New Friends Make the World a Better Place
As a little girl, I remember when I first heard of the Harlem Globetrotters. I got to see them in person a time or two and thought they were THE coolest thing ever. Still do.
Even though I’m not much of a coordinated basketball player myself, I can appreciate the skill and conditioning it takes to play the sport. Throw in some fancy moves, entertainment, and personality like the Harlem Globetrotters, and you’ve got yourself a court full of magic.
That’s why I was super excited to meet a new friend who is a former Globetrotter. Not only that, but he’s made it his life’s work to spread a message we all need to hear – Kindness Is Free!
Take Your Experiences and Make an Impact with Kindness
I’d like to introduce you to Herbert “Flight Time” Lang. Herb is the founder of a nonprofit called the Kindness is Free Foundation. He spreads joy and kindness wherever he goes.
Herb and I chat about the importance of mentorship, community, and choosing kindness first. As a newer nonprofit, Herb addresses the importance of identifying practical steps to meet your overall big goals, and as a former athlete, Herb advises us to apply the discipline of being consistent to whatever we do.
Mentorship and Community
Mentorship and community is important in our lives. Herb has a mentor to this day who started as his basketball coach when he was 12 years old. The impact his coach had on him has been incredible; you never know who you are impacting around you.
Sometimes it takes time to see the fruit of your impact in others lives, but start planting seeds in the people around you and one day you will see the harvest. Remind people that they have value and prioritize your community.
Choose Kindness First
Choose to be kind in all you do and use kindness as your default, not as an exception nor as a tactic to get what you want. In this episode we learn how kindness has radically impacted Herb’s life and how that has provided him with incredible experiences and the ability to make large contributions to better his communities.
This conversation is a great reminder for all of us to:
- Care about all people that you encounter, independent of what they can do for you.
- Do the right thing, because it’s the right thing.
- Choose to focus on the good things in life.
- Pick your perspective. Surround yourself with these types of people because you become like those around you.
This week’s challenge question is simple: How can you choose kindness today?
Meet Herbert Lang:
Herbert “Flight Time” Lang was a member of the Harlem Globetrotters for 18 wonderful years and traveled to almost 100 different countries. After leaving, he created a Facebook group for past members of the Harlem Globetrotters to maintain community and support one another as they transitioned into new parts of their lives. Herb has been on The Amazing Race and Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?
Currently Herb is a motivational speaker and runs the Kindness is Free Foundation. Herb is also a TEDx speaker and works with a Hollywood production company to build television show concepts. Husband to Elena and father of three (Antonio, Nicholas, and Reya), Herb lives his life based on the mantra of treating people with kindness. He regularly uses the hashtag #kindnessisfree in online correspondence, and emphasizes that one’s success is determined by how many people we impact, and not how much money we make.
Connect with Herbert Lang:
- Projects Popes and Presidents: An Inspirational Journey That Shows How You Can Overcome Life’s Obstacles and Achieve Your Dreams – Herbert Lang
- Cracking the Rich Code, Volume 4 – Jim Britt and Kevin Harrington
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