Today for our third segment, we have an interesting speaker. His name is Pavel. His speech is called an Introduction to Abundance Mindset.
And I'm not gonna take up too much of his time. I'm gonna let him just give his speech. Pavel,
Thank you very much. Dear listeners,
Growing up, my family never had a lot of resources. In fact, when I was still a project in my parents' imagination, and later on in my mother's womb, they were forced to sell fruits and vegetables on the street market one summer, and that despite the fact that they had advanced degrees, and practically everyone in my family was connected with academia in one way or another. And that was because the economy was in shambles due to certain geopolitical events that took place a year earlier. So everyone had to find creative ways to hold themselves and their families together the best they could.
Fast forward to when I was six or seven years old, growing up in the same city, a city far, far away from here, in another time zone, on another continent, my maternal grandmother used to walk me to school or pick me up from school (I had just started first grade). And, every time, we passed by this beautiful building, a high-rise under construction. I vividly remember the colorful red brick panels and these white concrete slabs for balconies lifted by a crane and put atop one another - floor by floor by floor - carefully adjusted by the workers from the ground level up, until it was finally completed with a green shingle roof and this shining golden spire atop this green roof.
It was an architectural perfection, I thought, at the time.
Witnessing this process of a high rise being built from scratch inspired in my young, boyish mind a desire to be an architect when I grow up. And while I have not realized this childhood dream in the traditional sense, I do consider myself to be an architect in a, perhaps, broader, societal sense.
Looking back at my earlier childhood - arguably filled with some material scarcity, relatively speaking, at least - over the years, I have come to develop this sense of kinship and empathy with anyone who is on the verge of poverty or at risk of falling through the cracks, usually through no fault of their own.
So some years ago, this led me down the rabbit hole of activism, social and political, as well as heavy involvement with various volunteer non-profit work as side projects.
However, all of this was not enough. It was not enough to feel anything more than barely scratching the surface of a marsh, which - we all know - would fill back up with water at the next tide.