I Made it To Day 27...How Long Can You Make It? Pay It Forward

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I Made it to Day 27....How Long Can You Make it?

Yesterday my daughter showed me this powerful website game called Playspent      Playspent was developed Durham Ministries of North Carolina.  It models the choices that more then 14 million unemployed Americans have to make every month.  Real scenarios, real choices.

Play Now and post in the comments below how many days you make it....


As a debt consultant I see and feel this pain every day.  As Real Estate Agents you deal with this pain every day.  We try to ignore it.  We try to focus on those that aren’t suffering.  But the suffering is real and it’s a problem that all of us need to acknowledge.

As I played this game, when it came time to ask for help, I couldn’t and didn’t.   This is primarily because my husband has been unemployed for more than two years with no job in site.  He is turned down nearly daily because he’s over experienced.  Had I asked for help people might have thought it was for real.....and maybe it would have been!

It’s real, it’s exhausting and many of you reading this post understand first hand the choices that must be made in this game.

Play the game.    What will you do next time you see someone on a street corner with a sign?  Pay it Forward.

How can we as a community help to combat this reality in our own cities?.....


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Comments (8)

Ben Benita
Ben Benita - Gainesville, VA
Speaker, Author, Game Changer, Coach

that is AWESOME....and scary.

I help homeonwers get through the tough times as well.......wife and I went through a chapter 7 bk and thought "it could never happen to us"....well it DID....we were on food stamps and housing assistance for a while, now we help others all over the country....good stuff!!!!

Feb 09, 2011 07:58 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

19 days and that was it Kate.  Real life scenarios coming at you instantly are what we've seen in all of these responses.  Many answers caught me off guard with their all too true results. 

Feb 09, 2011 10:23 PM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Broker | Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Kate, we are in the trenches of a new economy and a very different landscape of real estate. In New Mexico this past week, 32,000 people had NO heat for up to 5 days due to the fact our gas utility is owned now by a holding company. Our community and governor responded faster and more efficiently to address the crisis than the company. Why, local people have a sense of community. There is nothing wrong with asking for help. People ask us every day! I suggested your post for feature!

Feb 09, 2011 11:10 PM
Kate Bourland
Marketing with Kate - Redding, CA
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Ben, it is isn't it.  What a wonderful thing you do for people.  Thank You.

Kevin, some of the stuff is very unexpected isn't is?

Emily, it's nuts when even our utility companies go under.  Thanks for the recommend.  I hope that more people get the chance to see this post. 

Feb 10, 2011 01:57 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Estate Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Kate, I exited the game … I don’t need the game to understand the realities of our nation … of the homeless across the nation. Ever since pay-it-forward started … I’ve been helping those in my community who are homeless and hungry.

Feb 10, 2011 02:28 AM
Kate Bourland
Marketing with Kate - Redding, CA
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Kathleen, good for you.  The game is a good exercise for all of us.  Even when you understand and sometimes even live it, it brings home a reality and in some ways make you feel not quite so alone....it'w well worth the few minutes it takes to play

Feb 10, 2011 04:50 AM
Marcie Sandalow
Marcie Sandalow, Compass 301.758.4894 - Bethesda, MD
Bethesda Chevy Chase DC real estate

Wow.  What an eye opener.  I got to day 30.  The scrape in the parking lot did me in.  Thanks for sharing (my kids saw me doing the quiz, and now they want to take it!). 

Feb 10, 2011 12:20 PM
Kate Bourland
Marketing with Kate - Redding, CA
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Marcie, thanks for stopping by.  I think that kids are really in to this.  I was hoping that this post would get featured adn get more attention.  I think it's important!  Thanks for stopping by!

Feb 10, 2011 05:49 PM