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How #SevenDaysSevenGoodDeeds Can Change Your Life

How #SevenDaysSevenGoodDeeds Can Change Your Life

Date: May 29th, 2018 Author: Giles Cadman Categories: Paying It Forward: Giving Back As An Entrepreneur


Paying It Forward is a series by Giles Cadman about his personal journey to finding ways to give back and make a difference. To read the first in the series, click here.

It’s true what they say – the busier you are, the more quickly time passes. But time also flies when you’re having fun! Luckily for me, I’ve got to experience both in the past little while.

In the last two weeks, I’ve been to Miami, Puerto Rico, British Virgin Islands (BVI), and then I’ll be back to sunny Toronto (it’s finally summer there!) I also have some very exciting news to share shortly about our not-so-little lobster farm, but that will just have to wait.

This blog is about my challenge to myself – and any anyone else that would like to join! This year, I started my One Year Of Good Deeds Challenge and I’m happy to say it’s going well. After seeing the devastation of Hurricane Irma, I’ve been extremely committed to complete a full year of good deeds, one every day, in hopes others will join me.

As mentioned above, I’ve been busy, but I think it’s actually helped in this journey…

The busier you are, the more opportunities arise to be kind

You might think the busier you become, the harder it is to keep up the bargain. Interestingly enough, the exact opposite is true! Being busy simply gives me more opportunities to be kind to people and help to pay it forward.

So what am I doing differently? I’m just walking around with my eyes open. I think that’s the biggest change in me. Holding lifts, opening doors, helping people in airport security lines, providing information to people, helping them with their bags, and just generally being positive. It’s a total mindset change.

Do good deeds actually pay off?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and it’s hard to say because I don’t necessarily believe in karma. However, a few days ago it was raining so hard in Miami that I rushed to get out of the car and dropped my wallet in about 8 inches of water without noticing. I spent an hour looking for it in the hotel room – unpacking and repacking my bag the next morning looking for it.

Then, I walked to the car and there was my wallet, just sitting in the water. I was so shocked but so relieved. It was just too lucky. Some great things have happened to me and since I’ve started on this adventure, my mind is clear. Something is definitely changing.


Maybe you think #OneYearOfGoodDeeds is just too many to keep up with. But what about trying to do a good deed, every single day, for just one week? A week will go by whether or not you are kind. 

How it works

I'll also be nominating friends and family! Once you’ve been nominated, you have to do the seven good deeds. You can let people know at the end of the week and then you earn the right to nominate seven more people.

Don’t forget, a good deed can be something small. Holding the door for the person behind you, or buying a coffee for someone in need. Give it a shot this week and don’t forget to use this hashtag! I, for one, think my one year of good deeds may just be my best year yet. #SevenDaysSevenGoodDeeds.

Do a good deed today and post about it on social media. If you’re feeling ambitious, try it for a whole week with the hashtag: #7Days7GoodDeeds. You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


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