Research shows that people are more likely to remember a skill you taught them over anything else you may do for them in your lifetime. This statement is more accurate than most of us would like to admit. I bet you can remember the people who taught every fun skill you can boast to possess right now. We all know that skill is for life, but a lunch date or even a present may only be meaningful for a short while.
The approach and the attitude that we have towards giving and charity are wrong. The world may have taught us that if we do not give financial resources or the clothes that one wears, everything else we give is not charity enough. This is not true for there is so much more to give other than just financial or monetary support.
For starters, you can give a smile: A smile does magic to the other party when it is genuine. It can lift spirits especially when all the involved parties laugh together. That is why we are on a mission to encourage all hobbytwin users to pursue activities that make them smile with other parties.
You can also give your time to a local cause like reading to patients in hospitals or even volunteer at a neighboring shelter. Time spent pursuing or taking part in a noble cause is worth just as much, and sometimes even more than money. Sometimes it’s the physical presence that matters at these courses more than the money we bring to these events, especially when we avail ourselves mentally, physically, and emotionally. Who says you have got nothing to give? Assume you were being paid $10 per hour, and you spend 5 hours helping at a noble cause, that is more than the $50 you would have contributed because you showed up in person, and even did so much more than what your money would have.
You can also give thanks. Even religious teachings say that when we express gratitude, we attract the abundance of the universe and get even more in return. You can write a couple of thank you notes to people who have helped you learn something or helped get you where you are today.
You can also give a hand and that’s where we think hobbytwin will come in to help you find people close to you who love volunteering and you can give to the development of your community. Are there any projects that the neighborhood watch has planned to do in the coming week, maybe clean the drainage or just clean the environment? Give a hand, there is no better way to help in the community. Do the neighbors’ kids need help with homework? Why not give them a hand? You could also give a hug.
At hobbytwin, we believe that when you teach your neighbor, a classmate, or a colleague useful fun skills, not only are you educating them, but you could also giving them a career choice/option. You are making this person become who they were meant to be, and maybe even making their childhood dreams come true. You are giving them a real community, a true family, and a real friend.
Teach a person any useful skill for free, and they shall forever be indebted not only to you but to the entire community. The only option they have is to teach someone else that skill for free because it isn’t theirs to keep in the first place; they also acquired it for free. Remember with hobbytwin you do not have to take time off your working schedule. HobbyTwin only requests that you take on an apprentice when you have planned on pursuing/practicing the fun activity/hobby yourself.
What skill are we talking about here? Hobby skills or technical skills that we find fun, and wouldn’t mind doing once in a while, but are played down in the society.
E.g. Gardening, wood-carving, baking, beadwork, fishing, cooking, planting trees/seedlings, harvesting fruits, riding a bike, repairing motorcycles, swimming, building amateur rockets or trains, amateur astronomy, car restorations, etc.
According to Jack Ma, ‘We have to change the way we think, and the way we teach. We teach our children things from the past 200 years, which are all knowledge-based, and soon (in 30 years) the machines will outdo humans at every level of knowledge-based. We have to teach values, believes, and independent-thinking, accumulation of all possible skills towards being the best versions of ourselves; things that machines will never beat us at; – being human.
Look at it this way. Let’s imagine that there’s an elderly woman who would like to bake a cake or cookies for her grandchildren, of her now married children living away from her, and maybe would like to surprise them during her next visit. Let’s even say that baking used to be her most exciting activity, and she would just like to do it again for fun or for the old times’ sake, but she is afraid of even suggesting the idea to herself out of uncertainty if she can still manage to pull it off alone anymore. She may also have no available relatives to do it with, and maybe her nephews and nieces already went college, or are not into that kind of a thing. Now imagine that there was also a kid in the same neighborhood who is completely idle and has no idea/clue how to cook leave alone how to bake. What if this kid cannot even afford college and is not even sure of the next chapter of her life?
If only there was a platform that the girl could use to meet people in her neighborhood with potentially resourceful skills and learn something new, meet a new friend, acquire a new hobby, have fun, and all for free? Think about it, this would be a win, win situation.
The elderly woman would get free help; bake her cookies, surprise her children, and their kids with baked treats, while the apprentice (girl) learns a new, mastered skill for free. Gets off her lazy fantasy world and maybe even make a new friend.
For the woman:
- a) Makes a new friend in the neighborhood who might even become her apprentice.
- b) Ensures the continuity of her skill.
- c) Have some good company; so manage lonesome illnesses for a while (stress, depression, anxiety, etc.)
- d) Gets to enjoy something she had almost forgotten; a passion or hobby.
- e) Gets free labor.
- f) She might also learn something new from the girl during this time given that we are now living in a digital era.
- g) Fulfillment: she did something good in this world, and for free…So Charity!
For the girl:
- a) Acquires a new, mastered skill for free.
- b) Gets off her phone to do something constructive for an hour or two (Not idle for that time).
- c) Gets a new friend or acquittance in the neighborhood.
- d) The new skill might become a new career option.
- e) Meets an actual person who might assist her in her job search or any other issue if the time spent together with this woman leads to a close friendship.
- f) Learns to interact with actual people and not online friends alone, addressing anxiety, laziness, and lifestyle illnesses obesity that can be triggered by poor lifestyle choices.
- g) She learns more than just baking from her neighbor, and might even learn other skills from the woman such as quilting, painting, or even book clubs. You can never learn enough from an old and wise soul.
- h) Boosts her self-confidence/esteem. She will be answering “yes” instead of answering “no” when asked if she knows how to cook/bake or do the skill acquired from her neighbor.
The benefits of such an encounter would be immense.
Don’t take that special skill you have to the grave! This is the best time to teach, and you live with the best people to pass it on to right now. The best teachers are the people we are living with right now and so are the best students.
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