This morning I noticed in my desk drawer this red paperclip which reminded me of Kyle MacDonald.
On July 12, 2005 Kyle MacDonald posted a picture of a red paperclip on his blog and in the barter section of craigslist and asked if anyone wanted to make a trade for something bigger or better. A few days later he traded the paperclip for a pen shaped like a fish. Then he traded the pen for a doorknob. And so on, each time trading for something bigger or better. Once all the dust settled, Kyle made 14 trades and wound up with a house located at 503 Main Street in Kipling Saskatchewan.
For many years now I’ve talked about creating an Impact Foundation that would enable small non-profits doing great work, but without the marketing resources to get their message out to the masses, to share resources, services and expert insights that would impact the number of people they can serve.
The thing that always stopped me was … one day … when I have the resources.
That simple paperclip reminded me that we should start today, with the resources we have to have an impact in the world.
So … I have this red paperclip.
Does any have anything bigger or better that they would like to trade for it?
I know from my experiences with my “making money out of thin air” demonstration at my live events that amazing things can happen when we work together.
So whatever I can trade this red paperclip up to, I’ll use to actually start the Impact Foundation and get started sharing the massive resources of the Impact Family to people and organizations doing the small things that have the biggest impact on the legacy that we leave together.
So far, I have a paperclip … Want to trade for it?
All the best,