Every month I get together with a group of small business owners and we support each other through our business and personal challenges. It’s coming up on my third year with the group and over the months a few members have come and gone, but there continues to remain a core group that keeps moving forward. Tonight was the last Forum meeting for the member who brought me into the group. He’s a little like a mentor to me and many have called me a younger version of him. He’s set his life up in such a way, that leaving the group, and NYC all together, is his next logical step. What he’s built with his life is simply amazing and something I’m so envious of.
To make sure he felt the love as he left the Forum, I set up a special event and brought back many of the past members to surprise him. He was stunned and said it was a night he’ll never forget. For me, it was so amazing to see him be so happy.
As I was walking home I was thinking about why I put so much extra time into making sure tonight was special for him. In the past, I probably would have done it in the expectation of something in return, but I’m not interested in that. I do admit the praise feels nice, but honestly had no one said anything, I would have been just as happy with the night. So why did I do it. I did it because I care about him. To see him smile makes me smile. But it wasn’t about me smiling, he smiled.