Today I met Bob Votruba. Bob has a bus (pictured above, out my front window). Bob also has a dog named Bogart, which happens to be a Boston Terrier (like my Dog Harold).
The interesting thing about Bob is that he is on a quest. His quest is to inspire people to perform One Million Acts of Kindness in their lifetime. For those of you with a math background, that’s 50 acts of kindness a day for 55 years (To be exact, it’s actually 1,003,750 if you don’t count leap year. I better get going).
Image that. Fifty acts of kindness a day for 55 years. If that’s not an act of endurance, I don’t know what is.
The Big Goal, Broken Down
One Million of anything is a huge undertaking. For most of us, it just seems impossible. That’s why breaking it down to a more manageable task is the best way to go. Fifty-five acts of kindness a day seems a little more manageable. Let’s do the math:
55 Acts a Day
2.29 acts an Hour (Well, that’s not fair, since we sleep at least 8 hours a day).
4.58 acts an Hour (if we are actively being kind 12 hours a day. That’s doable).
0.07 acts a Minute (Okay, that’s a bit extreme but I can’t help the math geek in me).
Okay, so 4.58 acts an hour. For good measure, we will round that to 5. So that’s one act every ~8 minutes. That seems doable.
The Power of Focusing on the Incremental
Bob (and Bogart’s) goal is a huge undertaking. Some would say it’s even impossible but by focusing on the incremental, Bob has broken down his goal into a manageable chucks — just like an endurance athlete breaks down a race into manageable parts and an endurance leader inspires their supporters to fulfill their goals, incrementally.
Really, One Million Acts of Kindness
Yeah, really. I get the sense that Bob will not stop until his message of kindness is spread throughout the world. That’s true dedication and commitment.
He may never achieve his goals but he certainly will change a lot of peoples attitudes and behaviors. Even if he reaches a small percentage of humanity, he has made a huge impact.
Everyday, people like Bob endure through the struggles of life and find meaning in simple acts of kindness. These are the true endurance leaders. They don’t stop no matter the setbacks, challenges or obstacles.
Good luck Bob (and Bogart). You have inspired me to at least give it a shot.