Economic Multipliers (105)

Do you know what these are?

They help CREATE wealth in systems.

Unsolicited advice is not necessarily an economic multiplier for anyone.


If you are reading this piece, you’re probably doing so because you might glean one or two things which could help you out in your life. That’s solicited advice.

As a walker, I have a ‘bad habit’ that I’m trying to break. If I see someone doing something and think … ‘There is an easier way.’ or ‘I wonder if they know this?’ … I sometimes speak up. That’s unsolicited advice.

It’s little things. A parent might be helping their child learn how to ride a bicycle and I think: They can’t keep their balance because they are not peddling or not going fast enough. I don’t need to tell a parent those things because they probably already know.

If I see someone using a tool and think … There is a better tool available, I have some strange desire to speak up.

My problem is: If someone knows an easier way for me to do something, I like to know.

If someone has a tool that works better than the one I’m using (sometimes I do test out odd options just to find out how much harder it is to do things without the right tools), I like to know.

But sometimes other people just want to be. If they want to know another way, they’ll ask someone they know, go to the library and get a book or take advantage of the Internet.

I am working on remembering that teaching a child anything should be fun for a parent (and the child). Particularly when it comes to riding a bike, the one thing that any child should remember is that their completely capable without any extra help parent took the time to do it and it was ‘cool’ that they did.

But, since I have a tendency to give ‘unsolicited’ advice, I’ll give it here … If you ever teach a child to ride a bike:

  • Helmet

  • Right size bike

  • Sidewalk with grass on both sides (softer if they fall)

  • Flat or slightly uphill (so they have to keep peddling)

  • Keep peddling for balance

  • Enough speed for balance (a few kids have perfect balance … but only a few)

  • Many planned practice sessions (although they might learn on their first try)

  • Enough energy to run along with them until they get the hang of it

  • A sense of the excitement and fun that goes along with knowing how to ride

I will work on simply saying … to both the parent and the child: 'You’re doing a great job!'

As I learn these more worthy ‘social skills,’ bear with me.