One Red Paperclip: Or How an Ordinary Man Achieved His Dream with the Help of a Simple Office Supply

One Red Paperclip: Or How an Ordinary Man Achieved His Dream with the Help of a Simple Office Supply

Kyle Macdonald / Sep 19, 2019

One Red Paperclip Or How an Ordinary Man Achieved His Dream with the Help of a Simple Office Supply Kyle MacDonald had a paperclip One red paperclip a dream and a resume to write And bills to pay Oh and a very patient girlfriend who was paying the rent while he was once again between jobs Kyle wa

  • Title: One Red Paperclip: Or How an Ordinary Man Achieved His Dream with the Help of a Simple Office Supply
  • Author: Kyle Macdonald
  • ISBN: 9780307353160
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Paperback
  • Kyle MacDonald had a paperclip One red paperclip, a dream, and a resume to write And bills to pay Oh, and a very patient girlfriend who was paying the rent while he was once again between jobs Kyle wanted to be able to provide for himself and his girlfriend, Dominique He wanted to own his own home He wanted something bigger than a paperclip So he put an ad on CraiKyle MacDonald had a paperclip One red paperclip, a dream, and a resume to write And bills to pay Oh, and a very patient girlfriend who was paying the rent while he was once again between jobs Kyle wanted to be able to provide for himself and his girlfriend, Dominique He wanted to own his own home He wanted something bigger than a paperclip So he put an ad on Craigslist, the popular classifieds website, with the intention of trading that paperclip for something better A girl in Vancouver offered him a fish pen in exchange for his paperclip He traded the fish pen for a doorknob and the doorknob for a camping stove Before long he had traded the camping stove for a generator for a neon sign Not long after that, avid snow globe collector and television star Corbin Bernsen and the small Canadian town of Kipling were involved, and Kyle was on to bigger and better things In One Red Paperclip, Kyle takes you on a journey around the globe as he moves from paperclip holder to homeowner in just fourteen trades With plenty of irreverent and insightful anecdotes and practical tips on how you can find your own paperclip and realize your dreams, he proves it s possible to succeed in life and achieve your dreams on your own terms Quirky and inspirational, this story of a regular guy and a small, red, now legendary paperclip will have you looking at your office supplies and your life in a whole new way.

    One red paperclip One red paperclip is a website created by Canadian blogger Kyle MacDonald, who bartered his way from a single red paperclip to a house in a series of fourteen online trades over the course of a year MacDonald was inspired by the childhood game Bigger, Better.His site received a considerable amount of notice for tracking the transactions. OperationPaperclipfo Peenemunde Peenemnde is a village in the northeast of the German island of Usedom It stands near the mouth s of the Peene river, on the easternmost part of the German Baltic coast. Best DIY Bedroom Floor Plans One Story Free PDF Get Bedroom Floor Plans One Story Free Download World s most comprehensive collection of woodworking ideas For Pro Beginner beginner woodwork pro woodwork projects Styles Furniture, Toys, Frames, Beds, Animal Houses, Racks, Dressers, Chairs, Coasters, And Many More. The history of the paper clip It was invented in It The paper clip is something of a fetish object in design circles Its spare, machined aesthetic and its inexpensive ubiquity landed it a spot in MoMA s show Humble Masterpieces This was a Project Blue Book Official Podcast Episode Co EP Harley What did we just see tonight on Project Blue Book A whole lot than some viewers expected probably, as Hynek Aidan Gillen and Quinn Michael Malarkey headed to Alabama to investigate the real, top secret program involving ex Nazi scientists in Huntsville, Alabama, known as Operation Paperclip. Deathbed confessions, photos support claims that George H Deathbed confessions, photos support claims that George H Scherf f , Jr was the st U.S president

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    1. I'm warning you; I'm a harsh critic. I hate being so ruthless when I'm not an author and I know very well that I couldn't have done better, but I just can't seem to help myself.This book was pretty bad. It was given to me by someone who reads A TON and said she never read it. Now I know why. It's written chronologically (as most memoirs are) using an almost stream of consciousness feel, which I usual love but not this time. Klye McDonald is clearly someone who had nothing better going on in his [...]

    2. I first heard of this story years ago when reading the 2008 Guinness Book of World Records. A man who started with one red paperclip traded it for bigger and better things until he made his way to a house in Canada. Since I had heard a very brief version of the story, I was interested to learn more about the details. What I really liked about this book is that Kyle is completely honest about what he did, and acknowledges that a lot of it was pure luck. The way he formatted the story, going in or [...]

    3. Enjoyed it but I could have found out the story from a long article. Very padded out. Very repetitive. He tells you something at least three times in three different ways just to make sure you've got it and that is in the same paragraph. The tips at he nd of the chapters don't mean anything and I didn't even bother reading them after the first couple. I'm sure that if I met Kyle Macdonald he would definitely say 'Dude' !

    4. What a great book! A funny, fast read just perfect for a long flight. There are plenty of lessons to learn, too. After all, it's all about the journey. Next time you're faced with a big decision, ask yourself: What would you do if you weren't afraid? I'm afraid I may have to read this book again!

    5. I really loved this book.It was exactly what I needed at the moment a light novel with some humor that was easy to read.I read it in no time and would recommend it highly as a light book as it is very interesting.

    6. What's your paperclip?What will you "trade" to make it happen? This was a book I'd been looking forward to reading for a while. I heard of Kyle Macdonald's blog through a magazine article years ago and I looked it up and read some of it. Sounded like an exciting idea and it's always been on my mind. So let me say right off the bat how cool it is to be able to do this.But as a book it kind of fell flat. Kyle Macdonald isn't a writer, that's obvious, he isn't claiming to be, but he also isn't a mo [...]

    7. I vaguely remembered Macdonald's story when it became a web trending topic probably about midway through. Like most internet stories, it showed up on all the major sites for a few days, then faded away, such that I'd largely forgotten about it until coming upon this book at a sale. Once I got to reading, I remembered the early steps of the trade, like the paperclip for the fish pen, and the fish pen for the doorknob, but definitely don't recall the celebrity involvement of Alice Cooper and Corbi [...]

    8. Oh, how I thought I'd love this book. Twenty-something embarks upon a quest to trade for a house. A house! Starting with a paper clip. A paper clip! And the story is very interesting. But oh, the writing! Glib, ironic, oh-so-clever and witty! Way over the top. A lot like this paragraph. I seriously considered throwing in the towel about 1/3 of the way in.Luckily, as the story improves with each bigger & better trade, so does the writing. To be fair, our author Kyle was, at the time, a mid-tw [...]

    9. I looked at the cover of this book, and it had me immediately intrigued.At first, it looked like the story of the creation of another trade website, but this story had a delightful twist. Kyle Macdonald, a Vancouverite came up with the idea of starting of with a particular item, in this case a Red Paperclip,and trading it up for something 'bigger and better'. With the help of his very understanding girlfriend Dominique, a native of French speaking Montreal, they with Kyle's father go on a road-t [...]

    10. I first became aware of the ORP project when I heard a mention of it on Alice Cooper's radio show (yes he has a show, yes he is quite funny). Unemployed dreamer Kyle MacDonald decides he is tired of sponging off his patient girlfriend Dom. Faced with the choice of finding full-time employment or providing for her in a creative way, MacDonald starts oneredpaperclip. Over the course of a year, MacDonald plays the "Bigger and Better" trading game, eventually ending up with a house of his very own. [...]

    11. This was a good, light, quick read and a lesson on how resourcefulness can merge with motivation (or procrastination, depending on how you look at it). I felt more like I was reading emails from a funny twenty-or-thirty-something friend than a book. I think it will appeal most to those who either know what Craigslist is, have ever had to live on the cheap, or have ever wanted to skip out on their job to do something more interesting that they don't otherwise have time to do. The author gives you [...]

    12. In this book Kyle Macdonald has a dream to trade up from this one red paper clip to a house. He makes various trades throughout Canada and the USA. He meets new life long friends and goes on a wild trip to accomplish his one goal. It took him around a year to complete this goal but with the help of many people such as Television stations and many more close family friends he achieves his goal and makes the impossible, possible. I really enjoyed the book it showed his and the traders hardships bu [...]

    13. Canadian slacker decides he'd rather play Bigger and Better (a game where you start with a small object and trade for progressively better things) than look for a job. He starts with a paperclip, and over a dozen or so trades, winds up with a house, and becomes an internet celebrity along the way. I think the synopsis of the story is more interesting than the actual telling, but maybe that's just me. I could have completely done without the bogus, high-school-motivational-speaker-esque affirmati [...]

    14. What a sweet little book! The writing style is a bit clumsy (which at first I attributed to that I started reading it from page 130, finished it and then started again at the beginning, but it's actually just awkward writing) but when I read it as a long, chatty email, I didn't really care. My tiny mind is warmed by how excited people get about each other doing cool things. I'm not going to say the story is "inspiring," but it's very affirming, and reminds you that people actually do like (and W [...]

    15. The true story of how one man traded a simple, little, red paperclip and kept trading until he ended up with a house, exactly one year later. Read my review of this interesting autobiographical book that chronicles a fascinating idea and adventure, here. drchazan/2015/10/

    16. It is amazing that this is a true story, I am finding myself reading more and more non-fiction. As they say, truth is stranger than fiction, a man trades up from a paperclip to a house in about a year, an amazing journey.

    17. This book, for me at least, was a slow starter. However, at the point in time when I read this book, I had mainly been reading fiction and hadn't really read any books that were in this style before.Once I got into the book, I actually began to enjoy it more and more. It became quite interesting as it was all a true story and the story had been started from a teenager's game and an average office supply. I had actually never heard of this story before or of Kyle Macdonald and the reason I was re [...]

    18. This is a good story but not a good book, and this is the dichotomy that pervades this book. The events the author tells of how he traded a red paperclip into more are, of themselves, interesting. Reading about what he was thinking at certain points and how others (reaching a wider audience as publicity increased) reacted to his endeavour had a certain appeal. Yet the book just isn’t that well written. There seemed to be a stream of consciousness type writing where a tighter edit would have pr [...]

    19. I was really looking forward to this (expecting it be on the lines of Tony Hawks' Round Ireland with a Fridge ) but by the third or fourth trade I was tiring slightly of the writing styleough it was amusing in parts, I felt the writing could be a bit flat & too padded-out at times.By the time I reached, One Famous Snowmobile & A trip to Yahk I found I was skipping bits but when Alice Cooper came into the trade it picked up for me & I quite enjoyed the rest of the book& the end wa [...]

    20. My girlfriend was not sure what present she is going to give me for Christmas. I told her to get me a paperclip and a pen. She suddenly thought of this book and gave it to me for Christmas. I opened the present and was not sure until she told me that I asked for a paperclip and a pen earlier. I thought that it was absolutely hilarious. My girlfriend is awesome.When I finished this book, i thought it was a really good and funny book. I laughed loudly at some parts. Wowed at some parts. I would lo [...]

    21. This book is an inspiring story about an un-assuming guy from Canada embarked on a mission to turn a red paperclip, one trade at a time, into a house. It isn't going to win any prizes for high literature, but it was an easy read with a great message, and a lovely ending. Each chapter ends with what are supposed to be life lessons learnt through the analogy of the paperclip story, but they are to be taken with a pinch of salt. It took me a while to get used to the style of writing and sense of hu [...]

    22. Another "airport" book. Easy to read and it passed the time on a flight. Amusing idea and nice that it was carried through to the end. It was also fun to see how others got caught up in the game and hung around to see it play out. (Purchased at the Bookshop at University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji)

    23. The official version of the story goes like this: Inspired by memories of playing "Bigger and Better" as a kid, and by urban legends of other kids trading up to such prizes as cars, Kyle MacDonald embarked on an adventure. Beginning with an ordinary red paperclip which happened to be lying on his desk, Kyle began trading with person after person, slowly acquiring larger and more valuable items until, finally, he reached his end goal: A house.A moment, and we'll get to the fuller story.One Red Pa [...]

    24. This was just so boring to read, I couldn't manage to keep interested in what was going on. I was already skipping the grey boxes at the end of each chapter but I decided to just stop reading it now.

    25. I think that One Red Paperclip is a great book, because it really makes you think about the things that are possible if you just sit down(in Kyle McDonald's case, all the way up until midnight) and do it.One Red Paperclip is an auto-biography. It's about a man named Kyle McDonald, who, long story short, starts with a red paper clip and, eventually, trades his way up to a house!!Kyle used to play a game as a kid. and that was to go around the neighborhood, and asking if they wanted to trade. This [...]

    26. That guy who traded up from a red paperclip to a house in Saskatchewan tells his story. Unfortunately, he doesn't tell it particularly well. It's a great story, don't get me wrong, but MacDonald's styleI don't want to call it too "bloggy," as there are a lot of well-written blogs out there. But I could understand someone leveling that criticism, because MacDonald's writing, whether the product of blogging or not, is unfocused, not terribly descriptive—none of the places he visits ever came ali [...]

    27. What was the message the writer was trying to communicate? I believe the message in the book was to never give up. He was under a lot of pressure from friends and family, he wasn’t up to date with rent and did not particular contribute much in life. But he had a flashback to when he was playing a childhood game called bigger and better. It was simple, the aim of the game was to start of small and work your way up until you reached your goal. He failed the first time he attempted to play this g [...]

    28. The story itself is interesting, but could EASILY have been summarized into one long article. This is an INCREDIBLY poorly-written book that tries too hard to be funny and beats you over the head with every joke at least three times. Case in point: he's driving a van across Canada. Someone asks him to deliver something for her. His response:"'I don't know, it's not like I have hundreds of cubic feet of extra cargo room or anything''Yeah right!' she said.I laughed. There were actually many hundre [...]

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