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Note: I always write my own blogs, but this week I’m ‘borrowing’ one from a gentleman named Randy Phillips. I have no idea who is, or what he does, but this Blog touched me. Randy makes an excellent point about the importance of being an encourager, so I share it with you.
Buy whatever the kids are selling.
Sometimes you come out of a restaurant or grocery store and they’ve got a little table set up. You try not to make eye contact with them. It’s like, “If I can pretend I don’t see them, I won’t have to buy it.”
Get over there! Go to that table. They’ve got that wrapping paper. You can buy it half-price somewhere else or you don’t need it? What you need is not the issue! Go over there and buy what the kids are selling.
They’ve got cookies. You don’t eat cookies! This isn’t about what you eat! Buy what the kids are selling.
Here’s what I do. I walk over to them and ask, “What’s the largest amount that you’ve sold today? Who bought the most?’
The kid says, “Well, somebody bought five boxes.”
So, I say, “Give me ten. I want ten boxes of those cookies.”
At which point my wife says, “What are you going to do with ten boxes of cookies?”
To which I reply, “I honestly don’t know. Don’t worry about that.”
It’s about the look on their face when they make a sale and grow their confidence! I’m showing them, “This is how business works. You have something of value. You have the guts to ask for the order and I give you money.”
We’re teaching those kids! Encouragement speaks loudest when it’s followed by action — your action.
Always buy what the kids are selling.
Give a child the gift of encouragement and hope. It takes only a moment. Then you can give away the thing you bought and explain why you bought it in the first place.
Kindness is contagious. Perhaps the recipient of your gift will be inspired to do the same.
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