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Shannon Bindler Shannon Bindler Strategist. Writer. Life Coach.

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Mathieu Bitton Mathieu Bitton Designer. Art Director. Passionate Creator.

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Jorge Perez Jorge Perez Agent. Producer. Photography Enthusiast.

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Kris Wittenberg Kris Wittenberg promotional product developer. veteran entrepreneur. be gooder.

Kris Wittenberg, founder of Be Good to People, is a veteran entrepreneur whose company, SayNoMore! Promotions, is the go-to resource for promotional products. [www.begoodtopeople.com]

People mean a lot to me. I’ve felt that way most of my life, but particularly since I lost my mother, who was good to everyone. I was a brat growing up and spent a good portion of my adult life wanting things my way and being very judgmental and short-tempered. When I lost my mother, I adjusted my life. I believe I’m walking on Earth for her now, carrying on in her footsteps. I love to be good to people, to do special things and to make people feel special.

By nature, I’m quick to react and maybe not in the kindest, most thoughtful, most patient manner. I’ve always had a big heart and been loyal to those I love and care about, but if someone hurt someone I loved or did something I found offensive, I was quick to react in a negative way. That’s changed as my outlook on life has changed.

A great thing about the work I do at my company, Be Good to People, is being surrounded by reminders, which I see all around me all the time on our products. Not only that, but the people I employ and am partnered with hold me to a high standard and it’s very important to me, too, to be authentic and practice what I preach about being good to people. My work is great because it holds me accountable.

Being good to people has given me so many prizes. I’m an entrepreneur, I own two businesses, and I’m constantly working with other women entrepreneurs and start-up companies, with my employees and clients, with my children and their friends and their schools – and being good to people is a context I can always apply, no matter what the situation. This simple practice has changed my life, because of how I feel when I’m good to people and also when that goodness comes back to me. If I had unlimited resources, I would just go out and do good things for people all day, every day.

Saying “Thank you,” being grateful, is so meaningful to me. I think one of the biggest problems we have in this world of people who are too busy and too caught up is that people don’t say “Thank you” enough – to the check-out person or to the person who made dinner at home. The things people do for each other are amazing – from little things all the way to huge things. Saying “Thank you” makes a big difference.

– Kris Wittenberg

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