Bob Votruba, 54, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, is dedicating the next ten years of his life to spreading kindness. He and his Boston terrier Bogart plan to visit 100 college campuses to try to convince young people to aspire toward pursuing one million acts of kindness in their lives. That would add up to 50 acts of kindness a day for 55 years.
Votruba once ran a successful home-building business and owned a 10,000 square foot home. What motivated him to sell his house and all of his possessions, move into a bus, and go on a kindness tour? He says September 11, Virginia Tech, and the suicide of two close acquaintances convinced him that kindness is the only thing that will make the world a better place.
Votruba writes on his website:
Imagine… if we simply hoped for the best toward every person we come in contact with during the day. If each one of us, day by day, shared acts of kindness with those we know and those we don’t know…how would the world change? How would YOU change? How far would our kindness spread?
He encourages young people to aspire toward being “kindness millionaires”.