One of my main philosophies in life is the concept of paying it forward. I remember, when I was younger, seeing the movie of the same name, with Haley Joel Osment as a kid who tried to have a net positive effect on the world by doing good by three people in the hopes that they, too, would do good for three more people each. In other words, it’d grow exponentially. Well, I think about that movie a decent amount, and I saw a chance to do something similar come up recently.
I heard, yesterday, that my former employer was downsizing their Nashville office, and two of the newer people there had to be let go. I won’t name names out of respect for their present troubles. However, the fact that two people, who were in essentially the exact same situation I was in prior to leaving for my new job, were now jobless… well, it really rubbed me the wrong way. I understand that it’s just business and whatnot, but I can’t help but feel bad when someone who up and moved for a job suddenly doesn’t have that job. I mean, I have absolutely no idea what I would do had I been let go, or, worse, fired, prior to landing this new gig. And I honestly don’t know how I’d react if I were suddenly kicked to the curb at the new place. But that’s irrelevant, hopefully.
Anyway, I took it upon myself to reach out to some of the connections I have made on my former coworkers’ behalves (is behalves a word?). I hope that I managed to help them out with their current difficulties. And I really hope that they will be able to help someone else out when they need it. I don’t like the whole “I did something for you, so you owe me” mentality. Rather, it’d absolutely make my day to hear back from them in the future that, hey, they got one of the jobs that I introduced them to the recruiter for. And, by the way, another of their friends was in a crappy situation, and they helped them out with getting back on their feet.
Call me an idealist or a romantic or whatever, but it’s a great thing when people help each other.