Look for the Helpers

Us Texans have had a rough week. The once in 100 year winter storm that the state did not prepare for cause it just might not happen. It happened.

I spent too much time on twitter. I started to fall into the blame game trap.

Thankfully I read Austin Kleon’s blog. He writes daily.

He posted Look for the helpers which is a video a quote from Fred Rogers sharing a story his mother taught him.

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping. Fred’s Mother

Then he posted a video of a wonderful man twitter named Thor Harris teaching a simple way to fix your own pipe if it busted. Here is the Link

Reading this blog post vs doom scrolling twitter changed my outlook and my actions. I walked about my front door today and looked for neighbors I could help with their downed trees.

Looks for the helpers. Be the helper.

What would you learn? If you were trapped in Ground Hog Day

One of our family traditions is watching Ground Hog Day with Bill Murray. Exciting I know.

So I asked Vickie what should I say about the movie in a blog post, since we are about to watch it this evening.

What would you Learn?

Here is my list:

  • Guitar
  • Strength Training – (personal vanity)
  • Read all of the Classics
  • Learn Spanish
  • Learn woodworking
  • Fly fish everyday

WWYD?

Let me know.

PS. This post plays well with my earlier post today.

Facebook shuts down, then reinstates, popular low-carb support group

Link

I am still thinking through censorship claims when you are using other people’s platform.

Always remember you are not the customer of social media. You are their product.

When you build your community or business upon another service then you are at their mercy.

In America more speech is generally better.

In these cases I think more speech talking to people you know in person/phone is better.

Why 98% of People Die Without Fulfilling Their Dreams

I googled “death due to lack of purpose” I was thinking about how older people who are sick tend to stay alive when they have a purpose, even if that purpose is to take care of a pet. We all need a reason to get out of bed in the morning.

But what I got was a headline for a blog post to a retirement investment company that wants me to become a wealth machine.

 If you want to become part of the 2%, you don’t need to possess any special skills that no one else has, and you don’t need any specific degrees or inheritance. The steps are few and simple. Today, we cover the first of 17 principles to live by. 

That unnamed blog post

Fuck this.

I can become part of the 2% that achieve their dreams if I just follow this 17 step process. I will not bore you with any more absurdity but rest assured he fixes the cable.

Money is not the problem nor is it the answer.

Money does solve a lot of the worlds problems. And money can solve our personal problems of food, clothing, and shelter.

But working your whole life chasing money in the name of one day when you are 70+ you will start a foundation like Bill and Melinda, I think you are missing out on a lot of life and opportunity to start now.

What would you do if you had unlimited money?

I was watching a video that posed this question.

#1 answer: I would start a business doing XYZ.

The person posing the question was stunned. You have unlimited money and you can do whatever you want and you decide to open a business to make more money? WTF?

I think it telling that people answering the question did not hear or understand the question. They did not reflect on or even consider what they would do if money was never to be a concern again for them.

WWYD?

I think most of us would get pretty bored if our answer was living on the beach and having a cabana boy bring us whatever our desire was.

I think the answer is not just making more money. I think the answer is to minimize the need for money in your life so that you can be free to make an impact in the world around you.

How would you answer that question? Do that. Whatever that is. Start.

Your friend,
T