Marietta, GA – $100 Challenge
I wrote a post a few years ago challenging readers to test a giving back philosophy.
The feedback was fantastic and encouraging. I would like to do it again and put even more skin in the game.
If you will join me in doing this experiment for an entire year and promise to provide feedback, then I will match your initial gift and we will see if this challenge can go viral and extend all over the earth. How cool would it be to find good things being done for others in different continents and far-flung countries?
Here’s how it works..
1.- Set aside a predetermined amount of money, say $50 or $100 USD to start.
2.- Anonymously give away the money to someone in need or distress.
3.- Get a notebook to record your gifts, and to track your unexpected returns.
4.- When money comes back to you in unexpected ways, write the date and amounts down in the notebook.
5.- Then give away again the money, or at least half of the money, that has come back to you.
For example, I overheard a waitress one night worrying out loud to a coworker about how she was going to have trouble making her rent and pay her utility bills. I had just visited the ATM earlier in the day so I had some extra money in my pocket. Giving away a $100 tip is a lot, I understand that, but as I was leaving the parking lot, I looked back and saw her crying as she cleared the dishes. A couple of days later, I received a $500 check in the mail from an account that was “audited” and found to be an overpayment from more than a year earlier! So what did I do? I double-downed and gave away the $500. A few weeks later, at my annual review, I got a substantial raise. This has continued for many years. Eventually I stopped recording the unexpected returns and just assumed they would continue. And they did.
Will you try this experiment with me? If I could match the gift that you are willing to put in? Will you take the challenge and record the results, and report them back to me so that we can get an idea of how much of an impact has been made in the lives of others?
Send me an email if you want to participate in this challenge. It will be a lot of fun and interesting to see if the “Law of Giving” works as the ancient texts say. I will post some updates as I get them. May God bless you for blessing others.