You have to be resourceful
Posted by: WaterBird on Aug-07-13 10:46 PM (EST)
I found that poverty taught me extreme resourcefulness that had many concrete payoffs. I don't believe in paying for things, at least not over the long term. I wanted a great kayak. I bought and sold 9 kayaks using Craigslist until I made my way up to the kayak of my dreams. I started out with a used Old Town Loon and ended up with a new Eddyline Journey. My final cost: zero. I made a profit overall. I used the same method to buy a very good Taylor acoustic guitar, lots of high-quality camping gear, and a custom-made bike. I have traveled for free to Boston, New York (many times), and Oregon using Craigslist creatively. I did a barter on Craigslist to find a professional illustrator for a children's book I wrote (about a canoe camping trip, by the way).
Those examples could be extended to almost every aspect of your life. Where there's a will there's a way. I put off learning to ski for decades because I thought it was only for rich people. Finally at age 50 I figured out how to learn to ski for free by volunteering at a ski area. My cheap intial skis and boots got traded up and retraded several times on Craigslist. The only thing that changed to make skiing and high-quality equipment possible was my thinking, not my finances.
Success and happiness have much more to do with how we think about possibilities than with things like the economy. Example: Imagine that you're standing on one side of the street looking across the street at 12 million millionaires on the other side. Yup, that's how many millionaires there are in the world. Now imagine yourself walking across the street to join that huge group of people. If 12 million people can do that, why not you? The first step is to know that it's a possibility and to stay focused on that possibility.
Another way to think of it: if 50% of the U.S. has to be bottom feeders, what will it take for you to join the OTHER 50%?
If $150 is all you can afford for a kayak, figure out how to turn that into a $200 kayak. Ignore what things cost and how much money you make. Think only about what you want for your happiness.
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