#Resourceful February 10

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I need to share something with everyone. I grew up in a family where my dad was constantly repurposing things. He was very resourceful. He would take items that were going to be discarded, outdated, or broken and turn it into something else.

Growing up our home had old phones converted into end table lamps, barrels into storage seating, and an old wooden icebox into his bar.

Some of the pics of the stuff my dad repurposed due to his resourcefulness.

Maybe that is why I am fascinated with the website 1000LifeHacks

I also enjoy watching American Pickers to see what ideas they have to repurpose someone’s junk as.

I do believe that being resourceful is an important part of character development. “Success is not just about the resources you have but how resourceful you are with what you have”-Tony Robbins

One cornerstone of resourcefulness is the ability to be open-minded. You need to be prepared to learn from others. No one, even the most resourceful person in the world knows it all. I will share a lesson I learned from a store clerk about solving a very simple problem that many college students often experience-warm beer.

One night in the 1970’s just outside of Lemon Springs a crossroad in Lee County NC I wanted a beer. I stopped in a old general store that had a beer sign. I walked in and there was beer piled up high on the floor. It all was hot. I asked the clerk where the cold beer was and he replied that a Lee County ordinance prohibited the sale of off premise cold beer. Only the off-premise sale of warm beer was permitted.

beer to go

He offered me a deal he would sell me the store’s hot beer for the asking price and for an additional dollar he would get my hot beer so cold “It would hurt my back molars”.  He promised he would do this in under three minutes.

I ponied up the extra buck and was told to leave the store and drive to the back door with my hot beer. I did as instructed thinking I might be getting ready to get scammed out of $1.00 with a locked back door.  I walked in and he took my warm beer out of my arms and began to spin the cans frantically in large galvanized bucket of ice. After two to three minutes the beer was ice cold-That guy was resourceful-below is a YouTube Video of someone taking his process to the next level.

We all are going to encounter problems a little more challenging than warm beer so being resourceful helps us grow.

Here are my tips on being resourceful

  1. Learn from others
  2. Analyze your problem before attempting to solve
  3. Be positive

Every problem we solve by being resourceful makes us a better and stronger person. There is a lot of experience and confidence to draw from when faced with our next problem. Some of those experiences we can pass on to others who may need encouragement and our help in the future.


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