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Is Your Compassion Practical?

Do you feel bad about the people suffering around the world?

Of course you do.

But what can you do about it?

Give some money? Give a little time?

How about inventing something that can literally improve the lives of thousands?

COMPASSION could and should be practical.

These young entrepreneurs think so.

They have found a way to equip poor people with shoes for five years at a time! Check out this video:


We all reach points in our lives when we need help from others.

It would be great to have simple, effective, and cheap solutions available in a pinch.

DESIRE to help others = change!

You know what? Contrary to popular belief, these advances in technology ARE NOT driven chiefly by intellectual curiosity.

It is the excitement of making a difference in peoples lives that drives people to solve the world’s problems.

The folks at The Shoe That Grows are a great example.

Here’s what we can learn:

  • It was the compassion for children who had no shoes that drove this technical innovation. It was not simply a case of some mad scientist retreating into his lab for days at a time. The desire to help people in need, and make a difference in peoples lives, drove the research.
  • Thinking out of the box – putting aside our basic assumptions about the world – can lead to wonderfully efficient and effective solutions to our problems. When our kids grow, we simply go out and buy them new shoes, right? Whoever thought of a shoe that could grow when the foot grows?! You have to suspend your beliefs about what is a shoe to come up with that!
  • If we put our minds to it, and if we collaborate with people whose talents and skills complement our own, we can each do small things that nonetheless can change the world in a big way. Who do you think could help more people over time: big governments with big money and big bureaucrats – and big institutions like the United Nations – or small charitable, entrepreneurial, groups with a hands-on approach to problem-solving?

Put MONEY in the right hands.

It ultimately takes money to make dreams come true.

When products like this come long that can make a real impact on peoples lives, the market needs to take over and get them to where they are needed.

Wouldn’t you love to allocate some of your assets to businesses like this that can make a difference?

If we want to make our compassion practical, we have to put our money where our heart is.


Some of us are entrepreneurs, some of us are inventors, some of us are investors, and some of us are givers.

We each have a way to make a difference in the lives of people that need help.

The important thing is DOING IT because believe it or not, the reality of people’s lives can be changed.

And when you do that, life can get very, very exciting.

Are you excited? What are you doing to make a difference in the lives of people that need help? What can you do?