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Feb 19, 2019 20:04:22

51. Help

by @zyumbik | 314 words | 🐣 | 209💌

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I'd like to tell you a bit about how much I like helping people. I never noticed it until recently, but helping others have always been my passion. 

The first prominent memory of being helpful is when I bootstrapped my first business just because of the genuine wish to help people. When I was about fifteen, I used to ride bikes with my friends. We all were building cool bikes, and doing crazy jumps and street riding on them. I knew English well, and that gave me the ability to browse the web in English, find and order rare parts, especially used ones as they are cheap. My friends started asking me to order parts for them too, and I realized I could be taking a small fee for such orders. That's how I started my small local online bike shop — at the age of sixteen. 

Now, several years after that, I still enjoy helping people, and especially educating them. I really like to share my knowledge and experience with others and see how they enjoy the process or what results they are able to achieve using the learned concepts. That's my idea behind helping people in the Russian Figma community I'm voluntarily managing — by teaching them how to use new and existing features, helping them find solutions to complex problems, or simply giving advice.

Today I've reached a round number: a thousand replies in the public thread with questions related to Figma. This means that I've replied to roughly thousand questions, especially if you include DMs which I get plenty of too. One. Thousand Questions! In less than half a year! Also, I didn't leave a single question without a reply, and most of the questions were answered within 10-30 minutes. It would be interesting to see the stats for this, by the way.

In what ways are you helping others? 

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    @zyumbik oh I remember when I was that age, I used to do custom bikes as well but living in Asia, spare parts were fairly easy to find even it was the "counterfeit" version.

    Back in mid 2017, I was subscribing to WHO newsletter and I received a notification about " mental health awareness day" that newsletter inspired me to help people who suffer through "mental distress issues" so I went further researching about the awareness in my country. I found it was lacking. So, I with one of my friend decided to hold a public discussion about it.

    Aside from that, I also conducted a small research about how media affects our mental health. After having to speak to several students, I realized how it impacted them in such powerful ways. I found by talking to people, they mentioned that "looking at something depressive" triggers them even further.

    I was a bit too ambitious. I wanted to create a forum where people could speak their problems and share tips and trick to deal with mental distress but with full anonymity. It never really did kicked off just like any other of my ideas. But, the only thing that I managed to do was conducting a weekly meeting where people free to come and talk their problems without revealing their names and they could do a story telling plus we have strict phones and cameras policy. so it was very discreet. We didn't even reveal the location of the meeting until 2 hr before but we have a set day for that just not the place.

    It got a little exposure. Then, I took a break and decided to pursue something else. It worked like a snowball effect. After that, there were many similar events conducted and people were more aware about it than ever. So, I guess my friend and I were happy that it could put a little start for the country to look into that problem more seriously.

    macchiata avatar macchiata | Feb 20, 2019 15:06:49
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      @macchiata first of all, wow! Thanks for such a long reply. You probably should've used the “Reply” function to make this comment your post which is certainly longer than 200 words.

      That's an impressive story. You see, helping others not only impacted their lives, but also yours — the snowball started growing from that simple idea prompted by a newsletter. Can you understand why it happened? Also I'm curious, wasn't it kinda scary to start working on this? Holding a public discussion about the topic that you are new to, then doing the research, and even organizing the events with anonymous people... That is a lot of work! How did you feel when you started doing all of these things?

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      @zyumbik I was in my second year of university and just survived a major near death experience. It was very difficult for me to open up about my post injury problems to others because I didn't want to be seen as vulnerable.Also, because mental problem was seen as something ludicrous. So I was reluctant to really speak up about it and from my experience, people were reluctant as well. However, I was fortunate to get a professional help as it was part of my healing, which include neurologist and therapist visit. That was my main reason why I felt so compelled to help others who are experiencing that problem but didn't have the audacity to talk or still hesitant to seek for a professional help. Hence, it wasn't scary at all.

      I am currently studying literature. So, the closest way students can relate to mental problem is through media (offline or online). That was my approach while giving a public talk about it. Additionally, my friend and I got help from our anthropology lecturer who discussed further about media's role in shaping awareness and forming perspective on it.

      Several weeks passed and eventually, I felt exhausted. It was mainly because I listened so many depressing stories which affected my well-being further. I started to care less about my own health and pushed myself further away from the outside world.

      But then almost reaching late 2017, I got to explore another side of me when I started to pursue my highschool dream, becoming a nomad. So, I quit school for a year, working, bootstrapping projects and traveled. Now, here I am, deciding that I am good enough to go back to school.

      macchiata avatar macchiata | Feb 21, 2019 08:03:18
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      @macchiata that is an incredible journey! Great job, it's very inspiring! I hope you are now fully recovered from that accident. I find that for a lot of people experiencing some very low state like near death or being homeless is life-changing. It makes you realize what you have to lose, or that you don't have a lot to lose because you were in such a bottom of your life. There were many interviews on TheFutur where successful people told their stories, and some of them became so after they experienced something very bad. Here is one of the examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjZIxmrUl1E

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