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Thursday, April 27, 2006


This guy gets it.

In "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" there is a lot of talk about how creativity, ingenuity, marketing, and a little bit of greed will get you far.

In 9th or 10th grade, I threw a "bigger or better" party. We all started out with a nickel, and had one hour to run from place to place asking to make trades for something bigger or better. By the end of the hour we had a blender, a desk, and even a boat. But I stopped there, it was just a game. I never thought of setting an end goal for what I'd want to end up with, or being selective about the trades. I just wanted to see who could end up with the biggest and best thing. I forgot all about it until recently Mandy posted a link about this guy.

He's gonna do it, too. He'll end up with a house (and a lot of adventure along the way) beginning with just one red paperclip. He's definitely got marketing down. He's being selective in his trades. He seems like a genuine nice guy, with a little bit of greed that will get him far.

I personally don't think his last trade was a trade UP, (a year of free rent in Phoenix for a day with Alice Cooper) but with this guy's charisma and now popularity, he'll end up with his house.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention. He's encouraging copy-cats. Hurray for sharing!

What would you trade for a paper clip?


  • At 5/19/2006 7:27 AM, Anonymous ric said…

    this is the funnest thing ever! I read the guys entire blog and I'm impressed. I'm also wondering how much time this is taking, how he pays his rent and what his day job is.
    Your bigger better party sounds liek a ton of fun too... I'll have to keep that in mind for my kids to do some day.


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