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A THOUGHT and a QUESTION about DONATING MONEY…

THE THOUGHT I have on this topic is from a very interesting financial book called The Richest Man in Babylon. An important aspect of financial success, it explains, is allocating a percentage of any income you earn into different categories. Say 10% paying back DEBTS, 10% into SAVINGS, and 10% into an INVESTMENT FUND, and (the part relevant here today) 10% to charity. Then, the remaining 60% is what you have to live off of. People might complain that it isn’t enough, but one of the things the books also points out is that the average person will always have JUST AS MUCH MONEY AS THEY NEED and nothing more, regardless of if they’re on welfare or a millionaire. WE CREATE A PSYCHOLOGICAL NEED based on what we can afford. So if you don’t put away X% of your income automatically, you will assume you can afford to spend all your money (and not save any) and so YOU WILL. Even if it’s a very small amount, done diligently each month it will ad up to a lot more than if you keep waiting to start saving up. THIS IS ALSO TRUE OF DONATING TO CHARITY. If you think “I can’t afford to right now, I need to save up a bit and then I will” I’m sure you have great intentions but here’s the thing – If you can’t part with $10 when you’ve got $100, it’s not going to be easy to part with $100 when you’ve got a thousand. OR EVEN $50! You might not have the emotional muscle to part from your hard earned cash! But, by the way, any money you put towards a charitable or good unselfish purpose comes back to you in 10 times the quantity! I have had an incidence when I saw this happening LIKE MAGIC, but I’ll save that for another post…

THE QUESTION I want to start implementing this program in my own life today, as I’m launching a personal a website¬†(God willing) to display and sell the paintings I create. From the start I want to start donating a percentage of my profits to a good cause. My question to you is: HAVE YOU HAD ANY GREAT PERSONAL EXPERIENCES WITH A CHARITY, GROUP, ORPHANAGE, NON-PROFIT ETC. who could put my donation to good use? (I’m prone to donate to orphans and children, but open to check out anything that’s doing good in the world.) It’s rather frustrating scouring the internet looking for a small business who would really benefit from a small-medium sized regular donation. All the sites that come up are ALREADY CLEARLY WELL FUNDED and I’m honestly not sure if I’m paying the website designer’s salary or if my donations actually going where I’d like it to go! So please, SHARE WITH ME ANY OF YOUR EXPERIENCES AND LINKS. And if you or your friend runs a some sort of SOMETHING THAT’S MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE then please share your link in the comments below!

God willing, you guys can help me find an opportunity to do a little good.

~Jones

P.S. – I have a secret that I feel that the time is near to reveal :S

This SECRET OF LIFE is so obvious it’s REDICULOUS that anyone doesn’t know it

I’m about to share with you a simple fact that will help you understand the motivations behind any person’s actions, especially your own. It is so stupidly obvious that it might seem like a joke, but it is a fundamental truth. I learned it from my experience in the marketing profession. It’s an important thing to remember when trying to sell anyone anything. The fact is:

PEOPLE DO WHAT THEY WANT.

Well of course people do what they want, you might be thinking. And that’s what I thought too when I started thinking about this. But it’s an important fact to remember when thinking about why you or someone else makes the the choices they do. Thinking about this deeply you’ll start to discover what kind of person you are.

I’ll try to give an example. When it comes to doing the dishes, the question is what do you want? For me, at first I JUST WANTED A CLEAN DISH TO EAT OFF OF! In my early years living alone the dishes would pile up in the sink. As long as I had a plate to eat off of I wasn’t concerned with them. Sometimes I would run out of plates and just wash one to use. My actions reflected the fact that I just wanted a clean plate to eat from.

My dish habits hardly got much better until I got married. My wife loves everything to be clean, so dishes stress her out. Soon my wants towards dishes were I WANT TO KEEP THEM CLEAN TO KEEP MY WIFE HAPPY. That worked a to an extent, but she was usually in a good mood so I would (subconsciously) go ehhh, I don’t need to do the dishes she’s already happy.

Now my wants towards dishes are I JUST WANT IT NOT TO BE A BIG DEAL TO CLEAN MY PLATES RIGHT AFTER I USE THEM. And it works much better that the previous two. I just wash them and don’t make a big deal out of it in my head. Very simple and painless.

I think that the more specific you make your wants, the better chance you have of them working for you. Figure out what you really want and then you wont need motivation to do it. I mean, who needs motivation to do what they want?

For marketing/sales purposes this phrase can be slightly adjusted. PEOPLE BUY WHAT THEY WANT. It doesn’t matter if your product it a smelly old shoe, if you convince people that they want it, they will want to buy it. It’s that simple. Now you just have to figure out how to make people want it.

For religion, this is also extremely applicable, and God knows it. People are religious because they WANT TO GO TO HEAVEN. Or perhaps more often THEY NEED TO STAY OUT OF HELL. You see, the only force more powerful in determining actions than the want, is the need. But there are very few things that people truly NEED. Avoiding eternal hell-fire? That’s personally on the top of my need-to-do list.

Be conscious of your wants and you will soon discover who you are…

~Jones