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Eddie Thornton
Making the world a better place, starting with myself.
Making the world a better place, starting with myself.
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I sure wouldn't mind a #tour of #walking #paths of the #world...
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I've recently had several conversations with friends who live outside of #California who've asked me about the #drought. They have a hare time visualizing it. Words seldom do it justice. On my #ride to #Lake Berryessa the other day I had the opportunity to capture some images help:
In the first two pics the #water level is supposed to be up to where the trees are. That's roughly a 25 ft drop (guesstimate). In the third pic of Lake Berryessa proper, which is about 15mi x 3mi, that "island" in the middle of the pic should have water up to the tree line as well. There is no sign of improvement.
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5/2/15
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Some of these take years to accomplish. Then, sometimes when you think you have one, you have to start all over again. #Happy #Change
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Went for a walk on the #beach and found this little fella headed for the highway. #Crab rescue! It was surprisingly tricky, trying to carry it back to the #ocean while not getting pinched!
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One of my favorite #paintings: The more you look at it, the less you find. John Singer Sargent's portrait of Lady Agnew Lochnaw. Now at the de Young #museum.
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The season premier of #GameofThrones seemed kind of "business as usual". #disappointed
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Welcome to #sanfrancisco! Enjoying a birthday on the town, beginning with a #ferry ride.
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The more things change, the more they stay the same. #inequality
In 1972 a man with a degree aged 25-34 earned 22% more than a man without. Today, it's 70% http://econ.st/1F1MWhv
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Excellent thoughts from +George Kao. Worth reading, and a necessary share.
Have you seen business/marketing coaches selling this idea:

"Make more money so you can help more people!"...

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"Help more people and make more money!"...

Beware of this line of thinking.

★ Reason 1. Money has a corrupting influence. ★

Here's why: you're a human being.  

Money is inextricably connected to our core human yearnings for Security, Prestige (being accepted & loved), and Pleasure.  Security, prestige, pleasure... these are often subconscious .  When money is involved, our idealism gets intertwined with our deep needs for security and prestige, and our wants for pleasure.  

As we make money, we keep feeling how it benefits our own personal security, prestige, and pleasure, whether we are consciously aware of this or not.  

The constant seeking after money corrupts every idealist.  

☛ There are 2 ways out of this mental slavery:

(a) Awareness of our own corruptibility -- how easy it is for us to stray, to be distracted, the daily need to remember higher or deeper truths.

(b) Practices such as:
---reading stuff to remind us (like this post!)
---regular spiritual practices (meditation, prayer, journaling)
---being with others who help us become more aware and awake
---continual vigilance through regular reminders (I have a to-do item that is set to pop up everyday to remind me to "Redefine success.")

★ Reason 2. You don't need "more" money to help lots of people. ★

You just need enough money.   (How do get enough money? I'll share on this later.)  To help lots of people what you most need is TIME, COMPASSION, and ACTION.  

Compassion naturally arises from engaging with others who need your help.  

The more action you take with higher intentions, the more you grow in your ability to help others.  

You don't need more money to help people.  You need enough money to live simply (and to have internet access!)  

Here's how you can help lots of people for free or low cost: SHARE FREELY on the internet what you have learned in life.  It doesn't cost you a penny more if a thousand more people read your posts on Google+ or Facebook, or if they watch more of your Youtube videos.  It costs you nothing.  

☛ And remember this — what may seem obvious to you is actually LIFE-CHANGING to some other people.  For example, what I've written in this post is "obvious" to me, but for some people it is really an "aha!" moment.  Truly, you don't know how you affect others.  

For every "like" you get, every comment, every share, how many more people saw that post, were influenced by it, but never took the time to let you know?  Many more.  

You don't have to figure out how many people are being helped by you.  *All you are called to do is to share what you've learned freely.*  

Post your advice, your tips, your observations.  Do this on Google+ (like I'm doing now) or other social media like Facebook.  Or start a blog on blogger.com or medium.com.  None of that takes money!  Or create YouTube videos.  (As an example, I uploaded 70 free training videos last year — www.ourhighestwork.com .)     You cannot even imagine how many people will be helped if you do this.

When you feed someone, they are full for a meal, then hungry again.  

When you share your advice and empower them to feed themselves, they are changed for a lifetime.

And then they can go onto help others.   Don't wait.  Start helping now.  You don't need to make more money first.  Start now even for 5 minutes: share a piece of advice, a tip, a lesson you've learned.  Share something might be helpful, even if it's "obvious" to you.  It's the "world wide web" -- your sharing is making an impact on that web, and you cannot see how far the ripple goes.  

The biggest help you can give to others is to influence their minds, uplift their hearts, and help shift their behaviors toward a wiser and more compassionate life.  Start today.  

You don't have to feel "ready."  *None of us are ready.*  Those of us who share, just keep sharing, and over time, we become proficient at it.  Just start simply.  Even share just 1 sentence.

The question remains: "how to have enough money, so you can have time to help people?"

That's coming in the next post.  This post is long enough!  If you want something quickly see my resources here: http://www.georgekao.com/conscious-money-flow.html

Stop reading and start sharing now :)

#inspiration   #generosity   #makemoney   #makeadifference  
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