How do you know if you are an F’in Do-Gooder?

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Comments from readers like you are shaping how we think about goodness. Keep 'em coming!

Comments from readers like you are shaping how we think about goodness. Keep ’em coming!

Whether you know it or not, the comments you share are shaping our point of view and how we are approaching the Goodness Pays book project. Here’s a vivid example:

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The subject line only read: COMMENT. The body of the email simply said: What are you an F’in Do-Gooder?  That was all.

The obvious cliche’ was to connect my intellectual property around The Seven Fs: faith, family, finances, fitness, friends, fun and future to my passion for goodness. It definitely caught my attention – would it catch yours?

The sender name was unfamiliar. I tried to reply and ask: What do you mean? All that came back was an AOL bounce-back message. The hollow exchange sparked a self-talk debate inside my head. And that dialogue continues with some of the initial interviews:

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Sometimes the input from blog readers really makes me think hard: Am I an F’in Do-Gooder?

Sometimes the input from blog readers really makes me think hard: Am I an F’in Do-Gooder?

Am I am F’in Do-Gooder? Probably. Why does it feel weird to say? If not, then why not? Is that a good thing, or a bad thing?

If I’m not an F’in Do-Gooder, then what does that make me: an F’in Do-Badder? That just sounds bad. Really selfish. That’s not good! I really do believe goodness is the best intention in leadership and business. And that goodness pays.

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Goodness Pledge Spark Encouragement comes from a four letter wordSince then, I have written, spoken and coached around the idea of goodness in leadership and business. And when our writing coach, Sean McDonnell, suggested I start the introduction to the book with the What are you an F’in Do-Gooder? line…well, I just smiled. It feels good to be honoring the comment from an anonymous emailer – someone whose intentions I don’t know.

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Thank you for reading to the end of this blog: your thoughts will help shape the Goodness Pays book.

Thank you for reading to the end of this blog: your thoughts will help shape the Goodness Pays book.

So, what do you think?

What does it mean to you to be an “F’in Do-Gooder?”

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2 Comments

  1. Rita Johnson-Mills on October 4, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    I use to have to work really hard at being an F’n do-gooder, but not anymore. The 7 F’s are a part of my DNA and I practice them interchangeably on a consistent basis. I’m better at some than others, but each of the F’s play a very important role in both my personal and work life.



  2. Jenna Rippee on June 13, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Beg my pardon, but when I see or hear, “Are you an F’in Do Gooder,” I hear someone saying “F***’in Do-Gooder.” I hear them saying that out of being bothered by people who do good deeds because they either find it boring, annoying or unbelievably fake.

    The reason why I am a Do-Gooder because (A) It makes my soul feel good (B) Most people, society, or future generations, find it helpful, and (C) I hate ignoring my eagerness to do what I feel is right to do.

    Thank you for asking questions that make my brain expand with excitement.

    Best regards,

    Jenna Rippee



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