June 29: Go Out Of Your Way

I believe that a general sense of kindness is an integral part of the human nature.  I touched on that with Be Kind, Rewind post from a few days ago, but based on some comments and recent events, I wanted to revisit this topic with a slight twist on the overall message, mostly based on some recent events and a story from today.

All too often, as I have stated before, society has forced the perspective of being only concerned for yourself.  We put blinders on and rarely see the world, and people, around us.

We can do no great things, only small things with great love.  -Mother Teresa

Sometimes, you need to go out of your way and go above and beyond for someone else.  While it might not be a big deal to you, you never know how big of a deal it is to them until you do it.

I have always been a generous person, but after developing a strong business background, the analytical side of me wants to look at overall effort/time output to possible repayment gains.  In business, that is fine, but in personal connections and friendship, a whole different story.  There is just something that speaks to me about helping others out, especially when I am helping them with something I know a thing or two about.

It was only a few days ago, I found out a new friend was having a rough patch with the never-ending job hunt after some changes that came around earlier this year.   After multiple interviews, I offered to take a look into their resume, just to see if I could offer a different point of view.

In my experience of interviewing dozens of people and helping other colleagues sift through hundreds upon hundreds of resumes for multiple jobs, I like to think that in addition to having a pretty solid resume myself, I have a good idea how to make a resume stand out.

Most people tend to make the mistake of not spending time on their resume and end up with a very bland resume that blends in with hundreds of others.  Not what you want when you are competing against others for a job, typically based solely on your resume.  You need your resume to stand out from the crowd.  You already stand out, why doesn’t your resume?

This was exactly the problem with my friend’s resume.  She a fantastic person with so much energy and passion, but nobody was seeing her through her resume.  The information was there, the qualifications, the education, the drive.  Her resume just needed a boost.

So I put off my blog tonight.  Put off playing with the new Google+. I spent over 2 hours going through her resume, updating wording, updating the flow, but most importantly, updating the formatting and layout of it.  I added color, varying font sizes, footers and bullet points.  Now it is a resume that stands out from a crowd.  Now it is one that will not get looked over.

And all it took was 2 hours out of my night to make a huge impact in someone else’s life.

If I can do it, anyone can do it.

What are you going to do today to go out of your way for someone else?

Day 29, Way 29. You will never know what impact your small action had until you learn what a big difference it made. Go out of your way to help someone else.

When have you gone out of your way for someone else, just because you could?

Share your stories in the comments below!

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  • I’m willing to bet that your distressed friend really appreciated this, and will pay it forward. 🙂

    • Well I am glad my friend appreciates it, so very glad to help.

  • I’m sure that particular friend appreciates your kind gesture greatly.

    Would I say that I “go out of my way” to help people?  No, I wouldn’t.  It’s every man for himself, if I’m surviving, shouldn’t they be able to do the same?  😉

    • I can see you telling your kids that “God helps those who help themselves, now get lost, I have some 1990s boy bands to ogle at”

  • Justin

    Howdy Justin,

    Yesterday, after a long day of travel, all I wanted to do was go home.  However, a guy in the long term parking needed his car jumped, so I dialed it in.  No biggie, but just a gesture to help the world go around in a positive way. 

    • Justin –

      Exactly what I am talking about. To you, few minutes out of your time, no big deal. To the guy you jumped, probably meant everything.

      Thanks for sharing your story.

  • Justin

    Howdy Justin,

    Yesterday, after a long day of travel, all I wanted to do was go home.  However, a guy in the long term parking needed his car jumped, so I dialed it in.  No biggie, but just a gesture to help the world go around in a positive way. 

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  • Hemihup27

     I am a kind and careing person, but I am re-thinking my position on helping people. After meeting my girlfriend over 4 years ago she decided to go to college and get a nurseing degree. She lived with me for the whole timeand i supported her, buying books, school supplies ,ect.I promissed her that i would help her to buy a new car when she graduated (which she did) so i traded in my car on a new one that she picked out.The deal was that i would make payments to match hers for 1 year, then she would take over the loan.Today she found a “better deal” so she  got that car  and stuck me with one that i would have never bought for myself. So screw going out of your way to help anyone.