Our 20,000 € application for further Tuli funding of our project was denied today.
The funny thing is that I’m not a least bit upset about this. The pros of freedom in decision making are overwhelming compared to the cons of not getting the money.
How could you fail if you turn every negative event into a success?
Obviously you can’t. People usually just want to see the negative side of things.
Every negative event has something positive in it. You just have to look for it.
I went through my list of good ideas today. It was indeed an interesting thing to do. I noticed that I had documented a lot of ideas that had already failed or pending for failure. Here are some examples:
I had contacted altogether seven people that weren’t interested in what I’m doing. In the meantime the people that were interested had pointed me towards 13 more people that could be potentially useful contacts.
I had discussed a total of 11 business ideas with people. Three of these were completely ignored or heavily criticized, six have potential, one is being implemented and one is already in production.
I had 11 ideas that didn’t make it to this blog. At the same time I had 24 ideas that did.
What if I had just stopped trying after the first few failures?
It’s good that I didn’t. Success is the inevitable consequence of failing many times enough.
After two long days of intensive gaming, we finally completed the game today. The total length of the simulation was three years which amounted to about 20 hours of work in real life.
It was one of the biggest games ever played on the Simbu platform, nine teams altogether, competing of the same scarce resources and customers. I was prepared to tell you why and how we failed and what I learned from our failures but instead we won all the other teams by far. So here’s a short analysis why we did so well.
The team. All our team members were average Joes. Four normal people with average intelligence. What a team lacks in skills and knowledge, it can easily make up in team spirit.
The plan. All teams had one. Ours wasn’t too special in any way. Sticking to one’s plan and especially believing in it even when the times are rough will bring rewards. But sticking to the plan isn’t about just blindly following it.
The routine. We knew who in our team did what and why. A team with a complimentary set of skills and roles is a good one.
Constant learning. Just doing something better every time.
These four were the cornerstones of our success. I can’t say our team built its success on determination. Instead we trusted each other to make the right decisions. Trust and mutual respect within a team makes it work.
Our plan was based on a cost leadership strategy. All the companies had some strategy but instead of using arbitrary opportunities to diverge from ours, we chose to stick to it the best we could. That really paid off.
When the team trusts each other and there is a specific routine of doing things, there’s a good chance that all the stuff also gets done.
Finally, we had a system of making small adjustments to the ways we do things. Even minimal improvements and optimizations each quarter add up to huge savings throughout a three-year period.
The bottom line
I must say that although this course takes a lot of effort and time, it still is well worth it. What I think is the most relevant learning is that all people and teams have what it takes to be winners if they just get their minds tuned to the right frequency.
Making things happen requires dreams, determination and drive. I’m currently a 29-year-old entrepreneur that will make a million before his 30th birthday.
In your dreams!
That’s what I would have said anyone who thinks they can make a million in 139 days, let alone starting from zero.
But how is it possible?
You’re probably thinking that the Internet is filled with tips and tricks on how to “make money staying in your own home” and this is just another trick in the bunch. I assure you that I won’t accept any trickery in achieving my goal and quite frankly achieving something by cheating people is not motivating. One could even try to make the money by gambling or by learning and mastering a skill known to bring easy bucks if you’re good at it – like Internet poker for example.
As I said I refuse to make the million by gambling but here’s the first free business idea to the first taker. Start taking in bets on whether I will make the million or not by June 29, 2010.
Failure is a state of mind and accepting it as an option is bound to make a person fail eventually. If a goal is set to a million, you will end up making more or less.
Where’s the catch?
Society is obsessed with money. Everything can be measured in it and people are respected and rated by having it. Having a lot of money is probably the most common daydream. I have no clue what I would do with the money but I’ve set my goal high enough that people would find it challenging and set it in terms that anyone can relate to.
The reason I started this project now is that I just realized the importance of giving. I don’t expect to make this million by myself. I could have set the goal to wanting to give away nine out of ten million to the people that I trust and want to work with. Selfless giving has shown to be the true key to success. This being the case, I’m extremely interested in helping you and working with you in this project. How much money would you like to make with me?