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We hear the phrase "What would MacGyver do?" used on an almost daily basis in reference to doing a quick fix or repair on something. But it can be used in almost every aspect of our daily lives to help us get through our day to day struggles of life. What kind of food to eat; how to deal with an unruly child; what type of light bulbs to buy; How can I cut down my costs, how should I handle my friends? Any situation can be helped if not solved by asking What Would MacGyver Do? If he were here what would he suggest? At the very least it's a nice way to give yourself an outside perspective of a situation which might otherwise have you locked in at an emotional level with no obvious way out.

I've found this question has served me well in being able to live a relatively simple stress-free life while raising 2 kids on my own.

The fist step to MacGyvering your life is to ask what would he do?


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Sometimes this is easier said than done. I'll admit I don't always handle things the way I know MacGyver would.

 
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Yes that's true, but part of the process is that it gives you cause to stop and look at a situation objectively.

Obviously not all situations can be solved in a MacGyver-like way, but asking the question does at least live you the opportunity to assess the situation from all angles before acting.


 
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I find the whole 'MacGyver School of Thought' most useful in DIY projects and photography.

Photography shoots, in particular, are very much like an episode of MacGyver where you may only have a short window of time & associated prep work just to get you into position to get an opportunity for a successful outcome ..... or (as it were) rare shot of butterfly, bird, deer, rainbow or sunset.

How you set yourself up is make or break and analyzing the situation and improvising on the spot can be critical. Angles, lighting, positioning, weather conditions and camera control are the intangibles and analogous to Mac's technical dilemmas both in technical difficulty and real time stress. In other words - time sensitive, logistic conundrums.

When I first started photography, I would show up at a location, take a few snaps and leave. Later on, I would show up at a location, walk around for an hour, analyze every possible shooting scenario, then taken some snaps, and then leave. The 'MacGyver School of Thought' adds an additional level/dimension to this cerebral process .......

 
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Hoping I'm not crossing the line of TMI, but I have started purchasing toilet paper that does not have a cardboard tube, thereby cutting down on the amount of material to be recycled and impacting the environment that much less. unsure.gif

 
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Hey, good for you, MacFan. As Mac always used to say, every little helps.

 
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I wasn't exactly sure "where" to post this, but I just thought it was a cool video and wanted to share. smile.gif


 
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QUOTE (KiwiTek @ 1 January 2015 - 12:07 AM)
The fist step to MacGyvering your life is to ask what would he do?


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Tie his shoe laces. SCNR

 
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QUOTE (Jediferret @ 22 April 2015 - 04:49 AM)
I wasn't exactly sure "where" to post this, but I just thought it was a cool video and wanted to share. smile.gif


Thanks for sharing this video. I will share this through my various social media channels because there's a lot of truth in there.

 
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QUOTE (MacFan092985 @ 8 April 2015 - 10:30 AM)
Hoping I'm not crossing the line of TMI, but I have started purchasing toilet paper that does not have a cardboard tube, thereby cutting down on the amount of material to be recycled and impacting the environment that much less. unsure.gif

Good one. Little changes like that can make a big difference.

It is after all the tiny drops of rain which fills the bucket with water.


 
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QUOTE (Fellow Traveler @ 22 April 2015 - 02:12 AM)
Thanks for sharing this video. I will share this through my various social media channels because there's a lot of truth in there.

Sure! I really like this guy. He's got some amazing videos.

 
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Powerful video, Jedi

 
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Great video! Thanks for sharing it with us!

 
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Prince EA just made another video. It's really good and wanted to share. happy.gif


 
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A great video. Now if we could only get the worlds leaders and the rest of society to watch it, understand it and make a difference.

 
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I agree Denizen. Thanks for sharing this with us Jedi.

 
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So I am sometimes in a quandary as to whether people on the streets need your help, or whether they are just trying to take advantage of good nature to top up another life (there are a certain number of frauds out there). At the weekend on a bitterly cold day I walked past a seller who tried to get me to buy a copy of the Big Issue which I didn't really want, but she looked frozen and I found it hard to believe that she would be standing there if she had any option - I still didn't want the magazine though. It was almost December, the season of goodwill and I didn't feel good about walking past her. My solution was a trip into the local bakery and procurement of a cup of hot soup and a tasty bun which I took back and gave to her. I got a smile in response displaying a load of gold fillings! (clearly she hadn't always been down on her luck) so was she a fraud or not, I couldn't tell, but I still think the soup and bun was a better solution. What would Mac have done?

 
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I've done the same thing Maclover. On my nightly patrol, my partner and I come across people down on their luck from time to time. A nice hot meal is more than most folks do, and it goes a lot further. I like to think that Mac would do the same. Either way, way to go Maclover!! thumbsup.gif

 
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Feeding someone sounds like a better option to me than giving money.


 
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QUOTE (Jediferret @ 2 December 2015 - 06:50 PM)
Prince EA just made another video.  It's really good and wanted to share. happy.gif


I'd like to know where and how he got the stats he uses. We've become to fond of just excepting what others say as fact.

That's NOT what MacGyver would do. He would want cold hard facts and citation to back them up as we saw in the Mask of the wolf when Jack came to him with his story his reaction was lets do some research first and find out what we're really dealing with.

 
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Here's an older one that you guys may like. smile.gif


 
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I must admit I am not impressed by Prince. I guess the overall message presented is correct, but I find his delivery boring after a minute or so, and his attitude unconvincing. I've heard similar messages presented by lots of different people and been far more convinced than I am by Mr Prince. Sorry Jediferret, but he doesn't do it for me.

 
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No worries. smile.gif I just posted 'em because they struck a personal cord with me, and I felt they relevant. But, I can understand why these wouldn't impress some... my mother wasn't very impressed by these types of videos either. lol

 
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So MacGyver was often written around doing the right thing, and like many TV series doing the right thing often brought its own rewards. Some religious people would invoke a higher deity, but as you know I am not overtly religious in any faith. However, despite that Ive always tried to do the right thing and have over the years handed in two full wallets, and a gold watch. Ive also have my own full purse returned twice (I know, losing it once is chance, losing it twice verges on carelessness!) so maybe someone somewhere looks after me, I just don't know.

So this morning I realise that last night in the sports hall I have lost my much loved Leatherman I was waiting for my son and knitting a coat for one of our ex. Battery hens with lost feathers and needed to cut the wool. I phoned the hall nothing handed in :-( Very, very disgruntled I take mum shopping for the day and we stopped for lunch in a food court. Enter two grandparents (GPs) with toddler. GPs possibly not quite as nimble as they might have been a few years back, loads of shopping bags. GPs obtain toddler seat how hard can it be to fit toddler in modern toddler seat? Hole for child obviously too small. So its ensuing behind me so I get up and manhandle the seat. Within moments discover trigger mechanism that completely removes table, click off, click on, click off. Suggest GP deploys child in seat, arms clear yes, successfully deploy table child in place :-D GPs then decide to eat at far side of eatery! So I c.b.a. to remove child so I manhandle seat with deployed child to chosen table, resplendent with appropriate brrmm, brrmm, car noises and leave happy family to their lunch. I go back to my table and as an off-hand comment say well if him upstairs was watching, maybe Ill earn some Brownie points towards getting my Leatherman back!, OK, Id have helped anyway, but.

So I get home phone hall, still nothing found :-( I have to take kids out tonight, so decide to visit the hall and take reward poster. On the way I drop off kids and on the way back to the car I am walking behind mum with another toddler in the dark. Toddler obviously drops a tissue in the mud and starts crying when mum wont let her have it back (all muddy and soggy) toddler is obviously tired and whiney. Ive got a new box of recently opened tissues in the back of the car, so announce to toddler, I can fix this terrible thing and would she like a brand new tissue? Box is duly procured with big fluffy white tissue tantalising positioned to be grabbed. Tissue is ripped forth with great enthusiasm, tears cease and I get a beaming smile for my trouble def. worthwhile : -)
Next stop the hall, hand in poster and ask lady if I might look where I was sitting on a bench when I lost the Leatherman. Cant see anything on easy looking well Im here, hands and knees worth a try, there under the bench wedged almost invisibly in a gap completely covered by the bench is the black pouch containing my beloved Leatherman. :-)

OK, so Ill believe that weird things sometimes happen, but just on the off-chance I raised a nod skywards and said thank-you!! It all felt rather MacGyver!!

Has anyone else got a weird tale of coincidence to share?

 
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Outstanding story Maclover! I lost my first Leatherman, which we got for my Dad when they first came out, and never recovered it. It was an '83 PST which I'd kill to have again, so I know where you are coming from. I know that if I try to do anything but the right thing, it tends to blow up in my face so I have to feel that I'm being steered to do right somehow. Mac is a great role model in that he always tried, no matter the personal cost, to do what's right. Thanks for sharing that with us biggrin.gif

 
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Here's a good resource to get kids started in recycling. It's what MacGyver would do. wink.gif


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I like it! biggrin.gif

 
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It seemed that in the past that ingenuity and perseverance could overcome any problem. Now days I often find myself surrounded by people who can't be bothered to think their way out of a paper bag. It is not that they lack capability, but they are mentally lazy. MacGyver never "bought the win" by hiring someone else to solve the problem for him or buying a cool bit of equipment to do the job. The United States is running out of a Americans and is slowly being filled up with American'ts. It's not a panacea, but if more people were to ask themselves "What would MacGyver do?" when faced with a challenge the world would be a better place.

 
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When you'r in a jam and you have to get something working or try to make something work, you have to use you'r surroundings. I had this super neat flashlight I loved it and then the wires tore off on the inside. So what I did we I found a used staple and wala it worked again. I always have those times were a Macgyverism comes to me so I have a few here and there. sak.gif

 
                                                                     
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QUOTE (Grazer @ 3 December 2015 - 05:20 PM)
Feeding someone sounds like a better option to me than giving money.

This makes me think of when I was in Chicago 3 years ago for a photo assignment. I went into a Subway sandwich shop for lunch and there was a man there that was down on his luck. He asked me for money and I gave him a $5. I don't carry much cash. He got upset and his response was "Is that all? What can I get with $5?" It's Subway. You can get a 12 inch long sandwich which should feed you for two meals! Ungrateful.

 
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