Kyle MacDonald details just exactly how he traded up from one red paperclip to a house, in only a year! It's an unlikely and amazing journey with lots of surprises along the way.
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Kyle MacDonald started with a red paperclip and traded it for a pen. Then traded the pen for a doorknob. And so on!
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Someone in Hollywood needs to make a movie about this guy's life experiences of trading things. Starting Seth Rogen -Btw this guy incidentally kinda looks like Seth Rogen and he happens to be Canadian as well. haha What are the odds, it's meant to be. I'd watch that, provided a good story for the film.
I don't wanna doubt the authenticity of these trades, but things started to get out of hand with the camping stove for the generator and the beer for the snowbile. There's no way someone sane would just trade those straight up without at least some cash considerations to make up for it. There are parts of the story he is not .
what people are missing is how good a salesman Kyle is. People joined him on his journey and WANTED to propel it forward. Doesn't matter if it was a paper clip or 50 cents, if you know what to do with it, you will add value to it and make people around you better off
what he fails to mention is that most of these trades happen because the other parties are looking for publicity, which comes from him already being a well known public figure, the trades themselves garner attention as well because of the history.
That message in the end really moved me. I was reminded of myself 2 years back when I was trying to make a decision that changed my life. I can exactly relate to that, I would have been just another guy blaming the circumstances and accepting the fate, instead I made that decision.
Thanks for this video mate!
hold on a sec. - how did you trade your afternoon with Alice Cooper? you already had used your afternoon with him. You had been onstage with him. Did you have 2 afternoons with Alice Cooper? I don't get how you could use up the meeting with him but then trade it. Was it like unlimited meetings? rewatching the video it seems you got to experience meeting with him without actually using up the meeting with him. Kinda weird cause to me your meeting with him should have used it up, but oh well.
If you broaden your definition of "trade" just a bit, you realize there are lots of amazing trades that happen every day, some even more astonishing than this one.
My gf traded a kiss for a house *and* a car, so I'd say she's done pretty well for herself.
Personally I think the paperclip is more useful for obtaining money than a house (you do this fancy "picked lock" trade to obtain money or other trading tools like funny photographs), but whatever suits you is fine!
This suffers from the same flaw as tv shows about "going around the world hitchhiking with a bunch of cameras filming the whole thing". Most of those deals only happened because he had a project that was gathering attention.
In sum this would probably not work out for the average person.
What people may not realize is that barter is used on all levels of economy, even in governments. For instance, governments are constantly bartering for various things, even getting their own citizens back when arrested overseas. If more and more individuals and small businesses used barter, they could have a better economy.
I traded a lot of my waking ours with my boss for money, that I traded with the supermarket for food, that I traded with my body for beard growth, and more hours of life in which to work. It's a downwards spiral that will kill me in the end. Help!
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