From the Editor's Computer
In the news a few months ago there was a story about a Canadian man who wanted to trade a red paper clip for a house.
Kyle MacDonald started off with a red paper clip in July of 2005. A mere fourteen trades, and one year later, he achieved his goal - a house in Kipling, Saskatchewan.
What would your reaction be if someone came up to you and asked you to trade whatever you had for whatever s/he had as they ultimately wanted a house?
Would you help him/her out? Would you laugh at him/her? Would you dismiss it all as foolishness? Would you go out of your way to help the person along to their goal? Would you dismiss them as crazy? Would you get excited about the possibilities not only for them but for yourself?
Every one of us has dreams and goals. Every one of us also has people in our lives who either help us along our chosen path, or else people who try to derail us, dragging us off our path.
The dream helpers know that if they help someone else achieve their dreams that they will be that much closer to achieving their own dreams. The dream helpers know that what you put out into the world will be returned to you multiplied many times.
The dream stealers on the other hand, act out of fear. They fear that the status quo will change (which it probably will), that the person will change if they help them with their dreams (most likely that will happen too), and they fear that they will lose their excuses as to why they haven’t achieved their dreams (if one person can do it, anyone can do it).
We need to listen to the dream helpers and minimize our contact with the dream stealers. We also need to discover if we ourselves are dream helpers or dream stealers to the people in our lives.
Kyle MacDonald didn’t let anyone stop him from achieving his dream of owning a house, and he started off in a rather unconventional manner, but there were people out there who believed in him and wanted to help him along.
Anything is possible if you believe in yourself and what you want to accomplish. Just make sure you have some dream helpers on your side to inspire, encourage and push you when you need it.
And by the way...if you have anything you want to trade, come see me and we’ll see what we can do to further your dreams!
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