“I would like to start with something I have used in almost every speech, and this is, “paying forward.” And that is the thing that you folks can do with your great education for the rest of your life.
Try to take that attitude toward life, that you’re going to pay forward. So seldom can we pay back because those who helped most–your parents and other people–will be gone, but you’ll find that you do want to pay. Emerson had something to say about that: “You can pay back only seldom.” But he said, “You can always pay forward, and you must pay line for line, deed for deed, and cent for cent.” He said, “Beware of too much good accumulating in your palm or it will fast corrupt.” That was Emerson’s attitude, and no one put it better than he did.“
Seth promoted the book on his blog and encouraged his readers to purchase the book, read the book, blog about the book and then perhaps even pass the book along to someone else. A portion of the price of the book was donated to The Acumen Fund.
And someone once helped me out
Just the way I’m helping you
If you really want to pay me back, here’s what you do
Don’t let the chain of love end with you.”
Good Morning, Sean,
Perhaps you don’t remember me but I gave the mission talk at St. Andrew’s last year and you gifted me with the wonderful book, “The Blue Sweater”. I just wanted to thank you again. Not only did I enjoy it and was challenged by it but I passed it on to several friends, the last of which was a young girl, a graduate of Watterson last year who is now in South Africa on a six month mission experience.
I ask you again – “When was the last time you paid it forward?”