Comments from readers like you are shaping how we think about goodness. Keep 'em coming!

Comments from readers like you are shaping how we think about goodness. Keep ’em coming!

Whether you know it or not, the comments you share are shaping our point of view and how we are approaching the Goodness Pays book project. Here’s a vivid example:

Subject line: COMMENT  

The subject line only read: COMMENT. The body of the email simply said: What are you an F’in Do-Gooder?  That was all.

The obvious cliche’ was to connect my intellectual property around The Seven Fs: faith, family, finances, fitness, friends, fun and future to my passion for goodness. It definitely caught my attention – would it catch yours?

The sender name was unfamiliar. I tried to reply and ask: What do you mean? All that came back was an AOL bounce-back message. The hollow exchange sparked a self-talk debate inside my head. And that dialogue continues with some of the initial interviews:

Sometimes the input from blog readers really makes me think hard: Am I an F’in Do-Gooder?

Sometimes the input from blog readers really makes me think hard: Am I an F’in Do-Gooder?

Am I am F’in Do-Gooder? Probably. Why does it feel weird to say? If not, then why not? Is that a good thing, or a bad thing?

If I’m not an F’in Do-Gooder, then what does that make me: an F’in Do-Badder? That just sounds bad. Really selfish. That’s not good! I really do believe goodness is the best intention in leadership and business. And that goodness pays.

Writing something important

Goodness Pledge Spark Encouragement comes from a four letter wordSince then, I have written, spoken and coached around the idea of goodness in leadership and business. And when our writing coach, Sean McDonnell, suggested I start the introduction to the book with the What are you an F’in Do-Gooder? line…well, I just smiled. It feels good to be honoring the comment from an anonymous emailer – someone whose intentions I don’t know.

Thank you for reading to the end of this blog: your thoughts will help shape the Goodness Pays book.

Thank you for reading to the end of this blog: your thoughts will help shape the Goodness Pays book.

So, what do you think?

What does it mean to you to be an “F’in Do-Gooder?”

If you’d rather not share your ideas with others by commenting on this site, email me privately – I want to hear from you.