ReachOutIT February 2019

February 2019

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National Random Acts of Kindness Day

My Pillar of Giving

February 17 is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. I, for one, was pleasantly surprised that there is a whole day dedicated to kindness. This characteristic is one of the four pillars that make up who I am as a person. As many of you know, personal development and business coaching are some of my specialties. I’m also launching a podcast which covers my four pillars: personal development, business, technology, and giving. By the time this newsletter comes out, the podcast, titled “All in with Rick Jordan” will be released for anyone to listen to. Simply visit this link, and give it a listen: http://MrRickJordan/Allin Giving is very important to me. I don’t like to say that I’m “giving back,” because it implies that I’ve already taken something from someone else. That's the exact opposite of what I want to do. I don’t go looking for people who’ve given me something in order to return the gesture — I just do it. Everything I’ve accomplished in my life is something I worked hard for, something I earned. Nothing was — or is — given to me on a silver platter, nor will it ever be.

I dedicate the time and energy of my life through the lens of a personal philosophy I’ve found to be true: The more I’ve done, the more I can do for other people. This doesn’t mean I haven’t failed; I’ve fallen on my face plenty of times over the years. Failing, as bad as it might sound, is all part of success. Everyone knows the saying, “When you fall, you get back up again,” and it's true. If all of us didn’t fail once in a while, we could never learn and grow as people. It's a concept a few people might find counterintuitive, but failures drive you forward toward success. When I began talking about my own podcast, there were a lot of haters, or trolls, on social media. They would trash me, saying, “I can’t believe you’re bragging about all the money you make and how successful you are.” However, I’ve earned these things, and I don’t have any problem talking about who I am or what I’ve done. These trolls come at me from a place of insecurity; ultimately, they want to drag other people into the same dark place they are. I believe the more you make, the more people you can help. The more success you have, the broader the net you can cast to help other people who need to be lifted. Even though giving appears last on the list when I talk about my personal pillars, it's there because it encompasses everything . My podcast exists to give people information, evidence of my own successes and failures, to help them on their own journeys. The

guests I bring on are resources to learn from. Many listeners might not know where to start in business, and I hope I can help them on their way. When you talk about random acts of kindness, it's not something that should be limited to one day. Use today to spark a lifetime of good deeds carrying from one day to the next. I believe that when someone crosses my path, I’m supposed to help them. About eight months ago, I saw an elderly woman in the grocery store. She was buying ice cream, but she was having a tough time finding cash in her purse. It wasn’t that she was financially struggling, she was simply having a tough time. I walked up to her and said, “I want to buy your ice cream.” She started to cry. It was her 80th birthday, and I had just unknowingly given her a birthday present. Don’t let February 17 slip as the be-all-end-all of your giving, but the start of something genuinely inspiring. Keep your eyes open and recognize your opportunities. You’ll see truly amazing things happen. Everyone needs a lift in life, and you could provide it.

When you talk about random acts of kindness, it's not something that should be limited to one day.


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