Mon, 19 October 2015
Hey hey! Welcome to episode 157 of Life on Fire. Sometimes as entrepreneurs we think we can only give back after we’ve reached a certain level of success. But today’s episode is all about the power of giving back, no matter where you are in your business.
On this show both Megan and I give away Starbucks gift cards as part of Life on Fire’s Pay It Forward Fridays. These Pay It Forward Fridays were designed to be random acts of kindness.
My hope is you’ll be inspired to pay it forward to other people as a result of this episode! And when you do I’d love to hear from you in the comments below about what you did and what it was like for you.
In this episode you’ll hear:
The power of giving back is just that: powerful. It’s taking a bit of time out of our day to think about others and do something nice for someone else.
It doesn’t have to be a big gift or a dramatic gesture, it can be as simple as paying for the coffee for the person behind you in the drive-thru. Small, thoughtful gifts are just as meaningful; and random acts of kindness are just what they say they are: kind. Can you imagine what our world would be like if we all did one random act of kindness every week? How many lives would we touch? How would someone else’s life change?
Giving back doesn’t always have to be about knowing the impact we had, giving back is about making a positive difference in someone else’s life whether or not we are directly thanked by them.
The power of giving back is the power of giving to others, and has very little to do with being recognized for that act of giving.
On today’s show pay attention as Megan Ann and I both give these gift cards to random strangers who pass by us. Notice how people react: some people just ignore us, others are too busy to stop, other people are skeptical and others are appreciative of our gifts.
Then ask yourself which of these groups of people do you fall into? How often are you too busy or skeptical to accept someone else’s gesture of kindness?
Think about it after you watch episode 157 of Life on Fire, then go out and do something kind for a random person. Come back here and let us know what you did and what your experience was like!