Friday, June 24, 2011

Giving Back, Putting Money Into Perspective

By Mike Morland

Teaching a child the importance of giving back to those less fortunate may be one of the most valuable lessons they can learn.

Any parent can attest to their child going through the "mine" stage. It's human nature from its earliest stages to want comfort and security in their possessions and surroundings. However, as a parent, it's important to teach your child the significance of giving back.

It's not always easy to explain to a child how "need" and "want" are two very difference necessities to life. Even though your child may beg and plead that they need that new toy, it's important they know that even though they want it, they don't really need it. One of the best ways to encourage giving behavior is by putting it into perspective.

Perhaps your child wants a new, expensive toy. Explain to them that as much as they want the toy, there are children in the world that can't afford any toys. Offering to buy them a different (and less expensive toy) shows them the importance of not being selfish. Also, propose to your child that together you can buy an inexpensive toy with the difference and donate it to someone less fortune.

This lesson curves selfish behavior into a selfless act and building a charitable heart. By including your child in the decision to take less in order to give more, it allows them to understand more clearly why they don't need everything they want.

As your child grows older, lessons such as these can be a springboard into smart financial decisions. Donating old toys, clothing and other household items show the value of items to different people. By teaching your child to be efficient with their belongings, they may be more inspired to make the most of the money they have.

There are many ways a child can get involved and give back as they grow older. Organizations such as St. Jude Children's Research, and Habitat for Humanity to name a couple offer opportunities for your child to get involved, give back and put the world into a better perspective. Talk to your child and find out what's important to them, then set up a charity goal so the idea of giving is always in front of them.
Giving back teaches your child the skills of being able to do more with less. This lesson will roll over into many aspects of their lives, including a true understanding of financial needs and wants. The better they understand this difference, the more likely they will make smart financial decisions as they get older.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Building a Community Team of Friends

Came across a brilliant idea put out by one of my blogging friends. What if you took a community team of affiliate marketers and then joined forces to make a profit cooperative. Quite an intriguing proposition.

Just take two of your favorite program links and share them with the group. The idea is to get everyone  working on a just a few links the group agrees on and then build up and divvy the profits. So far, there have been quite  few takers and I thought this might be a good place to mention the idea to any of you who might be interested. How do you get started?

Just drop a line to my friend at Tell them that you saw their offer at my blog. Invite your other friends to join us. We'll have a ball of fun and who knows? We just might make a little money in the process. Until the next post,


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Monetizing Social Investments That Can Make You Smile...

There's all types of opportunities out there online. Which one is for you? The fact is, people are so scared when it comes to scams. When it comes to the internet, there's good reason. You have to be careful and proceed with caution when it comes to new opportunities.

I like to think of my social investments as careful thought out opportunities, an opportunity for me to help myself while I help others at the same time. With the economic recession taking it's toll, it pays to use these so small opportunities as a way to help you and your family to make ends meet. Don't you owe that to yourself?

Here's some questions to ask yourself:

  • What benefit is there to me in working with this company? Can I really recommend it proudly to others as a company that does what they say?
  • What is my cost for joining?
  • Can I help and benefit others with this service?
One such monetizing opportunity I have found to be beneficial is TrafficWave's MatrixBuster. Why is it beneficial and how can it help you? First of all it's free to join. Give yourself a full 30 days to look around, understand how it works, and how you can help yourself as well as others. Second, I make the investment for your first month while you work to set up and learn the system. Third, no reinventing the wheel. Others have used it to benefit so can you.

Take your first 30 days on me and make the social investment in yourself. Check it out, do the test drive and get into the habit of helping yourself and others, It's a win-win that's a home run! Sign up today.