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I recently watched a documentary about Nikola Tesla; world-renowned scientist, visionary and inventor. He seemed to have lived many lifetimes in the course of his own life; great seasons of success, public recognition, failure, scorn, recognition and refusal were all dealt Nikola with no-holds-barred intensity. He went through periods of intense seclusion, feeding nothing but his ‘friends’ – the pigeons – and would later bounce back into the public spotlight with rounds of applause.

Tesla was a brilliant example that showed it simply isn’t enough to be brilliant; you have to win your life according to the rules you’ve been given. Simple patent law would have ensured Tesla died a billionaire (even at that age), with the lifetime value of his alternating current (AC) motor patent being worth trillions today had he not torn up the agreement in a temporary effort to support his company/partners. Trillions.

While taking a midday walk, I stumbled upon a homeless man washing his clothing in Turtle Creek. It prompted me of a previous article I read, suggesting we take the time to care for the homeless when they come into our lives (or walk past our balcony). I walked up and asked him if I could feed him a hot meal and do his laundry from the comfort of my home. He just stared at me and shook his head. Not everybody wants to be helped. I think more people simply don’t know how to accept help when it is sent their way.

“Of course the game is rigged. Don’t let that stop you–if you don’t play, you can’t win.”

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