It is amazing how pieces start to fit into the puzzle when you’re determined to achieve a goal.
The technical team has been working like crazy for the last few days. We can now publicly announce that the alpha version of our service will be opened on Monday, April 19th. 42 people have already registered to the Alpha testing mailing list.
Next week I will have three whole days on a military refresher course and will spend two more days traveling there and back. This is a perfect opportunity for my team to show that I’m not a critical resource in this project. However, I won’t allow any breaks in this blog, so you can still expect a post per day. I will either preset something in advance or settle for a few surprise entries.
Obviously we still haven’t made any money with this project but there is a glimpse of light in the end of the tunnel. Our service will be free, but we’ve successfully tested and integrated an SMS payment gateway for the future needs.
Peter and Lawrence from the 1999 film Office Space have the answer:
Lawrence: Well, what about you now? what would you do? (if you had a million dollars)
Lawrence: Nothing, huh?
Peter: I would relax… I would sit on my ass all day… I would do nothing.
Lawrence: Well, you don’t need a million dollars to do nothing, man. Take a look at my cousin: he’s broke, don’t do shit.
Johnny B. Truant uses the same example in one of his blog entries. It’s a great post that points out the fact that money is not what people want. People don’t want the money itself and the things money can buy don’t really make anyone happy. At least if people are being honest and true to themselves.
People have asked me why I want to make the million dollars
I have saved and gathered money my whole life. Never to this date has money meant this little to me. I consider the phone calls I had today with my teammates more valuable and rewarding than any sum of money.
By making a million I want people to see what truly is important in life. I want to show that giving more emphasis to people and their emotions you can achieve true happiness. And that happiness is greatly undervalued.
My namesake Petteri (Koponen) of Jaiku fame, has returned to his blog. His obvious intention is to promote his current business as an early stage seed investor in start-up companies.
What is interesting about Petteri’s blog is that already his second entry addresses the very essence of my project. He places his words rather ambitiously:
… a startup trying to change the World is as likely to succeed as another one going for a smaller, “more realistic” goal.
I couldn’t agree more. If you put your target sky-high, even a failure could be worth a fortune.
But what are the realistic goals? Most people in Finland live rather frugal lives. If you make 5,000 €/month, you are in the richest 5 % of the population! Now this makes you think.
Let’s do a small calculation
So a filthy rich person in Finland makes 5,000 €/month. That is 30 €/hour and that’s before tax. After the tax of let’s say 35 %, that person will end up with 0.32 €/minute. Yes, you heard correctly, that’s what the rich people make.
Now, the aluminum can refund in Finland is 0.15 €. If you spend less than an average of 28 seconds picking up and returning an empty can, you’re making more money than the 95 % of your fellow Finns. Remember this the next time when you look down on someone collecting empty cans for refund.
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?