The $$Million Dollar Secret about RENTING items instead of Buying
The concept of Renting has turned into a beautiful cultivation, and it really is the new form of Access. Why spend $4–6,000 on a designer dress, expensive equipment, or fancy jewelry (few examples), when you can rent it for a fraction of the price? When the sharing economy was the once buzzword, we are learning as noted in this blog http://blog.holvi.com/2015/01/15/sharing-economy-age-demand-economy/ , that it is really just a rephrase of “renting”. In addition, we are thankful for the forerunners in the field teaching and inviting us to platforms of change. Airbnb has changed the accommodations game by delivering us from sterile hotel rooms and serving us a genuine local experience. Lyft takes you from a robotic taxi ride to a more human interaction where you can let your hair down and actually enjoy it. These gamechangers and many others are making a space that brings people together again. And now SHAREFLO allows you to RENT ANYTHING, and ANYTIME. What a concept?
We are amidst a generation raised and cultivated by electronics. We are so connected we have become disconnected. While our efficiency has improved, our true connectedness has suffered. However, there is a longing to get back to simple beginnings. Remember when we used to call people? If we had a question we petitioned our wisest friend instead of defaulting to google. Yes, we can live independently, but truthfully we need others. When you share your life with those around you the quality of your life improves. There is no replacement for the richness of a long conversation or the joy in a shared meal.
As we continue to build the empire of “me” we forget how to relate. It becomes a “me vs. them” mentality. This is a painful place to live. As humans our core desire is to be known and the more we hide aways on our island of introvert the less we know how to let others in. Do we really want to live alone with a pile of stuff???
According to the LA Times, there are 300,000 items in the average American home. This is hard to swallow. New York Times Magazine tells us 1 out of every 10 Americans rent offsite storage — the fastest growing segment of the commercial real estate industry over the past four decades. We have so much stuff we need other places to put it.. How did we get here? The Wall Street Journal advises that Americans spend $1.2 trillion annually on nonessential goods.
So what can we do about it and how can we change? One solution to this grotesque problem is peer to peer renting! Release your grip on these things that can’t love you back. How is this done? One way is to say no to this constant growing greed. Another is to stay away from debt and selfishness that drive us away from authentic happiness and wealth. The documentary, Happy http://www.thehappymovie.com/, argues that once basic necessities like food and shelter are provided for economic factors have relatively little to do with overall satisfaction in life.
When did we start letting things dictate our contentedness? I really don’t think it’s our fault, but it was modeled to us and we have just followed suite. What people want to believe us to think is happy can sometimes brainwash us. In the process it has become easier and easier to shy away from the needs of others. The reality is that people are in lack and we tend to miss it as we power on towards our quest for more. But we don’t have to. We can begin now to make healthy changes. We can halt the consumer mentality and start actively adding value to those around us. According to Wikipedia Sharing is a basic component of human interaction, and is responsible for strengthening social ties and ensuring a person’s well being.
Renting should come naturally to us, but first we might need to have a shift in our mindset. UBER winning the case against DiBlasio http://observer.com/2015/07/why-did-uber-beat-bill-de-blasio shows us signs that things are changing. With every little victory, the cry for things to change becomes collective and more powerful.
The wild thing about renting is it not only benefits the owner, but also the customer. The benefits flow both ways. As kids we were taught to share, but ironically, as adults we have learned instead how to hoard. “Ecosystems, in fact, thrive on interdependence” as told to us in It’s a Shareable life: A practical guide to sharing http://www.amazon.com/Its-Shareable-Life-Practical-Sharing/dp/0990489175. Everything in an ecosystem is dependent on the others species in their environment. When one part cuts off or disappears all parts are effected, but when they are healthy and working together the ecosystem functions happy and whole.
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