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“I’m Not Gonna Leave No Money for Dudes…”


by Glenn Shepard
October 24, 2017
Category: Inspiration



Columbia, TN

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80% of wealthy people make Happy Birthday calls vs. 11% of poor.
Source: “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals” by Tom Corley

Commencing Operation Birthday Bucks at McDonald's


From Alan Jackson’s newest song:

The older I get,
The more I think.
You only get a minute, better live while you're in it
'Cause it's gone in a blink.

And the older I get,
The truer it is.
It's the people you love, not the money and stuff
That makes you rich.

And if they found a fountain of youth,
I wouldn't drink a drop and that's the truth.
Funny how it feels I'm just getting to my best years yet.

The older I get,
The fewer friends I have.
But you don't need a lot when the ones that you got
Have always got your back.
And the older I get,
The better I am,
At knowing when to give,
And when to just not give a damn.

The older I get,
The longer I pray.
I don't know why, I guess that I’ve
Got more to say.

And the older I get,
The more thankful I feel.
For the life I've had, and all the life I'm living still.

I had never heard the song.

Then last Thursday night, my Beautiful Bride took me to Songwriters' Night at Long Hollow Winery here in Nashville, and it was like a scene out of a movie.

In a moment dripping in delicious irony, Hailey Whitters, who co-wrote the song, happened to be sitting next to us and was called up on stage to sing it.

The next day was my birthday, and we went to the bank to get 54 one-dollar bills for Operation Birthday Bucks. When the teller asked what they were for and I explained, she responded “My son turns 5 next week and we’ve spoiled him rotten. I’ve going to do this with him. It’ll only cost me $5 but will hopefully teach him the importance of giving while he’s still young enough to learn.”

We then dropped off the $54 with the manager at McDonald’s to pay for the meals of people behind us.

I stopped in the men’s room before we left. When I stepped out, a man came rushing toward me and I thought I was getting mugged.

It turned out he was a 46-year-old lawyer, who thanked me and asked why I did it.

I explained that it was my birthday and that I wanted to show my gratitude for getting to live 54 years by paying it forward. He responded “My employees are always asking what to get me for my birthday. I say nothing but they usually give me golf balls or ties. I’m going to give each of them $47 for my next birthday, and see who can be the most creative in giving it away.”

Then a teenager said “I turn 17 next month, and 17 is kind of a boring birthday. I think I’m gonna’ do your thing too, man.”

I told him how proud I’d be if he would do this. He responded, “But I’m not gonna’ leave no money for dudes. I’m gonna’ wait until there’s a few babes in line. Know what I mean, man?”

As my Beautiful Bride and I drove off, the lyrics to “The Older I Get” stayed stuck in my head as I thought about these three people –

A 5-year old boy whose life was just beginning, a 16-year-old whose hormones were raging, and a 46-year-old lawyer who wanted to do something fun for his employees.

They couldn’t have been in more different places in their lives, but each of their lives will be changed by such a simple act.

If you’re at the point in life where the lyrics to this song resonate with you, I implore you to copy the Pay It Forward Birthday concept on your next birthday, and I guarantee you two things will happen:

1. It’ll be the most memorable birthday you’ve ever had.
2. You’ll touch more lives than you ever imagined you would.

To Your Success,

Glenn Shepard

A very, very heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in my Pay It Forward Birthday Celebration this year. If you’d like to read some of the stories, go to Facebook and search for #GlennShepardPayItForwardBirthdayCelebration


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