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On Manufacturing Your Own Serendipity

On Manufacturing Your Own Serendipity

People who spend their money on the slim chance to win millions are derogatorily referred to as gamblers. “These people have a problem and need to get help,” but I understand the satisfying feeling of spontaneous and beneficial discovery. Or in their case, discovering their bank account several times larger than it was mere seconds ago. These people aren’t really addicted to spending their money. They’re addicted to serendipity. And sure, some extra money is a pretty shallow victory. But with a more altruistic goal in place, serendipity tends to be a pretty satisfying experience. It’s the reason I’ve gambled upwards of 100+ hours of free time in the past six months to helping strangers improve themselves and their lives. It can be difficult for people to understand why I go out of my way to help others, but that’s only because they are looking at the  short-term benefits. In reality, I find a wealth of benefits that come from listening to other people’s struggles and then helping find ways to solve them.

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Support Wikipedia

Jimmy WalesOccasionally I find a suitable cause worth donating money to. Providing a resource, like Wikipedia, to so many at such a small cost should be obvious. There have been a number of times I’ve looked to Wikipedia for help. If you have ever found yourself in the same position, consider giving them $10 or $15. It’s tax-deductible and will certainly be put to good use. Read the following letter from Wikipedia’s founder or click the button below to donate. (No affiliate links either.)

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