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No One Stopped for the Freezing Homeless Child Until After 2 Hours

No One Stopped for the Freezing Homeless Child Until After 2 Hours

Appalling, isn’t it? How little regard we have for our fellow human beings. Even children.

Warning: this video will break your heart, but finish watching or you’ll miss critical events (hint, no multi-tasking; you need to watch!).

Why no one helps

Want to know the real reason why no one helped this boy? Because it’s easier to ignore him and pretend it’s not happening.

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This is what psychologists call the bystander effect or bystander apathy. It occurs when individuals fail to help a victim when other people are around.

The really sad thing is that the more people that are about, the less likely it is that you’ll act.

Once one person breaks this effect, it’s more likely others will too. Notice how many more people slow down, or pay attention, after the man steps in to help.

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But how do you get one person to break the effect?

Homeless people die our streets every day. You step over them on the way to work, or outside the grocery store.

Homelessness is an increasing problem for children, and it can have life-long effects on their mental and physical health. It’s traumatic, and it even takes a toll on brain development.

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Almost half of all the homeless youth in America left due to physical abuse. And 5,000 kids a year die on our streets.

How you can make a difference

You don’t have to stop and give every one your jacket, or the contents of your wallet. You don’t have to offer them a hot meal.

You can make a difference in small ways, every day.

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StandUp For Kids aims to end the cycle of youth homelessness throughout the United States. Contact StandUp For Kids to volunteer your time, or donate money. Or check out this list of homelessness organizations to find other ways to help.

You can make a difference to a homeless child, today.

The question is, are you going to get up and make the difference, or you going to act like you’re in a herd and continue your apathy?

The choice is yours.

Featured photo credit: Ryan McGuire via dropbox.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.

Final Thoughts

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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