Visioning With Abundance
Matthew Smith is curious. That curiosity led to a degree in religious studies and philosophy from the University of Kansas. He spent the last 10 years running a real estate company before leaving to join Startup City where he is working on a platform to help real estate professionals market more effectively on Facebook.
- I want to share a story with you.
- I’m building a bomb shelter house. Next to the fairgrounds on the East Side of Des Moines.
- This house had a secret passage in it. So I had to go down into it.
- The secret passage way led to a Soviet style bomb shelter.
- People shape their houses on what they believe about the future.
- I kept finding crazy things about this house, a periscope, underground well, secret escape hatches.
- This was a custom-made bomb shelter with everything you could thing of built into the house.
- Then I found the guy’s name and I thought, “I have got to meet this guy.”
- I tracked the guy down. I love Des Moines! Everyone knows everybody.
- Things are getting better. We like to feed the fear part of our brain. If we keep feeding it, it will get bigger.
- I keep thinking about the owner of this house and the skills he used to build his bomb shelter.
- He built it out of fear, but how would Des Moines look different if he had used his skills for good, and not to feed fear?
- That’s what keeps me building and going and contributing to the city.
- Whenever I get afraid, I think of the owner of that home and bomb shelter he built. I think of how I want to be a part of the proactive solution of taking Des Moines from a 1.0 city to a 2.0 city.