After thinking about it I decided that I wanted to “pay it forward” with the Amex Gift card that I got at work yesterday. The thing about being a Product Manager is that you have team of people that work on projects with you, there is no way the project would have been completed in the same way without the people on the team, so I felt like I should share the thanks that the gift card represented.
I decided to invite my group out for a round of drinks and appetizers, using the gift card to pay for it. Could I have put the gift card toward something I could use, put it toward my new camera, etc.? Absolutely.
But I really believe in two things: Karma and Paying It Forward.
Ultimately it’s a win-win and feeling good about sharing the wealth so to speak with others, well it’s worth it to me.