A $36,000 Birthday Gift (Plus: Free Roundtrip Anywhere in the World)


I’m turning 36 years young! Here in a village in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia.

My 36th birthday is here!

It’s going to be a great natal year–I can already feel it. Perhaps it will be good luck for you, too. In this post, I’m giving away a round-trip ticket anywhere in the world.

But back to that strange birthday gift…

Much to the chagrin of my momma-san, I’ve become quite difficult to buy presents for. Some friends even think I’m impossible to find presents for. Not so. I love handwritten letters, homemade brownies, girlfriends in next-to-nothing, and–most of all–when people do something nice.

You, my dear readers, have an awesome track record of doing nice things.

For my b-day in 2010, you all raised more than $100,000 for high-need public school classrooms in the US.  In 2011, you helped build libraries overseas (Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam), and last year, you helped poor youth in developing nations finish school.

In lieu of gifts this year, my birthday wish is to provide clean water to the people who need it most. I’m doing it on this page. There are fun prizes involved, so keep reading…

I recently traveled to the Tigray Region in Ethiopia with the incredible Charity: Water team. I witnessed, first-hand, what life is like for people living without clean, safe water.

Nearly 1 billion people worldwide fall into this group. For me, it’s not just a health issue. That’s not the most interesting part. If you want to offer a hand up (education, work) and not a hand out, water is highly leveraged for breaking the cycle of poverty.

In fact, every $1 invested in improved water access and sanitation can yield an average of $12 in economic returns.

Here’s how:

In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year (e.g. the entire annual workforce of France!) walking for water. Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection, walking for miles to the nearest source. The solution? Installing simple water wells for clean water in strategically close locations.

Children can then spend more time in classrooms learning, and women can contribute to their communities with their minds instead of carrying jerry cans most of the day.

A jerry can, 40 pounds when full.

Clean water creates more capable problem solvers in places with persistent problems. If you want to empower people instead of doling out aid indefinitely, this is a powerful starting point.

Here’s what I’d love to ask, and where the free roundtrip ticket comes in:

1. Join my 36th birthday challenge by clicking here. It’s worth clicking through just to check out the site. Donations are tax-deductible.

2. To get your engines started, I’ve put in $3,600 of my own money.

3. If the spirit moves you, please make a $36 donation (or whatever you can: $1, $36, $1,000, etc.) to providing clean water to those who need it most. Even a $1 can make a big difference!

4. Charity: Water sends 100% of every donation directly to fund projects in the field. No “administrative fees” or anything–every penny of every dollar goes to the field. Cool, right? And because I was just in Ethiopia, they’ll be sending it there. The best part: Charity: Water will report back in 18 months with GPS coordinates, photos and information about the communities we’ve impacted.

- If you all help raise $36,000, I will personally add another $5,000.
– If you all help raise $100,000 (100% doable), I’ll add on a total of $10,000.
– The deadline is 5pm PST on Friday, August 2nd, 2013.

Sweetening the Pot…

I’m giving away a free round-trip ticket anywhere in the world that Star Alliance flies, which is just about everywhere. There is no expiration date on the trip, so no rush on deciding where or when to go. If you like, I’ll fly you to San Francisco to have dinner with me, but other places might be more interesting :)

Here’s how to get it:

- Spread the word however you can. Send people to this post or to my Charity: Water birthday page. Here’s the URL for copying and pasting: http://my.charitywater.org/timferriss

- Leave a comment below telling me what you did (Facebook, Twitter, blog post, e-mail blast, e-mail signature, encouraged employees/friends to do the same, company donation matching, etc.). Measurement of any type gets huge bonus points. This comment must be put up no later than 5pm PST on Friday, August 2nd, 2013.

- Lastly, answer one question at the very top of your comment: “What does education mean to you?” Begin your answer with “To me, education means…”

Based on comments, I’ll pick the top five promoters. Then, you’ll all vote on the winner of the round-trip.

But the best reason of all to participate…

Beyond the bribes, you’ll feel awesome about yourself for doing real good for people who have so little. People who, without water, might not have much of a future at all.

Trust me. It feels great.

Will you pause for a moment and step up, even if for $1? It would mean the world to me. I’ll share updates as I get them.

Again, here is where to go to donate $1, $36, $360, or whatever you can.

Thank you for reading this post. You are all rock stars, and I continue to write on this blog purely because of you.

Pura vida!


Posted on: July 24, 2013.

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315 comments on “A $36,000 Birthday Gift (Plus: Free Roundtrip Anywhere in the World)

  1. To me, education means the right to live your life, the best way possible, the way it was meant to be lived.

    We are like flowers, and education is like water, we can only bloom if we get enough water.

    People are amazing, we all are, but only with proper education we can become aware of our surrounding and first of all, ourselves.

    It is the key to discovering our place on this planet, it’s a chance to change the world with our own hands. Not only our life but also life of others.

    Education is much more than just a knowledge we gain at school, it’s a tool that help us to define the purpose of our lives. It let us make conscious decision, about our future. The more we know, the more we can improve our life, the more we can help others.

    Just like you Tim, for your 36th birthday you could do anything, but thanks to your education, it was more important for you to do something for others than for yourself – you are the best example of education put in use. First, thanks to your education you became an entrepreneur, now you are able to help others.

    And that’s why I admire your work and would definitely go for a dinner with you, rather than a roundtrip to anywhere in the world. I can put my education in use and fly anywhere, but meeting with you would be a dream come true :)

    I have promoted this on facebook, and told all my friends obout it. But what’s most important I will keep it in my mind and heart, casue I do not want this to be only a once a year thing. I want to educate as many people as possible, so they are aware of the fact that there are millions of people crying for water. Education is also knowing how to help, and needs it the most.

    I will see you in San Francisco


  2. To me, education means knowledge and growth. Helping children grow to reach adulthood is a challenge in developing nations, and helping a child reach adulthood with an education is even more challenging. Education is the sun to grow our planet in a healthy direction.

    Spreading the word!!! Such a great idea for your b-day. I have pledge to do this form my b-day too! I will also be spreading the word via facebook posts, emailing, and talking with my corporate committee about supporting this worthy cause!!

    Thanks for opening the eyes of the world to this, and I hope many others will get on board for such an awesome campaign.

    Best regards!!!

    In the


  3. To me, education means strengthening a relationship. In my experience, the best lessons I have learned were through family and friends. My mom taught me to cook at a young age. Watching her in the kitchen helped bring us closer together and lead to more opportunities in the future for us to bond. Now I love to cook in my free time and the delicious meals I prepare bring with them a sense of comfort and happiness. My best friend taught me the basics of programming and now we work on projects together and will hopefully start a company together. Now I program in my free time to challenge myself. Every skill a loved one shares with you helps cultivate a special rapport along with the newly acquired knowledge. More importantly, it gives you the skills to build up these bonds with someone new. One day I will go on to teach my children and other friends about anything from guitar playing to how to throw a frisbee. Education means creating life-long loving relationships and spreading happiness that will continue to trickle down for generations.

    I made a facebook post to my 1,030 friends about charity water.

    Happy Birthday Tim :)


  4. To me, education means unlimited opportunity to make the world a better place.

    I once read a quote that stated “What if the cure for cancer was trapped inside the mind of someone who couldn’t afford an education” and I couldn’t have said it better myself. Education opens doors that would not previously be obtainable. To be able to learn not only allows one to be closer to self-actualization, it allows progress to benefit a community, a nation, and the world. With education one learns to better help themselves, which in turn allows them to better help/educate others. Lack of education is often tied to fear and fear often results in many negative (and avoidable) situations. Fear comes from lack of understanding, and fear is what cripples the majority of human beings from moving forward in all aspects of life. We do not fear what we understand, and with education comes understanding. Being able to educate and understand allows for creativity, problem solving and acceptance, all things that help make the world a better place.

    I’ve shared your awesome fundraiser through: Facebook/ 920+ people
    Email blast/ 400+ people
    My personal Twitter acct. /140 ppl
    Instagram/ 300+
    Tumblr Blog/ 140+
    Word of Mouth / 10+
    Personal Text / 20+
    And this is just so far.

    This is an awesome idea. I highly respect what you have going and hope to do something similar for my birthday as well.
    Happy 36th Birthday Tim :)


  5. I know, I know – It’s after the 5 p.m. cut off – just wanted to lend my voice to the conversation. To me, education is not an end unto itself but should point to something greater. One of the great dangers of our time is not seeing the telos or aim of education as a step toward innovation and creativity. Education is like ashsoles (scrambled for the children’s sake) – most people get one. Whether or not it’s a good one is a different story.

    A good education is one that provides a context for people to understand their culture and identity – why something is called post-modern vs. modern, for example. Through understanding culture and our place in it, we now have what it takes to provide meaningful steps to improve and innovate on the past.

    Happy Birthday, Tim. I donated to charity: water! The only thing I am pissed about is that I am 36, and you are 36, and I have a keg, and you have six pack.



    • To me, education means… growth. You can be educated by others, your own trials, your own failures, other people’s successes – our own success, and it all leads to a growth in knowledge and experiences.

      I did it! I donated $36 to Charity:Water for Tim’s Birthday! Really excited that this funding is going to Ethiopia. Tweeted and shared and had my company do the same. Everyone deserves clean water!


  6. To me, education means growth. For the teacher and student alike, an exchange of knowledge enriches both, matures both, and benefits both. Regardless of topic, the net yield is always positive. Whether you teach love or hate, whether you learn fear or joy, growth will always be had via the exchange mechanism of education.

    – MONDAY (July 29) – Found out about this challenge.
    – MONDAY – I bought the domain www.(censored per blog posting rules).org
    – MONDAY – I built a website for it
    – TUESDAY – Created the content,
    – TUESDAY – TRIED to purchase $1000 in Google AdWords advertising (denied)
    – WEDNESDAY – Hired a banner plane to fly around the Portland Metro area for 2 hours with “(my website name).org” streaming behind it. Flights occurred 4:30pm to 5:30pm Thursday and 8:30am to 9:30am Friday.
    – THURSDAY – Trouble shot a server crash (due to the high volume of new traffic)
    – THURSDAY / FRIDAY – Giddily monitored Google Analytics as PageViews SKYROCKETED! In a span of 2 hours I received 616 Pageviews. I have additional analytics to share if desired.

    This entire process has been 1 big experiment. I’ve never created a usable website before. I’ve never purchased ad space of any kind, and I’ve never used any analytics software. After YEARS of sideline education, I decided to jump in with both feet to get the education that only first hand experience can deliver. And I’m so happy I did. After the thrilling roller coaster ride of emotions, and the successful leveraging of eustress, I feel ready and confident to ride the ride again. If nothing else, this has been the education of a lifetime and the exact catalyst I needed.

    As a side note, this is a subject matter that is near and dear to my heart. As an Iraq vet with the Marine Corps and a backyard farm / sustainable living enthusiast, I am INTIMATELY familiar with the impact easy access to pure water makes. I’ve lived it.

    Thank you Mr. Ferriss for the opportunity to be involved and for the example you gift us.

    With deepest sincerity and warmest thanks,



  7. cool!!! Youre getting there my friend. Love the pura vida closing line, from pura vida country, big hug on your bday



  8. To me education means progress, and progress is the law of life.

    I posted links on Twitter 8/2 to 187 followers
    Posted links on facebook to 1,627 friends
    Sent a press-release to our news department to make them aware of all the good you do in the Bay Area and beyond…
    Told as many people as I could about the competition, and told them to tell as many as people as they could to do the same! :)

    “When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.” Dalai Lama

    And, I thought you would like this quote Tim:

    “A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.” Theodore Roosevelt

    Good luck and here’s to hoping we can surpass $1,000!!!

    Keep up the good work Tim!


  9. To me, education means being able to instill inspiration into the hearts of others so that their lives carry greater worth.

    To give credit where credit is due, I have to recognize two incredible leaders: Tim Ferriss, for being a one-of-a-kind lifestyle innovator and easily one of the most influential mentors I’ve got (impressive considering we’ve never met!) and Simon Sinek, author of Start with Why, for teaching me an incredibly effective methodology of taking the excitement and inspiration instilled in me by people like Tim and turning it into something that changes this world.

    For this incredibly selfless Birthday campaign (you’re the man, Tim, seriously), I decided to have some fun, so that even if I don’t get to meet you in San Francisco, I’ll remember this campaign like I did! The same day I read your original post, I did something adventurous and introduced myself to a total stranger, who lives in a different city, in a different state, working in a totally different industry, for a purpose entirely unrelated to your Birthday. As it turned out, we are both huge fans. I quickly shared with her the link to your post and we decided we’d tackle it together.

    It can be difficult to get people to put their money where their mouth is. They may say they care, but often that’s not enough! This conundrum was a catalyst for the following post, which my new friend and I wrote and have been pushing since day one:

    When’s the last time you had the opportunity to make a decision that would inspire yourself and others to be a contribution to the world we live in? You may not be aware that millions of children from around the world don’t live to see their fifth birthday because they don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Chef, has pledged his 36th birthday to raising funds for charity:water, an organization that funds clean water projects in developing countries.

    My goal in asking you to participate is not just to inspire a contribution, but also to help each and every one of you to transform today into a day you’ll remember. Furthermore, I want this moment to serve as a catalyst for you to begin realizing your dreams and to live a slightly better life today than you otherwise would have. So, today, in between the crisp beverage you enjoy to relax from the heat and the steaming shower you take tonight to wash the worry of the day away, consider this: by reading, contributing, and sharing with your network, you are creating a possibility. Make a contribution to this cause and make a contribution to yourself: http://my.charitywater.org/timferriss.

    If being able to have a discussion with me about this will make it more real for you, then send me a message and let’s talk, but don’t write this one off because it really will make a difference.

    Between Facebook, LinkedIn, e-mail blasts and word of mouth, the message reached thousands. I wish I knew the actual number and, even more importantly, the impact, but it’s a pretty difficult thing to track. What I can say with 100% certainty, though, is that you, Tim, have done something amazing by inspiring so many people this way and we appreciate it so much. Happy Birthday, dude!

    “…As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” -Marianne Williamson

    -P.S. If this post and the associated efforts do the trick and earn me a trip out to San Francisco, I promised my new acquaintance (who played a vital role in this awesome effort) that she’d be sitting right by my side! Double or nothing, Tim! To marching to a different drummer!


  10. To me, education means freedom, empowerment. If one can read, one can learn anything.

    I’m sharing this post on Facebook. Thanks Tim!


  11. To me, education means helping someone to share their unique gift and be the best person they can be.

    Half of my family are teachers (both my mom and dad are from families of eight, so that’s a whole lot of teachers), and so is my fiancee.
    I teach communication skills and own or have owned 4 other businesses that are all education-related.
    So learning and teaching is my life’s work and passion. That’s also what education means to me.

    I scheduled to post this comment exactly within the deadline and I’m posting this right after crunching the numbers after the 1000th donation. If I messed up my time zone difference calculations, please still pick me :)

    This campaign for Charity:Water was very important to me because I’m just coming back from a 6-month trip around the world.
    I’ve seen poor communities struggling in Brazil, South Africa and India and I can’t imagine how hard it must be to walk miles for clean water instead of just opening a faucet and having all the time in the world to run a business and create value like we do.

    So I participated in your campaign because I wanted to send you a “Thank You” that would be meaningful.
    Five years ago I read 4HWW and I dreamed of traveling the world with a beautiful woman on my arm… and this year I was able to do it while still growing my business (half a million euros in sales last year, and even more profit this year although I was working only 1 day a week)

    So Here’s what I did to send you this “Thank You!”/”Pick Me” message :)

    I have a whole lot of Facebook fans but after 5 years of raising money for charities with my business, I know that posting to FB doesn’t work.
    Nor do most of the other “weak-link” strategies (sending the link to friends so they check it out, twittering, etc)

    All the 4- and 5-figure short campaigns I’ve succeeded with, used strong-link strategies and a template.

    What I call a strong link is actually sending a one-to-one (or one-to-few) communication to someone who is on target with the message, and the 4 most important elements of the template I use are :
    – What is in it for the person
    – What is in it for the beneficiary of the charity work
    – What is in it for me.
    – Call to action (with just one actual action to commit to)

    I’m always transparent regarding what’s in it for me.
    In this case, I candidly talked about my trip, and explained that I wanted to send Tim a “Thank you” note that would get noticed.

    So I made a list of close customers and contacts, and wrote a personalized email to each of them.
    (I had it sent, did not email each of them myself, because I’m email-free)

    I wanted to be able to track numbers (a second nature for me) so I told people to add “Go France” before their name.
    So if you wondered how all these crazy French people got there… now you know :)

    Something very interesting about my clients and contacts is that almost every single person that I knew would be interested in such a cause is an entrepreneur, investor or business owner. So I insisted on the “creating entrepreneurial callings in kids and women that would otherwise spend their life walking for water” angle.

    Since I was bringing French people in, I asked them to donate EUR 36 EUROS (hence the USD $48 donations).
    I did not link to the main Charity:Water page (one of my rules for charity campaigns : eliminate the clutter) ; I told everything in my very long email and gave them straight “payment page” links to donating $48.
    (I split tested “$48, $480, or $1″, and “$48,$100, or $1″, and “$48, or $pick your own amount”. Guess which won ?)

    The results :

    91 donors (9% of the entire campaign outside of Tim’s own donation)
    $5000,36 in donations (11% of the entire campaign outside Tim’s own donation)

    82% of the donations came from my closest customers – a group of 1,200 people
    18% came from my Mastermind group (friends that I meet several times a year to have fun and discuss business, lifestyle, and lots of other things) – a group of ~90 people.

    And, what I’m most happy about :
    I donated my whole week of work (8 hours so far) for this but…
    I did all this while spending a week at an artist’s retreat in the North of France, and I drew my very first two portraits this week !
    So whoever you end up picking, nothing can bring me down from the happy feeling of this amazing week.

    If you want more numbers, I can certainly get them.

    Thank you !

    PS : I was so pumped up to be able to post the final numbers right after the 1000th donation and right before the deadline, but now I’m starting to wonder whether I miscalculated the time delay !
    Fingers crossed…


    • Go France! Genius to take them to the actual donate page, saving them a step in the process. And of course, having them put “Go France” was really smart.

      Great job Sebastien. I think a lot of people can learn from your tactics.


  12. To me, education means “Everything you learn that you weren’t forced to learn”. Or as Einstein put it, “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”

    A few blocks from Nova University, my wife, 4 year old daughter, and I did an exhibit during rush hour, doing a skit about the situation in Africa. It’ll be on youtube ASAP, with your link under the vid.

    We’ll share the video and the cause with our facebook friends and tumblr it as well. I’ll link to it in reply to this post.


    • Thanks Tim, and Happy Birthday.
      I’m happy to say youtube approved
      the creative commons license for the video above.

      The approach I chose was to record a live rush hour exhibit near Nova Southeastern University in Broward, Fl, which provides a future convex payout for Tim’s birthday page.

      Sharing with Youtube, tumblr, linkedin and facebook gave our video viral potency and Charity: Water’s potential future donations are unlimited as long as the video is viewable somewhere.

      Prior to the end of Tim’s competition, roughly 10,000 cars viewed our exhibit, a captive audience of bored drivers (with iphones) at a traffic choke point with good sidewalk visibility.

      Imagining, writing, producing, performing, and editing was done ourselves, and throughout the creative process I experienced acute empathy unlike the varieties I’ve previously felt. This video and I would have been horrible without my two indefatigable partners, Roxana, my love, and Daphne, my soul.

      Thank you,

      Stephen N


      • and like that its gone! I will have to choose another song unless eventually I can get permissions worked out long term.

        its ok, im just going to take a little time and make an original song with some musician friends and i’ll have the video back up lickity. Tim, do you know anyone who could quickly allow the minute of All things must pass for the sake of the water effort?

        Either way, ill fix it.


      • If anyone from tims staff wants to see the original video (assuming you missed it the day it was up) facetime should work to show you quick, otherwise maybe sendspace. new music for the vid is going to take time since im only dong it once.


  13. To me, education means the greatest opportunity in the world to bridge the gap between the haves and have nots. It is the single most important key for getting people out of poverty and into the ranks of the working, middle class. Without education for all, economic disparities will continue to rule the world.

    I am very excited about Tim’s birthday fundraiser this year. I studied international water development 20 years ago and planned to go overseas to conduct these projects. I studied international development and cross-cultural studies but was derailed by a career in environmental geology shortly after graduate school. But my heart still belongs to this type of work and reading about charity: water, and especially founder Scott Harrison’s story, really resonate with me. I am now semi-retired in Mexico, and plan to volunteer in this arena again, either here in MX or in other countries.

    In order to spread the word about a subject so near and dear to me, I started by researching kids’ science project sites. Since education is key to everything, educating students when they are young about the millions who walk for water everyday is key to overcoming the problem, in my opinion. So I wanted to share this problem and invite students to research solutions as well.

    I posted a comment on every site listed below and have included the metrics for their readers/likers/followers. I found some great ones, including the following:

    Google Science Fair 2013 (1,210,724 g+ followers and 166,232 FB likes)
    MILSET (Mouvement International pour le Scientifique El Technique) a EU science fair consortium (961 FB likes)
    Science Alert (3,407,559 FB likes)
    I Fucking Lover Science (6,392,216 FB likes)
    Science is Awesome (468,850 FB likes)
    NYT Science webpage (59,364 followers)
    Global Water Partnership (8,760 likes)
    shared Tim’s link on a Scientific American article about Groundwater and Toxic Discharges in China (7023-13)

    Thanks for this opportunity Tim… I am going now to make a donation!


  14. To me, EDUCATION means freedom. It means not having to ask someone else what you think. It means having the means to shape the life you want, because you chose it. It means recognizing distinctions so that you can see the sameness in everyone.

    Awesome cause!
    I donated (mostly because my boyfriend teases me about liking nature more than people, but look, this supports both at one time!:)
    I also posted the link on my Facebook page (so 544 people saw that) earlier in the week and on my new website/blog, which has gotten about 40 views in the last month.
    Thanks, Tim!


  15. I believe education is the ability to derive knowledge from our experiences. All too often do we confine education to the label of simply having gone to school. Yet learning is obviously not limited to the four walls of a classroom or lecture hall. By simply limiting education to an institutionalized environment, we are ignoring the vast wealth of knowledge that we derive from our everyday experiences out in the real world. Those striving to continuously educate themselves have turned the world into our classroom. A college degree is not what defines one’s education, it is simply a building block.

    Regarding the charity: water campaign, after reading your post, I experienced several mind explosions of ideas after realizing the amount of potential resources I have access to. I currently work for a business development company that has a client called Nokero. Nokero’s mission is to eliminate kerosene fueled light in developing countries with solar light bulbs. Approximately 1.3 billion people still do not have reliable access to electricity. With that, millions are using kerosene as their fuel for light, and Nokero intends to replace kerosene with their innovative solar light bulbs. You can learn more about Nokero at their website, http://www.nokero.com.

    Considering the similar social values shared between Nokero and charity: water, I decided to essentially pitch Nokero on a side campaign in support of the charity: water organization. For exactly one week, from July 21st until August 7th, Nokero has agreed to donate 10% of their total sales driven from this campaign to charity: water!

    Once Nokero management had approved my proposal, I sent out an email blast (view screenshot here: http://bit.ly/1ehq7GZ) to their database of 5,785 emails. So far, of the 5,000, approximately 991 of them have viewed the email. Of those who viewed the email, 59 have gone to your campaign page through the link you provided. Although, unfortunately, I cannot track the amount donated by the directed visitors.. As Nokero just launched their 10% donation campaign, it is too early to measure any adequate sales figures.

    To help fuel Nokero’s campaign, I have been blasting a similar email to all our relevant databases of a combined 135,777 emails, directing them to your campaign page. Of those 135,777, around 4,468 people have opened the email. But, unfortunately, only 47 have followed the link to your campaign page as this point in time.

    In addition to the Nokero campaign, I personally donated $36 to your campaign before reaching out to my ~850 friends on Facebook.

    The Straight Facts Up Now:
    Over 144,367 individuals have been exposed to your campaign.
    Approximately 110 have followed the link to your charity: water campaign page.

    I’m anxious to see the final results of the Nokero campaign, which will end on August 7th. Despite your deadline being today for posts that quality for
    Oh and, Tim, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Thank you so much for an opportunity like this to directly make an impact on countless of lives. I wish you and charity: water the outmost success!

    Kris Byberg – Denver, Colorado


  16. To me, education means freedom and power. When you have exposure to life- enhancing ideas early on in life, it changes the course of everything: the life you dream for yourself, the career you plan for, the mate you choose, what you wear, how you shop, what you create, how you spend your time, and what you think is possible. Having access to clean water is the foundation for a healthy body that supports these bigger dreams.

    I shared your message on Facebook with 1,356 friends and I would be happy to embark on a creative mission in my town to do 36 acts that promote kindness, freedom, courage and creativity. Also, I would use the trip to donate two weeks of my life on a charity:water project of your choosing. I would document it and share it to as wide as audience as I can generate. I am a local cable TV host and have a lot of resources at my disposal. I have already worked in Haiti, Bhutan, Nepal and Cambodia and can provide valuable field skills to a project.


  17. I would be happy to put this initiative into a Water and Development Multimedia education model which we are developing…
    We are a coalition of development human rights professional who are developing multi media teaching sessions which get kids inspired about global issues, get them to understand how interconnected we all are – and then give them opportunities to create meaningful change.


  18. Pretty sure education is partially the luxury of being allowed to focus on being human…and becoming more of who you really are. Sure, survival can be educational if you allow it to be transfiguring in some way, but I think that’s more the redemptive aspect of life at work. Education is really more born of rest/peace/balance—instead of having to focus all your will, time, intelligence, resources, & creative energy into keeping yourself minimally alive, you’re enabled to rather focus on pushing your boundaries and hunting for the new and formerly mysterious and strange and wonderful. You can focus on crossing borders and using any gift given to you to make something new that can then be given by you. Education…I think it’s really sacred work…work that isn’t merely burden or friction or quota-filling but rather a state of health [I say this kind of figuratively], of being fully alive and fully yourself. This potential is really what a lot of 1st-world people take for granted, I think. The opportunity is there for most of us humans in various forms, but some of us have way the heck more opportunity than we realize for making work and even struggle fruitful, for making a life-giving catalyst for creating better stories. I think about this a lot in the midst of struggling with an decade+a-half-long illness that has changed my life and on the surface seems to limit everything. I have to fight to push those boundaries and see the opportunities I’m being given to grow and learn and become more of myself—even if I no longer look like I have a free-spirit sort of life…and that has impacted how I see others’ limitations (as well as others’ fabricated limitations) and my/our responsibility to help notch up the opportunities that other limited people need in order to be given the luxury of focusing on ‘educating’ themselves and opening up to the world outside their boundaries of survival. It’s really the opposite of waste. And in some ways, maybe it’s coming present to an active gratitude for everything that’s opened itself up to you or that has the possibility of being opened by you.

    I won’t lie, I just donated $10 because I’m broke due to medical bills and crap, but I’m a militant believer in the power of $10. If more people realized that it’s not too little to give and that you can always come up with it (relative to where you live, but in America, I think anyone can come up w/ $10 in some way or another (and I say this having lived w/ formerly homeless folks)]—we could pretty much communally fund ANYTHING. I’m not big on social media, but I shall tweet to my 56 ‘followers.’ I just wanted to contribute. :D


  19. To me, education means the Tool of self perpetuating Freedom

    Sent motivational email to all of my contacts (and BCCed Donna for your record).

    Happy Natal Day,



  20. So, I wonder who was the winner of this contest, since deadline was August, 2. Has it been announced yet? My fav: Jack Fiedler (nope, not because also Tim seems to like his comment but because Jack showed a great way of approaching things).

    PS: I’d say: Congrats to all of us who joined this effort, by sharing and/or donating. Too bad the 100k goal wasn’t reached but still: more than 60k USD is awesome which, according to Charity Water, means that 3025 will get help.


  21. Tim, you never cease to inspire and amaze me. I’m working my way through T4HB and I don’t want to get to the end! I don’t want to finish I want it to keep on going!

    The gift is in the giving and you are gifting it out there BIG TIME. Well done. I’ve donated. Good luck getting to the target but I really don’t think you’ll need it. You’ll smash it out of the water… no pun intended!

    EmmaMT x


  22. Hey Tim. Happy Birthday man! You’re an inspiration beyond words. I haven’t figured out how to create my muse but I’m not giving up.

    I donated and hope it goes to good work!