Achieving your goals with few resources.

Here is a great story, from 2005, about working with what you have, rather than worrying about what you don't have. This story was posted on Dan Miller's website on April 11, 2011. It talks about a 13 year old boy who was living in a trailer with his family. The trailer didn't have running water or electricity. The coal burning stove they used for heat was causing his sister to have asthma. While in 7th grade he was given the opportunity to enter a science fair through his school. With few resources at his disposal he went to a junkyard and collected spare car parts and aluminum cans. With the junk he salvaged he then designed and constructed a solar powered heater that was able to heat the family's water and also heat the trailer. You can read his story here.

Focus your energy on what you have already.
This 13 year old boy didn't stew on thoughts about what he didn't have.  He was cold and set out to do something about it. He realized that he had the means, albeit the unattractive means of a junkyard, that he could use to construct a solution to his desire to keep the family warm. 

What about you? What do you want? What do you have?
What do you have already that can get you what you want? Are you looking outside your comfort zone for answers? This story reminds me of a few of the unemployed people I have worked with recently. When assessing their situation they know what they want (income), but will focus on what they don't have (a job). The individuals who are more open minded about where their income is coming from are making much more progress. For example, Susan is exclusively searching for jobs that match her former job title, pay, and distance from home. She is having little luck. Eric was a furniture delivery driver, is also looking for a similar job, but is making part-time income at another furniture store touching up the furniture they have on display - a skill he learned while delivering furniture. How can you apply the lesson from the 13 year old science whiz to your own situation?


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