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Get Resourceful – How To Level Up Your Resources

“When every physical and mental resources is focused, one’s power to solve a problem multiplies tremendously.” — Norman Vincent Peale

It’s easy to say that things are easy, especially when you start off by having a lot of resources at your disposal.

So, when people ask me about how they can become more resourceful I have tremendous respect for the fact that people might not have that much to begin with.

But I do believe that all of us have at least something that we can start to build on.

You start with something as simple as a single piece of straw or, as in Kyle MacDonald’s case, one red paperclip.

One Red Paperclip

You gotta start somewhere, right?

Here’s Kyle’s process of how he traded his way from one red paper clip to, well, see for yourself.

On July 14, 2005, he went to Vancouver and traded the paperclip for a fish-shaped pen.

He then traded the pen the same day for a hand-sculpted doorknob from Seattle, Washington.

On July 25, 2005, he travelled to Amherst, Massachusetts, with a friend to trade the doorknob for a Coleman camp stove (with fuel).

On September 24, 2005, he went to California, and traded the camp stove for a Honda generator.

On November 16, 2005, he made a second (and successful) attempt (after having the generator confiscated by the New York City Fire Department) in Maspeth, Queens, to trade the generator for an “instant party”: an empty keg, an IOU for filling the keg with the beer of the bearer’s choice, and a neon Budweiser sign.

On December 8, 2005, he traded the “instant party” to Quebec comedian and radio personality Michel Barrette for one Ski-doo snowmobile.

Within a week of that, he traded the snowmobile for a two-person trip to Yahk, British Columbia, in February 2006.

On or about January 7, 2006, he traded the second spot on the Yahk trip for a box truck.

On or about February 22, 2006, he traded the box truck for a recording contract with Metalworks in Mississauga, Ontario.

On or about April 11, 2006, he traded the recording contract to Jody Gnant for a year’s rent in Phoenix, Arizona.

On or about April 26, 2006, he traded the one year’s rent in Phoenix, Arizona, for one afternoon with Alice Cooper.

On or about May 26, 2006, he traded the one afternoon with Alice Cooper for a KISS motorized snow globe.

On or about June 2, 2006, he traded the KISS motorized snow globe to Corbin Bernsen for a role in the film Donna on Demand.

On or about July 5, 2006, he traded the movie role for a two-story farmhouse in Kipling, Saskatchewan.

From: Wikipedia

As you can tell, you don’t need much.

By incrementally levelling up your resources, you take small steps towards something bigger and better.

Now, in this summary all the details and serendipity is left out. I very much doubt that Kyle could’ve foreseen how exactly this would play out step by step. But it still illustrates the basic point of what you can do if you apply the mindset of figuring it out.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What do I love to do?
  • What am I good at?
  • Where does what I love to do intersect with what I’m good at?
  • Who can I help by doing that?
  • Where do they hang out?

Then you go there and interact with them. Listen twice as much as you speak.

What you need to do is to find what your one piece of straw or red paper clip is.


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