It’s Abe again, with another story.

At the grocery store a few weeks ago, a woman in front of me was having trouble paying at check out.

Every time she tried her credit card, it declined and said, “account suspended.” I’m not sure what that means exactly, but I could tell she was getting embarrassed standing there while she tried to figure out what to do with her cart full of food.

In total, her bill came to $87. While she was off to the side trying to get in touch with her credit card company, I decided to (quietly) pay her bill while I paid for my two $10 steaks, so she could leave and get her food home.

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After that, I got out of there as fast as I could. I didn’t want her to have to deal with deciding whether or not I was some creep trying to hit on her – or feeling like she needed to repay me.

Realistically, it was only $87. I didn’t change her life or her situation. But calling your credit card company to see what’s wrong with your account sucks… and it sucks a little bit less when you can do it from the comfort and privacy of your own home.

My point is, I didn’t do it for any recognition or in hopes of gaining anything for myself. And I wouldn’t even be telling YOU the story, except to illustrate my point.

I wanted to help because I know exactly what it’s like to not be able to pay for my groceries.

Of course, I don’t know this woman’s particular financial situation. But I’ve felt the burning eyes of others staring at you… judging you… while you try your card over and over again. It sucks.

It feels embarrassing to watch your card keep getting declined while everyone behind you in line watches. I’ve been there, and I never want anyone to experience that if I can help it.

Now that I’ve built my own wealth, I can help. Because the way I see it, there’s plenty of money out there.

And as someone who’s in a position to not have to care about money anymore, I see no reason to be stingy with it.

I’m not in the business of making money just to sit on it and keep it all to myself. The point isn’t to log in to your account and drool over the commas. The point is to have a better life for yourself and to help people.

My goal has always been to help other people the best I can, and ultimately, pay it forward.

I like to call this “the ripple effect.”

In the grand scheme of things, paying that woman’s grocery bill likely didn’t change her entire life.

She still had to get on the phone with her credit card company and figure out whatever it was that went wrong at the grocery store.

But at least she didn’t have to do that while standing in front of a bunch of strangers while watching her groceries defrost in the cart. She could go home and figure it out there instead.

And maybe one day, she’ll end up with a similar opportunity to help someone else pay for their groceries, the same way I did for her.

That last point is exactly what’s so amazing about the ripple effect.

Every single random act of kindness you do for one person will ripple out to create an even greater impact on that person’s circle and beyond.

And the power of the ripple effect extends far beyond just helping people pay their bills. You can apply it to just about every part of your life.

For example, imagine you gave one great piece of advice to ten different people, who each shared that advice with 10 others.

With what was probably only a 30 second conversation, you’ve just influenced 100 different people. Those 100 people will continue to spread that advice through their own networks, and so on.

At the end of the day, you have the power to use the ripple effect for good.

Use your skills, and all of the knowledge you’ve gained through your life, to pay it forward and lift other people up. It’s been said that the truly great make others feel as though they too, could be great.

That’s exactly what I’m trying to do here. I really want you to get to a place where you don’t have to care about money, just like I don’t. And in my free newsletter Think Rich or Die Broke, I’ll show you how to get started.

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All of this is completely free. It’s my way of paying it forward to you, so you can take the first step toward achieving your own vision today.

Sign up now and don’t go anywhere too soon. Tomorrow, I’ll be back again to chat about how to recognize your own value… and how to use that value to get what you deserve.

I’m so excited to keep working with you! We’ll talk soon.

Abe Wagner