Saving a Life with a Blog

September 21, 2016 by

Meaningfulness and PurposeLast week, I had a landmark letter show up in my mailbox. I regularly receive feedback, suggestions, and questions after my keynote presentations, or after people read my blog or newsletter. Never before had I received a letter like this one.

I’ll paraphrase, but in short, it said:


Dear Mr. Sheridan:

Your Mea Culpa: The Importance Of Learning From Failure blog came at a time when I needed it most. My last two suicide attempts could have easily ended my life. This time I was able to call a car service and get to the E.R. quickly. Again, thank you for your inspirational and timely blog.

With great respect,


Wow. This heartfelt letter literally brought me to tears. One of the key secrets to creating employee engagement is to make sure the work you give to people has meaningfulness and purpose, which was so beautifully articulated in Dan Pink’s great book, Drive.

I have always strived to provide ideas that will accelerate world-class positive change for both organizations and individuals. Never before did I think my writings would save a life and help get that life back on a positive track.

Wow. Meaningfulness and purpose.


If you’re going through tough times and need someone to talk to, The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can help. They are available 24/7: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Additional resources on depression and addiction are also available at The Recovery Village.



Kevin Sheridan is an internationally-recognized Keynote Speaker, a New York Times Best Selling Author, and one of the most sought-after voices in the world on the topic of Employee Engagement. For five years running, he has been honored on Inc. Magazine’s top 100 Leadership Speakers in the world, as well as Inc.’s top 100 experts on Employee Engagement. He was also honored to be named to The Employee Engagement Award’s Top 101 Global Influencers on Employee Engagement of 2017.

Having spent thirty years as a high-level Human Capital Management consultant, Kevin has helped some of the world’s largest corporations rebuild a culture that fosters productive engagement, earning him several distinctive awards and honors. Kevin’s premier creation, PEER®, has been consistently recognized as a long-overdue, industry-changing innovation in the field of Employee Engagement. His first book, Building a Magnetic Culture, made six of the best seller lists including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. He is also the author of The Virtual Manager, which explores how to most effectively manage remote workers.

Kevin received a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School in 1988, concentrating his degree in Strategy, Human Resources Management, and Organizational Behavior. He is also a serial entrepreneur, having founded and sold three different companies.