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The end – Day 139/139

WARNING: The reader should be aware that some content in this blog entry may refer to episodes and events they are yet to see.

If you followed the TV series Lost, you probably have an opinion about the final episode. If you haven’t seen it, you can adopt this opinion: it sucked. In my opinion it sucked most because all the mysteries that should have climaxed in the finale just fell flat on their asses.

Through an untrained eye it would seem this project had the same faith.

So, as you can guess, the seed funding round for FinderBase failed. I didn’t become a millionaire even on paper. The overall benefit of this project is the difference between where we are now and where we would be without it. I have a hard time seeing the failure from the multitude of small successes that this project has caused.

But the end is a new beginning.

It is impossible to put in words the huge positive personal impact that this project has had on me. Instead, I’ve arranged a birthday party tomorrow at 5 pm Finnish time at our apartment.

Everyone is welcome.

Please register on the Facebook event page.

See you tomorrow!

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What is valuable? – Day 89/139

People constantly make value decisions in their lives. We have to determine the value of time, the value of different commodities and the value of information.

Still, hardly anyone knows what is valuable to them.

People appreciate their surroundings, not based on their own values but based on everyone else’s values. As an example:

  • Stocks are valued based on future expectations.
  • Real estate is valued by what someone else is willing to pay for it.
  • Your time is as valuable as your salary.

This valuation model is crooked. We grow our children to this model without thinking about it. But there has to be another way.

What if the society is transforming from consumer-based to value-based?

Already now more and more people are seeing value in the things that are, not in the things that could be. Value-based society would value things on what is real:

  • Stocks would be priced on the way a company can actually contribute to the society.
  • Real estate would be valued based on how much it costs to build a new house.
  • Your time would be invaluable.

Who wouldn’t like to be a part of such society?

Anticipations and destiny – Day 40/139

How do our anticipations of future events actually guide our actions in the present? A good example of this is the TV Series FlashForward that airs on ABC (Nelonen in Finland). The basic idea of the show is that people black out for 137 seconds and in that time they see a glimpse of their future about six months ahead of time.

What if one would somehow find out their future?

The characters in the series struggle with this issue. The future seems to be inevitable no matter how much they try to avoid it. People refuse to accept the future although it’s given to them on a silver platter.

I think the important question here is how would knowing your future guide your actions? If you had a vivid dream of a future that you’d find desirable, would you do everything in your power to make it happen? What about if you’d merely decide your future and start believing in it?

Our history dictates our future

People extrapolate their future based on their history. Very few people are willing to believe that their future would considerably diverge from the path they’ve already taken.

All you’ve done and experienced is an integral part of the future that you will be having. Our history is an important part of who we are but it doesn’t limit what we want to be.

Do you believe your destiny is a continuation of your past or something else?

That is a question each individual should ask themselves from time to time.