My husband and I did cross country from new york to san francisco in July 2017. It was one of our bucket list for a long time and it was finally time to check off that list. We saw many things – different states, landscape, food, culture and people. But more than anything, one of the highlights we had was people we met during the trip. We were lucky to meet some interesting kind people during the road trip but Bill from Nashville inspired me the most and think about how I can be a better person.
So, we were driving into Nashville from Columbus, Ohio around lunch time and excited for the famous hot chicken in the town. It was a popular chicken place so the seats were limited at that time. We ended up sharing a table with this normal men who had sculpted beard with bald head. We started to chat about our road trip so far and he was sharing about his story. He said he travels quite a lot too and doing cool stuffs like designing motorcycles and fun things. Among many stroies , his success story, his philosophy in his life were very interesting.
He started his business with $250 and built a successful business pretty quick within 2-3 years.As a struggling entrepreneur, of course I want to find out more about him. and he was kindly sharing his story. First he said “building a business and running a successful company is easy.” I told him “really? I don’t think so.” and he said “it’s easy as long as you really have fun and want it badly” and I said “but still it’s not easy. Given my situation, I’m struggling to make every steps every day” Easy words sounded too easy to say than it done. But he said sth like “do it when you mean it and do it really well” and also once you do it, do whatever it takes and Hustle. Meeting him in person who really did it was inspiring to me. It’s very easy to say but in real life, we got caught up with details in life and don’t end up doing or giving up. But I think the strong, genuine drive makes nothing impossible. Later he said it’s not easy but it’s easy when you are having fun with it.
One another thing he showed us was kindness to strangers. He asked us where we stay in nashville and we told him the hotel name we would stay. and He said the hotel doesn’t have good reputation and immediately called his assistant to arrange a room in his boutique hotel. We just met him in this restaurant sharing a table and he just offered us to a place to stay in for free..We didn’t know how to respond and whether we should accept it or not,, and the place was ended up 3 bedroom beautiful loft apt located in the heart of nashville. We were amazed at that time what’s happening to us and, why he would do this kind thing for us.. We are just strangers to him. we have nothing to give. We ended up finding out later he sends 20,000 small motor bicycles to kids every christmas and doing a lot of good things around him. Receiving this big kindness was weird but grateful and inspiring experience. Just being kind and generous to strangers sound weird at first but after this experience, this inspired us to give this kindness someone else, spread it out more..
We talk about ‘be kind’ a lot but how often we be really, authentically, genuinely kind without any returns to people around us and strangers who we barely know? Receiving kindness from Bill inspired us to give this inspiration to someone else. Let others know what’s like to receive kindness and inspire others to do the same thing to other strangers wherever, whoever they are.