Now that Athleon has some money in the bank...meaning I can afford to buy lunch every now and then...the 'you're blessed and you can afford to help others' voice in the back of my head has started speaking again.
Some small number of people give to a non-church charity every year (5 some odd % I believe), and, outside of my church givings I can actually REMEMBER every single time I've been charitable with anything but change.
That fact, combined with my increasing love of entrepreneurship, has lead me to seek out amazing charitable organizations to give a small amount of money (very small really) out of every paycheck to. Most of us who are building a business are doing it for some combination of fame or wealth...yet a lot of really, really cool entrepreneurs are starting something with no real option for wealth involved.
So, over the next however long, every paycheck (our payroll is done bi-monthly) I'll let you know which really cool charity is getting the small piece of my hard earned cash. It's the same amount every month and as of now I'm not planning on doubling down....I realize that giving a bigger sum to one charity may be more beneficial, but I'm seeking out cool charities in quantity.
If you have a group I simply MUST donate to let me know in the comments below. Otherwise, go change the world however you see fit.
There are absolutely no rules to this simply organizations that do something good for somebody else (and hopefully tell me exactly where my money is going...transparency is a very good idea). They may help starving children in Africa, or people 2 feet way in Seattle. No rules. I want to find orgs who are as passionate about what they do as I am about what I do....and maybe help a fellow human being or two in the process.
(P.S. While it doesn't really count, my first bit o cash went to the candidate I supported in the November election. It AMAZES me how much money Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama spent on advertising against each other...perhaps giving to the guy outside my local starbucks today would have been a better use of my money).
Yep, I'm a 20 something who voted. Coffee's on Starbucks for me today.
This is the most exciting, and disappointing, election cycle I've ever followed (granted, I'm young).
I love John McCain the man. If I had a top ten list of people to met he'd be on it. I don't care if you don't want him to be president, you have to respect the guy. If not, get Faith of My Fathers on Netflix. Though it may not turn out to be...at the time, I thought Sarah Palin was a brilliant pick, and I loved the risk factor.
The John McCain campaign, however, has been making me quite angry.
Meanwhile, Barack Obama, the man, is amazingly engaging and inspirational. He's exciting, personable, and has speech traits that I've found myself emulating when I give presentations. His running mate, Joe Biden, I find quite funny (in a good way) and was my favorite of the democratic candidates early in the cycle.
The Obama campaign, however, has been making me quite angry.
But, such is politics. Now, I don't understand why you wouldn't vote, and I think it's at the core of what we are as Americans.
However, if you don't want to vote....don't. If you don't care, don't vote. If you have something better to do, don't vote. It's a free country, and you have every right to vote, to not vote, to get your nails done, or to watch football instead. If you don't care enough to vote, me trying to force you is not going to spark something inside of you. I don't know how you can not care enough to not vote....but if you don't care, fine, don't vote.
You have every right to do whatever you want with your time. Vote, don't vote, write in Mickey Mouse (who apparently gets thousands of votes every year). I chose to vote. Make up your own decision. Me yelling at you to vote probably won't make you wait in line. Me yelling at you for not getting an absentee ballot 2 months ago (it's so easy), doesn't matter right now.
Just stop complaining. If you don't vote, you forfeit the right to complain.