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Giles Cadman is Chairman of The Cadman Capital Group, a group of cohesive, complementary companies,
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One Year Of Good Deeds Check-In: March Edition

One Year Of Good Deeds Check-In: March Edition

Date: April 20th, 2018 Author: Giles Cadman Categories: Paying it Forward, Blog Post

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.

Can you believe March is almost over? Where did this month go? We had a pretty exciting month at the Cadman Capital Group with lots of new initiatives to share, including OSH. Plus, I got to take a trip to Argentina, which became a deep thinking trip to evaluate the business and think about our next move. I’m happy I got a bit of time to myself to decompress.

As for the Year Of Good Deeds Challenge – I have to say, it’s going well. It’s slowly building and it’s changed my perception on things quite a bit. If you’re new to the series, I’ll get your caught up really quick! I decided to write a series about the importance of paying it forward. I’ve written on the concept, and devastation of Hurricane Irma, my one year of good deeds challenge, using your skills to pay it forward to improve the lives of others, and a February good deeds check-in, which you can read here.

Now, it’s time for my March check-in. As I’ve been saying, paying it forward doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. Helping people in everyday life can go a long way.

What have I been up to?

Again, March was a busy month! I was travelling a lot, which actually allows me to work on helping strangers. Constantly thinking about ways to help people has affected my overall mental health and I think this challenge could make a difference.

The baby on the plane

On the flight from Buenos Aires to London, I was sat next to a young mother and her newborn baby. This was a 13 hour flight. The woman’s husband was sat a few rows back, so I offered to switch seats with him. Well, he wouldn’t switch with me because he wanted to get a good sleep.

The poor mother was so stressed and so tired. Now, if this was a few years ago, I would have had a totally different perspective on this. But with my good deeds, I knew I was in this one for the long hall.

I could tell that others on the plane were rolling their eyes, giving dirty looks, and it was really stressing her out. I helped her get settled in get the baby to take the bottle. I know from being a father myself that if you feed the baby before the plane takes off – she won’t feel like her ears are going to explode!

Once the mother was calm, the baby calmed down too. We even got the baby laughing and smiling. Then, a miracle happened. The little baby ended up sleeping for 10 hours! I think her husband ended up feeling pretty awful about the whole thing, to be honest.

My serious change of perspective

For those that know me well – I acted very differently in this situation than I would have a few years ago. The old me would have been one of the buggers, looking at the woman and child, thinking “There’s a baby in first class!”

Pre-good deeds Giles would have had a ball cap pulled low over my eyes and my noise cancelling headphones on. I don’t know if i’m finally ‘growing up” or what’s happening, but I can honestly say it feels much better than just ignoring the world around me. I do encourage you to give the challenge a shot!

My challenge to you

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.

Giles Cadman is Chairman of The Cadman Capital Group, a group of cohesive, complementary companies, operating in the international trade, retail, leisure, and investment markets. Learn more about Giles.


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1 comment

Jordan Wells

May 9th, 2018 04:45 pm

Really interesting, great to hear about positive actions!

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