The title to this blog entry is stolen from the 2010 movie Alice in Wonderland. In the movie Alice is finally able to achieve the seemingly impossible goal by believing in can be done.
It helps you to believe if you’ve already achieved 5 impossible things before the big one.
Achieving anything in life depends entirely on your attitude towards achieving. How many people actually think of doing impossible things? Let alone doing several of them and already before breakfast.
I really like Alice’s mentality and actually find it something everyone should ultimately pursue. Everyone should have the pleasure to dream remarkable things. To start believing in your dreams and see them made reality.
If you have low confidence, start small. Try doing one semi-possible thing before breakfast. Like going for a run at 6 am or doing one push-up the first morning and then always increasing the count by one the next morning.
Impossible is just a state of mind.
Here are five things that would’ve been considered impossible in the beginning of my project.
- Getting together a team of 8 people who all believe in a dream.
- Raising 30,000 € of funding for an impossible project.
- Making and launching a new social web service in 5 weeks.
- Getting free nationwide media coverage for a website.
- Getting positive feedback on keskustelu.kauppalehti.fi.
The time of miracles is not over. Fulfilling the $1,000,000 target in this blog will be the sixth.
Why do people want money?
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.
I was rehearsing my pitch yesterday in preparation for the actual pitch I’ll be having on Wednesday. My rehearsal pitch failed miserably.
So what is it with failing that makes us so scared?
If you think of failing on the stage it is soon the only thing you’re thinking about. I will argue that you could actually benefit by trying to fail on purpose. Do something totally unexpected and you’ll be remembered for life!
Sunday was the toughest day I’ve had on this project. I failed to complete the business plan that I mentioned on my post on Day 5 and spent the most of Monday trying to recover from the failure. I even got my wife upset failing to get to bed on time. So my week started down in the dumps.
In hindsight all these failures were good and educational experiences.
But if the day started bad, it ended great! I got so much power from the unselfish acts of my readers: thank you Johanna, Juho and Hannu.
Later today I will be having the biggest and most important business meeting this year. Failing this one obviously means there’s an even bigger deal waiting just around the corner.