Have you got the Shawshank-redemption mentality?

shawshank redemption tool - pickaxe in the movie Shawshank Redemption
@bounce58 (17526)
Canada
March 11, 2013 4:58pm CST
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always approached things this way. Where I would work on seemingly inconsequential tasks towards a goal which I hope would have great effect. Just like in the movie where Andy used a seemingly small pickaxe, and labored on it for years to get to his freedom. This is the way a rationalize things, and create hope for myself. That with little effort, spread towards a great expense of time, I’d do something great. That’s why myLot is a good site for me. I could be here working on pennies, with the hope that whatever I earn here (If I don’t touch it) could add up into one great amount in the end. But this mentality is not all good. I think that this trait prevents me from doing great things all at once, in the NOW. I find myself resisting decisive actions when it comes to tasks. How about you? Have you got this mentality? Do you like laboring on small, tiny tasks thinking that it will all be great in the end? Or are you the great leader type who would affect big changes quickly and decisively?
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@peavey (16640)
• United States
11 Mar 13
Yes! Most definitely. I find especially that when I'm tired or don't want to deal with things, I come here or do other inconsequential things money-wise and that soothes my conscience because I can say that I'm "working," and I somehow expect it to add up to something much more than it is. I'm not sure I'm glad to have come across your post!
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@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
15 Mar 13
I'm not sure I'm glad to have come across your post! I hear ya! I think I wouldn't be glad too if I didn't post this, and I saw it here in myLot. I would feel that somebody put into words what I am about, and what I'm trying to avoid. Thanks!
@peavey (16640)
• United States
15 Mar 13
So true!
@GreenMoo (11842)
12 Mar 13
I'm very guilty of keeping myself very busy whilst not achieving anything significant.
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@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
15 Mar 13
Actually, if you read between the lines, this is exactly what I meant about this discussion. Keeping busy with little things, and 'hoping' for a great thing because in reality, I'm not really achieving anything significant. Thanks GM!
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
11 Mar 13
Neither.. I just do what I'm capable of when I have the energy and time. Though I've always been a firm believer that a little in abundance is a lot. That is how I get through while earning pennies.
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@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
15 Mar 13
I think that's the healthy way. To just do what you're able to or capable with at any given time. I think the way I approach things is just not (healthy for my personality). But I guess, that's just the way I am. Thanks kat!
• Canada
11 Mar 13
Hey bounce I like the way you think, I have never thought of what I am doing in quite these words, but I like to think that yes even small things can become great in the end.
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@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
15 Mar 13
Hey Laurenlynn! I think we HAVE to think this way. How else could we get a sense of accomplishment? It's nice to know that even though it is little things, it come become great in the end. Thanks!
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
11 Mar 13
Oh dear - where to begin. I am like you in the fact that I saved the pennies from mylot and only recently cashed them in. When the cheque comes it will go straight onto my credit card which is so out of control. This is the earnings of nearly five years or more so it is a reasonable amount even though I only earned maybe 6 cents some days I too, have to create hope for myself to keep going but my belief in God helps me such a lot as when it comes to the crunch a way out has always been possible for me and I give thanks for this. I can dither with big decisions too and take comfort in the fact that I have taken a decision not to make a decision as it were I am not a leader but a good second in command I suppose. Don't be hard on yourself as we do what we have to do.
@GreenMoo (11842)
12 Mar 13
I salute your self control Cynthiann! I'm afraid I would be too scared to allow any online operation to hang onto my money for that long as I'd be afraid that they'de close down and I would lose my collected earnings. I lost some quite significant vouchers once before when an online company I'd been working with changed their operation. They never answered my emails and eventually I gave up (which was probably just what they were hoping!).
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
13 Mar 13
You have to understand that I am technologically challenged I was too scared to try before and then needed help to set the account up. I am also naieve as I never even thought of not getting the money. But maybe I should transfer it at every twenty dollars or something. I am so sorry that you lost your vouchers
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
15 Mar 13
Thankfully, I can still continue saving up my earnings and not donate it to the charitable company known as VISA, just yet. Although it has been out of control, I've managed to be creative in ways so as not to touch my savings yet. I've been making sure though that I don't leave it on the site. I transfer it to the bank account as soon as it becomes relatively significant. Thanks C and GM!
@much2say (39271)
• United States
16 Apr 13
Yep, myLot is a great place to make use of our little pickaxes - ha ha! I guess I fall somewhere in between. Although I like to think "long term", I often make a lot of "short term" goals in order to reach the long term ones. I can only do so much with these online ventures - pennies - until I start being in the work force again . . . at the same time I want to do "something" to help out with things to build up our house. I may not have built up a big savings, but we do have some things that I have been able to purchase all on my own. In the end, hopefully our place will be just how we want it to be! Shawshank Redemption is a movie I can see over and over and over!! Ah, if only I were as clever (and had the time, though I would never want to "do" the time) as Andy Dufresne!
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
19 Apr 13
Me too! It's a movie that I could see over and over again. I guess that triumph at the end of the movie is something we all hope to achieve. Or at least strive for. Anyway, I've been into a few company sponsored training or seminars where they always say that the secret to achieving long term goals, is to break it up in smaller ones. I guess the break up pieces in mine are just too tiny. Thank you much.
@much2say (39271)
• United States
22 Apr 13
I had a chat with a fellow mom today on a similar topic. She says she likes to make a bucket list with her goals - and each time she achieves something (no matter how small), she checks it off. Step by step, she says . . . yep!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
13 Mar 13
I don't think that I would have ever thought about things in this way, but now that you've mentioned it, I have to say that you are exactly right. This is exactly the way that I am. I mean being a stay at home parent I don't have a lot of opportunity to make money so I think about it as being something that is one penny at a time, but I do believe that those pennies will add up to be something that is great. Thus the reason that I'm going to be saving my pennies for the rest of this year to give a very memorable Christmas to my children.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
15 Mar 13
Yes! I think we really have to think this way. It's the only way we could justify doing doing these seemingly insignificant things. By knowing that in the end, there is something significant. Thanks D!
@Dominique25 (9476)
• United States
12 Mar 13
I think it would be nice for me to be able to balance the two. Have a good amount of big tasks that accomplishes things fast and working at small task that will add up to at least something in the end. For me a big part of it is I need to have a balanced outlook. Which in itself is hard to do when so much of the world focuses on having the newest and latest of everything. Recently I'm trying to set the goal to really simplify my life. Keeping my life simple will mean not buying things that I don't need. I think it is alright to do it every now and then but it shouldn't be habit. When I'm successful at this small but big thing it will allow me to have more time to spend with my daughter and I will be able to use the small finances I have to take care of our needs. The two quotes that I read yesterday that I appreciate are: "nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little." and "your children need your presence more than your presents."
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
15 Mar 13
Thanks for sharing those quotes! I'm actually not too big on quotes, but once in a while (in small dozes), it's nice to be reminded of where your focus should be. Good luck with your goal!