Shocker, right? That these people with a bunch of unschooled kids who own their own businesses might have an unconventional take. But we do!
We believe in community over competition, which isn't to say you shouldn't try your hardest to things better than everyone else, just that we don't have to bad to each in our pursuit of a living. If we don't have a civil, supporting community to exist in when the work day is over, what's the point of prosperity?
We're not afraid to learn new technologies and to roll our own solutions to tough problems.
We never hesitate to buy a domain name and throw up a website if we think we spot an opportunity.
Despite all the angst and heartache in the world, we're living in a golden age of connectivity where we've never had more power to change the world from the couch!
Despite the near deification of all things Silicon Valley, we at Raising Abundance still think that entrepreneurship is under-appreciated. Society lionizes entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs or Oprah Winfrey, but then we don't follow their lead.
Entrepreneurship doesn't have to just be about business. It's about taking ownership and building something that affects the world. A lot of us, in order to be responsible, understandably spend a lot of time working, but we can all do a better job of inculcating in our children the idea that they can build hard things that matter.
Most of education is geared toward getting a job. That prepares young people to be employees, but it doesn't prepare them to create value. Being an employee and creating value in the world sometimes aren't the same thing.
When you're starting a business (or seeking a job), the most important thing to think about is how you're going to create value in the world. The world will always need people who create value.
I believe it is Paul Graham who talks about productivity multiples. I don't think he calls it that, but the idea is that there are things that will pay you back 1x the effort you put in to them, so say, $10 an hour. You can spend a year working your butt of on 1x things and still not make much money.
Then there are things that are 10x or 100x or even 1,000x things. If you actually figure out a 1,000x thing to do, you only need to do 2 hours of it per year, to pay the same as 2,000 hours of the 1x thing.
Most of us would benefit from spending a lot more time trying to do bigger-x things.
Self-sustainability means a lot to us - growing our own produce, raising animals humanely and creating supplementary income.
Minimalism, frugality - they sound like limiting beliefs, but what if we shifted the perspective from "need-ing more" to "having everything"?
We're a little hippie and a lot of carving out spaces for innovation, exploration and pursuing passions for our little, growing minds.