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How The Homeless React When They Read The Mean Tweets About Them

How The Homeless React When They Read The Mean Tweets About Them

Taking inspiration from Jimmy Kimmel’s “Public Service Announcement” segment in which he reads offensive tweets about himself in good-natured self-mockery, Canadian homeless charity Raising the Roof has launched a hard-hitting new campaign under the title Humans For Humans. The charity has released a video of homeless individuals reading abusive tweets about themselves. Raising the Roof has decided that it is time to change how we perceive the ‘tramps’ and ‘beggars’ on our streets, to replace such labels, and to recognise the humans sitting by the roadside.

And if you’re wondering why these guys are trying so hard to render us weeping, here’s just a few reasons. 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness each year. In March 2014, 841,191 people visited food banks because they couldn’t afford to feed themselves or their families. It’s amazing how many times we can turn a blind eye to the suffering of another human being — in fact it’s starting to take place on every street corner.

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This growing pandemic is not confined to Canada, either. According to a UK homeless charity, Shelter, a family in Britain loses their home every 11 minutes. Homelessness is a real threat, affecting millions around the world.

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So when callous remarks such as ‘Never understand why homeless people smell of piss when you can literally piss anywhere’ pop up on our Twitter feeds, it’s not hard to see what the issues are. Apparently, many of us don’t want to help. Homeless people have become piles of rags, sickening aromas, and dirty faces to us. Apparently, we have forgotten that beneath the exterior of unwashed clothes and weathered features, there is real skin and flesh which bleeds when coins are thrown at it. And human eyes with tear ducts that react when the world is cruel.

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Let’s change the language that we use about the homeless (who already suffer enough) and remember the people beneath the quilts; the brothers, daughters, named human beings who need our help.

This new campaign has launched under the hashtag #HumansforHumans. For more details about how to support the movement, check out the Humans for Humans website where you can donate, find out more, and make a dent on an issue that has been ignored for too long.

Featured photo credit: Raising the Roof via youtube.com

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

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By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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