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Archive for October 31, 2016
It’s very easy in this selfie obsessed world to focus on what you do not have instead of what you do.
Last year, I found myself doing just that. I was worried that I wasn’t making as much money as I should be, and that I didn’t own the type of car or clothes that other people in their 40s do. That thinking started to rot my brain and make me very bitter.
So, I decided to shift my thinking. I wasn’t going to be able to change my material possessions any time soon, and I really didn’t even know that I wanted to. I just wanted to “look” successful.
I am a veteran and you don’t have to look hard to find information on the number of veterans who are homeless and not getting the care they deserve. Everyday, 22 veterans commit suicide and many of those deaths are preventable. So, I started focusing my attention on those important issues through a nonprofit I started called Valiant Seed. (valiantseed.org, @valiantseed, facebook.com/valiantseed)
SkillsUSA Oregon is one of our partners and we are working on raising funds and awareness for our veterans in Oregon who need us. Shifting my focus to doing good works has made my whole outlook better.
Find a project or cause that you are passionate about and log some hours working for it. It looks great on college applications and scholarships, but it will also make you feel better and help shift your thinking to a most positive light. I promise.
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