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What if you could trade a paperclip for a house? | Kyle MacDonald | TEDxVienna

Kyle MacDonald details just exactly how he traded up from one red paperclip to a house, in only a year! It’s an unlikely and amazing journey with lots of surprises along the way.

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Kyle MacDonald started with a red paperclip and traded it for a pen. Then traded the pen for a doorknob. And so on!

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47 thoughts on “What if you could trade a paperclip for a house? | Kyle MacDonald | TEDxVienna”

  1. "Rust is a 2010 drama written and directed by Corbin Bernsen, which was released direct-to-video on October 5, 2010. The film takes place in the town of Kipling, Saskatchewan, Canada with many local citizens in prominent roles."  Looks like several people got roles, and he even filmed it there.

  2. This is definitely the best Ted show I've ever seen in my entire life you can learn so much about human nature innovation and other cool stuff that will make your journey in life so much better and so much stronger

  3. I will forever be indebted to you you’ve changed my whole life I’ll continue to preach about your name for the world to hear you’ve saved me from a huge financial debt with just little investment thanks so much Mrs. Elizabeth Graham

  4. “Middle class Straight Extroverted white guy well educated with good teeth living in the US” just by this you have zillions of opportunity that no one else would have in other countries…….

  5. He said it half the way , it is all about publicity and fame somehow , people wanted to be part of it and it was not luck more than a new interesting thing going on and people wanting to be part of it , like that famous person who gave him one of his snowmobiles and the town who gave him the house cause they wanted some publicity and the actor who gave them this publicity was driven by the same desire , maybe others wanted to encourage him but the turning point was when fame and publicity got involved.
    But the idea is interesting anyway , maybe you can try it but start with something that has a real value then think of things that will be traded super fast like a phone maybe or an apliance

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