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Kyle MacDonald

Kyle MacDonald

Author of 'One Red Paperclip'
Language : English

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One Red Paperclip: How an Ordinary Man Achieved His Dream with the Help of a Simple Office Supply Kyle MacDonald had one red paperclip. He also had a dream of owning his own home, but no regular job. How could he buy a house, something way bigger than a paperclip, without a steady income? So Kyle MacDonald put an ad on a classifieds website with the intention of trading that paperclip for something better. A girl in Vancouver offered him a fish pen in exchange for his paperclip, and

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One Red Paperclip: How an Ordinary Man Achieved His Dream with the Help of a Simple Office Supply Kyle MacDonald had one red paperclip. He also had a dream of owning his own home, but no regular job. How could he buy a house, something way bigger than a paperclip, without a steady income? So Kyle MacDonald put an ad on a classifieds website with the intention of trading that paperclip for something better. A girl in Vancouver offered him a fish pen in exchange for his paperclip, and so it went... in less than a year, Kyle MacDonald achieved his lofty goal and along the way made new friends and learned valuable life lessons. At the podium, Kyle MacDonald shares his true, irreverent and insightful anecdotes and inspires audiences to find their own red paperclip... and realize their dreams. Kyle MacDonald's fantastic journey was first immortalized in his blog and is now an acclaimed new book, One Red Paperclip. When he began his quest, he was at a low point in life, living in his girlfriend's apartment in Quebec and trying to figure a creative way out of the financial hole he'd dug for himself. A job would help... but was there a more innovative way? Inspired by the childhood game, "Bigger and Better," Kyle MacDonald moved around the globe as he moved from paperclip holder, to proud owner of a fish pen, a smiley face doorknob, a camping stove, and ten trades later, to legitimate homeowner. From the start, Kyle MacDonald insisted on making each deal in person, and these personal exchanges turned out to be as meaningful in the end as the net result, his new house in Kipling, Saskatchewan. Quirky and inspirational, Kyle MacDonald's story that began with a small, red, now-legendary paperclip ended with not only an amazing adventure, but with an abundance of inspirational and practical tips on how to live life your own way and achieve your dreams on your own terms.

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One Red Paperclip

Title:
One Red Paperclip
 
Subtitle:
The Story Of How One Man Changed His Liofe One Swap At A Time
 
Author:
Kyle MacDonald
 
Publisher:
Ebury Press
 
Book:
Paperback, 320 pages
 
ISBN:
978-00-919-1453-0
 
 
 
 
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Kyle MacDonald wanted his own house. The problem was he didn't have a job and he didn't have any money. Thinking back to his childhood he remembered the game he loved to play - Bigger and Better. It was a way of trading your old stuff to get bigger and better new stuff. Legend had it, some people managed to trade an old biro for a brand new car! This got Kyle thinking. If that kind of entrepreneurial spirit could turn tiny objects into big ones, then why not try trading up to a house? And then he saw it.One red paperclip, sitting on his desk, holding the pages of his CV together, ready to go out into the world and help him find the job that would eventually get him a house. But that didn't sound nearly as much fun as trading. So he wrote an internet advert hoping to trade one red paperclip and suddenly his inbox filled with responses: the trading had begun. Did he get the house? Well, you're about to find out! One thing's for sure, he did a lot of trades and met a lot of very interesting people. One small paperclip was the beginning of a great big adventure.

Brian Scuadmore, Founder and CEO - 1-800-GOT-JUNK?

"It is with enthusiasm that I recommend Kyle MacDonald to anyone looking for a very unique, entertaining, and inspirational speaker.  Here's a sample of some of the feedback we received: "Kyle's presentation was the perfect ending to the conference," "Kyle's story was amazing - he's also a really funny guy!" and "I was impressed with his story-telling ability."  Overall, Kyle's amazing story helped make our annual conference one of our most successful events so far."


FirstSask Credit Union & Golden Opporunities Fund

"Kyle MacDonald’s fascinating story about remarkable entrepreneurial spirit and thinking outside the box captured the undivided attention of all ages from beginning to end. Kyle’s charismatic approach brought his story to life while his creative and entertaining sense of humor engaged the entire audience in smiles and laughter. Following the event one spectator commented "how could you possibly top having Kyle MacDonald". A thoroughly enjoyable evening!"