Yesterday, we stumbled upon this article on Upworthy sharing their take on the recent New York Time’s article that dove deeper into the impact Dan’s $70K decision has had professionally (and personally). With the New York Times article came an overwhelming amount of comments, some positive, mostly negative. As much as we appreciate the kind words and support we’ve received, we value the criticisms just as much. Challenges only motivate us more.
As an aside, our mission at Gravity Payments is to make credit card processing fair for businesses and show that a values-based business that always does the right thing can succeed. We believe this was the right thing to do for us, and although it may not seem like it right now, we’re passionate and committed to making this work. We aren’t out to avoid challenges or hard times. We’re out to stick up for the little gal or guy who believes in the American Dream and is willing to work to chase it.
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Although we appreciate what the critics are saying, we believe they’re appealing to the part of human nature we’re moving away from. We think this decision is appealing to the part of human nature we’re moving toward of always doing the right thing and live by your values. The Upworthy article drove that point home when it stated: what if we didn’t measure our self-worth against how much money we made?