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#993 Helping The Guy On The Side of The Road


Everyday on my way home from work I usually see the same guy on the side of the road at the stop light.  He looks like he’s in his late 40′s, but he may actually be younger because his face shows his life’s struggles.

From time to time, I usually give him a couple of dollars.  But I also watch as many of the cars before me and those after pass him right by.

Far be it from me to tell anyone what to do with their money, but the tables could easily be reversed.  We don’t know what happened in that persons life that lead them to be on the side of the road holding a “Will Work for Food” sign.

No matter the reason, we should use our blessings to bless those that we come in contact with.  Maybe even have a conversation with some of these individuals.  You would be surprised how much we can learn and be inspired from those who are living in adversity.



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Maro Onokpise is the founder and Editor of Jobtrakr. He oversees all editorial content. Prior to turning his sights on the job industry, Maro was an Associate Manager for Banana Republic where he was responsible for Operations, HR and Recruiting. In 2010 Maro was featured on the cover of Career Magazine and was also named to Orlando Business Journal's 40 Under 40. Maro Onokpise is a graduate of the University of Central Florida.

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2 Comments on “#993 Helping The Guy On The Side of The Road”

  1. 1stpeaksteve Says:

    I read this and found it to be interesting. Only because these days, it is hard to define who is poor. I volunteer at Christian Help and help out many who are outwardly appear to be poor and some that have a few resources and by all appearances blend right into our society. As for me…After a year and a half of struggling to finally find employment, I too am struggling to get back on track. There are so many with different degrees of poverty and different situations to why they are struggling.

    The other day I thought of this. I have a lot of friends on Facebook. If each one gave me, say $5.00; I could probably wipe out several of my bills and would get back on track. I wonder why no one has come up with something like Kickstarter. Instead of giving money to a complete stranger, you could see the story of someone and then the money would go to some debt they had or you could see what was purchased and donated to them.


    • Maro Onokpise Says:

      1stpeaksteve as always, I appreciate your insightful comments. I agree with your point about not prejudging someone who may look a certain way. Conversely, those that “look rich” may not have a dollar to their names because they’ve spent everything trying to keep up with the Jones’.

      To your question about why there aren’t any kickstarter projects such as the one you described, I think it really is because of perception. I know KS usually only approves product related campaigns. Maybe a new site dedicated to helping those in need could be the answer and could help to move all of us forward.


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