I’m finally done fundraising for WalkMS 2014. Final dollar amount raised…


My original goal was $1500, but that was met early on the day of the walk event on April 26. I was able to almost triple my goal because I took a different approach to fundraising for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society this year and doing the 3 mile walk in San Diego has proven to be a little outside my physical abilities (I barely finished in 2011).

Instead of just asking friends and family for a donation and not walking, I did a live broadcast over the internet via Twitch.tv while playing a video game, MechWarrior Online. The broadcast was over four days, April 25-28, where I played 12 hours straight each day. While not a very popular game, MechWarrior Online has proven to have an awesome and charitable community.

Not only did other players and fans of the game donate to the cause, but the makers of MechWarrior Online, Piranha Games (PGI), gave me their support by promoting my event as well as providing 75 free game time codes that I gave away during the event and to people who donated. PGI’s Community Manager, Nikolai Lubkiewicz, even joined me while playing the game for about 10 hours of his own time over the course of the weekend. A number of their employees also made some generous donations.

There are numerous other people I would like to thank, but I already did a lengthy “Thank You” post on the MechWarrior Online message boards and can be found here: http://mwomercs.com/forums/topic/155774-multiple-sclerosis-fund-raising-event/page__fromsearch__1

Overall, this was a very successful fundraising event for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and I’m looking forward to doing it again next year. :)

If you are interested in donating for this event, this is my donation page: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/gimpy

If that page is no longer available, please visit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society donation page here: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Donate

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Walk MS 2014 in San Diego

As you probably know, I have Multiple Sclerosis. In the past I have participated in MS fund raising events as a “virtual” participant. Meaning, I raised money but did not do the actual event like bike riding or walking. Back in 2011 I actually walked the 3 mile course in San Diego. It was a beautiful day and the scenery was great, but I barely made it (I was the last person across the finish line) and it took me 3 days to recover. I did raise $1100 for the MS Society though.

I wanted to do the walk again in 2012 and 2013, but walking has become more difficult and I had to take a pass both times. However, I have found a new way to raise money for the MS Society… Playing video games.

What gave me the idea is last year a friend asked me if I wanted to help raise money for Children’s Hospitals. I of course said “Sure. How?” He then pointed me to the Extra Life site. Then on November 2, 2013 we played a video game, MechWarrior Online, for 25 hours straight. I even “broadcasted” the entire event on my Twitch.tv channel so people could watch us play. Although we were very tired at the end, it was a lot of fun and we raised over $1200 for Children’s Hospitals.

The 25 hour event gave me an idea on how I could do basically the same thing, but raise money for the MS Society. Instead of playing for 25 hours straight, I could play four twelve hour sessions over four days and broadcast the entire thing. So, that’s what I’m doing this year… Instead of walking 3 miles, I’m going to play a video game for 48 hours over 4 days.

Right now, my goal is to raise $1500, but will set it higher once that is reached. If you would like to help me reach my goal, please visit My Donation Page and make a donation. There is no minimum donation (use the last donation option) and it is tax deductible. So, please consider helping me and the other 2 million people around the world with Multiple Sclerosis with your gift. We would all greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

And, be sure to Watch Me Play MechWarrior Online live on April 25 through April 28 between 9 AM and 9 PM Pacific.

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I will be playing a video game, MechWarrior Online, for 25 hours straight on November 2, 2013 to help raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I’ve had to stop doing the Multiple Sclerosis fundraising walks because they are too long, exhausting, and painful for me. So, since I still have a need to raise money for charity… What better way than sitting on my butt for 25 hours playing video games? I think I can do that.

So, please take a look at my donation page and consider donating. Thanks!

Extra Life Donation Page

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It took every day available, but I achieved my fund raising goal for the Walk MS event here in San Diego.

I would like to thank everyone who donated and all the others who helped me get the word out on raising money for this very worthy cause. I couldn’t have done it without you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

 

Between the fund raising and the walk itself, it was very challenging, but it was also very rewarding on a personal level. I look forward to doing it again next year. :)

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I finished the Walk MS event yesterday in an astounding 2 hours and 5 minutes. Went home, collapsed on the couch with the dogs for an hour or two and relaxed for the rest of the day. Oh, and I only slept for 11 hours last night. :)

Thank you again to everyone who made a donation. I haven’t reached my goal of $1000 yet, but, if you haven’t already, you can still make donations through May 27.

If you would like to help me reach my goal, please visit My Donation Page and make a donation. There is no minimum donation and it is tax deductible. So, please consider helping me and the other 2 million people around the world with Multiple Sclerosis with your gift. We would all greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

 

 

 

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The New Rules Of Money

As a follow up to My Review of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki, I went and found a video series put out by Mr. Kiyosaki called The New Rules of Money. In this series of seven videos (about 45 minutes long total play time), Mr. Kiyosaki explains how and why the economy of today is so different from the economy of 50 years ago, why the rules have changed and what you need to do to keep up.

Check out the complete series here.

 

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Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money-That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not! 

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money-That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not!

By Robert T. Kiyosaki

I was introduced to this book a little over two years ago. I didn’t pick it up and read it until very recently though. Mostly because about the same time the book was recommended to me I had seen a video of Mr. Kiyosaki explaining the four types of people who make up the business world and I thought Rich Dad, Poor Dad was about that subject and I didn’t need to read the book. I was wrong. :)  

The book doesn’t talk about the four types of people in the business world directly. But it is actually about how Mr. Kiyosaki made all his money and what drove him to accomplish what he has accomplished. If you know and understand what the four types of people are before reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad you will definitely see how he came to his conclusions about the four types based on his life experiences.

If you don’t know what the four types of people are, they are: Employee, Self-Employed, Business Owner and Investor. Basically, his “poor” dad was an employee all his life and his “rich” dad was a successful business owner (it wasn’t clear in the book if he was heavily into investing). Mr. Kiyosaki is a very successful business owner and investor.

The book is focused on why you want to be a business owner/investor if you want to live the life you want to live. There are even suggestions on what you should do to reach your goals. You also learn the differences between “assets” and “liabilities” as Mr. Kiyosaki defines them in practical terms.

I don’t know how many pages the book really is because I have the eBook version, but it is not very long and is both entertaining and educational. I highly recommend it.

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β€œHe who fails to plan is planning to fail.”
– Winston Churchill

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you have dreams?
  • Do you have goals?
  • Do you know where you are going?
  • Do you know how you are going to get there?
  • Where do you see yourself in a year?
  • Where do you see yourself in three years?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In my experience, when I have planned out what I wanted to accomplish, I have achieved what I set out to do. When I did not have a plan, I accomplished much less.

Basically, if you do not know where you are going, it does not really matter which way you go. If you do know where you want to go, having a plan is the best way to get there.

Now, if you have hopes and dreams, but are not sure which way to go, a personal development plan will help you figure that out and help you get there.

Saying and thinking it is not enough!

In case you did not know, writing down your goals has a measurable effect on increasing your success. Writing down your goals and the plan on how to achieve those goals has even better results. There is even research to back up the theory:

Gail Matthews Written Goal Study Dominican University

Having research to back up these thoughts is nice, but I am a big believer in doing what I have personally experienced and had success doing.

Here is a simple Ten Year Plan Template I put together. If you print it out, there is not a lot of room to write, but it will at least give you an idea where to start. If you would like the original Microsoft Word file, Contact Me and I will send you a copy.

Keep in mind this is not something you fill out in five minutes. You need to take your time and really think about what you want and how you are going to get it.

I keep my goals short and simple. Keeping them short and simple means they are easier for me to remember and easier to remember the plan. Once I filled out my plan, I printed it out and put copies on the wall behind my computer monitor and on the bathroom mirror. Two places I see every day, multiple time a day. This way I am constantly reminded where I am headed and why I am going. Having a purpose and the vision to reach my goals makes sleeping at night much easier.

If case you are wondering, I am currently in year two of my ten year plan. I have been writing down my goals for years, but had never planned anything out farther than a year or two despite having success with the shorter time periods. However, string all of those short term plans together and they work out to be a pretty successful 20 year plan. :)

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”
- Yogi Berra

So, the moral of the story is write down your goals and plans. It works!

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Walk MS 2011 in San Diego

If you’ve read the About Me section, you know I have Multiple Sclerosis. In the past I have participated in MS fund raising events as a “virtual” participant. Meaning, I raised money but did not do the actual event like bike riding or walking. Well, this time is different. I’ve decided to take on a more active role in raising money to find a cure for MS and will be participating in the Walk MS event here in San Diego on April 30, 2011.

Right now, my goal is to raise $1000, but will set it higher once that is reached. If you would like to help me reach my goal, please visit My Donation Page and make a donation. There is no minimum donation and it is tax deductible. So, please consider helping me and the other 2 million people around the world with Multiple Sclerosis with your gift. We would all greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

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