May 12


How an Unemployed College Kid Traded a Paperclip for a House…

By Michael Q. Pink

May 12, 2009

“The works of the LORD are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them.” Psalm 111:2

red paper clip

If you want to learn something about someone, study their work. The heavens declare God’s handiwork and all of creation reveals His ways and His power. When you study what God made, you learn the way He does things. If you are wise like Solomon was, you will copy and emulate those ways and you will prosper. Talk about “built to last”…

God knows a little about making things last and we are no fools who have chosen to take pleasure in and to study the things God has made. He has embedded His wisdom there for you and I to find and that wisdom is 100% transferable to business. Consider the rainforest for example… It is the most diverse and abundant ecosystem on the planet and yet has very limited capital (poor topsoil) to work with. The way God gets abundance from relative scarcity is what every entrepreneur, business owner or household manager needs to know!

houseLet me give you an example of something we call the Brazil Nut Effect. It’s the principle in the rainforest that shows you how to acquire what you need or want with little or no cash. A young man in Canada utilized this principle to trade one red paperclip for a house. It took him a year and several value exchanges but he ended up with a house free and clear, with no cash and no debt.  It’s all about being able to exchange relative value for relative value, with emphasis on the word relative.

When you understand this vital rainforest principle, you can acquire anything you need. I personally have used it to acquire a full page ad priced at $63,000 in one of the worlds’ most successful business magazines. I’ve coached a client with no cash to exchange a concept and an intangible benefit for several substantial real estate properties worth tens of millions of dollars. It works at any level, but requires a little ingenuity. And in case you’re wondering, this is not barter.

I will be sharing this principle in more detail in a webinar this coming Thursday, May 14th at 2:00 pm EST. To be clear, the purpose of the webinar is not to sell a book or a product, but rather to inform those who might be interested in our upcoming Rainforest Excursion, June 26th – 30th in Panama. This is not a vacation, though it will feel like one because we are staying at a world class, five star hotel. Between rainforest excursions, we will be sharing with about twenty attendees the details of our business coaching opportunity and how the rainforest serves as an incredible model for a successful business regardless of limited resources.

We are looking for a few professional men and women who love adventure, want to change the world and have their own coaching business, making well above average income in the process. This Thursday, May 14th at 2:00 pm EST I will be hosting a webinar on The Seven Wealth Secrets of the Rainforest where I will be sharing about this incredible opportunity to visit the rainforest and become a certified rainforest coach using the most successful business model on the planet as a teaching tool!

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Michael Q. Pink

About the author

Michael is America's leading authority on applying Biblical Wisdom and Natural Law to sales and business and has authored 19 books including The Bible Incorporated, Selling Among Wolves and God's Best Kept Secrets. Using that knowledge, he has helped thousands of professionals and entrepreneurs experience radical transformation in their lives and careers, including helping a start-up with 3 struggling sales reps turn the corner and become the 16th fastest growing company on the INC 500 list. 

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