In the movie Pay It Forward, 12-year-old Trevor makes a bid to improve the situations of those around him. With limited resources, he devises a plan: to repay good deeds, but with a twist. Instead of a direct repayment, Trevor instead pays each good deed forward to three third party beneficiaries, along with an edict to each to pay that favor forward, thrice.
I was walking to a workshop on Coaching Success in downtown San Diego with one of my favorite teachers, Dr. Robert Holden, when I passed by a young man who was wearing tattered clothes and looked as if he had not seen a shower in days. I said good morning, as I do with most people I see, and kept walking.
To millions of beloved readers, Jeff Zaslow was the advice columnist who replaced Ann Landers and the bestselling author who captured our hearts with moving books like The Last Lecture with Randy Pausch. But to me and countless other writers, Jeff was a devoted mentor who gave countless hours of his time and energy to help aspiring authors.