Paying it Forward can mean the little things that all add up during the course of a week. The young mom, towing three kids trying desperately to recycle a cart full of cans while giant gusts of wind were blowing them across the parking lot. Her smallest son was crying, scared and she kept saying, "It's okay, buddy, it's just the wind!" So, I dropped what I was doing and went on a quick scavenger hunt to retrieve 7-up cans that had grown wings.
There was the young lady at my favorite pet store who supplies endless amounts of great service to anyone who comes in there. She's been there for 3 years without a raise. She also just got one of her friends a job at another location of the same pet store franchise and found out that after two months, her friend will be making the same amount she is NOW. She has decided to do something completely out of her comfort zone and ask for a (well-deserved and WAY overdue) raise, but she is incredibly nervous about any kind of talk regarding money, not to mention having conversations about her performance with her boss. Certainly understandable! I explained that long ago, I had the same problem, so what I did was write down all of my talking points, with clear and concise reasons why I deserved the raise, make a copy for the owner and sit down and take control. I also told her that it will keep her on task, because (like me) it's one of the most difficult conversations to hold with anybody and when your heart is beating fast it will help to get you back on track and stay focused.
Then there was my closing gift blog that I wrote for the closing gift challenge (http://activerain.com/blogsview/2175222/a-closing-gift-can-be-an-opening-gift-). One of the other realtors e-mailed me asking where he could find that actual gift, so I did some research and got him the information....as I had bought it from a little local retailer in the small town where my brokerage is located....clear across the country from him!
It may not be one BIG THING you do to pay it forward, but maybe a bunch of little things, just to spread it around!
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Specializing in Fishhawk Lake Recreation Club
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