First of all, I just want to point out (if I haven't already) that I'm 1,000,000% grateful that I get to do what I do for a living. It's definitely not lost on me how rare it is to be able to wake up and start typing on a laptop to make money.
The fact that I can write about something I legitimately love AND have the whole location independence thing is the bomb (writing from a coffee shop right now).
But ultimately, the people that read this site on a daily basis are what make the whole thing work. So…thank you if I haven't said it enough already.
Anyways, with all the good vibes and happiness that I've had in my life lately, I just wanted to share a little story with all of you.
My wife and I went out to eat the other day…
This technically doesn't have anything to do with the story, but I just have to take a second really quick and say that Houston has really really good Tex-Mex food. If you're ever in town, go out of your way to get some and you can thank me later. 🙂
Coral and I sat down at the table, and I noticed that the service was a little slow from our waiter. But honestly, I am the last person ever to complain about anything at restaurants. You would have to completely mix up my order, burn it, and bring it out cold before I would say anything, and I would still probably feel bad for bringing it up.
My wife and I both worked at restaurants for our first jobs (ironically both Tex-Mex places), so we are fully aware of how much customers can suck at food establishments. We try to be cool on the rare occasions that we eat out.
I'm not sure why, but our waiter seemed like he was out of it and/or just having a really bad day. For some reason, I just had this nagging feeling that I needed to do something nice for him. The only thing I could think of was to leave a big tip.
I've always seen the “big tip” pictures on Facebook, but haven't ever done it
The check came and I put down the $100 tip on a $20 meal (after debating with myself for about 10 minutes if it was too much money). My wife thought it was a good amount to give, and then double checked my handwriting because it's legitimately terrible.
She didn't want the guy to think I was giving him $10,000 instead of the $100.00 that I wrote down, which is understandable.
We left as fast as possible before he could pick up the check, because we didn't want to get a “thank you” or anything like that. I just had a feeling that something was going on in this guy's life by the way he was acting, and that the $100 might help him out.
It could have been something big like his daughter needed some medication and he was stressing, or something as small as he was just tired from working all day…I don't know (and honestly don't care).
Now, I don't talk about karma or religion on this site for a lot of reasons. But on the way back home I made $190 in affiliate sales at a time of night that I usually don't get anything. I thought that was pretty weird and cool at the same time.
So, what's the point?
To be clear – I'm not writing this to get any “feel good” reactions from M$M readers. I don't want a pat on the back for giving someone money, and honestly compared to what I've seen other people do, $100 is pretty small in the grande scheme of being generous.
The whole point of the random act of kindness thing (as I understand it) is to do something good for someone without anything in return, including a thank you or “good job”.
It's also not to go out and give away your money hoping for some weird karma-driven return like I randomly received in affiliate income on the way home.
The reality is that it was probably just a totally random coincidence that I made the sales after giving this guy $100.
Lastly, I'm also not writing this to brag about having the ability to give $100 away. That's a lot of money to me, and I know it is to a lot of you as well.
Hopefully I've covered all of my bases now.
If I didn't have 100,000 people to share the story with that I thought it could bring some value to, I wouldn't even bring this story up.
My wife and I haven't talked about it once since we did it. It's not like we walked out of the restaurant and high-fived each other while basking in the glow of doing something nice for someone haha.
One of my biggest goals as my business grows in the future is to do more straight-up good in the world, even if it's through small little things like leaving a bigger tip than normal when I can tell someone is having a rough day.
What's the point of making good money if you can't be generous, right?
Eventually, I'd like to do some really serious charity work through the site. But until then…I'll just keep trying to find little ways to do something nice for other people where I see a chance.
So, if you see an opportunity to make someone's day just a little bit better today, I'd highly encourage you to go for it and not expect anything back in return. You'll definitely be glad that you did, and it's just a good thing to do.
Here is a list of 50 random acts of kindness you can do today! How cool would it be if thousands of M$M readers randomly did something nice for a stranger in the next 24 hours?