Help” is a program where kids can help other kids. Just because we’re kids it doesn’t mean we can’t help. When I got help from other people I raised $1500 for the hospital last year. I believe the people the people who helped me with my program cared. When you care about something you can make a difference. It doesn’t just have to be money to help. Whether you help someone across the street or giving a blood donation it makes a difference to other people and yourself.

All you have to do is care about something! You might be surprised that other people care about what you care about. When this happens you become a leader and you probably didn’t think about that in the first place.

When you become a leader you encourage people to believe in something.

With my program I want to encourage more people to help and become leaders too. I say to make a difference please care about something.

“Alway believe in your love”

Sean Thomas

If you want to see an interview with Sean last year when he donated his $1,500 cheque to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, click here. To Sean and your mum Tammy, THANK YOU for sharing your story and from all the Impact People Practices fans reading this, keep your dreams big and your day to day actions small… and you WILL make a difference.


  1. Erwin Felicilda on January 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing this post Christine! Sean’s story is a very inspiring one!

  2. Tess Evans on January 27, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Sean is one talented young man! He’s is going to move mountains! I can’t wait to read this story and show the video to my two children so they can see how much power one individual has to make positive changes to the world. Thank you Christine for sharing Sean’s story! Tess

  3. Shanna Hall on June 9, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Just awesome!  Both my girls came running in to listen.

    • Anonymous on June 16, 2011 at 6:14 pm

      SO GLAD to hear that! isn’t he just the best?

  4. Randy Clark on June 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Sean should be an inspiration to us all. Thank you. 

    • Anonymous on June 29, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      Thanks Randy- I sure think so 🙂

  5. Gregory A McMullen on June 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Absolutely amazing. It’s great that kids can have this sort of inspiration inside of them. I think it’s great that Sean has let it come out.

  6. Teri Conrad on October 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Well you KNEW I would LOVE this story! I believe it’s so important to empower kids to know they can help! EVERYONE needs to feel needed!! This is one amazing kid and I’m willing to bet he comes from some pretty amazing parents! Awesome!