One Dollar

What does one dollar buy today?

For everyone, less than what it could buy twelve months ago. We live in an economy with inflation, cost of living rises, and unemployment. Add to that, job insecurity, downsizing, and offshore job relocation.

So it is no wonder we are preoccupied with survival. Getting by from pay check to pay check. And for many, trying to struggle with, more month than money.

No doubt you’ve heard, “if I could just come up with one good idea.” And many have. Even you have been thinking of an idea. And six months later there it is on the shelf of a supermarket, in a newspaper or a social media news feed.

“That’s my Idea!”… and somebody else has put it in front of you, to your bewilderment. You see, it’s been estimated. That some twenty-six people in the world are thinking of the same idea at the same time. But one person acted on that idea.

It’s the same for three frogs sitting on a log. One decides to jump. How many frogs are now sitting on the log?

Three. One of the frogs decided to jump. But until the frog actually, jumps, there are still three frogs on the log.

Getting back to that one idea. Yes, and, if only you had the time. That little one dollar idea that could make all the difference to your life and your world.

Just the same as the one person of the twenty-six, you need to act. Not on stage. Take action.

All those ideas that pop into your head. Don’t just make a mental note, thinking you will save it for later. And at the same time giving yourself some self-indulging importance of how clever you are. You need to take action. And write them down, as they pop into your head. Otherwise, they drift on to someone else and are gone forever.

I don’t know how true it is, that everyone has a million dollar idea in them. Maybe they do. Only you know for you. And if you were to continually ask yourself, what million dollar idea can I come up with. You might surprise yourself.

With the busy-ness of living and making ends meet. Give yourself some time every week. Quiet time, on your own and just let your mind wonder. Of course, with pen and paper. You never know where this may lead. And it gives you time to cultivate an idea you’ve been thinking off. And you have that pen and paper handy.

Those are basically all the tools you need.

Your free and open mind, pen and paper.

Don’t Squander Your Income

Today’s world is brutal for anyone trying to get ahead. The expense of everything makes it hard to save and the cost of living is rising daily. Jobs are also hard to get and people falling through the cracks are now living on the streets in many cities. From the time one leaves school the pressure is on to succeed and that can take many twists and turns. The first and most vital thing to do is to get a good job.

From the first pay packet one must have a strategy for long-term survival. Set it out on paper and begin a bank account in which a certain percentage of the money is lodged each payday. This is essential for future benefits.

It makes me shudder to see images of people pouring money into poker machines or other gambling devices. These are money cows for the clubs, pubs, and societies that use them to boost their income. What it does to one financially is often so tragic that they end us losing everything. Families can be broken home, homes repossessed or tenants tossed out.

Living on the streets is a dead-end. There is hardly any way up unless you do it by sheer will power and clever tactics. The best thing is not to get into that situation.

While the going is tough it’s really time to get going and do yourself a favour. Don’t squander your income and make doubly sure that you bank as much as possible each week. If you do that then when these times have passed you will be overjoyed because of your sacrifice