Have you ever seen the movie Pay it Forward? The idea of the story is to perform a good deed for someone in the hope that they will pass it along to another. Instead of waiting for someone to do something for you and then “paying back” a favor, you are taking the initiative and “paying it forward” by doing the good deed first. That same story can and should be a part of your business philosophy today.
There are constantly people in need, most likely right in your community, that you and your business can help in a variety of ways.
Think about hurricanes that bring so much destruction and helplessness. The call for help is always heard across the U.S., and people drive hundreds, even thousands, of miles to help the distressed citizens whose lives are devastated and forever changed. Many volunteers help because they see the need, not because they want the recognition.
If you were asked to help, would you? Would you realize that the lives you touch today might be ones who help you (or your business) tomorrow? Doing a good deed out of kindness is noble and rewarding. You should expect nothing in return.
But in reality, good deeds are often repaid ten-fold. Often, when you pay it forward you’ll find yourself paid back in a multitude of ways. Think about it.