Crippled CEO Blog #137:
“No good deed goes unpunished.”
Various versions of that idiom have existed since Dante authored the original iteration in 1320.
For over 900 years, that expression has been repeated.
And I’m calling bullshit.
I strongly believe that giving generously is good for you and your business.
Good deeds, giving, and generosity is a huge part of Life Saver Pool Fence. Life Saver donates pool safety fencing to any family who has had a fatal or non-fatal drowning.
The average pool fence costs around $2,000.
When people come to us with their drowning story, we don’t verify it in any way.
We don’t double check it.
We just give them the pool fence.
I am certain that we have been ripped off a few times. I don’t know of any specific incidents, but it has to have happened, at some point.
I’m okay with this.
I would rather let a few people cheat us than ask a parent to prove that they had a tragedy, or a near tragedy.
We honor practically every warranty claim, even the ones we know are bologna.
Life Saver donates to every drowning prevention nonprofit having any kind of event. And yeah, we usually get our logo up on a banner or something, but there are more efficient ways to spend those advertising dollars. The marketing isn’t the motivation — supporting the cause is.
We also have a track record of doing some pretty amazing good deeds for our staff — it wouldn’t be right to detail them here.
And anyone who knows me knows that I have a strong propensity for giving.
While I think it’s enough to do it because it’s the right thing to do, and your best bet is to not have any expectation when you do, the truth is that good deeds pay off. Yes, they do occasionally come back around and bite you — I’ve certainly had my fair share of that — but overall, you come out ahead. So, if you need some selfishness in your generosity, there you have it. You’ll get it back; I promise.
It’s worked for me. It’s worked for my business. It’ll work but you, too.
(Your mom was all about giving last night. Your mom also gets a text from me every Sunday with a link to the latest blog post. Send a text to 561-726-1567 with the word CRIP as the message to get a link to the blog as soon as it’s up.
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