September 22, 2013

The Impact Of Unconventional


The video above got me thinking about the impact of unconventional  gestures of generosity on our lives. If you haven't seen it, please do so – it's more important than what you'll read here.

If traumatic events can stick with us forever, acts of generosity fuel our motivation for a lifetime, especially if they're unconventional and do not conform to typical conduct.

In the video, no one expects a thief – especially a youngster – to be "rewarded". What strikes me is not that it‘s extreme, but that it doesn't follow the usual expected behavior.

The effects of unusual kindness go far beyond feelings of gratitude.

Unconventional generosity is a credible  way of saying two vital things: I believe in you, and you are worthy of appreciation. There's nothing more important to say in life than this.

When it comes to self-confidence and self-acceptance, words only go a certain distance. Sometimes, saying "I believe in you" and "You're outstanding" isn't enough. Sometimes, you need to show  you believe and appreciate.

Much more than words, actions are credible - you can see them, recall them, hang on to them. They're the fuel of our motivation.

Being unconventionally good makes a difference.

This also applies to our professional network. Things like putting yourself on the line for someone you don't really know, giving a compliment just because, stopping to notice when no one else does or giving the new guy a place of honor make a huge difference.

Maybe you won't see the effects of the good you've done. Maybe you won't get the credit you deserve. Maybe you won't reap the fruits thirty years later. Maybe.

But people like the man in the video just won't let you forget that being good is not about good rewards. It's about better people!

Know that all unconventional generosity has an impressive impact. Trust that it reaches beyond the sense of gratitude out on to the sacred fields of self-confidence and recognition. Follow on. Follow on.

Be unconventionally  good! It works.