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Crazy Money! The Impact of Kindness

It’s Crazy Money Day!

John Paul DeJoria and Paul Mitchell were friends who decided to create and sell hair products in the ‘80s. DeJoria quit his job and set aside some money for his wife and daughter, but when their investor backed out, he found himself in trouble. He was broke. His mom gave him $300 and he learned how to live on $2.50 a day. He slept in his car and ate 99-cent diner specials while selling shampoo door-to-door. Dejoria didn’t do hair, and Paul Mitchell didn’t do business, but together they made a really good product. Today, Paul Mitchell has a network of 50,000 salons in 80 countries and more than 100 beauty schools. They have more than 150 products in their portfolio.

Looking back, DeJoria says that even when times were tough, he maintained a positive attitude. Whenever he was rejected, he kept looking ahead, thinking: “Who do I call next?” And, “How do I make another sale?” That mindset kept him going while never forgetting the kindness others extended to him. In fact, he attributes kindness as a key ingredient to his success. After finally making good money, DeJoria returned to one of the diners he frequented. There, he generously gave the staff the biggest tip they had ever received in appreciation for their encouragement when he needed a helping hand. As God’s chosen people, let’s clothe ourselves in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. We don’t know the impact we’ll make in someone else’s life.

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