My Birthday Present

Today is my birthday – I’m actually old enough for Social Security, the early rate that is – I’m 62. And you know what? I feel pretty good.

I got a nice early present last Friday. I visited the offices of Metro Care Ring in Denver, a non profit hunger relief organization that operates one of the largest food pantries in Denver. Last year, Metro Care Ring provided 148,129 hunger relief and self-sufficiency services to low-income and homeless individuals, offering food, nutrition and healthy living education, utility and transportation assistance, employment readiness programs, and identification documents.

I had pledged to donate half of my profits from the launch of my latest book Climbing the Corporate Ladder to Metro Care Ring. I sold 300 books the day of the launch, making me the #1 bestseller in the Career Guidance category on My take is $2.00 a book, so I showed up at Metro Care ring with a check for $300. Here’s a picture of Preston Brasch accepting my check. We’re standing in the food receiving area of Metro Care Ring.

But I was the one who got the gift that day. I got to see the best in us as human beings. I saw people volunteering their time to help other people. I got to see a community coming together. In these days of divisive politics — where both candidates tell you how bad the other guy is, not what they want to do if elected — it was nice to see all sorts of people, young and old, men and women, Hispanic, black and white helping out one another. That was a great birthday gift.

If you read this blog with any regularity you know that I’m a big believer in paying it forward. I saw a lot of people doing just that last Friday. If you want to give me a birthday gift, I ask that you do something nice for someone else today. Tell us about it in a comment.

To your success,




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