Last night at Toastmasters, one person spoke about their motorcycle breaking down in an off-road desolate area of Florida. Not knowing what to do, he sat down and meditated. The next thing he knows, somebody pulls up with a motorcycle manual and repairs his motorcycle.
Then, someone gave a speech on Kyle MacDonald and his trading timeline. Kyle started with a red paper clip and ended up with a house. The speech was about the power of bartering.
Here was Kyle's experience:
On July 14, 2005, Kyle went to Vancouver and traded the paperclip for a fish-shaped pen.
He then traded the pen the same day for a hand-sculpted doorknob from Seattle, Washington, which he nicknamed "Knob-T".
On July 25, 2005, he traveled to Amherst, Massachusetts, with a friend to trade the Knob-T for a Coleman camp stove (with fuel).
On September 24, 2005, he went to San Clemente, California, and traded the camp stove for a Honda generator.
On November 16, 2005, he made a second (and successful) attempt (after having the generator confiscated by the New York City Fire Department) in Maspeth, Queens, to trade the generator for an "instant party": an empty keg, an IOU for filling the keg with the beer of the holder's choice, and a neon Budweiser sign.
On December 8, 2005, he traded the "instant party" to Quebec comedian and radio personality Michel Barrette for two Ski-doo snowmobiles.
Within a week of that, he traded the snowmobiles for a two-person trip to Yahk, British Columbia, in February 2006.
On or about January 7, 2006, the second person on the trip to Yahk traded Kyle a cube van for the privilege.
On or about February 22, 2006, he traded the cube van for a recording contract with Metal Works in Toronto.
On or about April 11, 2006, he traded the recording contract to Jody Gnant for a year's rent in Phoenix, Arizona.
On or about April 26, 2006, he traded the one year's rent in Phoenix, Arizona, for one afternoon with Alice Cooper.
On or about May 26, 2006, he traded the one afternoon with Alice Cooper for a KISS motorized snow globe.
On or about June 2, 2006, he traded the KISS motorized snow globe to Corbin Bernsen for a role in the film Donna on Demand.
On or about July 5, 2006, he traded the movie role for a two-story farmhouse in Kipling, Saskatchewan.
After this speech, the president of our club looked down and saw a red paper clip. He had spoken about 2012 being the best year ever for him. Who knows what will happen if he trades his red paper clip for something else.
What do you have to trade today? Maybe a smile. It's enough!