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"What you have matters more than what you lack (If you’ve got a bicycle,
consider what you can build based on that, rather than worrying about
not having a car, a truck, a metal shop.)" (Link)

Although there were a lot of good 'secrets' found on the website, I find this one my favorite as I've experienced it first hand.

I was born in a third world country, where everything counts. I remember my mother keeping all the pen caps so she could still use it as pencil extenders. Imagine this, a super small pencil (one would just throw away), and a pen cap/cover attached to the end of it, so the pencil could still be used in the future. When there really is no more hope for this pencil, then we still use the pen cap for other short pencils. She told me how life was really hard when she was growing up and that being resourceful and recycling is the way to go. Not only would it save money, but it also saves the environment from non-biodegradable waste. I'm fortunate that those small habits shown by my mother has been instilled in me. May it not be through these pen caps/covers extenders (I use mechanical pencil, I've been using it for many years now), but just the idea of recycling and being resourceful in my small way would produce an impact in the future.

I am currently studying as an engineer and I now see how innovating is a very important concept.

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Comment by Ayala Sherbow on March 10, 2010 at 2:30am
Thank you for this. A graphic example that anyone can immediately understand to grasp the general principle. And your mother sounds like a wise woman.
Comment by Ysa Tan on March 10, 2010 at 3:33pm
Thanks for the comment Ayala. I'm grateful that she's instilled that concept to me and my siblings--she's a very wise woman indeed. :)
Comment by michael driscol on March 17, 2010 at 5:26pm
The wisdom of our elders is powerful
Comment by Ysa Tan on March 17, 2010 at 5:39pm
@michael, yes, without question. they've endured the most, and we really should listen to them.
Comment by Thomas Bell on March 23, 2010 at 2:54pm
That pencil idea is a brilliant example of resourcefulness. I myself have a large number of tiny pencils. Thank you for that idea! :)
Comment by Ysa Tan on March 26, 2010 at 2:04am
you're welcome! :)


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