I’m a personal finance blogger, but Life is about much more than personal finance.
Personal finance is actually quite far down on my list of “Important Things In Life”. I hope it’s the same with you.
What’s higher on my list? Lots of things, and one of them is:
The power of doing good.
I’ve got something to share with you today about somebody who is doing something really, really good. The good act is a potential “drop in the pond” signified by my image at the top of this post. First, I need to share some thoughts that are important to me, and how this “drop in the pond” is relevant in the context of our broader priorities in life.
Our society is losing sight of what is really, at the core, important.
Don’t let it happen to you. Don’t lose your sight of what’s important.
Doing Good is important. But so are lots of other things.
Live your life with a broader perspective on what’s truly important, for you. Take time to think about what you believe, and figure out what matters to you. Then, focus on that, and don’t be disrupted by the noiseless scream that is American culture at the moment.
Are You Being Rational?
This is a non-political blog, but I just have to throw this politically incorrect, inflamatory statement out there. I’m doing it on purpose, and I’m doing it as an illustration:The World Won't End, Because Of Trump Click To Tweet
Again, this is a non-political blog. I’m just using Trump as an example, because I suspected it would generate a response in your innermost being. An almost non-voluntary, automatic thought. It’s either:
- “#NotMyPresident”, or for those on the other side,
- An attempt to hide their smirk and think “Finally!”.
Both reactions? Short sighted, and incomplete.
I use the Trump example to make a point. Our society has gotten out of control. I’m just asking you to open your minds a bit, on both sides of the aisle, and think about what’s really important to you. If you think about it, I don’t expect Politics will be at the top of your list. It’s certainly not at the top of mine.
Get out of your Narcissistic Bubble, (yes, I’m being intentionally offensive and non-PC, get over it!), and look at things beyond your electronic world (be it your cell phone, laptop, or TV). Get Over Yourself. Get Over Political Correctness. Get Over The Blather. Take some time to think “Big Picture”. Take some time to think for yourself, and decide what you should be focused on.
Challenge your beliefs.
So….You Think I’m wrong on this whole Trump chaos? Have a look at THIS video, a perfect example of how folks from opposite sides of the spectrum simply can’t have civil discussions on the topics (fighting starts at 2 minute mark, but listen to this guy’s Intro, Wow!!):
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We Need More Sanity
We all just need to calm down and count to
3 10, slowly. Look at what’s going on around us. Friends “Unfriending” lifelong friends on Facebook because of political views. Think about that. It’s CRAZY! Decades of a relationship destroyed by the irrelevant A-Bomb of societal trash.
Relationships are important.
One of the keys to an enriching life is to enjoy strong relationships. Relationships are hard to build, and they’re important. I hope they’re more important to you than whatever political sandstorm happens to be blowing across the land. Think of one your relationships (childhood friend?) that you’ve had for years. Now imagine, in essence, that friend “filing for divorce against you”, because of a political view!? Years, decades of a friendship destroyed over a couple of folks fighting over the Oval Office. How crazy is that!? It’s happening, and it’s a dangerous statement about our culture.
What’s Important To You?
You, for yourself, have to decide “What’s Important” in your life. It’s an important time, given our cultural dynamics, to be introspective and make sure you know where you stand. Where YOU stand.
Think about things with an open mind for the next month.
Be intentional about it. View it as a mental exercise, and challenge yourself. It would be good, for our country and our world, if we could all agree to just keep an open, objective mind. Each of us decide where we, individually, stand. I think it could make a difference.
I think it’s worth a try.
The 30 Day Challenge
So, I have a challenge for all of you. Be intentional for the next 30 days, and focus on viewing things through a crystal clear lens. Try to wipe off the film of political bias on your looking glass, and try to see things from a different perspective. Listen to alternative views.
While in Phoenix last week, I had some fascinating discussions during a work conference with folks in my industry from around the world. Many of the attendees were of starkly different political views, but we had some very deep, meaningful and non-confrontational discussions. What’s going on with the United States Of America? What’s going on with the World? What’s really important? Personal views, professionally shared, honestly debated. It was great. It was stimulating. In spite of our differences, we strengthened our bonds of friendship.
It was clarity.
Think for yourself, for the next 30 days.
It’s a challenge, just for you. Seek to replicate the experience I had in Phoenix. You decide if you’re up for it, I don’t even need to know. I will say this, I think you’ll benefit if you accept the challenge. Just think about what’s Really, Really Important to YOU. It’s an individual exercise, design it however you like. It’s a good way to create meaningful resolutions for the New Year (hey, you’ve probably blown your resolutions by now anyway!)
Just find time to think about what really matters in your life.
Maybe you’ll pursue The Power Of Doing Good.
Maybe you’ll become a ripple in a pond.
A Rabit Hole Of Rage
I’ve got something to confess to you. All of the writing above was initially intended to be one paragraph introduction to a very cool thing that’s going on with RockstarFinance, which I’ll get to in a minute (it’s really, really cool).
However, as I sat down and started writing tonight (here’s the confession), I went down a rabbit hole of rage. I began thinking, for myself, about the current state of our culture. The divisiveness. The hatred. The vitrial. The riots.
I hate it. It’s not right, and I don’t like where my country is
Maybe, just maybe, we can change the world, if only one small bit at a time.
Is “Anger” what you want our culture to be? Our culture is us. It’s people. It’s (sometimes manipulated) individuals.
So, confession time, what was supposed to be an intro turned into an unplanned 1,000 word diatribe on something that I’ve now realized is IMPORTANT to me.
It’s important to us.
I’ve never changed course that dramatically in an article. It was a good feeling to take time to sort out my thoughts, and do it while I hovered over the keyboard. Thanks for your patience with my rantings.
I’m glad I wrote it. P.S Hey, it’s also my blog, so I guess I can write a diatribe if I so choose, right?!
The Bottom Line
- We Need To Think For Ourselves.
- We Have To Decide Our Core Principles
- We Need To Decide What’s Really Important, Individually.
- We Need To Decide What’s Important. For Our Country. For Our World.
- We need to Listen More, and Talk Less.
A Ripple In The Pond
Maybe, a trend will develop, and folks will start putting more energy into things that create good, instead of things that don’t. The ripple has started (I’m getting close to that announcement, I promise). The “Rockstar Finance Ripple” triggered me to write these thoughts tonight. Maybe my thoughts will encourage you to spend some time thinking about this stuff for yourself.
We Need To Do This.
- And Together.
- As a United States.
- And as a World.
What Started All This? The Big Announcement!
Ok, so here’s the big announcement that started this entire article. The ripple in the pond. It’s really, really awesome. Really.
The Rockstar Finance Community Fund Launch
My day started with fireworks this morning. I opened up The Big Announcement , an awe-inspiring thing. A Thing which is exactly what this country needs.
The Rockstar Community Fund has been launched. Yes, this is a big deal.
The launch is something we’ve been working on in the Rockstar Forum since December. It’s interesting how this thing got rolling. The first credit, back in November, goes to Melanie @DearDebtBlog, who took the initiative to start helping folks with money problems. Rockstar founder J$ (“Jay Money”) saw what she was up to, and decided to build on the original concept. Here’s where it all started (thanks, Gwen@FieryMillennial for the background!):
J$ decided he wanted to build on the idea, and starting working with @NateSt.Pierre on the architecture for The Community Fund concept. We ran a “Pilot” of the Community Fund in December, and 50 gift cards for $20 were handed out to strangers by Forum members. A small act, with powerful consequences.
We Impacted The World!
- It was community.
- It was generosity.
- It was kindness.
- It was Awesome.
The Power Of Doing Good!We Proved The Power Of Doing Good, And Now It's Exploding! Click To Tweet
It’s Your Time To Get Involved
The significance of today’s announcement is that everyone (including you!) now has the opportunity to get involved in “The Power of Doing Good.” The Community Fund is now open to all, and we’ll be passing out gift cards every month to those in need. If you’d like to get a gift card to hand out, simply click here. If you’d like to support the initiative with a donation, click here.
The Impact Is Going To Be Huge.
Become a part of it, it’s something good. It’s something important. It’s making an impact. Here’s the link to the Rockstar Community Fund homepage. If generosity is something you decide is important to you, consider getting involved with this fund.
Conclusion: What It’s All Really About
Our culture is heading to a place I don’t want it to go. I hope you feel the same way.
Today, an opportunity for you to do something about it. Be like J$.
J$ didn’t just have a thought. He acted on his beliefs. He built something good. He created a ripple in the pond.
He also participated, and handed out a $20 gift card in the December pilot.
He told a relevant story, which I’ll use as “The Closer” to my article.
The Story That Says It All
He chose to give his gift card to an old guy who had just lost his job and was in dire straights. The guy was excited by the gesture, and his response is a perfect example of what this is all really about.
He said, “How can I help with what you’re doing”. He then climaxed it with this:I've been wanting more positive stuff in my life and this is amazing! Click To Tweet
Seeking to get involved in something positive. That’s what it’s all about.
Almost as amazing is J$’s response to the guy, taken from this Rockstar Forum stream:
“I told him to think of his passions and what’s important to him, and then to keep an eye out while around his community and see if any ideas pop up, and if so to let me know and we’ll see if we can help him turn it into something. Who knows what he’ll come up with!”
Pursuing a passion, and focusing on what’s important to you. That’s what it’s all about.
I read J$’s response AFTER I had typed the entire blog article above. But we’re saying the exact same thing. It’s amazing. We see where this is leading, and what it’s all really about. We need to focus on the things that are really important. Things that build up, rather than tear down. The things that bring you passion.