Peak Your Profits: Miscellany with meaning – raindrops keep falling on my head

Jeff Blackman

I'm a big fan of random of acts of kindness. Now you may be asking yourself, "What the heck does this have to do with peaking my profits?"

Piggy bank with umbrella

Everything, actually.

I have always firmly believed that business and success are also about the following:

  • Altruism, not just capitalism.
  • What you give, not just what you get.
  • Being selfless, not just selfish.


On a chilly, rainy day in Chicago, I dropped my wife and kids off and then parked.

As I began the two-block walk to meet my family, I was protected from the steady downpour by an umbrella; however, as I waited to cross the intersection, I saw an elderly man slowly walking toward me. He made futile attempts to block the raindrops with his hands.

As he approached me, I asked, "Where are you parked?" He said, "A few blocks from here." I said, "Great! Let's share the umbrella. I'll walk you there." He gratefully

After our first step together, I stopped. Then said, "I’ve got a better idea. Raise your right hand, please.” He did. I then placed the umbrella in his hand and said, "Congratulations! You're the proud owner of a new umbrella. Stay dry!"

He had a look of confusion and satisfaction, and we both left happy.

Who will you surprise today?

Baby steps

My friend Mike Wynne, sent me something worth pondering:

If you ever want to be inspired to overcome obstacles, watch a baby learning to walk. At best, walking is a controlled fall. Babies learn how to control gravity and make it work for themselves. Too bad we forget that lesson when we grow up...

Gravity is a fact of life, so are many of the obstacles we meet every day. All we need to do is learn how to make them work for us, instead of against us. Just like babies do.

Surround sound...and support

It's important to surround yourself with people who care. Folks who share in your dreams and vision, yet can still be brutally honest.

I once burst into our home and exclaimed to my wife, "Honey, I'm back from the radio station! I interviewed and spent the afternoon with Oprah!"

She calmly looked up and said, "Great! Now take out the garbage."

My family's love, support and yes, when needed "balance barometer," enable me to be, according to my clients, "great" at what I do.

Do I love my work? Absolutely! However, it's a distant second to my first love: my family.

Several years ago, I delivered a keynote speech for a client's national conference in Hawaii. It was a long journey, yet I only spent 50 hours on the island of Maui.

Despite my client's gracious offer to relax for a few more days at the Ritz Carlton (their treat), I politely declined. How come? Because I promised my son I'd be back for his basketball tournament, and I'm proud to say that in game two with 42 seconds left, Chad sank the free throw that put his team within 18 points.

Define your priorities.

Know what matters.

Establish your own sense of balance.

Make wise choices.

Do the right things.

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Jeff Blackman is a Hall of Fame speaker, author, success coach, broadcaster and lawyer. His clients call him a "business-growth specialist." If you hire speakers, please contact Jeff at: 847.998.0688 or And visit to learn more about his other business-growth tools and to subscribe to Jeff's FREE e-letter, The Results Report.  Jeff's books include; Stop Whining! Start Selling!, (an Amazon Bestseller) and the revised 4th edition, of the bestselling Peak Your Profits. You can also stay connected with Jeff via LinkedIn and Twitter: @BlackmanResults